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Make the Slouch Bag - FREE pattern included

Laura Casey, Sewing blogger & pattern designer

Make the Slouch Bag - FREE pattern included

Laura Casey, Sewing blogger & pattern designer

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10 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Slouch Bag - Intro

    • 2. Slouch Bag - 1

    • 3. Slouch Bag - 2

    • 4. Slouch Bag - 3

    • 5. Slouch Bag - 4

    • 6. Slouch Bag - 5

    • 7. Slouch Bag - 6

    • 8. Slouch Bag - 7

    • 9. Slouch Bag - 8

    • 10. Slouch Bag - Round Up

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An easy-to-follow class to make the Slouch Bag. Demonstrations every step of the way, from downloading your FREE pattern, to choosing your fabric and sewing your bag. Perfect for beginners.

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Laura Casey

Sewing blogger & pattern designer


My name is Laura and I run a busy and creative website called Sew Different.

You can find it here:

I have my own indendent range of simple, contemporary sewing patterns for women which are available on my website. It's all about sewing the clothes you love. What I have always wanted is to recreate the clothes I buy from my favourite shops. And you will see on my blog that the things I make are inspired by things I have seen on the high street, or just gazed longingly at in Vogue. I often digress into other projects like fabric dying, sewing for the home and things for kids.

Sew Different has recently started to run sewing retreats and to host sewing socials such as our Frocktails event. 

