felt at least 65cm x 75cm
pins, sewing machine, paper, set square, paper shears, tailor shears and pen
first you have to think about what size of bag you want, I wanted a normal book size but as a square, so I used a book to draw a square to to have something to start with.
so after I got the size, I added 1 cm all around, since I drew it to the edge of the paper I added that 1cm to the opposite side, considering in a square the result would be the same. Then cut that part, this will be your model for the pattern
draw your model twice on a new paper, with 5 cm (or more considering how much space you need, 5 cm give you for handbags mostly enough space without looking bulky, but it really depends on what you want to carry in it) in between both, this 5cm will be you later bag-top
un-do all the seam of the IKEA-bag, I used a marker to draw the pattern onto the material, so I wont have to use pins, since its woven plastic the holes would stay visible
and cut all parts out of the fabric
remember to secure your seams at beginning and end
pin the three parts together, the IKEA-fabric has 2 slightly different sides, look out for that
cut the strip in at the corners of the bag to make it fit
do the same with the feltmake sure the both bag-parts are mirror images of each other, and sew both
by sewing this, you also close the hole at the front
last I cut off the bag the strip with the top of a press fastener, I folded some fabric under and pinned it to the seam at the diagonal part of the flap
then place it right at the mark you made and sew it on with handstitching
Isn’t it nice? 😀
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