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Reversible Sling Bag Tutorial

Posted by  ·  September 6, 2011  ·  Last Updated: September 6, 2011

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Hey there! It’s Char from Crap I’ve Made.


I’m excited to be back for another year of the Holiday Bake, Craft, & Sew Along! (Guess that means I didn’t screw it up too badly last year, right?)

Last year, I shared a zippered laptop sleeve tutorial. I think the zipper going around corners scared some people away, so for this year’s project I’m going with something even a beginner sewist (don’t say sewer) can do. This is a great handmade gift for the tween and teen age girls on your list (and being the parent of one, I KNOW how hard they are to make stuff for).

Reversible Sling Bag Tutorial



1 yard of exterior fabric
1 yard of interior fabric
Printed pattern pieces (printed with the page scaling turned OFF) + one piece of 8.5 X 11 paper
Scissors, pins, sewing machine, thread

Print the 2 pattern pieces. Lay them and the extra piece of paper out like this:


Tape the pieces together without overlapping.

If you fold your yard of fabric in half again lengthwise, matching the fold from the bolt to the selvages, you can cut out both pieces at once. BE SURE TO PLACE THE LONG EDGE OF THE PATTERN PIECE ON THE FOLD!!!


You’ll cut 2 pieces from your exterior fabric and 2 pieces from your interior fabric, so you’ll end up with 4 pieces that look like this:


The assembly instructions are the same for the exterior and the interior pieces. All seams are 1/2”, unless otherwise specified.

Place pieces right sides together and sew side seams (indicated by the red lines).


Press seams open.


Line seams up (pin, if you want) and press flat. Sew bottom seam, as indicated by the red line.


Next we’re going to box the corners. Fold/press/whatever your corners like this:


The measurement along the green line is about 1.5”. The measurement along the yellow line is about 3”. I drew a line with a disappearing ink pen to follow when I sewed.


Sew along the line and then clip off the excess fabric.


Turn the exterior bag right side out and slip it inside the interior bag. Match up seams and ends and pin.

Decide which one of the ends of the strap is going to be the “big” one. You’re going to turn the entire bag right side out through this end. There will be a moment when you’re not sure how it’s going to work out, but trust me, it will…just like child birth. Winking smile Mark it somehow. I used 3 pins.


The other end of the strap will be the “small” one. When you sew this end, you’re going to want to taper it *just* slightly. The blue lines indicate the normal stitch line. The purple lines are how you’re going to sew this end.


I exaggerated the lines in this picture for illustration purposes. I’d start the taper about 1” from the end and taper in maybe 1/8” on each side.

Sew from the end of the strap, around the curve and up the other strap. For some reason the picture or this step is missing, so I made you a super helpful illustration:


You’ll be sewing along the big U shape and leaving the green lines on the ends open. Be sure to taper the “small” end. Repeat on the other edge.

You can clip the curves a bit now if you want to. I did on one bag and I did not on the other. I found it didn’t make a whole lot of difference, so do whatever makes you happy.

Now you’re going to turn the whole thing right side out through the “big” end.


Go slowly and be sure things don’t get too bunched up. You might need a buddy, but I promise this WILL work.

Press along the seams.

Take the “big” end and fold down approximately 1/2” to the inside.




Slip the “small” end inside the “big” end.


And stitch a cute little rectangle to hold everything in place.


And you’re done!

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Only 3.5 months until Christmas, so GET SEWING!