I am sponsored by Bernina and... See full profile

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1. Slouch Bag - Intro: Hi. My difference today. I have got a great tutorial for you for a lovely little back. Now I've called it slouched back because it's soft and comfortable on easy to wear with everything and, of course, loads off great scope for lovely fabrics. So I shouldn't say it's what a soft outer shell it is also fully lined. It's got to interior pockets when they're in there. And if you want to, you can also add a pop up for closing. Now this is a really easy project, perfect beginner's. We talk you through every step of the way, including how to dabble in the pattern which comes free with the project on then through every step off sewing on construction that you need. I love this little bag. It's just the right size to hold just the essentials that you need, and you can dress it up or dress it down, depending on whatever you decide to use. I broke it down into eight easy to follow steps. Next, I'm gonna show you a list of what you're for this project. You will need fabric and threat. A sewing machine. Sisters. 12 sheets of paper. Ah, home printer Or you can use a coffee shop if you don't have one sticky type, and you have the option of putting a giant PA Peronnas well to keep your bag closed. If you're buying fabric for this project, you're going to need one meter or one yard of the outer fabric and no 10.5 meters or no 0.5 yards of the lining fabric. There'll be more detail on how to let out later in the tutorial. There are so many different fabrics that you can use for this kind of. I just have a few here from my own stash, and I'll talk you through them so it needs to be something for the outer, something that's quite heavy, so heavy. Just making fabric would work fine, but also any kind of upholstery fabric furnishing fabric. Absolutely perfect. So, for example, this is a piece off upholstery separate. How she can say it's quite thick. It's double sided, which is nice. That would work Well. Um, Val wish I thought at the bottom. Here. Be absolutely lovely again. Look about the color of that beautiful, thick, luxurious that could be a beautiful, beautiful kind of Christmas bag ums then for my dressmaking stash. I've got dinner. This is just a classic denim lesson hardware and would give you a really, really casual look. I would look great with the contrast stitching that goes up the front, Then the lining needs in its light weight. Now I would not choose what is standard Lee called a lining fabric because that's actually like this. I'm actually quite silky. Andi is more of a fabric for dressmaking lining. What you really need is a light weight Qatar, so we'll be slippery. And it's just a bit more hard wearing a swell. So this is just a Sheraton cost that would be absolutely perfect again. Another shooting costume here again, perfect for the lining. Or you could even use a heavyweight costume. Now this is an African wax print. It's quite quite a heavyweight caution on exactly the same way. That is the caution that I've used in the demonstration itself, that what's really, really well, and here is just a light weight denim, so you could go to dinner on the inside and the outside. Just different weights the family got used for my project is a really beautiful, quite course we'd linen. It's actually got a metallic gold Princeton to the top, which is really, really lovely on that is actually a furnishing fabric I shouldn't see down the centre front . There's top stitching now for that even news normal cotton. But you do get a stronger effect if you use them. A heavyweight are extra strong cotton on there is actually an attentive in sensor machines . You can run two threads through it once, and that will give you a look as well. The inside is just a standard heavy weight costume. Lots of things you can use their like quilting cotton. That's perfect on then. This is just a giant popper or snapper. The whole project shouldn't take me more than between one and three hours, depending on how experienced you are. So let's get started. I'm gonna give you a quick trial of my body before I go 2. Slouch Bag - 1: Okay, we're ready to get started now. You confined your free pattern for the slouch bag, but this Web address here, you just click on the link. Make sure that your scale setting is set to 100% on print. It takes 12 sheets of a four or American letter size paper. You can see that every sheet has a bounding box. Now it's the edges of thes bounding box that needed but up together perfectly to create one full sheet. I'm folding under the edges and then taping each piece together. You might find it easier to actually trim the pages down to the boundary lines in some places. On that way, you don't get the flap of paper underneath. So once you stuck all 12 pages together, you should have one big sheet like this, and then you can go ahead on cut out each of your separates. Person pieces. There are only three pieces for this back, so it's nice and easy. So here are my three person pieces on. There's an outer aligning Onda facing. Now you can see on two of the pattern pieces the lining on the facing There's a fold line now This means that this line off the pass in peace needs to sit unfolded fabric so that you are cutting a double size piece of fabric you'll also see marked on each pattern piece the number off pieces you are supposed to cut. So on the lining, its two unfolded fabric. Um, on the facings, it's too, but on the outer, it's actually force. I just watch out for that. So I want to start by pinning my pattern pieces to the fabric. In the next step, I'm going to show you exactly how each pattern peace lies on the fabric. So don't start cutting until you're sure that you can fit all of the pattern pieces out of the fabric you've got. 3. Slouch Bag - 2: I've drawn out some layouts for you for your pattern pieces in your fabric. Now, regardless of whether your fabric is 150 centimeters wide or 112 centimeters wide, these are the two most common widths of fabric. Um, for either one. For the outer fabric, you need just one meter or one yard. I've marked in these debt diagrams, which are the folded edge of the fabric. As you can see be facing goes on the fold each time I'm for the lining public. It's the same again. Regardless of whether your fabric is 60 inches wide or 45 inches wide, you still just need nor 450.5 meters or no 0.5 yards of either. This fabric layout is slightly different in that you fold the outside edges of the fabric inwards so that you have a fold on either edge. And then, as you can see, you cut to lining pieces one on each fold. You'll have to flip the pattern piece over to cut the second piece, so once you're done with your cutting out, you should have two lining pieces of fabric that these workers on the fold so there will open out to be double size. You will have to facings on. You will have four bag outers. 