Tis the season of birthdays… lots of birthdays here. Both of my children, both of my sisters, and a little boy we know that starts schoool this year. I also have a wedding that I am making a present for, and an emergency bridal shower gift for Sunday!!!!
Here we have a bag for each of my sisters, full of goodies, and a bag for my friends little boy.
In the blog land that I frequent I found this post, inspiring a present for another preschooler. I would love to be able to buy them from Elsie Marley, but I can’t. Her shop is gorgeous, her blog deserves all the credit here. All I did was take a pattern I had for a messenger bag, and scaled it down to fit someone that’s 4ft tall. So, here’s my brief how I did it. I don’t do well with making patterns, but, I decided to share measurements and VERY basic instructions.
You will need:
fabrics for interior lining and exterior. I made a bag that can be reversed, so you may want to take that into consideration. Whatever style pockets you want as well. I always change up the pockets because, I haven’t figured out what I like best.
Cut 2 panels at about 10″ x 13″ from the exterior fabric and the interior fabric , I say “about because this is a Basic OUTLINE, so it whatever size you want.
Cut 1 each of the bottom piece at 4″x 13″ ish from interior and exterior fabrics
Cut 2 each of interior and exterior fabrics at 4″ x 10″ ish
Cut 1 each interior and exterior fabrics for the flap at 13″ x 20″ ish
for the strap I doubled the length of the bottom of the bag and made it as wide as the sides so:
8″ x 26″ ish
*** If you want a more sturdy bag, one that holds its shape, use an iron on stabilizer and cut 1 for each side of your bag, flap and strap.
For the strap: fold in half width wise right sides together, iron, sew down the long side. Turn right side out, iron and leave for later.
The basic idea is to sew two of the same bag inside out (right sides together):
After you do that, you turn the EXTERIOR fabric bag right side out, then stuff the interior fabric bag into the exterior fabric bag:
Then pin the edges together so that the edge is finished and sew your seam. Make sure to pin your strap in at this point. Then you can sew down the strap and have a finished edge all at once.