A friend asked me to make her a project bag with an eyelet hole so she can use it with caked yarn. I offered to do this for free as it was my first go so she sent me all I needed to make this.
You need to decide what size you want this for and what you want to put in there one or two or more cakes?
Mine was enough for 4 cakes comfortably if it’s too packed you’ll not be able to close it or work comfortably.
You will need:
- 4 rectangles (2 inner, 2 outer) 38 cm wide and 28 cm high. (main bag)
- 4 squares (2 outer, 2 inner) 10 cm
- 40 cm zip
- eyelet set
Start by sewing your zip onto an outer. This is shown with the smaller pouch but is same technique. Pin your outer with fabric facing the outer of the zip. Line up the lining with right side facing right side of fabric but back of the zip. You are basically sandwiching the zip between your outer and lining
Sew into place and repeat for other side.
You can do this at the start but I added an extra tab to the bag to make it easier to open and close. Cut a 4 x 3 inch rectangle (10 x 7.5 cm ). Join long sides and sew up. Turn out and iron . I added sewing lines to mine to make it stiffer. Fold so short sides are together and iron.
Open it up and place the right sides of outer together and same for lining, pinning in place. You should end up with below. Pin your tab about 2 cm down from zip on the outer. It’s a good idea to add it to the side the zips starts from when you’re closing. When pinning this in make sure it’s inside so when finished it appears on the outside.
Now we’ll pretend I did mine exactly right. Remember do as I say not as I do. When sewing the last side of the LINING (not the outer like me) leave a gap. It’s a good idea to start from the lining across the zip so when you get your gap the zip is secured. Cut off any excess zip.
We need to prefer the box corners now. Flatten the side seam with the bottom seam. I find it easiest to line up by putting a pin in the side (left) and checking it’s at same point on the base and flatten down.
measure across the corner 4 inches/ 10 cm. Ensure this is straight and draw a line. Then sew across. You need to repeat this for the other lining corner and the outer corners too. Trim excess.
Once done turn the whole lot out through the gap in the lining. This can be fiddly. Once done you can close up the gap either hand stitching or machine stitch it closed.
Repeat same process for the mini purse leaving out box corners to leave it flat. If you wish you can sew along the zip to secure the fabric .