4. Slouch Bag - 3: next, I'm going to line my lining fabric on top of the facing. Then I'm gonna hold it in place with just a few pins. This rectangle that you can see at the bottom is going to create the pocket. Then we got to run a scene all the way from this edge, across, down, across backup, of course, to the other edge. Here's a quick tip for you. The easiest way to turn a sharp corner on the same machine is as you approached the corner . Make sure that you leave the correct seaman outs and then turn your needle down by hands that it stops in the fabric. Then lift up your press effort on the back and swivel your fabric around the needle will stay in the fabric and keeping it perfectly in place. And then you are free to put the presser foot down on continuing as normal. So once you've done that, with both of your lining and your facing pieces, you can fold your lining back. Give it a press like this on C that you've created a lovely little pocket to help you organize your bag of it. Better you need to repeat this process for both sides so that you end up with two identical pieces like this. Then I mentored live these two lining and facing pieces on top of each other. Now, the key thing is to align These seems where the lining and the facing meet each other because that's gonna really show their just double check that they are on top of each other . Then we're good. So down the length off the strap all the way to this little cutout square, You gonna stop there? Then start at the bottom corner of the other square and so across maybe five or six centimeters? What we're doing is leaving a gap in the bottom of the lining so that at some point we can turn our bag back out the right way. The next thing to do is to box out the corners 5. Slouch Bag - 4: if he pinched the two days of fabric and pull them apart, you can see that that notched out square will create a straight line for you. Open mouth. Seems as I'm doing here on the back on the front. I'm pin it in place. We're going to so a straight line along this notched corner using the usual one centime two seam allowance. Once you've boxed up both of the corners in this way, you'll see that you have a complete bag lining I'm gonna open outside. Seems here and press them to get a nice flat finish along the edges. Actually, when it's linen like this, you could just press it down and it stays in place, but really just need to give a good press with Ryan. 6. Slouch Bag - 5: next, we're going to put together the out of the bag. So start with two mirror images off your bag. Outer. Andi placed them on top of each other like this with right sides together. Now, when you're selling to edges together like this, don't forget to use the one sent to me to see my lance. It's included on the pattern on march on every pattern piece, you're gonna pin those in place and stitch them down the long edge. Once visa sewn together, you can press the seam open at the back on iron flat for a really nice finished look. What we're going to do next is top Stitch This finished scene In this case, it's purely for the decorative effects. So what I've done is used a heavier cotton just so that that stitching is really, really visible, unless a lovely look down the middle. So line up your seem with one side of your foot. I'm stitching two or three millimeters away from the existing scene, keeping a close eye on your foot and your scene. So a straight line down parallel with your scene and then repeat that for the other side. If you don't have any heavier cotton on some saying machines you can actually run to threats through the top section of the machine on it gives you that heavier look. Once we've top stitched both of the outer pieces, we're going to put them with right sides together. So as we did with the lining began to run a seem all the way down the sides and across the bottom on back up the other side again. The only difference is that we're not leaving a gap across the bottom this time, and then again, in the same way we got to box out the corners, being careful to open up. Seems like this afterward repeated this process for both sides. We've been going to finish it up by giving it a nice press of the shoulder straps to make the straps live really flat, which will make things easier for when we come to put it together. 7. Slouch Bag - 6: So now that we've got a complete outer on a complete lining, it's time to put the two together. Keep your outer inside out, turn your lining so that the right side of the fabric is the right way out. As shown in the picture here, you need to put your lining inside your outer fabric. The outer and the lining should be sitting with right sides together. Pin it together all the way around this curve up to the top of the shoulder strap. We going to do this for both sides of the bag? Using your usual one sent me to see my lance. You're going to stitch all the way from the top of one shoulder. Strap around the curve of the bag on back up to the top of the other shoulder strap, and when you finished, your back should look like this. As with all curbs seems in sewing, we're gonna have to clip into the seam allowance of this curve now to allow it to turn properly. When we turn the fabrics back around the other way, you can see when you snip the notches in that it allows the fabric to bend backwards. So you're clipping up to the scene, being very careful that you don't slip through your stitching 8. Slouch Bag - 7: so all we have left to do before we can turn our back the right way out is to make a slight adjustment to one of the straps I shouldn't see at the moment both the vast up to the same . What we need to do is taper in one of those straps just to make it slightly narrow so it will fit inside the other one. You can see I've added in a new seam here, maybe half a centimetre narrower than the original line of stitching tape is in and joins the original line. I'm going to trim that back now on both sides to make it less bulky and to give us a smoother finish when we joined the to strap. Once we've done that, we can then use the hole in the lining that we left to turn the whole bag back out the right way. I'm from here. You can remove the bag into shape and give it a good press. This really is satisfying, saying your bag properly come together. So now the ends of our shoulder straps are slightly different wits. One is going to fit inside the other one on the end that's going to be the outer you need to turn in about one centimeter of fabric on. Press the narrow end well, then slide in. You need to push this end in a Sfar as it will go while it's still lying flat. Ideally, you're over. That will be about five centimeters, but just push one struck into the other to get a smoother finish is possible. Just don't make over up to small. Try to malign your sentencing through a bit of continuity and then pin it in place. Join your two straps with a meat rectangle of stitching for extra strength. This will call just drops together really securely. 9. Slouch Bag - 8: you might decide that you want to add a papa or a snapper to keep your bag closed. You need something quite big that will work on a heavyweight fabric. I found these beautiful mock bone ones, but anything of a similar size will work well on the inside of your bag. Mark each side where you want your papa to sit on hand, stitched them in place, making sure that you stick through only one layer of fabric so that your pop it doesn't show on the outer of your bag. But Papa in this position will take quite a lot of strain. So I would use a double thickness of threat on a welder. Your bag is finished. Give yourself a round of applause or maybe a large gin and tonic. 10. Slouch Bag - Round Up: so thanks for watching. I hope you've enjoyed making your bag as much as I've enjoyed doing it. It's a great little pattern on just one thing Before I go, she's bag is done to set dimensions if you like, but you don't have to stick to those dimensions. If you want to change the scale of this bag, all you have to do is change the scale of the pattern when you print it out. So when you go to print rather than your scale being 100% you could try it out 150% for a really massive bag or maybe 75% for a much smaller but maybe for a child. So it just gives you more options to go out anyway. Look forward singing for the next one by