The first of this month, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach a bag making class for the Peoria, IL American Sewing Guild chapter. It was a packed day, but everyone left with a finished tote bag. I named the large bag, The Parisian Travel and Market Bag. The companion bags are a toiletry bag and a lipstick bag. Now the smaller bag can be used for anything. It's especially great for small items...like lipstick, cotton pads, or anything that could possibly get lost in a larger bag.
The toiletry bag has a front zippered pocket, great for combs, nail files, anything that's rather flat.
Both bags have a gusset that allows for plenty of storage room.
October is my official blogging anniversary. Now, truth be told, I did 1 blog post and then went months before I ever posted again. That was in 2009, so 7 years ago. Amazing!!! In reality, I've been blogging on a regular basis since 2012. But since October is the official anniversary, I thought I would do a little something special today and give you the patterns for the toiletry bag as well as the lipstick bag. Nice :) You can find the Lipstick Bag and Toiletry Bag patterns HERE.
In the true spirit of Fabulous Free Pattern Friday, I am going to make you draft the gusset for the toiletry bag. You will need to draw a rectangle that is 4" x 27 1/2".
For the lipstick bag, you will need a 7" dress weight zipper.
For the toiletry bag, you will need a 9", and a 14" dress weight zipper.
The bags require 3 1/2 yards of piping. I like to make my piping from cording that can be purchased in the home dec section.
All exterior pieces of the bag are interfaced with a woven cotton interfacing, including the pocket pieces. The lining is not interfaced. I light to use a medium weight home dec fabric. Waverly fabrics are my favorites.
Begin with the front toiletry bag pocket. Press in a 1/2" seam allowance on both straight edges of the top and bottom pocket. Align the 9" zipper so that there is 3/8" seam allowance on either end of the zipper.
Edge stitch the zipper in place.
Baste the zippered pocket to the front of the bag.
Sew the exterior gusset to the lining gusset at either end with a 3/8" seam allowance.
From this point on, all seam allowances will be 3/8". Turn the gusset the right side, press and edge stitch the ends. Baste the side seams together.
Make the piping. Cut 3 1/2 yards of piping strips 1 1/2" wide. Sew strips together as you see below.
Once sewn, wrap the fabric around the cording and stitch together with a zipper foot.
Sew the cording to the front and back pocket panels, beginning at the bottom of the panel. Leave approximately 2" free.
Open up 1 end of the cording and reveal the cord. Lay the opposite cord next to the exposed cord and cut away so that the cording from the opposite end will lay inside the bias strip.Be sure to fold back the raw edge. Wrap the fabric around the cording and stitch down.
Transfer the small dot from the pattern onto the front and back. The zipper will be sewn from 1 dot to the other.
Fold back the seam allowance of the piping and align the end of the zipper with the dot at 1 end. The teeth of the zipper should be even with the edge of the piping.
Fold back the end of the zipper tape prior to sewing.
Stitch the zipper to the bag by sewing from 1 dot to the other and stitching in the ditch between the bag and the piping.
As you can see, the zipper will be longer than the top edge of the bag.
Now install the gusset. Transfer the larger dot to the bag. The gusset will be sewn from large dot to large dot.
To sew the lining to the bag, simply match the right sides together of first the front.Stitch the lining from small dot to small dot, leaving the top edge of the lining open. Once sewn, turn right side out. Repeat for the back side of the bag.
Hand stitch the top of the lining to the zipper.
In order to have the gusset fold into the bag when the bag is closed, the gusset will need to be stitched.
Simply fold the gusset with right sides together and stitch down from the top edge 2 1/2".
To finish off the end of the zipper, sew a square tab to the end. The end of the zipper can be left outside the bag, or tucked inside.
The lipstick bag is sewn together the same as the toiletry bag, minus the exterior zippered pocket. When stitching down the gusset, stitch it down 1" rather than the 2 1/2" as was down with the toiletry bag.
The bags are finished and ready for an adventure!
The companion bag will be available for purchase in a few weeks. It features a top zipper as well as an interior zippered pocket. What I especially like about the bag is the zippered slip pocket. The pocket slides over the handle of a rolling suitcase. With the zipper at the top, you have a safe and secure place to stash your ticket as well as your I.D.
Hope you enjoy making the small bags!
Let's see what the next 7 years bring :)