As someone just learning how to sew, I love sewing projects that do not require complicated measuring or cutting. Lots of pictures help too. With that in mind, I am so pleased to present a Bow Bag sewing project from Beccy Ridsdel of Wipster. Beccy shared her amazing ceramic artwork with us yesterday. Not only does the project use a dinner plate as the template, Beccy recommends recycling an old pair of jeans for the lining and uses scrap upholstery fabric for the outer bag. The ideal sewing project: easy, thrifty and oh so cute. I’ll be presenting this project in sew-along segments on Wednesdays, beginning today with the materials, cutting and pinning. Assemble the materials, follow along and make the bag with us!
- 1 Dinner plate
- 1 yard x 12” main fabric (I used large scraps of upholstery fabric)
- 1 yard x 12” lining fabric (I used an old pair of jeans)
- 1 yard of ribbon
- 5” elastic
- Because I wanted the bag to be able to hold files/paper etc. I used an A4 sheet of paper as a template.
- Use a dinner plate to draw a curve around one corner (you can adjust the size of the curve by choosing smaller or bigger circular things).
- Cut the curve. This is the basic template; the straight edge on the right is the fold line.
- Cut 1 (back) piece on the fold and two half (front) pieces. Add extra seam allowance to these two pieces. Cut two pieces on the fold for the lining (I recycled a pair of jeans).
- Pin the two half front pieces face together and place a mark 2 inches from the top, then another 1 inch below that. This will be the opening for the drawstring casing. Sew up front pieces, leaving the 1 inch marked area open.
Tune in next Wednesday as we start to sew!