The best weekend is casual and fun, just like the perfect accessory should be. This project is simple to create and can be made with fabrics you already have in your stash. We love the contrast of rich leather with soft cotton in Corinne Bradd’s design, but the materials can easily be changed to suit your style. Have fun shopping around for fastenings, statement zips and fabrics to match your look.
- Patterned cotton, 0.5m
- Plain cotton, 0.5m
- Lightweight iron-on interfacing, 0.5m
- Zips: 25cm, 30cm
- Leather strap
- Approx 28cm x 28cm
- 0.5cm seam allowance used throughout.
1 Cut both a 24cm x 30cm and a 10cm x 30cm piece each from plain and patterned cotton. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of both patterned pieces for the front of the bag. Place the larger rectangles right sides together and sandwich a 25cm zip, face-down, in the centre of one 30cm long edge. Stitch in place, then open out to reveal the zip teeth. Press, then topstitch along the edge, 1cm from the teeth. Zig zag stitch around the other three edges.
2 Sandwich the other edge of the zip between the two smaller pieces of fabric as before. Open out the lining fully, but fold the patterned fabric back over the seam to create a 2cm flap that hides the zip. Press, then topstitch along the other edge of the zip, 1cm from the teeth. Trim lining fabric to the same height as the patterned, then zig zag around the remaining sides, allowing the top of the bag front to overlap the bottom panel. The front panel should measure 29cm x 30cm.
3 Cut one patterned and two plain 30cm squares. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the patterned piece. Cut a 18cm x 30cm piece of plain fabric, then fold the long edge in half. Sew around, leaving a 5cm gap. Clip the corners, then turn out through the gap. Fold the raw edges of the gap inside, then press. Topstitch along this edge. Pin the panel to the centre of one piece of lining and stitch the bottom and sides to make a pocket.
4 Place the second lining piece onto the bag front, right sides together. Sandwich the 30cm zip centrally between the fabrics along the top edge and stitch as before, leaving 2cm at each end of the fabric unsewn. Turn the fabrics right sides out, press, but don’t topstitch. Stitch the lining pocket panel and the patterned back panel to the other edge of the zip in the same way.
5 Join the patterned pieces right sides together. Pin and stitch around the three raw sides, taking care not to catch the ends of the zip in the seam. Flatten the bag outer at the bottom corners and stitch across, 3cm from the point, to make a flat base. Repeat for the lining of the bag, leaving a 10cm gap in the centre of the bottom seam.
6 Turn the bag right side out through the gap. Fold in the raw edges of the gap and slip-stitch closed. Push the lining inside the bag. Fold in the raw edges of both fabrics on the top of the bag at the ends of the zip. Topstitch around the top edge of the bag, 1cm from the zip teeth, to neaten and secure the raw edges. The ends of the zip should protrude from the edges of the bag.
7 Cut two 7cm x 8cm pieces of patterned fabric and fold in half with right sides together to make 4cm x 7cm pieces. Stitch down the long seam and turn out the tubes. Turn in 5mm on the remaining raw edges and press so the seam lies down the centre, then pin. Fold in half, matching up the turned in edges, then sandwich the ends of the zip between them. Topstitch across the turned in edges to create pull tabs.
Cut two 8cm squares of patterned fabric, stitch into tubes, then turn in and fold as for the pull tabs. Slip a connecting ring onto each folded tube, then tack in place in the centre. Open the bag and pin the loops to the sides, just below the ends of the zip. Topstitch the loops to the bag in a crossed box pattern. Remove the tacking stitches from below the connecting rings. Clip a leather strap to the connectors.