Free Pattern to Create a Two Tone Fabric Hand Bag

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    Two Tone Fabric Hand Bag with Pockets - Materials List and Cutting Instructions

    Free pattern to sew this two tone hand bag with lots of pockets
    Two Tone Hand Bag with Pockets Inside and Outside. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This handbag has endless possibilities! Mix and match fabrics to obtain entirely different looks from this one free pattern. When completed the bag measures approximately 12" high by 16" wide. The instructions for the lining offer you the option of pockets inside the bag for your cell phone, keys or anything you might need to find in a hurry.

    Materials

    • Main Body Fabric - 3/4 yard of 60" wide upholstery or medium to heavy weight fabric.
    • Contrast Fabric - 3/4 yard of 60" wide fabric...MORE similar to your body fabric and contrasting or complimenting your body fabric.
    • Lining Fabric 3/4 yard of 45 to 60" wide fabric
    • Optional: Fusible Interfacing
    • Thread - Choosing Thread Color (Note: the thread colors shown in the photographs may not match so that it can be seen.)
    • Magnetic Purse Closure
    • Sewing Machine and Basic Sewing Tools

    Cutting

    Body Fabric (Floral Fabric in Photo)

    • Main Body - 28" by 18"
    • Strap 6" by 90-100" total (This can be shorter or longer depending on your fabric width and the desired handle. I like my straps to comfortably go over my shoulder so I choose the longer length.)

    Contrasting Fabric (Red and White Check Fabric in Photo)

    • Pocket Body Section - two 14" by 18" OR one 14" by 18" and one lining 14" by 18"
    • Strap 3" by 90-100" (Match the chosen length of the body strap.)

    Lining Fabric

    • Main lining - two pieces 13" by 18"
    • Lining Pockets - two 16" by 18"

    Tip: Use Rotary Cutting Tools to obtain accurate measurements and squared blocks.

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    Pocket Body Section

    Free sewing pattern to sew a two tone handbag with pockets
    Sewing the Outside Pockets. Debbie Colgrove. Licensed to About.com
    • Place the two section right sides together.
    • Pin the 18" edges together, aligning the edges.
    • Sew a seam using a 1/2" seam allowance along the 18" edges. (Tips for Sewing Straight Lines and Seams)
    • Grade the seams (How to Grade a Seam)
    • Turn right side out and press the seams to the exact ends so the fold is on the seam line.
    • Top stitch along the seam edge (You can sew as close as possible to the folded edge or up to a 1/4" away depending on the look you prefer.) Sewing Straight Lines
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    Attach the Pocket to the Body

    Photo showing the placement of the outside pocket on a two tone handbag
    Attaching the Pocket to the Body of the Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the pocket section in half, bringing the seamed 18" edges together.
    • Mark the fold line on the un-sewn edges.
    • Fold the main body section in half, bringing the 18" edges together.
    • Mark the fold on the 28" edge.
    • Lay the pocket section on top of the main body section, wrong sides together, matching the un-sew side sections and the fold marks.
    • Baste the aligned sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

    Transfer Pattern Markings - Marking Fabric
    Learn How to Transfer Pattern Markings...MORE and The Types of Tools Used

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    Sew The Bottom of the Bag

    Creates the bottom of the pockets and the base of the bag
    Sew the Bottom of the Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the 28" sides in half and align the top edges.
    • Press the fold.
    • Mark 1" to each side of the fold
    • Sew a line of stitching across the one-inch mark sewing from 28" edge to the opposite 28" edge. This line of stitching forms the bottom of the pocket to prevent items from working to the base of the handbag.

    Pressing Tools

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    Assemble the Straps

    How to Assemble Pocketbook Straps
    Assemble the Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Join sections of the strap together to form two long strips, one 3" wide, one 6" wide.
    • Fold the length of both strap sections in half.
    • Press the fold in place to create a sharp crease.
    • Bring the side raw edges, wrong sides together, into the pressed center crease.​Press the edges in place so they align with the opposite edge.
    • Unfold the body of the bag fabric strap and place right side up
    • Place the contrasting strap on top of the body fabric strap, centering it on one side of a center...MORE section, matching the ends of the strips.
    • Follow the same placement to the opposite end.
    • Bring the ends together, right sides together, keeping the strip of fabric straight and not twisted.
    • Align the contrasting strap ends and the body fabric strap ends.
    • Sew the strips together being sure the contrasting strip line up.
    • Grade the seam and press
    • Refold and press the straps to enclose the raw edges.
    • Using pins or temporary spray adhesive, align the edges of the main body strap and pin in place.
    • Pin the contrasting strap in place for the length of the strip.
    • Sewing close to the edges of the contrasting strap, while keeping it centered and all edges aligned, sew the contrasting strap to the main body fabric strap.
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    Sewing the Handles and Attaching the Straps

