*Note: When I refer to the "right" side the fabric, that is the side that will be visible when you have completed your project. The "wrong" side is the side that will not be seen.
This is my first instructable so any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Also, feel free to contact me with any questions about this project :)
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Enough fabric for the bag
The same amount of a different fabric for the liner
webbing or ribbon for the handles
pen or pencil
sewing machine (you could also do this with a needle and thread if you wanted but it would take longer)
Optional-buttons or snaps if you want to add them.
Step 2: Wash and Iron Your Fabric
Of course, if the fabric you are using is not washable or iron-able, then don't wash or iron it!
Step 3: Cut Out Your Pieces
Measure out one large rectangle that will have a length equal to twice the height of your bag plus the depth and a width that is equal to the width of your bag. This piece will wrap around to become the two large sides of your bag and the bottom.
If that is confusing think of it this way: My final bag will be 13 inches tall and 9 inches deep so this rectangle will be 35 inches long and 18 inches wide. 13inches+13inches+9inches=35 inches
Then cut out the smaller rectangles for the smaller sides. These rectangles will have the width of the height of the bag and the length of the depth of you bag. For example, my side pieces will be 13 inches by 9 inches.
You can then use these piece to cut out the same pieces of the lining fabric so you don't have to measure the liner all over again.
Also, if you want a pocket on the outside, cut it out but cut it about an inch bigger than you want it to be so you can fold the edges under.
Step 4: Make the Pocket and Mark Where the Straps Go
Also, decide where you want your straps and make a mark on the WRONG side of your fabric. This is the side that will not be seen.
Step 5: Sew the Bag Together
Once you have these sewn together, turn the outside RIGHT side out and place it INSIDE the liner so the right sides are together. This step is kind of confusing and I mess it up all the time. Basically, you should see the inside of both fabrics, not the side of the fabrics that are going to show. Also, the picture should give you some idea.
You should be able to see where you marked the spots where you want the straps to go. Cut the webbing or ribbon to the length you want plus an inch or two on either side to attach them to the bag. The looped park of the strap (the part that you hold onto) should be IN BETWEEN the layer of the liner and the bag with about an inch sticking out the top seam and lined up with the marks you made earlier. You wont be able to see most of the straps and that is ok! Trust me on this...
Sew around the top to connect the two layers but leave a 4 or 5 inch hole on one side but make sure you have stitched over the straps so they are attached securely.
Step 6: Finish Your Bag
Find the hole, pin it closed and pin the lining and the outer purse fabric together and stitch around the top. This will close the hole in the seam, make the lining stay inside the bag better and secure the straps more to your bag.
And there you go! You have a great bag that is a perfect gift for mothers day!