summer satchel

I love summer!  Isn’t it the best!!!!  In our family we have lots of outdoor actives and camps scheduled.  Sometimes I need to carry a few items around that I can have quick access too, like my clipboard, water, bug spray and flashlight.  I came up with this pattern for a cross-body satchel.  It’s not complicated and sews up quick – it would be fun to make one for the whole family – you can match at your family reunion!IMG_8140_2

I used Heat n Bond® Medium Weight Fusible Stabilizer to give the bag more stability.  Don’t you just love these whales by Blend Fabrics!!!
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Here is how you can make one:

Supplies:

1/2 yard outer bag
1/2 yard lining
1/3 yard bag strap
1 yard Heat n Bond® Fusible staibilizer

Cut:

(2) outer bag 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) lining 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) stabilizer 15″wide x 16″ tall
(2) Strap 5″ x WOF


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Fuse the HeatnBond® stabilizer to the wrong side of the (2) outer bag pieces.IMG_8109_2

With right sides together, pin all the way around the outer bag, leaving the top open.  Do the same with the lining pieces.  Sew using 1/3″ seam all the way around leaving the top open.  You should have (2) bags, one outer and one lining.IMG_8110_2

To form a pleate in the bottom, cut a 1″ notch out of the bottom corners of the outer bag and the lining.IMG_8111

Match seams, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam, backstitching to start and stop.IMG_8112

Sew the (2) 5″ strap pieces together end to end.  Press the seams open.  Measure how long you want your strap.  Mine was 48″.  Cut at the desired length.  Fold in half, right sides together and sew 1/3″ seam all the way down.
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Turn right side out, press and top stitch.IMG_8114

Baste (1/8″) the ends of the strap centering on the side seams on the right side of the outer bag.IMG_8115

Place the lining inside the bag so that right sides are facing each other.  Match side seams and pin all the way around.IMG_8116Sew 1/4″ seam all the way around the top of the bag leaving a 3″ opening.  Turn bag right side out and press.  Sew a 1/8″ top stitch around the bag top, sewing the opening closed.
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To add a little detail to the fabric, I used Deco Foil™ Transfer Adhesive and followed the loops on the fabric.  After it dried I rubbed the Deco Foils™ on the adhesive.  You can add a little shine to any project this way!!

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