Open-mouthed smile

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  1. Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
    Nice tutorial! thank you for sharing
  2. Caitlynn
    Monday, March 31st, 2014
    I just finished this bag! I made it with a red with white polka dot fabric on one side and black/grey Waverly print on the other. It turned out so cute! Second sewing project since I was a little kid-so glad it was so easy!
  3. Trying to be useful while unemployed
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
    They just outlawed plastic grocery bags here in Santa Fe and I think this pattern might be a good use for my 90's rayon fabric stash that I found while spring cleaning. I think I will feel better giving these bags away than trying to find someone who wants my wonky scraps.
  4. Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
    Thank you for sharing such an AWESOME tutorial! Before I found your tutorial, I tried to use another one but found the directions weren't clear enough for me to follow. Your tutorial allowed me to stitch a bag in just 1 hour! I've tweeted and pinned your post so others can try it too. Thanks again!
    • Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
      Oh Andrea you made my day!
  5. Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Hi! I wanted to thank you for posting this pattern and tutorial. I recently used them to make 3 bags for myself. I changed the pattern around a little bit, but used yours as the base. Below you'll see a link to my blog where I have a couple photos and a link back to this page. Thanks so much! http://danandamyhess.blogspot.com/2013/01/silence-unbroken.html
  6. sarah
    Sunday, September 30th, 2012
    Thank you some much for this pattern. My daughter couldn't find "the bag" for her books (1st yr of college). So I am surprising her with this tote!!! thanks again. I bought the fabric before I found your site! Yeah Pinterest!!! <3 I bought a yard 1/2 of two prints.. left overs for ???. Will look deeper in your site for more ideas! :)
  7. Anu
    Sunday, July 29th, 2012
    This was so easy , i have made one in an hour and with both sides i could use 2 bags in 1 - absolutely love it and the instructions are very easy to follow . Thank you very much !!! i am looking at your other posts as well :)
  8. April M
    Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    Your tutorials are amazing! I don't sew and I've now made the sling bag and the reversible handbag. Thank you for your clarity, great photos, and easy to understand directions!
  9. Elizabeth
    Saturday, March 17th, 2012
    Thank you so much! Made it in one hour...sooooo cute! Thanks! :)
  10. Rukshana
    Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
    This was pinned in pinterest. I thought tour directions were so clear! I had to run to the fabric store and make one for my self!I just finished making it. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to check out your website.
  11. Jenny R
    Friday, October 14th, 2011
    Wow, that was so easy! Just made my first one with denim on one side for durability, a little difficult when it came to turning it right side out. Love this tutorial, such an easy one to follow. I can't wait to make more.
  12. Thursday, September 15th, 2011
    was able to print the pattern but not able to print instructions? DO NOT SEE AN OPTION FOR A PRINT. CAN YOU E-MAIL BACK CUTE LOVE TO MAKE HATE TRY & WRITE ALL OUT!
    THANKS JOY 9-15-11
  13. Bethanie
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
    Great bag. I am new to sewing and was able to make this without any confusion. Thank you so much. By the way, can you tell me the names and places to purchase the shown fabrics? THanks again.
  14. Jayne
    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    What fun! I know just the girls to make these for Christmas. They will love them.
  15. Jayne
    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    What fun! I know just the girls who are going to get these. Thanks for your tutorial.
  16. Jennifer
    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    Ok, same Jen as above. I made this yesterday at my local shop's sit and sew. Less than two hours start to finish. I mean, taping the pattern together through walking around carrying it saying "best sewing day evah!!!" I am going to do another one in heavier weight fabric and maybe another one with some stabilizer. And, I think my daughter (11) could do this, so it will be her next project. Maybe some embroidery on the pieces before assembling... Thank you so much!!!
  17. Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    I love this bag & think it would be cute for an adult, too; but I do have twin granddaughters who are "officially" tweens & think they would love one of these. Thanks for sharing!
    :) CAS
  18. Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    love this, and it acutally looks easy, great step out pictures and instructions :) will have to try this!
  19. Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    So cute Char!! I love how quick and easy that is - and it's a great size! Those fabrics are super cute too. LOVE. ;)
  20. Brennen
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    Ha! Ha! I just made a bag out of the exact same fabrics. Aren't they gorgeous!
  21. VickiT
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    What a cute bag. Thank you so much.
  22. Christin York
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    I love love love this!! thank you!!
  23. Jenny
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    This is going to be the Christmas gift for all my teenage nieces...I too made the zippered laptop sleeve. It was also my first time sewing a zipper...it ended up looking awesome....at least as long as you don't look too closely..lol
  24. Heather
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Exactly what I've been wanting to make!!
  25. Donna
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    Great clear directions and photos. Will be sending this link to my middle schooler - thanks for not assuming we all know what we are doing!
  26. Jennifer
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    This is by far the clearest tutorial on a bag like this I have ever read (and I have read a million). But this one makes me feel like I can do it. And rather quickly. One pattern piece?! Brilliant!
  27. Emily
    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    This is wonderful! Your tutorials are so clear and easy to follow. I made a few of those laptop sleeves and they were my first intro to zippers! The first one had to be ripped out 2 or 3 times before it was right but the subsequent ones made lovely gifts! Thanks!