So, here it is. A semi-tutorial, how-to make the green wool bag. I have tried to make this as complete as possible, however, I kind of got bunched up with how to say certain things on occasion. Hopefully you will find my instructions plain as day, but if not, send me an email and we'll get it figured out. REMEMBER, I am definitely NOT a professional at this, and my instructions may see weird to some, it's just how I did it. Also, I cannot accept responsibility for bags gone awry and blah, blah, blah. ;). Here we go!
First, here are the pattern pieces:
Pleated Vintage Handbag
List of materials:
- fabric for outside of bag, probably at least ½-3/4 yard, depends on how big you make your bag
- lining fabric
- sturdy interfacing fabric
- magnetic closure
- thread to match
- Cut 2 of shell fabric out of pattern piece A.
- Cut 2 of lining and 2 of a sturdy interfacing fabric out of pattern piece B.
- Cut 1 of shell fabric and 1 of lining fabric out of pattern piece C.
- Cut 4 of shell fabric or 2 of shell fabric and 2 of lining fabric out of pattern piece D. If you would like to be able to make this into a shoulder bag instead of a handbag, cut the handles out about 3-4 inches longer than noted.
1. Mark pleats in pattern piece A and pin pleats in place. I made 5 pleats and made sure that one was right in the center and two on either side. I started about 3 inches in from the edge and the amount of fabric I used for each pleat was about 1-1 ½ inches each. Make sure the top of the bag measures 13.5 inches once the pleats are in place so that the band will fit properly. Stitch 1/8-1/4 inch from edge. Pin pieces A right sides together and stitch sides and bottom.
2. Pin one of piece B lining and piece B interfacing fabric wrong sides together, and stitch together. Repeat with other B pieces.
3. At this point, insert a pocket and or zipper in the lining if you want. The tutorial from creative daisy goes over how to do this.
4. Pin the 2 pieces of B right sides together and sew together.
5. Place the lining inside of the shell (wrong sides together) and stitch around top of bag 1/8-1/4 inch from edge.
6. Pin right sides of two of pieces D for handle together down the sides, sew together, turn, and top stitch. Repeat for other handle.
7. Mark off center of band lining and insert magnetic closure. The creative daisy tutorial also goes over how to do this.
8. Sew ends of piece C lining together then repeat for piece C shell.
9. Pin handles onto right side of piece C shell fabric where desired (I usually place the seam of piece C in the middle of the back of the bag) then place piece C lining fabric over this, pin and stitch down along top. See Illustration A.
10. Now flip the fabrics right side out so the handles are up and press seams and top stitch down.
11. Pin shell fabric part of the band (right side) to right side of outside of bag and stitch down.
12. Turn the band and press. Hand stitch band lining down.
Your bag is now complete minus a few details such as top stitching or hand embroidery.