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Make an Embellished, Denim Fold-Over Bag

The Bohemian Fold-over Bag. The applique embellishment is stitched-down quilting-fabric circles.
The Bohemian Fold-over Bag. The applique embellishment is stitched-down quilting-fabric circles.

The Bohemian Fold-over Bag. The applique embellishment is stitched-down quilting-fabric circles.

Photo: Sloan Howard

Make the Strap, Handles, and Tabs
Each bag version has a long shoulder strap as well as two short handles. The shoulder strap has a swivel clip at each end to connect it to ring tabs sewn into the bag's side seam. The Bohemian bag has flat and triple-topstitched straps and handle.

 

Make the Handles and Side Tabs
 The handles and tabs are sewn in one strip and then cut apart to length.
 
1) Mark and fold a 3-inch-wide faux leather strip. Mark the strip lengthwise on the wrong side, 1-inch from a long edge. Fold the strip's other edge in to meet the line. Sew 1/8 inch from the fold along the strap's length with a 4-mm stitch length.

2) Fold the strip's remaining single layer in to meet the stitching line. Clip the fold in place, then topstitch 1/8-inch from the raw edge.

3) Mirror the stitching on the strap's other edge, for a total four rows of topstitching.  Cut two 12-inch long handles and two 5-inch long side tabs.

Make the Strap
The strap is wider and has two additional topstitching rows than the handles and tabs.

1) Mark and fold the 4-1/2-inch-wide faux leather strip. Note: Doublecheck that the strip is straight and of even width; its length is the faux leather width from selvage to selvage , typically 55-inches. Mark the strip lengthwise on the wrong side, 1-1/2 inches from one long edge. Fold the strip's other edge in to meet the line. Clip the 1-1/2-inch-wide fold to hold it in place.

2) Sew 1/8-inch from the fold along the strap's length. For the best results, sew each topstitching seam in the same direction. To keep track of the ends, leave thread at the beginning of seams, but trim it at the seam ends.

3) Fold the strap's remaining single layer in to meet the stitching line. Clip the fold in place, then sew 1/8-inch from the fold. Topstitch 1/8 inch from the stitching, then again 1/8-inch from the second stitching. Mirror the stitching on the strap's other edge, for a total six rows of topstitching.

4) Trim the strap piece to 36-inches long. Feed each end 1-1/2 inch through a swivel hook ring. Stitch across the strap through all layers to secure the ends around the rings. Sew 1/8-inch and 3/8-inch within and parallel to the folded-in end. Repeat at the other strap end.

 

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Comments (11)

RosalindsMa RosalindsMa writes: I'm one-third the way through and dreadfully confused, too. The pattern refers to bag sides, but the instructions refer to front and back. If I was making this from fabric, I'd give up but I'm using leather and have too much invested to give up.


Posted: 6:17 pm on December 15th

RosalindsMa RosalindsMa writes: I'm one-third the way through and dreadfully confused, too. The pattern refers to bag sides, but the instructions refer to front and back. If I was making this from fabric, I'd give up but I'm using leather and have too much invested to give up.


Posted: 6:17 pm on December 15th

greeneyes21 greeneyes21 writes: The only thing that was clear on this bag were the instructions for cutting circles and the supply list, although I think I bought faux leather that I don't need.

Where is the on-line instructions to view? I think I 'm stuck with fabrics and no bag for a Christmas gift.

Where is the link for the how-to video? Do you reply to these comments?



Posted: 12:31 pm on November 19th

greeneyes21 greeneyes21 writes: I have been sewing for over 75 years but I, also, find this pattern confusing. And, The templates could be a lot larger. I had to get the magnifying glass out to read the dimensions even though I have no trouble reading small print without glasses. I'll make the bag but only because I have enough experience to make the pattern work for me.
Posted: 11:45 am on October 31st

kitten73 kitten73 writes: This isn't the easiest pattern to follow. I wish I hadn't bothered starting it. The pattern page misses out the fleece, maybe its obvious, but adds to confusion. The denim bag still has faux leather instead of denim when you put the peices together, I couldn't work out if it was talking about the strap pieces at first. It wold be easier if the lengths of the straps were on the pattern page. The part where you baste the muslin and lining is confusing as you have already clipped the muslin and lining to the bag fabric. Scratching my head a lot over this, and it's written by a teacher. Hmm
Posted: 10:35 am on October 16th

user-2079765 user-2079765 writes: I cannot find the online video for the foldover denim bag. Can you please help?
Sandy
Posted: 3:55 pm on September 6th

user-1136308 user-1136308 writes: I want to change the size of the Bohemian Bag. I see no measurement in the instructions to cut the pieces other than the 22"x18" finished size. Can you add the cutting instructions for the bag so I can resize it?
Thanks for the help
Emma Lee
Posted: 1:26 pm on September 6th

bubbecraft bubbecraft writes: To Arlene: it isn't a pattern that you print and use to cut your fabrics. You simply follow the dimensions written in the instructions and cut pieces to those dimensions. Hope that helps you.
Posted: 12:20 am on September 5th

arlene arlene writes: Such a handy bag. I'd love to make one, but the pattern won't print nicely for me. Can you please put the pattern on 2 pages? Thanks so much.
Posted: 10:51 pm on September 4th

smcfarland smcfarland writes: Hi Donna, I can tell you about the finished size. The completed bag is a very roomy 22 inches long and 18 inches wide. There is about 3 inches depth at the bottom boxed corners. The zipper/fold line is set 8 inches below the bag's top edge. I'll add this information to the post text. Thanks for asking! - Sarah McFarland, issue editor
Posted: 12:46 pm on September 4th

Donna_R Donna_R writes: Nice Patter. Anyway we could find out the finished size?
Posted: 9:49 am on September 2nd

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