Let me just say that it is one thing to make a pattern for yourself and it is a very different thing to make a pattern for everyone else. Even though the Slouchy Bag pattern is very easy, just writing down all the thoughts, plans and actions I did in a step by step form is tedious, tiring and sometimes even frustrating. And then the problem of what format the file should be in...I printed off quite a few copies before I was happy with the results. Getting the file to print off in the right size was a big problem too. So, hats off to pattern makers everywhere!
The Slouchy Bag is very similar to the pattern I used to make the Sweater Bag. At first I was trying to duplicate it. It is easy to duplicate a pattern but not the materials you use. Not using a sweater this time made a huge difference. It definitely does not have the same dramatic effect the white knit sweater and the faux leather combination has, but it is still a cute and comfy bag and you can use cotton print, corduroy (like I did) cotton duck or any light-medium weight fabric.
What you need:
1/2 yard of fabric for the shell (I used corduroy)
1/2 yard of fabric for the lining (I used a cotton print)
Snaps (buy a package with tools if this is your first time)
Patience for my instructions
Now, onto the pattern!
I only drew patterns for the bag's body. I will give you measurements for the strap, pockets etc.
The pattern files are in JPG. Right click on the patterns, save it in your pictures file and print it off as a full page photo. Otherwise it will not be the right size.
Print 2 copies off of each pattern piece and cut them out. Time to put the pattern for the bag's body together.
The pictures are self-explanatory. #3 is just to show you how one of mine printed off. My printer missed the last little part with the notches. Just draw it in by extending the lines and adding the little notches at the end.
Body of the bag: cut 2 from the fabric you chose for the shell and 2 from the lining. Cut 1 from each fabric for the gusset.
Pockets: frankly, it is up to you how big or what type you want them. I chose to make the simplest pockets possible. Cut 1-2 rectangles. Mine were 8 by 12 inches and 7 by 10 inches.
First you will attach the gusset to one of the bag body pieces. I made the shell first. Align the gusset notch to the body notch on one side, pin in place and sew it together. The pattern is written for 1/2 inch seam allowance. If you do not use atleast that much, you will end up with a nice little gap, where the gusset meets the body of the bag. Just so we are clear, the gusset is for the bottom of the bag, it will come up the side just a bit.
Next (the picture above) pin the other body piece to the gusset (line up notches again) and pin the body pieces together above the gusset. Sew together and iron seam. (By the way, after you sew anything iron it the best you can. This is for future reference, incase I forget to say it.)
If you were able to desipher my instructions correctly, this is how it should look.
Repeat for the lining pieces. EXCEPT! On one side leave a 4 inch opening.
See picture bellow. Very important!!
I feel like this is the title of a story or a book.
Here you have a choice which fabric you want for the strap. Make your decision and cut a 20 inches by 5 inches rectangle.
Fold it in half like this:
Fold it again:
And cut at a Diagonal (does this make it qualify for the Diagonal challenge?) like this.
Unfold, fold again right sides together and sew along 2 open sides.
Iron and fold down and inside the open end and sew along all sides with a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
Almost done! Let's make the flap closure.
Cut a 4 inches by 12.5 inches rectangle, fold right sides together to make a 4 by 6.25 inches rectangle. Sew along 2 open sides with 1/4 inch seam allowance,
clip corners and turn right side out. Iron, sew open end together by turning in 1/4 inch seam, top stitch all sides with 1/8 inch seam allowance.
Next add the snaps to the bag. I positioned the 3 inches from the top of the bag and they are 2 inches apart in case you are wondering.
I snapped the flap on to see where I wanted to sew the other side of the flap onto the bag. I wanted some room at the top, so the flap loosely closes the bag.
Last part. Attach the strap. Pin to the outside of the top side of the bag,
This post has taken me a long time to write. Now I am off to spend some time with my neglected family. Enjoy the pattern.