Secrets Schemes & Sewing Machines

Sewing through the Story: Book Bag

Handy for carrying around files, folders and books – or for keeping folded up in your school or handbag for carrying a spot of impromptu shopping…

Book Bag

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Two rectangles of thicker fabric, 45cm x 35cm

Two strips of cotton webbing to complement your fabric, 60cm long

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What to do:

Stitch a zig zag stitch around all the edges of your fabric to prevent fraying

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Hem the tops of both your rectangles

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Pin your webbing in place on the wrong side of your fabric, against the hem, to make handles, with 2.5cm of webbing overlapping the fabric

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Stitch the handles in place by sewing a rectangle over each end of the webbing and fabric, then stitching a cross in the middle of that rectangle

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Pin your two fabric rectangles together, right sides facing

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Stitch all around the three unhemmed sides

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Turn your bag the right way out, and fill with books!

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