It brings me great delight to sew for my niece and nephew – they live in Amsterdam so I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. Last week my Mum and Dad visited them, having a lovely time in the sunshine. Flo decided she would like a yellow bag to be like Gran, to carry her snack and water bottle in on days out. Sharing colours via text is not great, I was a little surprised when she chose the golden fabric from my stash. I couldn’t resist making the toddler bag reversible with a fun vibrant fabric on the inside. My hunch is that when she sees the bag she will prefer the vibrant flowers over the golden fabric.
This bag is made to Flo’s water bottle measurements (20 by 7cm) with measurements of strap length from my Mum of 60cm. The bag does seem a little large in comparison to the strap but does fit with the request. It would be super easy to alter this to fit you – just add a longer strap. Or make the bag smaller by reducing the pattern pieces.
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Free toddler bag pattern
Cut out pattern pieces. Adhere heavyweight interfacing to the back of one of the fabrics. Adhere fusible fleece to the back of the second fabric.
Create the main body of the bag.
With fabric A pin a side panel right sides together to front panel. Stitch from the top with a 1/2cm seam allowance, stopping 1/2 cm before the end (or in inches 1/4″).
Pin the base piece of fabric, stitch starting and stopping 1/2 cm in from the edge.
Join the base panel to the side panel.
Pin then stitch the other side panel, sew from the top but at the base stop a 1/2cm before the end. This creates a comfortable box corner.
Repeat with the other side of the bag.
Repeat these steps with fabric B.
Pin the leather loop to the central point of the flap. Baste in place.
Place the right sides of the flap together stitch around three sides (including the button loop side).
Turn right side out and press. Top stitch around the finished edges.
Pin the flap to the back of the corresponding fabric (in my case golden to golden). Baste in place.
Turn one bag right sides out, place inside the second bag so right sides are together. Check they fit snugly. If need be, adjust a side seam for a good fit. Pin around.
Stitch around the top of the bag, allowing a turning gap.
Turn right sides out. Press, pin, then top stitch along the top of the bag, encasing the raw edges.
Using a hole punch cut two holes vertically parallel to each other about 2-3 cm (an inch) down (centrally) on the side panels.
Insert double cap rivets following instructions provided in the set to secure strap in place.
Sew your buttons in place, one on each side of the bag.
If you liked this tutorial you may enjoy my busy toddler bag with a huge variety of fastenings for them to play with, or if you are looking for yourself the large denim sashiko tote.