    a photo showing the strap placement
    Sewing the Handles and Attaching the Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Lay the body of the bag (with the attached pocket) on a flat surface.
    • Measure and mark 4 1/2" inches in from the sides where the pockets are basted in place.
    • Measure and mark 1 1/2" from the remaining top and bottom edge at the 4 1/2" markings.
    • Lay the joining seams of the strap on the center fold mark.
    • Smooth the strap on the markings as shown in the photo.
    • Pin in place.
    • Mark the strap where it lands on the 1 1/2" marking.
    • Un-pin the top area of the strap and sew the edges of the...MORE handle section of the strap, pivoting and turning at the 1 1/2" mark that was transferred to the strap.
    • Repeat so both handle section edges are sewn.
    • Re-pin the straps in place.
    • Starting at the joining seam, sew the strap in place keeping the bag and strap flat as you sew. Pivot at the 1 1/2" mark to sew across the strap and pivot again to sew the length of the strap. Repeat at the opposite 1 1/2" mark and sew until you reach where you started.
    • Repeat to attach the remaining strap section.
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    Side Seams

    showing how the side seams are sewn
    Sew the Side Seams. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the body of the bag in half with the right sides together and the strap handles coming out the top.
    • Pin the sides together, aligning the pocket edge, fabric edges and top of the bag.
    • Sew the side seams and apply a seam finish.
    • Press the seams as they were sewn.
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    Squaring the Bag and Preparing the Top of the Bag

    A photo showing how the bottom of the bag is squared
    Squaring the Bag Bottom. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Lay the bag so that the side seam is laying on the center bottom of the bag.
    • Sew across the side seam to form a triangle at the end of the side seam by sewing from the bottom of the pocket stitching line to the bottom of the pocket stitching line.
    • Trim the triangle off the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Repeat for the other side seam.
    • Press and turn the bag right side out.

    Prepare the Top of the Bag

    • Apply a seam finish to the top edge of the bag.
    • Press under 1 1/2"...MORE at the top of the bag, pressing under the fabric above where the straps are attached, bringing the wrong sides of the fabric together.
    • Mark the center, between the straps of each top section, 1/2" down from the folded edge.
    • Install a magnetic closure on the center marks. How to Install a Magnetic Purse Closure
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    Prepare the Lining

    showing the open section in the bottom seam to be used later to turn right side out
    Prepare the Body of the Lining. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Place lining section right sides together aligning an 18" edge.
    • Mark a 6" section in the center of the aligned edge.
    • Sew a seam on the 18" edge leaving the 6" section open.
    • Sew a seam finish to each separate seam allowance.
    • Press the seam to one side as if the entire seam was sewn.
    • Mark 1" up from the seam on both sides of the seam, on the right side of the fabric.
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    Lining Pockets

    Preparing the lining pockets
    Sew the Lining Pockets. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the two 16" by 18" in half with the right sides together, along the 16" edge, aligning the raw edges.
    • Sew a seam on the 18" edge.
    • Turn right side out and press the seam to an edge.
    • Repeat for the second pocket section.

    Attach the Lining Pockets

    • Place the seamed edge of the pocket pieces on the 1" from the seam marks, aligning the seam to the line and the edges to the edge of the lining section.
    • Sew as close as possible to the seamed edges to attach the pocket to the lining.
    • Divi...MOREde the pockets in half if desired by sewing from the top to the bottom of the pocket section dividing it as desired.
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    Finish Sewing the Lining

    sewing the side seams and squaring the bottom of the bag
    Sewing the Hand Bag Lining. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the lining in half along the seam line with the opening in it, right sides together and sew side seams
    • Apply a seam finish to the seam allowance.
    • Press the side seams to one side.
    • Lay the side seam on the bottom seam to form the bottom corners as you did for the body of the bag.
    • Sew across the triangle, just below the line of stitching that is the bottom of the lining pocket.
    • Trim the triangle and apply a seam finish.
    • Apply a seam finish to the top edge of the lining.
    • Press
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    Attach the Lining

