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Today I am here to show you how to sew a small lightweight bag that is perfect for quick trips into the store, library, post office and the like. I plan to leave two of these in my car at all times so I can toss my wallet, phone and keys inside when I don’t feel like carrying my bigger bag.
For this project you will need to precut the following pieces of fabric or craft patchwork panels that measure the same:
Cut four, 9″ x 12″ panels for the body of the bag, two of these will be lined with quilt batting and used for the exterior.
Cut two, 5″ x 9″ pieces for the zipper casing
In addition you will need a 7″ non separating zipper and 24″ piece of 1″ leather or webbing for the handle.
Optional: beaded zipper pull
Fabric requirements: approximately a half yard
You can create an optional hard bottom base using two pieces of material that measure 7″ x 3″ and a 2″ x 5″ piece of foam board or stiff interfacing. Watch this video to learn how to fashion a removable base:
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I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos with our community. I will be back next week with a larger tote bag sewing tutorial and am excited to share yet another new design with you. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you.