To continue the theme of sewing this weekend I set to making a couple of small bags as gifts – one of which will be included in my stitchingsanta parcel. I found a simple little pattern on line called the Pick-A-Pocket purse which was free to download.
Then it was back to the material stash to find two or three coordinating fabrics. I decided on two navy blue designs – which I hope are not too conservative. You also need some fusible interfacing.
Although an easy pattern once you know what you are doing – it did take me a little while to realise that all of the bags lining was made by turning the main fabrics over on themselves! After that it was easy – simply cut and fold the fabrics and lay them altogether on top of the interfacing. Place the handles over the top and stitch everything in place. Do the same for the back of the bag.
The larger pieces of material act as the lining too. Stitch the back of the bag to the front piece with right sides together, leaving a 5inch gap at the top. Then box off the bottom corners and finally push the bag and lining through the gap you have left and slipstitch the lining.
Et Voila! One finished bag with 6 little pockets. I would recommend this little pattern to anyone wanting to spend an afternoon crafting with an outcome. Great fun!