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How to sew a linen crossbody hipster bag by Sewspire

How to sew a linen hipster crossbody bag + studio tours

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today, I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous crossbody hipster bag. I especially love this bag because it is crafted from linen and premium cotton prints.

For this project you will need a half yard of linen and a half yard of cotton; plus a half yard of Pellon heavyweight iron on interfacing, a swivel d-ring clasp/closure and a swivel key fob.

To begin, precut the follow fabric pieces

Cut four 9″ x 11″ body panels (two from linen and two from cotton; line all with Pellon)

Cut one 28″ x 3″ interior gusset (from cotton, line with Pellon)

Cut one 28″ x 9″ exterior gusset (from linen, line with Pellon after pleating)

Cut one 5″ x 10″ fob strap (from cotton, no Pellon)

Cut four 5″ x 8″ exterior and interior pocket (from cotton, no Pellon)

Cut two 10″ x 9″ flaps (from cotton, line one with Pellon)

Cut one 16″ x 4″ closure strap (from linen, no Pellon)

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will subscribe to my YouTube Channel! If you enjoy making bags, I’d like to invite you to take advantage of my Bag Maker’s Tutorial Bundle which includes 5 of my most popular bag tutorials in PDF Format for instant download for only $5.99!

Also, for your reference, I am using: Pellon Decor Bond 809 Firm Iron On Backing #1925944 which you can get for $2.77 p yard at Walmart.

In this weeks studio update I have included informal tours of my home and commercial sewing spaces as well as a special offer for my newest business endeavor, The Fourth Seam. If you or someone you know is considering opening an Etsy shop you’ll want to take advantage of my $9.99 read only membership so you can explore the ins and outs of running a successful Etsy shop:

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project and studio update. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

How to sew an insulated wine bag

How to sew an insulated wine bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a tall thin drawstring bag that is insulated and perfect for gifting wine or other like size containers of goodness.

For this project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton material that measure 4.5″ x 4.5″ and two more that measure 12″ x 17″ with one like size piece of quilt batting or insulate. Plus one smaller piece of cotton material that measures 2″ x 28″ or a 28″ piece of ribbon, twine or cording that is 28″ in length.

*As well as a large safety pin to thread the tie.

I hope you enjoy the project and all your handmade gifts will be well received by friends and family in 2017!

I will be back next week with the 4th project in our Handmade Holiday Gift Series here at Sewspire.

Until then, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

All my best,

Andrea

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How to sew a beach bag

Collaborative Beach Bag Design: Exterior Assembly

How to sew a beach bag
How to sew a beach bag
How to sew a beach bag
How to sew a beach bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to assemble the exterior of our collaborative beach bag design. For this portion of the project you will need the following cuts of fabric:

Canvas or Twill:

Body Panels 15″ x 24″ (cut 2)

Side Panels 10″ x 24″ (cut 2)

Base Panel 24″ x 10″ (cut 1)

Pocket Trim 24″ x 3″ (cut 2)

Cotton:

Pocket Panels 12″ x 24″ (cut 2)

Side Pockets 10″ x 20″ (cut 2)

Key Fob Strap 3″ x 20″ (cut 1)

Plus one 1″ swivel key fob

PLEASE NOTE: These are the correct measurements listed here. In the video I said 25″ for some reason. Sorry!

The exterior pockets are designed to hold water, keys, sunglasses, sunscreen, a book and snacks.

Next week we will finish up with the top closure. Comment to let me know if you would like 1. no closure 2. a drawstring closure or 3. a zippered top closure.

Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

Blissfully yours,

Andrea

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How to sew an insulated bottle tote

How to sew an insulated bottle tote

How to sew an insulated bottle tote

How to sew an insulated bottle tote

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew an insulated bottle tote that is designed to hold two baby bottles, sippy cups or regular size plastic water bottles. You an easily adapt this pattern to suit your needs by sizing the bag up. As a bonus I have designed a larger version of this bag especially for our family and shared the details in a subsequent post which you an access by clicking here.

For this project you will need to precut the following pieces of material:

(4) 12″ x 10″ pieces of outdoor fabric for the interior and exterior

(1) 5″ x 24″ piece of outdoor fabric for the handle

(2) 10″ x 8″ pieces of outdoor fabric for the flap closure

(2) 9″ x 20″ pieces of cotton fabric for the bottle tubes

(4) 8″ x 10″ pieces of craft felt

(2) 12″ x 10″ pieces of cotton quilt batting

(1) 6″ piece of sew in hook and loop tape

I hope you enjoy the project and will share pictures of your bottle totes in use with our creative community via Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire and @sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. Please join me in congratulating our Happy Mail winner, Monica Burton! The lovely Ms. Burton is the winner of the lightweight summer backpack we stitched up in last week’s sewing tutorial.

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How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag

How to sew a Messenger Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome back to Sewspire!

This week we are making messenger style tote bags which can be worn cross body with ease. I especially appreciate the wide padded strap on this style as it is so comfy! For the exterior of my bag, I selected a simple grey Premier Print print and then went a little crazy on the interior and selected a really fun animal print that makes me smile every time I open my bag.

For this project you will need to cut 6 panels which measure 12″ tall by 16″ wide. Three of these panels should be cut from a thicker twill fabric, such as these fabulous Premier Prints and three should be cut form a nice quilt weight cotton such as these adorable Micheal Miller prints. You will also be cutting the handle from the thicker twill and it will measure 8″ wide by 54″ in length. For your project planning purposes: you will need to set aside a half yard of 54″ twill fabric and three quarter yard of cotton quilt weight fabric + a half a yard of quilt batting.

The bag comes together in a cinch and should take you less than an hour to make. I’d love to see photos of your finished projects and invite you to post pictures on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages using @sewspire and #sewspire

I hope you enjoy the project and will share this blog with your creative friends! Until next week, sew happy and be inspired my beautiful friends!

XO!

Andrea

How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag
How to sew a cross body messenger tote bag by Andrea Chapman @sewspire.com

How to sew a drawstring tote bag that is perfect for summer living

Welcome back to Sewspire! 

Today, we are sewing a beautiful drawstring tote bag that is perfect for summer living. For this project you will need approximately 2 yards of material. I prefer to use home dec fabrics or heavier linen blends for this particular style of bag. I hope you enjoy the project and will take a moment to review the video and comment below. I will be back next week with another surprise sewing project. Feel free to make a project request if there is something special you have in mind.

Until then, happy sewing my Sewspire circle friends!
XO Andrea

Pattern piece round up:

Cut six 17″ x 17″ pieces of fabric (2 for the exterior, 2 for the interior and 2 for the pockets)
Cut two 3″ x 64″ pieces of fabric for the drawstrings
Cut one 6″ x 16″ piece of fabric for the shoulder strap
Cut one 3″ x 16″ piece of batting for the shoulder strap
Cut two 4″ x 17″ pieces of fabric for the drawstring gussets