November 01, 2013

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Super Easy Doll Shoulder Bag

 

This is really fun -- and it only takes three tiny pieces of fabric!

Special thanks today to Josephine Kimberling, who sent us these awesome fabrics! You can check out the whole collection (it's called "Field Day") at her website: http://www.josephinekimberling.com/fabrics/field-day/    or at Blend Fabrics: http://blendfabrics.com/gallery/field-day They're all really fun, so you can't go wrong! I especially love this cherry print -- they look kinda like little hearts and little cherries all at once. And who knew pink and orange was such a groovy color combo? :D 

 

Anyway, enough being distracted by pretty new fabric. Back to the purse! Start by pressing under 1/4" on the short end of your main body piece.

 

Fold up the folded edge to make a pocket about 3" deep, then stitch down both sides. Repeat to make an identical pocket in the lining.

Next, stack the two pieces on top of each other, sandwiching the pockets in the middle. Be sure to line up the top of the pockets! Pin and stitch around the edges, starting and stopping at the top of the pocket fold on each side. 

Carefully turn this seam inside out, and press to finish. This will be the flap of the bag. 

Then, flip the main purse body pocket AROUND the lining pocket, trapping all the raw edges between the two pockets.

Pin the two folded edges together, and topstitch them together. Keep stitching all the way around the flap of the bag, then give everything a press to finish.

Strap time!

Press all the edges in 1/4", then fold the strap in half lengthwise and topstitch to finish. 

Pin the strap onto the bag at each side, and carefully topstitch into place. I like to sew in a box around the edges of the strap -- it's sturdier and prettier that way. 

Then, all that's left is to decorate your new bag -- add a button, a piece of favorite trim, or maybe something fun and sparkly! You could also sew on a piece of velcro if you wanted a little extra closing power.

And that's it! Give the bag to your doll and see how she likes it. 

If you end up falling for these new Field Day fabrics, Josephine would love you to mention the name of the fabric line and Blend Fabrics when you show off your finished handiwork -- whether that's in your Etsy shop, or on your blog, or just a "look I made this!" Facebook post, be sure to spread the fun fabric love! 

Happy sewing,

Melinda

 

Follow along as Melinda shows you how to make the bag!


17 Comments

Kathy
Kathy

November 26, 2016

Made a set of these today, one for a child and one for her doll. Great pattern, easy instructions, fun to make. These bags would make cute Christmas gifts to go with American girl dolls.

Blue
Blue

April 19, 2016

I made this and LOVE it! Very cute :)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

April 15, 2016

I loved this tutorial! I just started sewing with my daughters and this project was easy enough for us newbies. My kids liked it so much we increased the measurements by 3x to make my kids their own. If you’d like to see the finished photos you can see them here : https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=873868412758524&id=783254355153264

Lorraine Marwood
Lorraine Marwood

December 04, 2015

Have just made this for my grand daughter to put in her Christmas gift- thank you- might make a tiny note book to put in the bag also. Thanks

Louise
Louise

March 06, 2015

Thank you so much for this, I whipped one up in half an hour. Fantastic!

Mimi
Mimi

September 02, 2014

My granddaughter and I made one this evening. Great instructions and it turned out cute!

Rhonda
Rhonda

July 27, 2014

This is just great! and it is free too!!

Bev
Bev

June 29, 2014

I just love it.
Thank you so much.

But your music is louder than the person talking.

Bev
Bev

June 29, 2014

I just love it.
Thank you so much.

But your music is louder than the person talking.

Emily
Emily

June 08, 2014

This was a lot of fun to make with my daughter. She had a little trouble with the top stitch to close the bag and attaching the strap but other than that she did the whole thing herself! Very fun and good confidence boost for her. And now our dolls have a fun new accessory!

Marlene
Marlene

April 23, 2014

Thank you. Very cute. Looking forward to making it.

Brenda
Brenda

April 22, 2014

Thanks! Very cute purse and simple!

Irene
Irene

April 22, 2014

That is so cute – making one for sure!!!

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

April 22, 2014

This is TOO cute and I will definitely be making one!!! ;~)

Sharlyn
Sharlyn

April 22, 2014

Very cute!

Charisse
Charisse

April 22, 2014

Very nice instructions. Looking forward to making this cute little bag!

Kathy Osterby
Kathy Osterby

April 22, 2014

Can’t wait to try this wonderfully easy bag. Thank you.

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