This bag sort of happened. The only requirements were it had to be a messenger bag and the strap needed to be adjustable. And it definitely needed frills of some sort as little H. is a girly girl. Hence, the ruffles. All I used was my imagination and some scissors. I didn’t even bother to take out a ruler or measurement tape (well, I did – afterward, in order to write the how-to). The rounded flap and matching strap “happened” as I went.
In case you want to give it a try, here’s a short description. The measurements given are approximate and include seam allowance.
For this bag you’ll need:
two sets of fabric, one for the outside of the bag, one for the lining, cut as follows:
in each fabric:
– a 65x30cm rectangle, for the body,
– another 30x25cm rectangle for the flap, (long end determines the height of the flap, while the short end determines the width of the flap. The latter should be slightly less than the width of your bag pieces)
– a 4x15cm rectangle for the loop,
– a 5x105cm strip for the strap.
– a long strip measuring roughly 7x140cm, for the ruffles
Step 1: Body of the bag
Fold the fabric in two, pin the sides, and stitch the sides closed.
Next, in order to make the boxed corners at the bottom, fold open the corner so that the side seam matches up with the bottom fabric fold, pin and mark as shown in the picture, about 4cm from the side. Stitch on the line. Repeat with the other corner. Note: it’s really important to have side seam and bottom fold coincide perfectly, in order to get perfect 90° corners.