-Main Panel “B”
1b. Tape Main Panel “A” and Main Panel “B” together at the dotted line to form one piece. This will be your Main Panel pattern piece.
2c. Using the Main Panel pattern piece, cut 2 pieces on the fold. These will be your Exterior Main Panels.
2f. Using the Main Panel pattern piece, cut 2 pieces on the fold. These will be your Interior Main Panels.
2k. Using the Main Panel pattern piece, cut 4 pieces on the fold. Fuse to the wrong side of 2 Exterior Main Panels and 2 Interior Main Panels using manufacturer’s instructions.
2q. Using the Main Panel pattern piece, cut 4 pieces on the fold.
3b. With the wrong side of the strap facing you, use your iron to press one long edge of the fabric in (wrong sides will be facing). Repeat for the other long edge.
4a. Take 1 Flap piece and 1 of the Thermolam squares that you cut in Step 2s. With the prongs of 1 end of the snap (the half of the snap that is smaller, with the raised center) in the middle of the mark, mark the prong placement with a fabric marker or chalk, approximately in the center of the Thermolam. Cut small slits at the marks
Helpful Hint: I like to put a dab of Fray Check on the slits that were cut. I feel this helps the fabric hold up a bit better under the stress of the magnetic snap.
4e. Place both of your Flap pieces, right sides together. Pin. Begin sewing from the straight corner, and sew all around the curved edges. You will stop at the opposite straight corner (you will not be sewing the straight edge).
5b. With the right side of that Accent Piece facing you, slowly use your fingers to turn that 1/4″ edge under. Do a little bit at a time, and follow that up with your iron. Continue until the entire curved edge is pressed under, hiding the basting stitch and the raw edge of the fabric.
5d. Take your glue stick and glue the Accent Piece to the Exterior Main Panel. The raw edges at the top of both should be even, and they should be centered along the folds that you pressed.
5e. Topstitch the Accent Piece to the Exterior Main Panel, 1/8″ from the curved edge. Press so the creases are gone.
6a. Take the Exterior Side Panel. Fold in half along the short edge. On the right side, make a mark 9″ down from the short raw edges, and a mark in 3/4″ from that raw edge. Connect the two marks that you made with a line. Repeat for the left edge.
6b. Cut along the lines on the right and the left sides.
6c. Take 1 of the Exterior Main Panels and place it, right side facing you. Place the short edge of the Exterior Side Panel at the top of the Exterior Main Panel, right sides facing.
Helpful Hint: If you have difficulty pinning along the curve, try leaving it unpinned and just easing it along slowly with your fingers.
6f. Repeat Steps 6a. through 6c. to attach the remaining Exterior Main Panel to the other long edge of the Exterior Side Panel.
6g. Take your strap, and baste one short edge to the top of one Side Panel, right sides together. Pin the other short edge of the strap to the other end of the Exterior Side Panel. Try your bag out and see if the strap length suits you. If not, trim, then baste the remaining short edge of the strap to the other end of the Exterior Side Panel, right sides together.
6h. Take the Flap, and center it on 1 Exterior Main Panel, so the raw edges are even. The snap should be facing you. Baste the Flap to the Exterior Main Panel.
7a. Take 2 of your Pocket pieces and place them, right sides together. Start sewing on the long edge, about 3″ from the corner. Pivot at the corner, continue along the short edge, pivot, continue along the long edge, then the short edge, and sew only 3″ along the long edge. This will leave an unfinished edge in the center of the 10″ side. This opening is for turning the pocket later (in my photo, you can see where you should sew, along the purple line).
7d. Topstitch, 1/4″ from the edge, along the 10″ side that you sewed in Step 7a (leave the side with the opening alone).
7e. Take 1 Interior Main Panel. Press in half. Repeat for the Pocket. Place the pocket up 2 inches from the bottom of the Interior Main Panel, centered at your crease. The portion of the pocket that you pressed in should be at the bottom. Pin.
7f. With a 1/4″ seam allowance, begin sewing along one short edge, pivot, sew along the long unfinished edge, pivot, then sew along the remaining short edge (do not sew along the edge that you topstitched in Step 7d.).
7h. USING A 5/8″ SEAM ALLOWANCE (this will help the interior sit snuggly in the exterior), repeat Steps 6a. through 6d. to attach the Interior Main Panels to the Interior Side Panel. HOWEVER, make sure to leave a 6″ opening when attaching one of the Interior Main Panels to the Interior Side Panel (it is best to leave the opening at the bottom of the bag). This will help you turn your bag right-side out later.
8c. With the prongs from the snap, mark the placement with a fabric marker or chalk. Cut small slits at the marks.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and the accompanying video tutorial to make this bag! Try experimenting with different embellishments or techniques, or perhaps make a patchwork version! Let me know if you have any questions! email@example.com