    A photo showing how to attach the lining to a two towne fabric handbag
    Attaching the Lining to a Two Tone Fabric Handbag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • With the lining wrong side out, place the bag right with the right side out, inside the lining.
    • Push the strap inside, between the lining and the bag.
    • Line up the top edge of the bag with the top edge of the lining, matching the side seams.
    • Be sure to remove all pins.
    • Bring the body of the bag out through the opening in the bottom of the lining seam.
    • Press well.
    • Hand sew the opening in the lining closed using a slip stitch.
    • Optional- Sew around the top of the bag, sewing on the lining but just below...MORE the seam of the top of the bag where the lining is attached, sewing through all layers to hold the lining in place.
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    Printable Text for Free two Tone Handbag Pattern

    free sewing pattern with step by step directions to sew this two tone handbag
    Two Tone Fabric Handbag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This handbag has endless possibilities! Mix and match fabrics to obtain entirely different looks from this one free pattern. When completed the bag measures approximately 12" high by 16" wide. The instructions for the lining offer you the option of pockets inside the bag for your cell phone, keys or anything you might need to find in a hurry.

    Materials

    • Main Body Fabric - 3/4 yard of 60" wide Upholstery or medium to heavy weight fabric.
    • Contrast Fabric - 3/4 yard of 60" wide fabric...MORE similar to your body fabric and contrasting or complimenting your body fabric.
    • Lining Fabric 3/4 yard of 45 to 60" wide fabric
    • Optional: Fusible Interfacing
    • Thread - Choosing Thread Color (Note: the thread colors shown in the photographs may not match so that it can be seen.)
    • Magnetic Purse Closure
    • Sewing Machine and Basic Sewing Tools

    Sewing Tools

    Cutting

    Body Fabric

    • Main Body - 28" by 18"
    • Strap 6" by 90-100" total (This can be shorter or longer depending on your fabric width and the desired handle. I like my straps to comfortably go over my shoulder so I choose the longer length.)

    Contrasting Fabric

    • Pocket Body Section - two 14" by 18" OR one 14" by 18" and one lining 14" by 18"
    • Strap 3" by 90-100" (Match the chosen length of the body strap.)

    Lining Fabric

    • Main lining - two pieces 13" by 18"
    • Lining Pockets - two 16" by 18"

    Tip: Use Rotary Cutting Tools to obtain accurate measurements and squared blocks.

    Pocket Body Section

    • Place the two section right sides together.
    • Pin the 18" edges together, aligning the edges.
    • Sew a seam using a 1/2" seam allowance along the 18" edges
    • Grade the seams (How to Grade a Seam)
    • Turn right side out and press the seams to the exact ends so the fold is on the seam line.
    • Top stitch along the seam edge (You can sew as close as possible to the folded edge or up to a 1/4" away depending on the look you prefer.)

    Attach the Pocket to the Body

    • Fold the pocket section in half, bringing the seamed 18" edges together.
    • Mark the fold line on the un-sewn edges.
    • Fold the main body section in half, bringing the 18" edges together.
    • Mark the fold on the 28" edge.
    • Lay the pocket section on top of the main body section, wrong sides together, matching the un-sewn side sections and the fold marks.
    • Baste the aligned sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

    Transfer Pattern Markings - Marking Fabric
    Learn How to Transfer Pattern Markings and The Types of Tools Used

    Sew Bottom of the Bag

    • Fold the 28" sides in half and align the top edges.
    • Press the fold.
    • Mark 1" to each side of the fold
    • Sew a line of stitching across the one inch mark sewing from 28" edge to the opposite 28" edge. This line of stitching forms the bottom of the pocket to prevent items from working to the base of the handbag.

