Cut two seventeen inches square pieces. On one of the squares decorate as
you wish. This is the purpose in making the bag in my opinion. This gives
you the opportunity to create your own colors, patterns, design, textures
and materials to use for a wearable art piece.
From the top, down the
side, sew to within four inches on the bottom of the two squares, joining
them right sides together. Put a hem in the top of the two squares. Sew
the other side of the two squares down to four inches from the bottom. Sew
a seam across the bottom of the two squares. At the end of the bottom
seam, open up that four inches you left on the side. Push that bottom seam
up to the side seam. You will have formed a square bottom for the bag.
Pin this short seam across
and at right angles to the side seam. Sew a seam here. Do the same to the
other side. Now you can turn the right side out and it will have a square
bottom to it. I like to press that square bottom there and then sew along
the edge of that seam to make it more defined and flat.
For the handles you can
decide on how wide you wish them to be and then cut the fabric twice that
width. Fold them and make the seam on the top and outside rather than
sewing them and trying to turn them to the right side. Simply sew them to
each side on the top making a square shaped pattern in order to hold the
handles onto the fabric. If you wish, you may sew a bit of Velcro on the
insides to hold the bag shut.
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