- 50cmx 35cm outer fabric
- 50cm x 25cm lining fabric
- 50 cm x 25cm medium weight fusible interfacing
- a scrap of lining fabric to make the appliqued heart
- a scrap of heat and bond
- a co-ordinating button
- A small piece of hat elastic - I just used one of Lizzy's hair elastics
- 2 pieces of a4 paper to make the template
Now take your other piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise.
Now it's time to cut your fabric. The templates you have drafted include a 1cm seam allowance.You'll need to cut -
- One front piece and one back piece in your outer fabric
- One front piece and one back piece in your lining fabric
- One front piece and one back piece in medium weight interfacing
- One 50cm x 6cm strip in your outer fabric for the wrist strap.
Let's start crafting! You need to draw a heart shape on to the papery side of your heat and bond. Fuse the heat and bond to your fabric, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Measure the loop of elastic around your button. It doesn't have to be super accurate - this type of closure is pretty forgiving! Attach the loop to the right side of your outer fabric just below the point of the heart that you've appliqued. Make sure you reinforce your seam by sewing over it a number of times. The loop that you want to go around the button needs to be facing the heart. It looks a little confusing in this picture as I've used a circle of elastic to make the loop.
Next, grab the 50cm x 6cm strip and head to the ironing board so that you can make the wrist strap.
Iron the strip in half lengthwise in order to create a nice, crisp fold.
Open the strip and iron each of the long sides of the fabric to the centre fold. It should look like this.
Pin the lining together in the same way. This next bit is important - make sure you leave a 10cm gap in the long seam that runs along the bottom so that when you get around to sewing the lining and outer together you have a hole to turn them through. Sew the lining using a 1cm seam allowance. Clip the corners and trim your seams carefully.
Starting about half way along the front of the bag opening stitch the lining and the outer fabric together. You need to stitch right across the front of the bag opening and also up and around both sides of the triangle. Make sure that you pivot at the corners. Check out the diagram below so that you can see exactly where you need to sew.
Trim the seams and snip off the point of the triangle. On the diagram I've marked the two points where you need to clip to the seam line. Make sure you don't clip through your sewing when trimming, snipping and clipping.
Remember you left a gap in the lining? Now it's time to turn your whole envelope through, so that all of the seam allowances are turned to the inside. Use a chopstick to push out all of the corners so that you create a nice envelopey shape.
It should look like this...
All you have to do now is a little finishing off...
Sew on your button - try to just sew through the outer layer of fabric so that you don't have any messy stitching on the inside of your bag.