No, your eyes don’t deceive you, this IS yet another post featuring the lilac faux sheepskin fabric I bought last month. It really has been the fabric that keeps on giving as I have made not only a full length coat and two pairs of mittens, but also TWO tote bags!
If you would like to make your own, either from similar fabric or from a thick fleecy fabric, here’s a quick tutorial on how I did it.
Materials: Approx. 3/4yd of 45″ wide Faux Sheepskin or fleece
2 Magnetic Snaps
Cut pieces from your fabric following the diagram below (which is NOT to scale). If your fabric has a nap or a directional pattern, be sure to take this into account when cutting out.
You may have to adjust the size of the pocket to suit your particular ‘phone – this pocket is the perfect size for a normal (not ‘plus’) iPhone and you may well have to make it larger for a Samsung Galaxy or similar.
This photo shows the main pieces; front and back, gusset and interior mobile ‘phone pocket.
Seam allowances are 1/4″ throughout.
All raw edges are left unfinished and the seams are constructed with WRONG sides together, making a feature of them.
If you have your own labels, sew them to all pieces before any construction takes place. This avoids any fiddly sewing later on.
Sew your pocket to the inside of the BACK section of the bag around three sides only, leaving the top open.
Apply the magnetic tabs according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using the photos as a guideline for placement.
Pin a tab to the top centre of the front and back sections.
Sew in place.
Pin the gusset to the back section with WRONG sides together. There will be surplus fabric to cut off later.
Stitch with 1/4″ seam allowance, being careful not to get any puckers as you sew around the corners.
Pin the front to the remaining long edge of the gusset and stitch as before.
Trim the corners off the front and back sections to give a rounded finish.
Onto the handles.
Fold in half lengthways with WRONG sides facing in.
Stitch close to the raw edges.
Pin handles about 3″ in from the sides of the bag, on the INSIDE.
BASTE loosely in place if necessary, although I just pinned them.
Take your 4 little squares – these will cover the ends of the handles to lend a neat finish on the inside of the bag.
You will need to remove as much of the pile on the reverse side of the fabric as possible. This will reduce the bulk and leave a flatter surface.
Pin each square over the raw edge of a handle and stitch in place, crossing your stitching to strengthen the base of the handles as shown below.
And that’s all there is to it!
This is the first one I made.
I even managed to make a second one using the rest of the scraps. There wasn’t enough to cut the main sections out in one piece, so I had to make a seam for the centre front and back, and I actually prefer this version.
I added my label in a slightly different position and it looks just as good.
The inside is nice and roomy with the all-important interior pocket to keep your ‘phone easily accessible.
The magnetic tabs give an element of security and stop the bag falling open.
As always, your own label adds a professional touch both inside and out.
The handles are short enough not to have the bag dragging on the floor (if you’re around the 5″ mark like me!), but also long enough for you to carry over your shoulder if that is your preference.
One of these is to be a Christmas gift for family and the other one may well end up in my Stitching Santa parcel, depending on who I get in the draw.
Which is your favourite?