I love this method to make bags. They are fully lined and very easy to make.
You can make them any size to suit what you need to carry. This size in the video tutorial is the perfect size for your phone, glasses, a couple of pens, and a small notebook.
You can add additional pockets. Have fun making them!
Here are some written instructions for you too!
Megelles 5 Minute Bag
This little bag will only take five minutes! It's ideal to put your mobile phone & keys in.
AS A GUIDE here is the measurement. It can be made in any size using this method.
What you need is:
Lining: 1 X 6 ½” wide X 17” long strip
Outer & pocket: 1 X 6 ½” wide X 26” long strip – (this can be longer).
1 length of cording or fabric double folded and top stitched for the handle. Approx. 40” – 50”.
Take the lining fabric and fold it in half with the right side together. Press the folded edge. Put aside for a minute.
Take the outer fabric and fold it in half with the wrong sides together. Press the folded edge and then top stitch along the folded edge.
Now fold the outer fabrics back over each side of the top stitched fabric. The outer fabric should be about 1” long with the top stitched edge sandwiched between. Press again.
Place the lining piece on top of the folded outer fabrics. You should have 3 folded edges at the bottom. The lining should be about 1 ½” longer than the folded outer fabrics.
Pin along the sides & then sew. The width of the presser foot is a good seam allowance. Sew all the way along each side.
Here is the fun bit! Take one side of the outer fabric and flip it over all the other fabrics. It helps to place your hand between the lining fabrics to flatten out your bag.
Fold over the lining fabric over ½” and then fold it over again so it just sits over the top of the outer fabrics.
Pin all the way around and press.
Place the end of your handles under that folded edges of the lining fabrics where the seams are. Pin into place. Top stitch around the folded edge. When you sew over your handles make sure you reverse a little bit to secure them. Take it slowly. If you do find you get a little bit of a pleat, just work the pleats towards one of the side seams or the other.
Sew all the way around the top.
Your little bag is done! Now make another! Happy sewing.
Great pattern that hides all seams
Marsha KW on 7 July 2022Love the instructions given in the video. I am a detail person, so I listened several times to get the directions documented, First sew perfectly matched yours. Thank you for taking the time to videotape the process. Best wishes to you.
Thank you so much for the great feedback
Bag for phone.
Pauline Mackinney on 31 January 2022Thank you so much for this tutorial.
Length of each piece
Debbie Hesseltine on 16 January 2022I would like to know which piece is cut to 6.5 x 17 inches and which piece is cut to 6.5 x 26inches. I don't think it was mentioned in the post.
Di on 2 January 2022I made this bag yesterday and it's great thank you. However, I felt the tutorial was a bit confusing at the beginning because you cut TWO strips of each fabric saying you wanted "two different colours ". You didn't say this was because you were going to make a second bag...so I cut two strips of each fabric, to make my single bag, and then wondered why I'd got two strips left over! I appreciate now that this should have been obvious, but I've never made a bag before so I just copied what you did in the video
Hi Sorry for the confusion and very very late response but I thought I had responded when you commented. I needed two colours to show the contrast in the demonstration. Sorry again cheers Lisa
Janet Miller on 25 September 2021I LOVE making these bags it is sooo easy to make . Thank you
My pleasure- Happy sewing!