Spring Handbag Tutorial and Pattern

Hello, hello. First of all thanks for the visits, the mails, the stumbling upon, the RT and generous Facebooking :>

Secondly, I would like to announce the winner of the handbag I am giving away to celebrate Sky Turtle’s anniversary: it’s dear Kitten 🙂 Hope she likes:> ( I used a random generator to pick the lucky comment – if you have better ways, tell me how you do it – it’s my first time:)

Thirdly, I would like to announce the surprise I was promising. Tutututu! And that’s my first ever downloadable pattern and the complete step by step tutorial that shows you how to sew the Planning World Domination Handbag

So yep, just click here to download the Planning World Domination bag pattern. It prints on A4 normal printer paper and it’s ready to be cut. You can use it freely as long as you’re sewing for you or for your friends. If you’re going to sell bags made with this pattern, I’d appreciate an email.

It’s my first pattern, so there’s plenty of room to improve, i know. Tell me what you think – even if you think it sucks -ouch! – in the end it will help me make better patterns:)

Okay, now on to the tutorial!

1. First you cut the bottom. Fold your fabric once to cut two pieces for the bottom. Then fold it again and put the straight edge of the pattern on the fold.

2. Cut leaving a 2 cm seam allowance.

3. For the lining bend the corner marked with a blue dotted line and cut a slightly smaller shape. You’re doing this because the front is going to have a pleat and you don’t want your lining to be bigger than the outside and look like somebody’s stomach. (Too much? Sorry : )

4. This is what you should have by now: 2 part lining bottoms

and two parts outside fabric bottoms. (Guess who’s going to get visitors looking for “bottoms outside” on her blog now?)

5. Good. Now we’re going to make the pleat in the front. To do that first we mark the center of the piece. Then we fold over it 2cm of fabric from both sides. (It’s easier to figure out from the pics).

Fold one and secure it with a pin.

Fold the second and secure with a pin again.

At this point you want to lose the pins and secure your fold with thread. Then you can forget about it for a while.

In case you want pockets, now’s the time. My model has two zipper closed inner pockets, but you can add as many as you want. You don’t even have to add the zipper. I love Sew Mama Sew’s zippered pocket tutorial.

6. The straps. Cut two 16/45 cm fabric straps from the outer fabric. Fold them in two, then fold the margins in and press.

7. Now cut the strap flaps from the other pattern page, leaving a 2 cm sewing allowance. You will need four pieces.

8. Sew on the left and right side and at the curved top. Leave the smallest sides unsewn, but tuck in the fabric and press. Here you will sew in the straps.

9. We’re now going to sew the zipper in. Lay your outside fabric bottom, good face up. Then lay one of the strap flaps, raw unsewn part of the piece up.

Then lay the zipper, teeth down.

And add the one of the lining bottom parts, good side kissing the zipper.

Pin and sew. You want to sew on the outside of the zipper – the side that’s the closest to the edge. Repeat with the other side.

10. Now separate the two bottoms, the lining and the good side, pin and sew all around, leaving a 10 cm opening in one of the lining parts. Take care not to sew the straps inside.

11. Turn inside out and stitch the opening.

You now have your own bag ready to plan world domination, your next trip or whatever you prefer to plan 🙂

Hope you like and let me know how I can improve this tutorial and pattern. (And yeah, sorry for the nauseating image sizes and shapes  – one more thing to improve next time:)