I love finding new ways to up-cycle burlap coffee sacks. A local coffee company gave me a ton of these a while back, and I still have plenty left to use up. For this project I used the Modern Clutch pattern from Upstyle. I made a few changes to accommodate to use of burlap as the main bag fabric. After completing the bag, I felt the bag looked a bit plain, so I stenciled some flowers on the front. This was a fun intermediate sewing project.
This is my first video sewing instructable. I'm not thrilled with the sound quality of my new camera. I also learned a few lessons along the way (Like don't put your tripod on the same table as your sewing machine!). Sorry for the shaking while I'm sewing. I will figure something else out next time. I hope you all enjoy my project :)
Modern Clutch Pro Pattern by Upstyle (Get it on Esty here)
6 3/4" Modern Style Purse Frames (Get it on Etsy here)
Main Fabric - Exterior of Bag - Muslin 13" x 13" and Burlap 13" x 13"
Lining Fabric - 12 5/8" x 13"
Sew-in Ultra Firm Stabilizer - Peltex 70 - 11 3/4" x 11 3/4"
Sew-in Interfacing - Pellon 40 or 50 - 12 5/8" x 13"
Iron and Ironing Board
General Purpose Spray Adhesive
Aileen's Original Tacky Glue
Straight Sewing Pins or Clips
(Optional) Decorative Stencil of Your Choice - This is the one I used
(Optional) Masking Tape
(Optional) Matte Acrylic or Fabric Paint
(Optional) Spouncers or Stenciling Brushes
Step 1: Cut the Pattern Pieces Out of Fabric
After pressing all of your fabric to remove any wrinkles, cut the pattern pieces out of fabric. You can either pin the pattern pieces to your fabric, and then cut around each piece with scissors or you can use a rotary cutter like I did in the video.
Note: The pattern piece labeled "Main Fabric" should be cut from muslin fabric at this point. Do not cut any pattern pieces out of burlap yet.
Step 2: Prep the Burlap Coffee Sack
Cut the burlap sack along the side and bottom seams to separate it into two equal pieces. You will only be using one of these pieces for this project. Choose the best looking piece. Iron it as well as possible, and then follow the video to complete this step.
Once your burlap is prepped and ready, now is the best time to add a decorative stencil to your bag (optional). I didn't decide to add a stencil until the bag was finished, but you will have a much easier time if you do it before you start to sew the pieces together. Use your Ultra-firm stabilizer as a guide for where your stencil should go. You can skip ahead to Step 11 if you want to see me apply my stencil.
Step 3: Sew the Ultra-Firm Stabilizer Pieces Together
Step 4: Sew the Bag Outer Fabric
Step 5: Sew the Bag Lining Fabric
Step 6: Sew the Lining to the Bag Outer Fabric
Step 7: Turn the Bag and Insert Ultra Firm Stabilizer
Step 8: Sew the Remaining Openings on the Bag Closed
Step 9: Attach the Frame
Step 10: Complete the Bag Structure
Fold in corners, and tuck them underneath the sides of the frame to complete your bag structure.