A couple of weeks ago, I was on Instagram (as one usually is when things like thins come to mind), and I came across their really cute two in one pencil case, makeup bag things that were super cute. I clicked on them, and you'll the way I left that page so quickly you would have thought I ran into a ghost. But basically, the way my budget is set up... purchasing something like that is not at the forefront of my mind. So I decided to do a little DIY of the bags. This is how I did it.
• Fabric of choice + (lining is optional)
• Needle or Sewing machine
• Tailors Chalk/Pencil or something to mark the fabric with
• Measuring Tape
Step 1: Cutting
The first thing I did was cut all the fabric. A front and back rectangular panelled (for both the Ankara material and the lining), the two pocket pieces and the two smaller pieces I attached to the zip.
Step 2: Pocket
Sew the two parts of the pocket together by sticking only three sides of the panel and then turn them inside out. Measure and mark the place you intend the pocket to go and pin it there, issuing that this is the correct side of the Ankara material. Then attach the pocket.
Step 3: Attach all the rectangular pieces (with lining):
Pin the lining to the Ankara and sew the two together, making sure that the pocket side is sandwiched into the middle of the two fabrics. Only stick along the longer sides of your rectangle. Then flip them inside out and iron it in half to create a smaller rectangular shape.
Step 4: Zip
You can just fold the little pieces of material onto the top and bottom part of the zip for the zip. Attach both and pin the zip onto the longer side (opposite side of the fold). Then you can sew the zip on opposite ends of the fabric ( I noticed it was easier to have the zip open when I sewed each side on).
Step 5: Put it all together.
Connect the shorter sides of the rectangle with pins and sew them together.
While still inside, outbox the corners of the case by folding the case so the crease in the side is lined up with the seam at the end of the case. Sew across the corner with a 4 cm gap between the corner and the seam.
Cut up and excess fabric and neaten up and hanging threads.
And you are done.
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Hand stuck pocket, but it's easier to do it with the machine.