Welcome to our Bake, Craft & Sew Along the sewing edition!  Don’t forget to skip on over to According to Kelly to see a inspiring crafty non-sewing gift and to  A Southern Fairytale for edible yumminess that will be perfect this holiday season.
Jodie from Ric Rac shares an amazing one hour bag! What a perfect girlfriend or mom gift! You also don’t want to miss all her lovely sewing patterns— you will find loads of gift ideas. If you are looking for something sweet and quick give these button rings a try — oh I want one!
Jodie writes…

The One Hour Bag

This bag is so easy !

This is the new bag I made to take back to work this term. It took less than an hour from choosing the fabric to dumping my junk in it. In fact this tutorial took waaaayyy longer than the bag ! (the colours are great in real life but the orange doesn’t photograph very well – sorry )

This pattern is on a piece of A4 paper so I’m sure you can work it out from that. It needs to be placed in the fold of your fabric as marked.

You will need:

Using the pattern piece and cutting on the fold of your fabrics.


2 pieces in your handbag fabric

2 pieces in your lining fabric

2 pieces in wadding or batting to give your bag a bit of body.

1 magnetic purse snap (optional)

2 x 6 1/2 inch squares of fabric for the pocket (optional).

2 strips of fabric 3 inches x approx 29 inches for the strap

1 strip of wadding about 2 1/2 inches by 29

2 large Buttons

Start with the pocket. Place your squares right sides together and sew around 1/4 in ch in from the edge. Leave a gap for turning (maybe 3 inches). Snip off the corners being careful not to cut your stitching.

Turn right sides out through the gap. . You might like to iron it. I like to do one line of stitching across what will be the top of the pocket but that is just for looks.

Pin your pocket to the right side of one of your bag linings. Sew around the sides and bottom of your pocket being sure to catch the gap you had for turning in your stitching.

I like to do two lines – looks good and adds a bit of strength too.

Now put your other lining piece right sides together with the pocketed one and sew around the bag, again leaving a turning gap at the bottom.

Take your bag fabric pieces and affix your wadding or batting to the wrong side of each piece (if it is fuseable). You need to sew all these four pieces at the same time. Your fabrics need to be right side together with the wadding on the outer of each. (check out the pic above if it doesn’t make sense) Pinning might help stop these from moving too much.

Sew around the sides and base of the bag with a 1/4 inch seam. You may want to clip the corners , this will help your curves be nice and smooth and curvacious. Turn the bag right side out.

Now with the bag right side out- slip it into your lining. (This means you will have the right sides of your lining where the pocket is, against the right sides of the bag.)

Sew around the top opening of the bag.

Turn it all right side out through the gap in the bottom of the lining. Then tuck the lining inside the bag, smoothing it as you go. Pin around the top and topstitch.

This is when I like to add magnetic snaps. Putting your hand inside the bag through the lining gap you can poke your snaps through and affix them. Some people like to put a little circle of cardboard on the inside but just use a scrap of wadding or wadding reinforced with some interfacing.

Then that is it for the bag , you can hand sew or machine sew the gap in the lining closed.

The strap is super easy- Just place your pieces right sides together and sew along the length of the strip on both sides. You could add your wadding at this stage and sew it in but my fabric is a bit thick so it will be hard to turn, so I didn’t add it yet.

Turn right sides out so you have a long tube. Then using a safety pin I just thread in a long strip of wadding for body.

Tuck in your ends, either on an angle or straight across and topstitch all around, ,making sure you catch the ends into your sewing.

Sew the strap to the bag – you can do this by hand or machine – add some buttons for decoration and you are done.

Obviously you can jazz this up as much as you want – maybe patchwork some fabric together first, add some trims, super easy and versatile ! Hope you like it!

You might also be interested in this simple reversible tote , zippered pouch and pocket tissue holder.

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  1. This tutorial was great. I’m a total sewing machine novice, but even I was able to follow your easy directions/pictures. I was able to make a cute purse in one evening…that really boosts my confidence!! 🙂

  2. This is so cute. I think I’ll be making this as a diaper bag, might have to use a larger piece of paper and increase the pattern size a bit for that purpose. But I just love the look of it. Simple but with some body to it. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  3. Wow! I love the look of this, I think even I could sew this without too much trouble 🙂
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. This is a great bag! Thank you for sharing it. I definitely saved it to my favorites.


  5. THANK you so very much for this tutorial! I never knew how to sew an “inside-bag”, but this seems easy, even to me!
    I can’t wait to get some time to try. I’ll let you know!
    Also very nice: it doesn’t take much fabric, but if I’ll ever want to make it a bigger size.. doesn’t seem a problem!

  6. This bag is ingenius. So simple, & yet it looks so cute. & I can actually see it happening in just one hour. LOVE it!

  7. This is great! It’s like a simpler version of the Buttercup bag. Just what I’ve been looking for, as I have some fabric that would not work with pleats. Thank you!

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