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Sewing Crafts for Summer – Handmade Shoulder Bags

Posted by Erika on Apr 15, 2009 in Family Crafts

A handmade shoulder bag is the perfect sewing craft for Summer, and it’s easy enough for beginners.

You can make these bags using your old felt, denim or cotton clothes.
What you’ll need:

  • One piece of fabric of your choice
  • Contrasting fabric for lining
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

How to make it:

  1. Cut a 20”X8” rectangular piece of fabric. Also cut a long rectangular piece of fabric for the shoulder strap.
  2. Cut a 20”X8”piece of your second fabric, this will serve as the lining.
  3. Place the lining fabric onto the main fabric, tuck it with pins and sew the four sides together to make it a one.
  4. Symmetrically fold the fabric widthwise and sew the open ends together.
  5. Next, fold the strap fabric lengthwise and sew along the entire length of the strap, this will add durability.
  6. Sew the two ends of the strap about 1 inch deep inside the open end of the bag.
  7. Fold and stitch the open edges for a better finish and fold open the bag.

Your handmade shoulder-bag is ready. If you’re feeling creative, feel free to embellish it with glitter glue, buttons or ribbons.

Source: About.com

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