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Designed to print both the exterior bag and the lining (or to print two versions of the bag, with purchased fabric for lining, this eco-friendly bag will put a bit of Spring in your step!
Caution: do not attempt to make this bag using any fabric that prints narrower than 54" wide, such as the linen-cotton canvas, the eco canvas, or the heavy cotton twill as the design is such that important elements will not print properly but will instead simply be absent from the final printed fabric!!!!
This bag is intended to provide all of the materials needed to sew either one single lined bag that is 14.5" x 11" x 6" with self-handles or two identical bags, using whatever coordinating fabric you choose to line the bag.
The basic panel for each bag is 19" wide x 36" tall. The panel for the straps is 16 x 36", allowing for straps of your chosen length and/or several pockets that can be placed either on the exterior or on the inside of the bag. All of the seam allowances are intended to be 1/2" wide, but the "fold" lines" on the bag are outlined in green: when in doubt, preserve these design lines!
So here are the instructions:
When you get your 1 yard panel (fabrics such as the linen-cotton canvas that print at greater at 54" wide are necessary to properly print both bags in full as well as the printed fabric for the handles), the first step is to cut vertically along the green lines so that you have two 19" x 36" panels, along with a single 4" x 36" panel for the straps.
Having separated the necessary pieces, the next step is to sew the side seams of your bag. Fold each 19" x 36" panel in half lengthwise and sew one green vertical line to another with a 1/2" seam allowance. At the bottom of the bag, a gusset is meant to be formed by sewing a seam that excludes the taupe printed portion/sews a rectangular cut-out (creating a bag with no seam at the bottom to provide maximal strength).
For a lining created from a coordinating fabric, you will need to use these design lines to trace off a matching pattern, repeat the sewing process in the same manner, then, turning the lining inside out, attach both with a 1/2" seam (leaving at least 4" unstitched so that you can turn the separate layers so that they're both "right sides out."
It is highly recommended that you topstitch both edges of the handles (I created my own by pressing a narrow seam allowance onto the fashion fabric, which I interfaced for strength), as this improves the stability of the straps and adds further strength.
The straps can either be sewn into the seam allowance between the bag and its lining or can be sewn to the outside, ending the topstitching that attaches the strap to the bag with a stitched "X" shape for greatest strength and stability. Either way, topstitching to both close the unstitched portion and add stability at the top of the bag is strongly recommended.