Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scripture Bag Tutorial


A few months ago I was asked to do a sewing project for "Fabulous Friday" a night where a bunch of ladies from church get together and do projects. I decided to do a scripture bag. The problem was that I didn't have a pattern. I ended up looking online and couldn't find one that I liked. What I did find was a naasty virus...and I mean NAASTY virus on my computer. It ended up killing it, anyway...back to the I had to come up with my own pattern. This is very easy and should only take you a couple hours to make, even less if you are an expert seamstress.

(Lauren did you notice the chicken?)

1/2 yrd main fabric (navy/butterflies)
3/4 yrd contrast fabric (light green)
3/4 fusible interfacing
1 1/4 yrd ribbon

*I used navy thread because I wanted the contrast and I did't want to have to mess with switching the thread. You can use matching if you want.


I only figured out yardage for two bags because we were getting fabric for multiple bags. I'm not sure if you will have enough if you half the yardage for just one bag. Because fabric comes in different widths and such it can get confusing. Here are the exact measurements, you can figure it out from here if you want to just make one bag...

Main Fabric - cut one 11 in. x 18 in. (outside of bag)
Main Fabric - cut one 6.5 in. x 9 in. (pocket)
Main Fabric - cut two 4 x 16.5 in. (handles)

Contrast - cut two 3.5 in. x 11 in. (top of outside of bag)
Contrast - cut one 7.5 in. x 11 in. (pocket)
Contrast - cut one 11 in. x 23.5 in. (inside of bag)

Fusible Interfacing - cut one 11 in. x 24 in. (iron onto inside of bag)
Fusible Interfacing - cut two 1.5 in. 16.5 in. (iron onto handles)

Ribbon - cut two 11 in. strips. Use whatever width of ribbon you want...I used 1 in.

They should be 24 x 11

I use an approx 1/4 in seam allowance...

 Step One: Handles...
Iron the handle interfacing to the handle fabric. Measure in 1/2 in. and iron interfacing...there will be 2 in. on the other side of the interfacing.

Fold in 1/2 in. on both sides and iron.

Fold ironed sides onto each other and press. 

Then sew down both edges of the straps. 

I think it's a 1/4 in. seam...the edge of my presser foot was my guide. Do this to both straps, put aside until later.

Step Two: Pockets...
Fold your fabric pieces in half and press. Now measure 1/4 in. on sides and bottom of pocket and not mess with the folded side. That will be the top of your pocket.

Step Three: Inside of bag...
Iron on the interfacing...Maya (my lovely assistant) is using a damp hanky to help it fuse better.

Step Four: Assembly...
I start with the outside pocket (contrast fabric). I sew the sides first and then the bottom. The fold goes on top so there is no sewing there.

Now center and pin the smaller pocket onto the other pocket. Pin. Sew directly onto the big pocket. (you can also sew the pocket first to make it easier when you sew it onto the big pocket)

Now it's time to sew the front of the bag. 
Line up contrast to edge of main fabric. Pin.

Now sew. Notice my presser foot is lined up to the edge of the fabric.

Press seam open. Pin ribbon on top of right side of fabric. I pinned it so it was centered on the seam.
Do this to both sides.

This is probably the hardest part...sewing on the ribbon. If you aren't confident in sewing a straight stitch, use the same colored thread as your ribbon. I sewed right on the edge. Notice the presser foot again. I used that center edge as my guide. Sew top and bottom edges.

Fold in half,  and measure 1 in. from bottom of ribbon. Pin. It should look like this.

Now sew on pocket. I literally sew right on the seam that I already sewed.

Now fold the bag in half...right sides together. Sew sides (top to bottom).

Grab your lining and sew dow the sides just like you did the outside.

Now this part sounds trickier than it really the outside of your bag (right sides still together), so that the side seams are centered and the bottom turns into a triangle.

Measure two inches from the corner. Pin and draw a line. Do the same on the other side. Then flip your bag over and do it to the other side seam.

Do the same thing to the lining, then sew from one pin to the other on the line that you drew.

When you are done it should look like this...yes that is generic cola in the not judge (Andrea)...

Now trim the corner off. Do this to both corners on lining and on the outside of the bag.

Again this sound harder than it is...but take the bottom corners of the inside and outside of the bag and pin them together. Make sure you line each corner up right.

Sew them together.

When you are done, your bag will look like this. 

Now turn them right side out.

With your bag sitting upright. Fold the inside and outside fabric down 1 in. so that they are tucked inside facing each other. Pin all the way around.

Now it's time to pull out those straps you put aside earlier. Guess what!? You are almost done now....whoo hoo!! Measure 1 1/2 in. from the center seam, pin straps.

Your bag will look like this.

Sew all the way around your bag. Notice presser foot right on the edge of the fabric.

To reinforce the straps, go down 3/4 inch and sew around the bag again.

Now the fun part. Glue some bling onto the center of the flower.

Cut the stem back as close to flower as you can. Then glue onto bag.

Ta Dahhhhhh!!!!

So there you have it, an easy scripture bag tutorial...without getting a virus! If you make one of these you better put it up on your blog so I can see it.

BTW....I've got the stuff to make a boy bag for C, I will post it when I get around to making it.

*Are you digging this song? (Letters From the Sky) I love it. I love this band. (Civil Twilight)


Lindsey said...

Cute crafty lady! I love it!

the wrath of khandrea said...

did it take you longer to ddo this post than it did to make the bag?? holy smokes!

i'm so exhausted after reading this whole thing, that i feel like having a generic cola pick-me-up.

calibosmom said...

I CAN'T SEW!!! Seriously, I think performing brain surgery would be easier for me. Oh, I really do like this song-sounds a little U2 like.

Mrs Ana said...

Love the bag! But would like a a bigger one for all my primary stuff. Can you put that on your oder list. My favorite colors are black, hot pink,lime green, purple and brown. I like to have lots of bags to match my different outfits.
I'm not being demanding am I? You're one talented girl! I would be happy with just half you're talent. Love ya!

p.s. I could use a new temple dress too. Just like the one I have but with a little more room for my fat arms and a tad bit longer in length.:)

Mrs Ana said...

oops! I meant to say order list, not oder list. You know what I mean!

Dave and Ash said...

Hey, you never told the story about why that one camera wasn't right for you. You had a story didn't you? Or am I smoking dope?

Lauren in GA said...

I LOVE the chicken!!! She looks very pristine sitting next to your TWO ADORABLE, DARLING, LOVELY, scripture bags. (Thanks for the shout out! ☺)

This post must have taken you forever. We totally appreciate the tutorial and all the time it took. I am going to show this post to the Young Women's president. The girls would love to make these, I bet.

Andrea's comment made me laugh.

Lauren in GA said...

Oh, and I love how you called Maya your, "lovely assistant". She is lovely, indeed.

Chavelita said...

If you are going to make one for Ana! You better make one for me since I don't even own a sewing machine. I want a pink and black one with roses!

Elena said...

I would think making the tutorial would be a lot of work. You make it look pretty easy and they are lovely bags.You could probably make a penny or two if you sold them. When I get caught up with my other stuff, I'd like to make one. A little bigger for my scriptures. Thanks Jess and you definitely have a lovely assistant.

ditndetes said...

I just used your tutorial to make bags for my kids as one of my adult personal progress projects! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!!