    Pressing Tools

    Assemble the Straps

    • Join sections of strap together to form two long strips, one 3" wide one 6" wide.
    • Fold the length of both strap sections in half.
    • Press the fold in place to create a sharp crease.
    • Bring the side raw edges, wrong sides together, in to the pressed center crease.
    • Press the edges in place so they align with the opposite edge.
    • Unfold the body of the bag fabric strap and place right side up
    • Place the contrasting strap on top of the body fabric strap, centering it on one side of a center section, matching the ends of the strips..
    • Follow the same placement to the opposite end.
    • Bring the ends together, right sides together, keeping the strip of fabric straight and not twisted.
    • Align the contrasting strap ends and the body fabric strap ends.
    • Sew the strips together being sure the contrasting strip line up.
    • Grade the seam and press
    • Refold and press the straps to enclose the raw edges.
    • Using pins or temporary spray adhesive, align the edges of the main body strap and pin in place.
    • Pin the contrasting strap in place for the length of the strip.
    • Sewing close to the edges of the contrasting strap, while keeping it centered and all edges aligned, sew the contrasting strap to the main body fabric strap.

    Sewing the Handles and Attaching the Straps

    • Lay the body of the bag (with the attached pocket) on a flat surface.
    • Measure and mark 4 1/2" inches in from the sides where the pockets are basted in place.
    • Measure and mark 1 1/2" from the remaining top and bottom edge at the 4 1/2" markings.
    • Lay the joining seams of the strap on the center fold mark.
    • Smooth the strap on the markings as shown in the photo.
    • Pin in place.
    • Mark the strap where it lands on the 1 1/2" marking.
    • Unpin the top area of the strap and sew the edges of the handle section of the strap, pivoting and turning at the 1 1/2" mark that was transferred to the strap.
    • Repeat so both handle section edges are sewn.
    • Re-pin the straps in place.
    • Starting at the joining seam, sew the strap in place keeping the bag and strap flat as you sew. Pivot at the 1 1/2"" mark to sew across the strap and pivot again to sew the length of the strap. Repeat at the opposite 1 1/2" mark and sew until you reach where you started.
    • Repeat to attach the remaining strap section.

    Side Seams

    • Fold the body of the bag in half with the right sides together and the strap handles coming out the top.
    • Pin the sides together, aligning the pocket edge, fabric edges and top of the bag.
    • Sew the side seams and apply a seam finish.
    • Press the seams as they were sewn.

    Squaring the Bag

    • Lay the bag so that the side seam is laying on the center bottom of the bag.
    • Sew across the side seam to form a triangle at the end of the side seam by sewing from the bottom of the pocket stitching line to the bottom of the pocket stitching line.
    • Trim the triangle off the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Repeat for the other side seam.
    • Press and turn the bag right side out.

    Prepare the Top of the Bag

    • Apply a seam finish to the top edge of the bag.
    • Press under 1 1/2" at the top of the bag, pressing under the fabric above where the straps are attached, bringing the wrong sides of the fabric together.
    • Mark the center, between the straps of each top section, 1/2" down from the folded edge.
    • Install a magnetic closure on the center marks. How to Install a Magnetic Purse Closure

    Prepare the Lining

    • Place lining section right sides together aligning an 18" edge.
    • Mark a 6" section in the center of the aligned edge.
    • Sew a seam on the 18" edge leaving the 6" section open.
    • Sew a seam finish to each separate seam allowance.
    • Press the seam to one side as if the entire seam was sewn.
    • Mark 1" up from the seam on both sides of the seam, on the right side of the fabric.

    Lining Pockets

    • Fold the two 16" by 18" in half with the right sides together, along the 16" edge, aligning the raw edges.
    • Sew a seam on the 18" edge.
    • Turn right side out and press the seam to an edge.
    • Repeat for the second pocket section.

    Attach the Lining Pockets

    • Place the seamed edge of the pocket pieces on the 1" from the seam marks, aligning the seam to the line and the edges to the edge of the lining section.
    • Sew as close as possible to the seamed edges to attach the pocket to the lining.
    • Divide the pockets in half if desired by sewing from the top to the bottom of the pocket section dividing it as desired.

    Attach the Lining

    • With the lining wrong side out, place the bag right with the right side out, inside the lining.
    • Push the strap inside, between the lining and the bag.
    • Line up the top edge of the bag with the top edge of the lining, matching the side seams.
    • Be sure to remove all pins.
    • Bring the body of the bag out through the opening in the bottom of the lining seam.
    • Press well.
    • Hand sew the opening in the lining closed using a slip stitch.
    • Optional- Sew around the top of the bag, sewing on the lining but just below the seam of the top of the bag where the lining is attached, sewing through all layers to hold the lining in place.