This tutorial is for a soccer or sports bag for a child. It has a cinch top and the straps can be used as a backpack. The measurements I will give you are for a small bag; just large enough for a 4-year-old’s cleats and shin guards. If you have an older child (with larger gear) or you want to fit more in the bag, you’ll have to size up accordingly.
This is going to be a long post where I will attempt to explain to you how I sewed my fringed leather bucket entirely by hand. I’ll be including the cutting dimensions and entire process of making this bag, which is my own design and evolved as I made it. I love it, actually! Which is a good thing, because it took me hours and hours to make.
Mini version of the small school bag, height 13.5cm, width 10.5cm, thickness 4cm. front a plus bag cover insert pocket; bag strap with lobster buckle plus D buckle, so that you can hang the small school bag on top of the big bag as a cell phone bag or coin purse use.
The shape of this bag looks simple, but in fact there is a hidden mystery, the paper pattern at first glance will make a lot of people confused. For this reason, a mini version of the bag as an example, to introduce the process of its production, the above picture of the bag, the height of only 14 centimeters, however, the model in the paper pattern is a practical large size.
Download the paper pattern →
1. The first special feature of this bag is that the two pieces of fabric are facing in the same direction, rather than symmetrically like most bags, which requires special attention when cutting. The lining is facing the opposite direction of the fabric. The picture below shows two pieces of fabric, both facing up.
2. To explain this strange pattern again, the complete shape of the bag should be outlined by the bright lines as shown in the picture below, but the fabric cut from the paper pattern is missing a part on the left side, while the right side has an extra part. Here's the magic, the extra part will be patched on the missing corner of another piece of fabric, the two pieces of fabric interlock and complement each other, will form a complete bag front and back →
3. When sewing, first sew the straight line between AF on one piece of fabric and the BC line on the other piece.
The FC side can be sewn to the edge, while the AB side should be sewn right up to the point of backstitching, leaving a seam width at the edge.
4. After sewing the other two AF, BC together →
5. After the two edges are connected and sewn together, the normal shape of the bag will appear, and the bottom edge should not be sewn together first.
6. Use the same method to sew the lining; then make the strap, this bag can be made into a handbag or shoulder bag, according to the need to adjust the length of the strap by themselves→
7. Attach the two straps to the edge of the mouth of the bag.
8. Sew the edges of the fabric and lining of the overlock; the sewing process should be done in two steps, starting from the two A points to the B point, and not directly across the seam between AB→.
9. After the inner and outer layers of the mouth of the package is connected, then press the line, first of all, the two pieces of fabric on the two seams press line, the line is pressed on the side of the block, the bottom to reach the edge of the upper slightly across the intersection of the point, pay attention to the line not together with the fabric together with the pressure →
Next, you need to press the line on the edge of the bag opening, and now you need to press it together with the lining, starting just at the point where it meets the line pressed on the seam in front of it, and pressing it down to the seam on the other side until the line is pressed down, which is also done in two steps.
10. Turn the bag inside out and sew the bottom edges of the inner and outer layers together, leaving an opening in the center of the bottom edge of the lining.
11. Sew the two bottom corners of the fabric and the lining separately.
12. Finally, turn the bag over to the front and sew the opening in the lining; iron the edges as appropriate; sew the grommets and buttons in the middle of the opening.
I've made a foldable shoe bag that can be used to stash runners for the gym or can even be folded into a little shopping bag for emergencies. I've lined the bag with oilcloth so I can wipe out any dirt that might accumulate on the bottom of my shoes and flake off into the bag.
This easy DIY was upcycled from an old fake leather purse, but can easily be made with new leather or other heavier fabrics too. The loop on the back allows it to easily attach to any belt you have on hand, making this the perfect camera case / fanny pack / hands free purse.