So, from here,
1/4 yard of choice main fabric or a tea towel
1/4 yard of lining fabric
cross stitch design
button (optional) or magnectic snap
Main bag body (Outer & Lining)
1. Fold fabric with Right Side Facing. Cut 1 piece from main fabric and 1 from lining fabric. For this project, I've used a nice tea towel that I got from Ikea [yes! if you didn't know by now how much I love that place : )]
4. You will need another piece of fabric to frame your cross-stitch. Cut a piece from the main fabric, slightly bigger than the cross-stitch. So, I cut another 6.75" X 5".5" from the main fabric. I will call this B in short.
Cut 2 pieces of straps measuring 1.5" X 11"
1. Place the fabric Right Side Up and decide which is the front of the bag. Mark out the size of your cross-stitch position on your main fabric. Try to centralised it at the middle of the bag.
2. Cut out the box.
3. Place the fabric B to cover over the window that you have just cut out, make sure that you have allowance all around the box. Pin in place.
4. Turn the fabric over and sew close to the window.
snip at the 4 corners
Turn the fabric B through the window to the Wrong side of the main fabric.
Pin and Press. You now have your frame to insert the cross-stitch
5. Place your cross-stitch behind the window and pin in place. Sew close to the window to secure the cross-stitch.
6. Fold the main fabric Right Side Together, align side seams and sew with straight stitch.
7. To make the base of the bag, press the base flat so that you see a U shaped gap when you press open the side seams.
8. Fold in the flap to cover the gap. Pin.
9. Sew with a straight stitch to close the gap. Do the same for the other corner.
10. Repeat steps 6 to 9 for the lining piece.
1. Serge the raw edges of the straps and fold in 1/3 from both long edge. Sew 2 parallel stitches along the length of the strap. Do the same for the other strap.
2. Measure 2.5" from both side seams and sew the strap to the top of the bag using a box stitch.
Note: As I'm using the existing hem of the tea towel, I didn't need to fold in the edge. If you are using regular fabric, you will need to fold in the top edge before you sew the strap on.
3. You can also make a loop from the main fabric (about 2") and sew to the middle of the strap.
Putting the bag together
1. If you are using the normal fabric, you will need to do the same steps that I did for the messenger bag and turn it right side out. BUT, since I'm using a tea towel with the hem all nicely sewn, I just need to fold in and press the top edge of my lining bag before I insert it (Right Side Out) directly into my main bag (Right Side Out)! So convenient!
3. Sew on the button on the front of the bag and you are done!