I went to a workshop at the Knitting and Stitching Show to learn how to make a padded and lined boxy bag. I feel like these would come in handy as knitting projects bags, or make good gifts. They are a great project to use up fabric scraps too. This project can easily be done on a domestic machine with an overcasting foot. An overlocker would make it even easier and quicker.

I haven’t attempted to sew anything like this in four years (documented here) and again it was nice to see that I have come a long way as a sewist in that time.

Since it was actually super easy, I had time to photograph each step. So here is a photo tutorial!

Materials

  • Main fabric backed with fusible fleece- 15×10″
  • Lining- same size
  • Lining fabric- 2×6″ (I think 6″ of 1/2″ wide ribbon would be even prettier)
  • Long zip- 16″ or longer

If sizing up or down, ensure that the zip is significantly longer than you need, for ease.

Mark the centre of the long edges of both main fabric and lining with snips.

Make the bag pulls (skip if using ribbon)

Pin and stitch along the long edge with 1cm seam allowance. Press flat and then cut in half so you have two pulls.

Install the zipper

With zip teeth against RS of main fabric, sandwich with lining fabric along short edge. Leave roughly even amounts of zip either side.

Overlock or stitch with overcasting stitch.

Fold up and repeat on the other half of the zip, again with zip teeth facing RS of main fabric.

Grab the end of the zip and fold so the lining is on the outside.

Stitch the non-pull end of the zip

Line up one of your tabs with the zip teeth, with the folded edge pointing down.

Pin the raw edges together, ensuring that the centre marking snips line up with the zip teeth, and with each other.

Stitch with overcasting foot. Go carefully over the teeth.

Now work on the other end of the zip. Move the pull down so it is below the stitching line. Tack the two sides of the zip together to ensure it remains even.

Pin and stitch as above.

Trim the ends of the zip.

Finger-press the folded edges flat to act as a guide. Fold the bottom of one corner, matching the finger-pressed line with the side seam. Measure down 1.5″ and mark a line across. The line should measure 3″.

Stitch along the line and then trim off the excess.

Repeat with the other corners.

If you marked with a Frixion pen, make sure to iron away the lines. I probably wouldn’t have bothered for myself but I gave this bag away and the recipient checked the inside. It definitely looked messier with my pen lines.

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