Becky wanted a tutorial on how to make a lovely little Pleated Bag like this one.
So here it is to share with you all. Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see it!
Warning: There are lots of pictures. I'm not experienced in writing tutorials so please let me know if something is confusing or wrong.
The finished dimensions are...
8 in. tall, 12 in. wide across the bottom, and 4 in. deep.
Handle- 22 1/2 inches.
You will need:
a magnetic clasp
fusible fleece interfacing (or quarter inch quilt batting),
note: If you are using Decorator weight fabric you will not need medium weight interfacing. My lining fabric is 100% quilt weight cotton, and the brown fabric is a very thin polyester type.
To start with, cut...
- 18 in. square of main fabric and medium weight interfacing.
- 18 in. square of lining fabric and fusible fleece
- 24" X 4 1/2" of strap fabric
- 24" X 4 1/2" of fusible fleece
- 8" X 9" pocket fabric.
Take the main fabric square and pin or baste it to the med-weight interfacing. From here on out treat these pieces as one. Make the Pleats on two opposite sides of the square.
Once you have two rows of pleats, use one of them to make a pattern for the yolk of the bag. To make the pattern, lay the pleated edge on a large piece of paper and trace the curve.
Use a ruler to mark another line 3 inches away, and then connect the dots.
Cut out the shape and fold it in half to make sure it is equal on each side.
I didn't cut off the corners for my bag, but I think you'll get a better result if you do. Use your yolk pattern to cut
- 2 from a coordinating fabric,
- 2 from Med-weight interfacing, if necessary
- 2 from lining fabric,
- 2 from fleece or batting.
Repeat for other side.
To make the boxed bottom...
Now to make the lining iron the Fusible Fleece to lining fabric (I used batting 'cause I ran out of the fleece) and pleat the square and ad the yolk as before.
Now it's time to add the pocket. Take your pocket fabric and...
Sew on pocket by topstitching 1/8 inch from the edges.
Next put in your magnetic clasp. Find the center and mark 1-1/2 in down from top.
The stabilizing plastic I used here was a disc cut from Ikea shelf liner, but plastic from the side of a milk jug works well too.
Now make the handle...
And there's a lovely Pleated Bag for you to use or to send to a favorite friend. It would make a great Christmas gift! Enjoy!