Create a one of a kind bag with our My Apple Bag Tutorial. This bag is wonderful for children and the instructions are very easy to follow. Click Read More to see the tutorial.
Hello, Ribbon Retreat Blog readers. My name is Angelina and I can be found blogging over at Ruby Jeans.
Some of you may remember me from the Vintage Ribbon Skirt Tutorial I shared.
If you missed it be sure to check it out.
I am thrilled to be back and sharing another DIY Tutorial with you. I do hope that you will enjoy it and maybe even try making an Apple Bag of your very own.
So how about we get started.
~ My Apple Bag Tutorial ~
1/2 yard School Days ( 21611-16 Apple ABC 123 )
1/2 yard School Days ( 21612-18 Recess )
1/4 yard School Days ( 21613-13 Textbook Blue Composition Book )
1/4 yard School Days ( 21613-18 Chalkboard Composition Book )
1/4 yard School Days ( 21617-14 No.2 Pencil Teachers Bouquet )
1/4 yard School Days ( 21617-16 Apple Teachers Bouquet )
Other Supplies Needed: Brown and Green Felt, Batting and Velcro.
Find other fun fabrics by clicking the link.
I started out with drawing a simple Apple.
You can draw and scale yours to suit your size preference of finished bag.
Cut your pattern piece out.
Using my pattern I cut 3 pieces (for my Apple Flap) 1 outer, 1 batting, and 1 lining. On my Stem and Leaf, I cut 2 pieces of brown felt and 2 pieces of green felt and top stitched them together (making them more sturdy).
For the inside of my bag I used my Fabric Apple piece as my template. I folded the top edge under (where the rounded parts of the apple were) leaving me with a straight edge.
I cut a total of 6 pieces. 4 pieces of Fabric and 2 pieces of batting.
If you would like to add pockets to the inside or outside of your bag, be sure to cut those out before assembling your bag together.
I added two pockets in my bag. One on the outside front of bag (pictured below) where the Apple Flap will attach to for closure and one on the inside of the bag.
For the top of the pocket I just serged my top edge and folded over, iron pressed, and hemmed top edge.
Assembly of Apple Flap:
Using coordinating Velcro I attached my Velcro to the outer Apple Flap as well as to the outer Bag front (pictured in collage bottom right corner).
I made sure that each piece was lined with the batting piece for extra strength.
Then I cut 2 pieces of coordinating lining fabric (of the apple flap) 4 inches wide and 3.5 inches long with a top point. Placing right sides together stitched around edges leaving bottom open for turning and pressed with iron.
Line up your Points and Stitch across.
This will be the piece that attaches to your main part of the bag, allowing your Apple Flap to open and close without losing it’s Apple Shape.
Taking your stem and leaf, place upside down and baste in place on outer piece of your Apple Flap fabric.
Placing right sides together of your Apple Flap fabric and batting, pin and sew.
Be sure to leave a small opening for turning right sides out.
Press and top stitch.
The Assembly of Inner Bag:
Cut a strip length of fabric on fold by 3 inches wide of coordinating fabric (this will be for used for the sides and bottom of your inner bag.)
Pictured below is the inside lining of my bag, and I finished my pocket the same way and added a stitch down the middle, giving me two pockets.
Placing right sides together of my inner lining, I began pinning my side strip to one side of my fabric (right sides together).
And repeated the same process on the bottom piece.
When you get to the bottom curve of your Apple fold fabric over and pin in place.
This is what it will look like when finished.
Because this is the inside lining of my bag, I will not be turning right sides out.
Repeat the same process with the outside of your main bag.
I attached my batting to the outside fabric of my bag on front and back pieces. You can attach it to either your inside lining (above) or your outside.
I did not add any batting to my side pieces.
Slide in place the inside of your bag (wrong sides together) to your outer bag.
Fold raw edges under of both pieces and pin in place.
Assembly of your Strap:
Cut desired length and width of strap. Use Iron-On Fusible Web to add a bit more body to it.
Stitch right sides together leaving bottom edges open for turning. Press and top stitch.
Optional Strap Pad, Assembly:
Cut 2 pieces of coordinating fabric and 1 piece of batting, slightly wider than the width of your finished strap.
Sew right sides together, leaving a small opening for turning. Turn, press and top stitch. Mark where you would like for you openings to be, allowing your strap to slide through. Using a Satin/Zig Zag stitch make two large button holes.
Using Scissors, cut down the center of the button holes, being sure not to cut too close to your stitches. Slide strap through.
Place your straps in between your inside lining and outside of bag and pin in place.
Taking your Apple Flap, slide in your Strap that was sewn onto the inside lining of your Apple Flap in between the Lining and Outside of main bag (arrow below). Pin in place. Be sure to check that your Velcro pieces line up when closed (make any adjustments needed before stitching the top of the bag closed).
Stitch around the top of the bag, stitching in place all your straps.
The arrow below again shows where your flap is attached to the main body of bag.
Flip the Apple Flap over and there you have it…
your very own Apple Bag.
Be sure to get creative and have fun. There really are endless options and possibilities with this bag.
Thank you again to The Ribbon Retreat for having me and for allowing me to come and share with you.
Thank you so much Angelina for your wonderful My Apple Bag Tutorial! This bag is so creative and adorable, that any child would love one. And the fabrics in School Days from The Ribbon Retreat is perfect for a boy or girl.
The possibilities are endless! You can take any shape and make an adorable bag that your child will cherish.
Angelina is so talented and has lots and lots of amazing tutorials over on Ruby Jeans. Hop on over and check it out. Make sure to say hello!
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Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor