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Hello eveyone!

I’m here with what I believe is an awesome tutorial for one of my favourite kinds of bag: A satchel. We created a very basic satchel tutorial that is beginner friendly, and also quick to make as a gift. This is a perfect project to display fabric design through a fun shape. We chose the Whimsicöl Tide Panel from Nördika by Jeni Baker for the outside of the bag to display the playfulness of this fabric design and complemented it with Stellar Moonlight for the lining. The fabric choice will truly elevate this bag design. You can choose a playful design like this one, or another option is to choose a pastel floral design for a more romantic look (it is quite hard to choose from so many beautiful possibilities at AGF).

Here is what you will need:

1 Whimsicöl Tide Panel

1/2 yd. Stellar Moonlight

Cut:

  1. (1) 9” x 12 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Panel (Nördika)
  2. (1) 12” x 15” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Panel (Nördika)
  3. (1) 9” x 12 ½” rectangle of Stellar Moonlight (Nördika)
  4. (1) 12” x 15” rectangle of Stellar Moonlight (Nördika)
  5. (1) 28 ¾ x 3” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Panel (Nördika)
  6. (1) 3″ x 28 ¾”rectangle of Stellar Moonlight (Nördika)
  7. (2) 4” x 8 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  8. (2) 4” x 2 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  9. (2) 4” x 6 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  10. (1) 36” x 3 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  11. (2) 1 ½” wide semi-circle belt hoops.
  12. (1) 9” x 12 ½” rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing
  13. (1) 12” x 15” rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing
  14. (1) 28 ¾” x 3” rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing
  15. (1) pair of metal snaps

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CONSTRUCTION

Begin by aligning pieces 1 & 2 at the bottom. Fold the pieces in half lengthwise and using an erasable marker mark 2″ from the corner on both edges. Draw a curved line connecting both marks. Cut at the curved mark. This will create the rounded edge of your satchel.

Now take piece 2 and measure 9″ from the bottom up. Make a mark with and erasable market on both edges of the rectangle. Start tracing a round shape on the top starting at the 9” mark on one side and ending it on the 9” mark of the other side as shown in the diagram below. Folding the piece in half can aid you in achieving symmetry.

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Take piece 1 and start pinning it to piece 5 (both pieces facing each other on the right side of the fabric). Sew them together. Now take piece 3 and sew it to the other side of piece 5. This is the outside part of the satchel’s body.

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Fuse the interfacing to the lining pieces (which are 3, 4 & 6)

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Repeat the steps for pieces 1, 2 and 5 with pieces 3, 4 & 6. This will be the lining part of the satchel’s body.

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Take the outside part of the satchel (the one previously made with Whimsicöl Tide) and put it inside of the lining piece face-to-face. Pin it around and start sewing the pieces together but remember to leave an opening of at least 4” in the front of the satchel to turn the satchel right side out. Turn the satchel and close the opening with a blind hand stitch.

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Top stitch 1/4″ away from the edge of the satchel.

Take piece 7 and fold it in half lengthwise face-to-face. Sew around the edge leaving one of the short sides open so that you can turn it. Trim the excess fabric and turn it right side out. Press it and fold the edge of the un-sewn side 1/4″ inwards closing it with a blind hand stitch. Top stitch 1/4″ away from the edges. Insert one corner in a belt hoop and fold the edge towards the other side. Sew the piece as to enclose the belt hoop. Repeat with the other piece 7. Refer to the diagram below and attach both pieces on the sides of the purse.

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Take piece 10 and fold it in half lengthwise face-to-face. Sew around the edge leaving one of the short sides open so that you can turn it. Trim the excess fabric and turn it right side out. Press it and fold the edge of the un-sewn side 1/4″ inwards closing it with a blind hand stitch. Top stitch 1/4″ away from the edges.

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Take pieces 8 place them together face-to-face. Sew them on the short edges. Turn it the piece over and top stitch 1/4″ from the short edges. Take pieces 9 and align them face-to-face. Take piece 8 and place it on top of pieces 9 (make sure that piece 8 is centered since it is shorter than pieces 9). Start sewing around to attach the three pieces creating curves at the corners of pieces 9. Leave and opening wide enough to flip the piece over. Flip the piece over and close the opening with a blind hand needle stitch.

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Insert piece 10 in between pieces 9 & 8.

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To finish insert the ends of piece 10 in each of the lateral hoops. Fold the edge towards itself and sew two horizontal lines to make it stay and reinforce it. Make sure that piece 8 is up so that piece 9 can protect the wearer’s shoulder.

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Attach the metal clasps to the inside of the flap and to the front of the satchel’s body (make sure they align correctly when the bag is closed) and you are done!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. We always love to see what you create so feel free to use all of the AGF social platforms to share your creations 🙂 #artgalleryfabrics

Rock ‘n Sew,

Lauv | AGF