Small Crossbody Bag DIY

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Need a small crossbody bag for your mobile, keys and wallet? This bag is quick to sew, using a fat quarter and an A4 piece of paper.  The bag includes a small zip pocket in the back, perfect for your personal items.

Small Crossbody Bag DIY - Back view, zip pocket

I created this bag for our wonderful childminder. Pauline has cared for our tot son wonderfully two days a week for over four years. Sometime back she mentioned the idea of a compact crossbody bag just for keys and mobile. It seemed the perfect time to make her one as a thank you for all she has given us as a family through her care for our son.

small cross body bag, free tutorial

Typing this brings a tear to my eye, I miss having a tot running round the house – let’s crack on with the tutorial!!

 

You will need:

A4 piece of paper as a template

fabric for main bag A4 size plus seam allowance

Fabric for the lining A4 size plus seam allowance

Heavy weight iron on interfacing A4 size

Fusible fleece A4 size

Magnetic snap

Zip 7″

piece of fabric for back pocket 8.6″ by 8.1″

2″ by 50″ fabric for the handle, lined with heavy weight interfacing

To make:

Attach your interfacing to the lining fabric and fuisible fleece to your external fabric.

Place your fabric pieces wrong sides together. Fold as per the dimensions of your finished bag – my flap is three and a half inches, with the internal front of the bag three and three quarters. Iron so you have creases marking the different sections of the bag.

fold fabric into three sections

Install zip pocket for the rear back of the bag – mine is sewn 4.7″ from the top of the main fabric. If you would like directions for installing a zip pocket So Sew Easy has a great tutorial here.

mark zipper placement

 

zipper placement

Place fabric right sides together, sew the short sides of your rectangle together.

Turn right side out and press. Fold back into your bag shape showing your fabric creases.

top and bottom seams

Mark placement of magnetic snap centrally on the inside of the front flap, and insert – be careful to only snip through the lining.

magnetic snap

Using this as a guide mark and fit magnetic snap on front of bag.

Top stitch these two edges (this gives a little strength).

Create your strap. Firstly fold the strap in half and press. Next fold out, turn the sides into the middle and press. Fold the two edges together, press and stitch along both long edges.

strap handle

Pin onto the bag, just above the top of your main bag.

pin handle

Turn the bag out to the wrong side.

right sides together

Fold in the the fabric which creates the front of the bag (see picture).

fold bag

Ensure the strap of the bag is folded into the middle so that it does not caught.

Sew the sides together, leaving 3.5″ along the side at the top

nearly finished!!

Turn right side out. Iron the fabric closed with bondaweb.

cross body bag, free tutorial

You’ve done it:) One finished bag – the only question is what fabric will you use??

This post is linked up with All Free Sewing – do check out their website for lots of inspiring free sewing tutorials.

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11 Comments

  1. November 1, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Great tutorial and pattern Vicky, thanks. I’m pinning as I’m thinking this could be a great last minute gift idea one day.
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  2. November 2, 2015 / 6:25 am

    Great Tutorial and love the fabric you have used. A handy and useful bag

  3. November 2, 2015 / 8:43 am

    A really sweet little bag and a fabulous tutorial too.

  4. November 2, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    What a super fabric, and bag tutorial. I like to have a long handled bag that I can wear like that.
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  5. November 2, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    What a nice practical present. Not to big and just right for a mobile and keys. Lovely material as well.

  6. November 2, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    A lovely easy to follow tutorial, thank you. It’s great to have a small bag just for the essentials.
    I’ve just had my little grandson with me for a few days, it was great have a ‘tot’ running about the house for a while. It seems so quiet now he’s back home. 🙂
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  7. November 3, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Such a thoughtful present! Love the fabric you chose, I bet your childminder was so happy with it!
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  8. Diane Furtney
    December 30, 2015 / 3:27 am

    I have not heard of an A4 size paper. Would that by 8-1/2 X 11 or the larger size which we call legal which I believe is 8-1/2 X 16? Looks like a great little bag which will be light weight. Spending the winter in a hot climate, most purses are too big, cumbersome and heavy

    • Vicky
      December 30, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Hi – good question:) Its 8 1/2 by 11 3/4 – enjoy sewing 🙂

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