One day I got summoned to my roommates room to see the new best thing since sliced bread- a bag for your bread!
No really, a company designed a bag to carry your baguette around (link at end).
My friends and I have an intense love for bread (and cheese) and this new fashion statement seemed perfect for us. Knowing that I was the friend with the sewing machine, I got the requests to make this bag a reality for those of us who aren't out to spend a lot of money on toting our bread around (we have to save the money for the bread!). Don't laugh, think of the utility! Picnics, biking, feeling elite in the bakery...because the last thing you want is a smushed baguette.
Follow along as I show you how to make a bag to perfectly fit your baguette.
As a note, I did make a mock up before going through the process that you see here. But hopefully this Instructable makes it so you don't need a mock up at all!
Step 1: Materials
Here is what you'll need for your BAGuette!
- A fabric of your choice, at least a yard (length is a yard, and allow 20in width + extra)
- A second fabric of your chosing of the same dimensions. I used something heat resistant
- Scissors/Seem ripper
- Tape measure
- Wash off fabric marker
Step 2: Measure Your Fabric
We'll start off by cutting the pieces we need. I didn't work from a pattern, but eyeballed around what I believed to be the size of a baguette. According to google sources, baguettes are typically 16" long but I decided to make my bag 24" + seem allowance (1.5" each side).
Measure your two fabrics to your desired lenth (27") length wise. Then measure a desired width (7") and cut two rectangles of this from your first fabric and two rectangles of this from your second fabric.
For the sides, cut a piece long enough to wrap around your body with 3"+ width. 3" creates a thing strap but that was desired for me. Cut two of these rectangles from your primary fabric and two from your secondary fabric
On your larger four rectangles, round the corners out. Once again, I eyeballed but drew my curve onto the fabric with my marker before doing serious scissor damage.
Step 3: Pin Up
Place the correct side of the fabric together to prepare for the sewing machine. We will turn this inside out later so that the correct sides are facing out.
Pair one piece of primary with secondary (you should have three of these combos)
If you trust yourself, you don't need to be an excessive pinner. I like to be safe, so every couple of inches I place a pin around where I plan to sew. I will take these pins out as I go.
Step 4: Sewing Part 1
Taking the pins out as you go, sew the pieces together. If your stitches don't look clean, that's fine- it will be hidden anyway! Experiment on scrap fabric for what stitch works best with your fabric.
On the small rectangles, leave one short end open.
On the large rectangles leave a small hole that you can fit at least two fingers in to flip inside out.
Step 5: Magnets
I want my bread to be easy access and zippers can be way too much of a hassle.
On one of my large pieces still inside out, I placed to magnets (poles in the same directions) towards what I deemed to be the top. I marked their position with my fabric marker.
On the inside out side strip, at the closed end, match the magnets up so the poles are going in the right direction and they have the same distance apart. Note that the close shut end will be where the side ends and the baguette will be able to slide in. I put this spot about a quarter down the bag.
Hot glue your magnets in place and flip everything inside out.
If you mess up the magnets its no big deal because hot glue is easy to rip off!
Step 6: Piece It Together
You have two large rectangles and a small skinny one- I know it doesnt look like much but time to make this a bag!
Lining up the magnets (attach them, it's easier), begin pinning the primary fabric of a large rectangle to the side. It should look like the third and fourth picture. Attach both rectangles to the side this way.
- You want to start sewing under the magnets so the magnet flap can actually open and close.
- My fabric wasn't long enough to create a side that would make it all the way around. I cut a small rectangle of the same width (3") of primary and secondary fabric, sewed them together, and then sewed it to the long side.
Step 7: Sewing Part 2
Sew where you have pinned just like in the previous step, removing pins along the way.
You're now pushing at least 4 layers of fabric through your machine so it might be good to take this step a little slower.
Step 8: Strap
Put the bag off to your side, you're doing great! It's now time to make the strap!
Cut some long rectangles about the side of the sides all out of the primary fabric. It should be enough to wrap around your body. If your fabric isn't long enough to do it, sew two pieces together to make a longer piece. You'll put the seem of the elongated length strap on the inside where it is not visible. Create two strap pieces and pin them together right sides facing each other and sew them together, leaving both sides open.
Turn the strap inside out and fold the ends over each other twice (like rolling it) so no fray is seen. Sew these on to the top and bottom of the bag so it comfortably slips on over your body.
Step 9: Bag(uette) It!
With the addition of your strap, you just have to find a warm loaf of bread to make this bag complete!
This bag pairs best with baguettes, but will accept any type of bread. It does not descriminate between bakery fresh or store bought, but the warmer the better! And with your heat resistant fabric, warm bread should cause your bag no harm!
Bike over to the bakery, pop your baguette in, and ride off into the sunset. Live the dream.
I made this bag for my bread loving friend, who made a cheese bag attachment which you can find here.
This bag was also inspired by this bag.
Thanks everyone for reading, and I hope you have an increase of bread in your life from this project!