- ½ yard of main fabric
- One fat quarter of contrast fabric for the front slip pocket - I have used quilt weight cotton
- ½ yard of lining fabric
- 1 yard of fusible woven interfacing (FS101) or ½ yard of UK equivalent Vilene G700 (36” wide)
- ½ yard of fusible fleece
- One 7” zipper in coordinating or contrasting colors
- One piece of leather strap ¾” wide by 58” for the adjustable crossbody strap
- One 16 or 18mm (¾ inch) magnetic snap closure
- Two ¾” metal D rings
- Two ¾” metal swivel clasps
- One 1¾” metal strap slide
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot
Seam allowance 1/4"
Adhere fusible fleece to the two external bag pieces and a medium weight fusible interfacing to the bag lining.
Exterior Zip Pocket
This is positioned 3 3/4 inches (10cm) down from the top of the bag, centrally, on the front top outer bag panel.
To construct the zipper pocket place your pocket lining so the right side is facing the right side of the eternal fabric. This needs to be positioned 2 inches (5cm) from the top.
Mark a rectangle for your zip using a fabric pen or similar. The rectangle measures 6 1/2 by 1/2" (17 by, 1.3cm) this represents your stitch line. Sew along the marked edges of the rectangle. Cut down the center of the rectangle and diagonally into each corner (taking care not to cut your stitches) then pull the lining fabric to the inside of the bag and press.
Place your zipper behind this opening, you will need to temporarily hold this in place so you can stitch to secure it. There are various methods for doing this, today I have used fabric glue but you can easily use pins or tack in place.
Topstitch around the opening, securing the zipper in place.
Turn the fabric over, then fold the zip pocket lining so the bottom edge comes up to meet the top edge. Pin then stitch around your three open edges, being careful not to accidentally catch the bag exterior fabric as you stitch.'
Exterior Slip Pockets
To sew the front pockets fold your pocket piece in half, wrong sides facing each other. Press and top stitch this fold.
Place the pocket piece onto the bottom piece of the front outer bag fabric, baste in place around the edge of the pocket, within the seam allowance. Using a quilters ruler and taylors chalk mark a line centrally down this basted pocket, then stitch in place, ensure you backstitch at the top of the pocket. This finishes your front pockets.
Now let's complete the external bag. Place the external pieces together right sides facing each other. Stitch the two sides and the base of the bag. Trim the corners.
Before we sew the purse lining together we need to insert the magnetic snap. Adhere a piece of fusible fleece to the wrong side of your lining fabric, centrally half an inch from the top edge. A two inch square is a good size to use.
With your quilters ruler measure the position of the center of the magnetic snap, 2" from the top, centrally position. Mark this position through the washer.
Cut along your marked slits - I find an unpicker very useful for this. Place the magnetic snaps into the front of the lining piece, with the prongs going through to the back. Place your washer over these prongs then open them out to the edges of the lining piece. Repeat for the other half of the magnetic snap on the corresponding lining piece.
Add a piece of fusible interfacing over the top, to fully secure.
Now let's sew up the purse lining. At the top of your side seams use the seam allowance ofm1/4" but as you stitch towards the base of the bag widen your seam allowance just a fraction. For the bottom seam only stitch an inch in from each corner to allow a large turning gap for when we assemble the bag.
Assemble the crossbody bag
Before we assemble the bag we need to create two loops with D rings ready for the shoulder strap.
Cut two pieces of strapping 3" (7cm) long, thread a D Ring onto each, and fold so the right sides of the strap are facing outwards.
Place each loop on the sides of the external bag, so that the raw edge of the strapping meets the raw edge of the bag top (loops facing towards the base of the bag, and placed across the side seams). Baste in place.
Now place your lining over the exterior bag so the top edges align with the right sides of the external bag and lining are facing each other.
Stitch along this top edge. Pull the lining out and iron this seam, then place the lining inside the bag. Fold the fabric so you have a neat edge along the top, pin then topstitch to finish this edge
.To finish the lining pull it back out and fold the two raw edges (from the inside bottom of the bag) inwards. Either ladder stitch to close or topstitch this seam. Fold the lining back inside the bag.
Cut a piece of bag strap 54" (138cm) long. Place through the slider and fold the edge back on itself so the wrong sides of the strap are facing each other and overlapping by about an inch. Stitch to secure. Stitch a rectangle with two lines across diagonally for additional strength.
Place the other edge of the strap handle through one D ring, then back through the slider, round to the other D ring. Thread through the D ring and fold the edge to meet the strap. Stitch to secure.