This little tute is about making a great little bag from one piece of fabric. The bags featured are made from viscose (lined) , wool blend Melton, vintage Japanese kimono fabric and vintage Japanese kimono fabric (lined).
Of course you could use up scraps an make a patchwork version. As long as your starting piece of fabric is 3 times longer than it is wide, then do what you like!
Step 1: Gather What You Need
Now I've used a sewing machine to make this bag, but you could sew it by hand if you don't have a machine or you have better hand sewing skills than I do. For strength and durability a sewing machine is recommended.
1. Fabric. Your piece of fabric must be 3 times longer than it is wide. This can any kind of fabric although bear in mind the thicker it is the harder it is to sew through a few layers. The red bag featured is actually made out of a scrap of Italian Melton wool which is 520gsm. This is a great project for using Japanese kimono silk. It makes a really elegant evening bag which isn't too large. The fabric in the picture is as I bought it. 140cm wide by 1m long. I cut it so it was 46cm long by 140cm.
2. Lining fabric (optional) . If you would like to line your bag (recommended for very thin or drapery fabrics) then a piece of your chosen lining the same dimensions as your main fabric. There are two ways to line this bag, I will explain both, but only one technique is demonstrated.
3. Sewing machine/ sewing thread and needle.
4. Pins/ mini clamps