Friday, 1 January 2016

Handy Home Storage - You NEED this bag!

Happy New Year!!! Speaking from a UK point of view it is officially New Year's Day the day of short lived (usually) resolutions and making firm plans to tidy things up a bit so that we can see the carpet. 

Actually, that is not an issue in our house due to me being a neat freak with more than a touch of OCD. Throw in a little bit of German and things-laying-messily don't stand a chance. My Grandmother used to say that there should be a place for everything and that everything should be in its place. So I have decided that we can distill the issue of a tidy house down to not having a proper home for things that get left laying about. Enter this handy little bag....

There are all sorts of things around everyone's home which would be better off in their own home! So, let's make one for them- or even sixty! This is a really neat make and it doesn't even need a template. It is all built on simple shapes and comes together in no time at all.

Have a look...


Now I'm sure that I am not alone in finding a use for that! Of course, me being me and with all of that fabric out there, I couldn't resist making another one, this time, slightly thinner...


Just love them and I see many more in my life soon. I like how the handle also keeps them closed so the contents are not on display.

What do we need?
-2x Fat quarters of nice fabrics
-2x fat quarters Vilene 272 Thermolam wadding. You can buy that here.
-lining fabric (this can be plain if you want to save money). I also opt for a lightish colour because it is easier to see down into a deep bag if it has a lighter lining.

Here's how....

Take one of your fabrics and cut two pieces 30cm x 16cm, take the second one and cut two pieces 30cm x 14cm. Sew the two pieces together with the slightly larger piece on the bottom.


Iron these two pieces (one will be the front of your bag and one will be the back). Lay both of them onto a piece of wadding which is slightly larger than the fabric panels and pin. Top stitch either side of the seam....


Make a label for the front. You can find the link to that here and it is dead easy but it really lifts the look of the project. Choose one wadded panel to be the front of the bag and affix the label to the centre over the seam like this....


Trim the wadding to the size of the fabric panel in both cases and then set aside for the moment.
Make the hanging strap next. Take some of the bottom fabric and cut a strip 8cm x 30cm. Fold in half lengthwise and iron a crease


Fold the two raw edges in to the crease and iron. Top stitch along both sides.....


Cut 10cm off the strap and attach it to the middle top of the front of the bag.....


Attach the rest of the strap to the middle of the top of the back.....


From your chosen lining, cut two pieces 30cm x 28cm. Tuck the straps in and sew a piece of lining along the top edge of the front and the back pieces....


Open these out and with the right sides together, sew lining to lining and outer to outer. Leave a gap in the lining for turning out. Word top the wise - stay away from the corners with this gap! 

Before you turn out, box the bottom of the bag so that you have more room in it. Cut a 2.5cm square from each corner like this...


Repeat for the other three corners and then pinch the square so that the side seams line up perfectly. Pin and sew across the bottom of each corner. Now you have something that looks like this....


Now turn out through the gap and close it. Gently pull everything into place and stuff the lining into the bag. Top stitch around the top edge to keep the lining neat and behaving well. I have opted to hand stitch with a contrasting black Perle cotton for the effect but you can machine top stitch too.

If you are intending to put something heavier in your bag or you just don't want a saggy bottom (and who does really!) consider putting some plastic reinforcing mesh in and hot gluing it into place. You can buy this at any good bag supply shop. Put the reinforcing mesh into the base after you turn out and before you close the gap. It is a little fiddly but worth it.



And there you go! A handy storage bag. To hang it, simply thread the long strap through the shorter one and hang by the long bit. Before long you will have made these in all sizes. They are really easy to resize actually. Simply add or subtract centimetres from the sides and the height and you will have a different size.


Thank you for stopping by and see you next week!
Love and hugs
Debbie xxx