Fat Quarter Project ~ One Strap Bag Tutorial

on April 12 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 27 Comments

Lucija sews, knits and crochets in Croatia, and shares it all at 2Cut(e)2Sew. Today she joins us in our Fat Quarter project series with this One Strap Bag, a cute accessory for kids. It’s perfect for summer explorations. Enjoy!

We have lots of great Fat Quarter Projects coming up in the weeks ahead. What is a Fat Quarter? Learn more here and pick up some fat quarters here. Check out links to our previous Fat Quarter tutorials.

This bag is currently my favorite kids accessoires and I bet your kids will love it!

It looks really modern and it’s easy to make.

You Will Need:

  • 1 fat quarter
  • Fabric scraps
  • 16 inch zipper
  • 6 inch zipper
  • Ribbon for strap (I used my old belt)
  • Coordinating thread

Let’s Cut!:

  • Cut 22˝x 16˝ rectangle of main fabric
  • Cut (4) 4˝x 3.5˝x 2˝ trapezoids of fabric scraps
  • Cut 22˝x 4.5˝ rectangle of multicolored fabric
  • Cut 7˝x 2.75˝ rectangle for pocket
  • Cut 7˝x 0.75˝ rectangle for pocket
  • Cut a circle 7˝ in diameter for the bottom of bag
  • Cut 16˝ long ribbon for strap

Let’s Sew!:
We are going to start by adding a 16˝ zipper to a shorter side of the main fabric. Set zipper and fabric right sides together and sew it.

Then turn it and sew one more time.

Now, take two trapezoid pieces. They should look like this:

Place the trapezoid pieces right sides together and set the ribbon between them.

Sew three sides, leaving the longest open. Turn to a right side. Sew it on the top of the bag, from the outside.

Fold the top part of the bag in two times from each side, as shown in the photo, and sew it together.

It should look like this:

And this:

Take the edge of the multicolored piece, pin and sew it.

Sew a zipper to pocket pieces.

Fold all edges except the bottom one and press them. This will make sewing a lot easier and everything will look nicer.

Place the pocket next to the multicolored fabric piece, pin it and sew it together.

Take the bottom of the bag and of the multicolored piece, pin them and sew together.

Take the other two trapezoid pieces, turn them right sides together and set the other side of the ribbon between them. Sew three sides, leaving the longest open. Turn to a right side. Sew it on the bottom of the bag, from the outside.

Keeping the bag wrong side out, take the bottom and the circle, and pin right sides together. Sew around the circle.


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27 Responses to Fat Quarter Project ~ One Strap Bag Tutorial

  1. Monica says:

    Is there a step missing in the tutorial? When do you sew the second 16″ side to the zipper?

  2. Taysha Riggs says:

    Great tutorial! I’m going to make this for myself 🙂

    ps I’m not a kid 🙂

  3. Amy in VA says:

    Love this bag! I’m going to plan two for the swimming stuff each day for camp. yay

  4. Estela says:

    Wow, I think I like the bag for myself, would make a great travel bag.

  5. robbie says:

    I don’t know what I like better – the kids or the tutorial! Guess I’m gunna have to go for both!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for the clean clear verbage and pics. Can’t wait to try this out. Robbie

  6. Liz says:

    I love it!

    I think sew mama sew should try to have a boy week… I get so excited when I see something I can make for my boys!!

  7. Anand Mistry says:

    Very good sewing tutorial. Right now, I’m beginner in sewing but, I will try it. What happen, If we go with canvas..

  8. Elnora says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! What an excellent bag!

  9. Emina says:

    Congratulations Lucija – great tutorial. Svaka cast Lucija, divno objasnjenje!

  10. Alexa says:

    I’m definitely adding this one to the project list for my Bag of the Week stash-busting blog. I’ve got some cute upholstery and very utilitarian ticking material that would work perfectly here. Or maybe the polka dots. Forget it, I’ll just have to make several. Birthdays coming up… this would make a great present!

  11. Mollie says:

    I love this! I just bought a Kavu bag and my kids are obsessed — now I can make them their own. Boy-friendly too?? Awesome-ness.

  12. MarciaW says:

    those boys appear to be having lots of fun with their one strap bag

  13. Kristin H says:

    What a fantastic tutorial! I might have to try scaling it up a bit and making one in my size.

  14. Pat Dodds says:

    This is great kids / teens bag, the boys really look like they are enjoying them. It’s great to find a sewing post with so many well taken images too.

  15. Alli says:

    That’s an adorable bag!

  16. Omee says:

    Very cute bag! <3 this tutorial.

  17. Maria says:

    Great tutorial — thanks! 🙂

  18. Connie says:

    Oh my goodness! This is so cute, and you can tell the children love it! Those kids are adorable! I don’t have any children, but I might make one for my adult sister. I think if I just make the strap longer it would work for her. Thanks for a great tutorial. I am a beginner sewer, but the instructions/pictures look easy to follow, like even I could make it!

  19. The bags look great – but kids smiles are the highlight of this article – Too Cute

  20. carole says:

    this is the nicest kids’ bag i’ve seen in a while! It is hip AND sweet and the strap is nice and robust. Thank you!

  21. elsa says:

    Great bag ~ cute kids!

  22. Samina says:

    What a great bag – my little guy would just love this! It’s going to have to be bumped up in my neverending queue.

  23. Barbara says:

    wow – this is not just a child’s bag = this is going to be my new bag as I zoop around town on my motorbike – Thanks for the great idea !

  24. Christine B says:

    Cute. And it looks so easy!

  25. KarenH says:

    That is absolutely adorable, thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

  26. nice to see something cool for boys!

  27. Debbie says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks

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