|A Jacket + An Idea = A New Bag|
As I promised, today I'm showing how I made a bag from a jacket you saw in my previous post. The bag is not hard to make and does not require a lot of skills, so don't hesitate to make it even if you never made a bag before!
Let's move on to the tutorial :)
Attention: I'm not the professional (have that in mind) and there are many ways to sew the same garment, this is how I make it!
- Jacket or any other material for outside of the bag. My jacket was from a material called alcantara (I guess), which is nice to work with but very hard to find (I heard of it for the first time). So I would suggest you use faux leather or suede (because they are waterproof and lasts long), but it's up to your fantasy - you can use either mentioned materials, either fabric, either mix of different materials. However, the stuffed handles might look weird in fabric, so use faux leather or something like that for handles or make different kind of handles.
- Infusible interfacing. I used the strongest interfacing they offer in a fabric store.
- Fabric for lining. Use what ever king of fabric you like, though I suggest either dark colored, either fabric with lots of print on it - it won't get dirty as quick as bright colored fabric will.
- Zipper. If you want the zipper detail like in my bag, your zipper has to be longer than the length of your bag. Of course, if you don't want your zipper to stand out, you can use a shorter zipper :)
- Cardboard. Ok, I'm a bit confused whether this is the right translation, but anyway, I used that sturdy piece of paper from the back of notebooks ;D This will make the bottom of the bag sturdy.
- Glue. I use Moment Universal glue. You can only use glue for suede and faux leather, so if you use regular fabrics you won't need this.
- Stuffing for the handles. As I haven't yet found the perfect stuffing, I used cotton cosmetic pads torn in little pieces, but feel free to use something else if you don't have any.
If you read any of my previous tutorials, you know that I always start with a drawing of the bag:
Red line in my bag is equal the green line and they both are 30 cm length. I do understand that other women carry a lot in their bags, so don't hesitate to change the measurements to meet your needs :)
The front detail is just a decorative part, if you don't like it - simple change this part (this bag is so easily changeable that you can make it look whatever you want it to be). Anyway, yellow lines are 4 cm each, and the blue line is 22 cm long (30 - 4- 4 = 22).
The width of my bag is 10 cm.
A - the middle square (22x22); you'll need 2 of them, since the front and the back of the bag are the same;
B - these go on top and down of the detail A. You'll need 4 of them (4x22);
C - these go to the sides of detail A. You'll need 4 of them (4x30);
D - bottom (10x30), 1 detail;
E - sides. 2 details (10x26);
F - zipper details, length matches the length of the bag, 2 details (4x30);
G - handles; 2 details (I'll talk the measurements later);
H - side detail for the zipper; must be wider than a width of the zipper (mine was 6x2). Zipper will also require long stripes for the sides, 2 details (3x25) and one small details for the end (~4x3).
For lining, I cut 2 side pieces and 30x70 piece, and a little square for pockets.
If you cut the jacket, make sure you cut the biggest parts first, because later you may not have enough fabric. I usually leave 1 sleeve for the handles.
To create a flat look for the outside, go to the ironing board, put the detail wrong side up and fold the seam (photo 1), put a long strap of interfacing on top (p. 2) and iron. This will glue the seam to the detail and the right side will look smooth.
Than take piece C, sew on the side of the piece A (p. 3) and sew the other piece C to the other side. Iron on the interfacing like in photos 1 and 2, so that you have a nice square like in photo 4.
Create the other square exactly the same way.
Repeat with a second handle.
Place the ends of the handles on the front piece and sew (p. 15). You should attach handles by sewing on top of the seam you made in photo 10.
Repeat with a second handle.
The Bottom and Sides
Now we are going to make that little thing that holds the hanging zipper in place. Take a small piece of fabric (about 6x2 cm plus seam allowance), fold the long edges and makes seams (p. 18). Put on one side piece, a little above the middle, and sew sides (p. 19).
Take a side piece (I didn't iron the interfacing on side pieces, but you can do so if you like), attach it first to the bottom (p. 20) and later sew sides. Repeat with other side.
Set the outside of the bag aside.
If you want your zipper to hang like mine does, take a much longer zipper than your bag length is: since my bag is 30cm long, I took 55 cm length zipper. You will also need to cut the 4x3 piece for the end of the zipper and 2 straps for zipper sides, about 3 cm width and the length of those straps is counted like this: Zipper length minus bag length (55-30=25). You will first mark on the zipper the 30cm mark (where the bag ends) and attach sides and ending like in the following photos (I hope photos are enough to explain):
Set the zipper piece aside.
Ok, I must admit - I hate (well, maybe it's too strong to say so, but I really dislike it!) making drop-in lining, but for this bag drop-in lining was the only choice :D So, take the main lining piece and attach the sides just as you did with the bag outside details. Iron the seams.
Inserting Zipper And Lining
From the cardboard cut the detail, just a little bit smaller than the bottom of the bag and glue it to the inside of the bag (p. 23). Don't overuse the glue and make sure that the glue isn't visible outside he bag (try glue on a small piece of material first). This will make sure that the bottom won't collapse and always will look nice. Let the glue dry before the next step.
Take your zipper piece (zipper has to be opened), put it on the top of the bag like in photo 24 and sew side-top-side. Then put in the lining and sew the top (as in photo 25). Cut the corners like in photo 26 (this will make the corners look nice). Repeat with the other side. MAKE SURE THAT THE ZIPPER IS INSERTED RIGHT and closes nicely (sadly, I didn't took a photo of this step, but you will see it when making :)
By this point the bag is finished. All you have to do is to run through the bag with your needle and check for any mistakes/weak seams/raw edges. My corners didn't look strong enough, so I secured them with stitches (see circled part in photo 29).
And it's done!
If you have any questions - don't hesitate to ask in the comment section :)