Sewing A Themed Wardrobe: Quick & Easy Boho Shoulder Bag Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Part 4 of Sewing A Themed Wardrobe. We wrap up the topic with a look at creating a super cute, quick & easy shoulder bag for your So-Cal themed outfit. It's the perfect accessory and the best part is it's super simple to make! I invite you to follow along to see how we did it!

Are you ready? Let's go...

First, let's take a look at our inspiration:

Back in 2014, we created a Shoulder Bag tutorial that's on the Pixie Faire blog. When I saw the meet outfit and accessories for the new AG GOTY doll, Joss, I immediately thought of our cute little bag and knew we could create this boho look by simply switching the fabric strap for a more rugged rope style trim strap.

Here's a look at the bag for Joss:

  • Simple one-piece fabric bag
  • Striped cotton fabric
  • Rope trim for the strap

And here's out original Shoulder Bag, with the fabric strap:



Ok, follow along to see how we created our look...

Part 4 Tutorial - The Quick & Easy Boho Shoulder Bag Tutorial:



Part Four Task:

  • Watch the video.
  • Choose some fabric and trim
  • Cut two rectangles - 3.5 inches x 9.5 inches
  • Cut one strap 14 inches (or longer if you want your strap to be placed lower on the side of the bag).
  • Fold the top short edges of the fabric under 1/4 inch to the wrong side to create the purse body pocket, press.
  • Stitch sides of pockets.
  • With right sides together, match up the top flap of the purse. Pin and stitch around the flap only, leaving the pockets free.
  • Turn the flap right side out. Form corners with a pencil or point turner.
  • Turn the main purse fabric pocket right side out while pushing the lining pocket inside it. 
  • Push corners out nicely. Press.
  • Stitch lining to purse fabric at top of purse body front. Top stitch around the Purse flap.
  • Tie knots at ends of the strap.
  • Attach the strap to each side of the purse with a few hand stitches.
  • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing.

Here is the original video from the fabric strap version (it's on Youtube, not available to download for SWC).


Here are more great beach themed accessories for your so-cal lifestyle wardrobe:

The Perfect Beach Sandals


The Perfect Beach Hat!



    1 Comment

    Mae Lynn Beck
    Mae Lynn Beck

    June 01, 2020

    This is such a clever way to make a purse. You always have the perfect fabric for your projects too!

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