I’m making a bag for my niece (which is turning out a little nicer than the one I’ve made for my nephew). I am repurposing the material below which has a slight batting already quilted to it. It looks like it might have been a quilted table cloth at some point before I got it.
I cut the material to a little bigger than the size I wanted the bag. I sewed on a jeans pocket I had salvaged from a ruined pair of jeans. I cut a lining material to match. I decided to sew the lining and material together before forming the bag. I stitched them together along the perimeter and diagonally across the front to support the pocket.
Next, it was time to form the bag. I hemmed what would become the top first, folding over about a quarter inch of the edge. Then I folded the long strip in half with the lining facing out and sewed along the sides of the bag.
When I turned it right-side-out, the body of the bag was finished, as you can see below. Next task was to finish it by adding a strap.
I cut a strip of denim two inches longer and almost three times wider than the strap I wanted to end with. I ironed it flat, then ironed a folded edge of a half inch on each king side. I then ironed the strip in half so the folded edges overlaid each other and pinned them together. I sewed the folded edges together to make the strap and sewed along the opposite side to help it hold its form.
I attached the strap by zigzag stitching the bottom of the strap an inch below the top hem of the bag. (This kept me from having the hem the bottoms of the strap.) I also zigzag stitched along the top of the hem and over the strap all along the top. This reinforced the hem and strap together. My niece is three years old, so I tried to make the bag to endure the abuse it will soon see.
The resulting bag is lightweight, but should be durable. I’m really happy with the material I used and the denim accents. Hopefully she likes it and gets a lot of use from it!