This is for anyone who needs specific instructions on how to make a bag for the bag project we are working on.
14" W x 16" H (doesn't need to be exact)
Mitered corners at the bottom to square off (optional)
1 1/2" W x 26" long handle (approximate length--can go up to about 30")
Basic Zihuatanejo Bag Directions:
2 pieces of fabric cut 15"x 18"
Handle piece cut 3-4" wide x 28-30" long
- RST sew the 2 sides and bottom of the bag.
- Finish seams (serge or zig-zag or pinked edges). Based on what was shown me in the past as an example, they were not even finishing the seams. This personally makes me a bit crazy as I know what I am capable of producing. Also, thinking to myself, just because we are sending it to a 3rd world country doesn't mean we have to send shoddy workmanship. Do what you are comfortable with. I promise I won't judge, because really, they can use whatever we send.
- Miter bottom corners of the bag. I do this by matching the bottom and side seam and then measuring about 1 1/2" from the point and sewing across. I also clip off the excess and finish edge. This too could be optional. I just like the shape of the bag better if it is squared off a bit on the bottom.
- Sew strap by folding in half lengthwise and sewing 1/4" seam.
- Turn strap RS out and press and topstitch. I like it topstitched to keep the strap from "rolling".
- Press down the top hem about 1 1/2".
- Turn hem under one more time.
- Position straps at the side seams sandwiched into the hem seam. Make sure the strap isn't twisted.
- Sew top bag hem at about 5/8" to 1", making sure the straps are sewn in.
- Flip straps up and topstitch down on outside of bag to secure.