Making a fabric facsimile of these bags turned out to be easy. It also gave me a chance to try out eyelets, which I'd never done before. If you're like I was and think eyelets will be difficult to use, I'm here to tell you they're not. Setting eyelets is very easy indeed.
Because this bag design is so simple, you can use almost any fabric you want. Here are some of the materials I tried out:
Have you been using a little paper shopping bag to carry your lunch? Would you like something sturdier? If your answer is yes, then this tutorial is for you! This tutorial is also for anyone who wants a crafty, reusable gift bag, or just wants to see eyelets in action.
The bag pictured above is made using a home décor weight fabric. Some other fabrics that would work for this project are:
This project can be made in, pretty much, any size you'd like. I've provided dimensions for three sizes here:
Once you determine which size you're going to make, cut your exterior fabric and lining to the appropriate "panel size" as shown above. I recommend using a lighter (no heavier than quilter's cotton) weight fabric for the lining. Interface this panel with a lightweight fusible. If you're making the exterior of your bag out of quilter's cotton, I recommend interfacing that panel too.
If you're using linen or cotton, cut an interlining panel from a mid-weight sew-in interfacing. I used Pellon 40. If you're using oilcloth, vinyl or any heavy material that can "stand on its own," skip the interlining.
You will also need the following materials and tools:
-1 yard Cording or Twill Tape for handles. Choose something that, when tied in a knot, will not slip through the eyelets.
- 4 Large Eyelets. If you dont already have eyelet setting tools, be sure you buy the package called
-Eyelet Kit. This package includes the setting tools.
- Hammer (for setting eyelets)
- Quilter's Ruler (for measuring gussets)
- Heavyweight/Denim Needle (because there are lots of layers to sew through)
Note: If you're using oilcloth, you'll also want a Teflon presser foot. If you don't have a Teflon foot, cut some strips of tissue paper and place them between your project and your presser foot while you sew. This will keep the oilcloth from sticking to your presser foot and can be easily torn away when you're finished sewing.
Lets get started . . .
Prepare exterior panel. Place your exterior panel right side up on top of your interlining panel. Fold the whole thing in half, matching the two short sides. Using a 1/2' seam, stitch both long sides closed. Clip corners as shown, and press seams open. If using oilcloth, finger press the seams open. Don't use an iron on the oilcloth.
. . . and you're done!