Stefanie Sling Bag

Hello there, this is Crystelle from CrystelleBoutique, excited to be part of the Bag Lady Series at the Ribbon Retreat.

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The bag I created for this event is called the Stefanie Sling Bag. It is a great go-to bag when running out the door with a few items to pack along.

The Ribbon Retreat has a fabulous large collection of adorable fabrics, so it was hard to narrow down my fabric choice. Finally, I decided to use the Jazz Jam collection by Jane Dixon for Andover fabrics in Green Instruments and Black Diamonds.

To sew the Stefanie Sling Bag you will need:
• 1 yard main fabric
• 1 yard coordinating fabric
• 28 inches double folded bias tape
• basic sewing supplies

From each of the fabrics cut the following:
• (2) 21 x 19 inches – main front and back pieces
• 8 x 35 inch – long strap
• 8 x 15 inch – short strap
• 9” circle {trace a 9 inch plate and cut} – bottom piece

From the main fabric cut:
• (2) 2 x 15 inch – ties

Print out the Template A and Template B

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Use a ½ inch seam unless otherwise noted.

Place Template A over the end of the 8 x 15 inch short strap, centered. Pin in place and trace. Extend the lines to the corners on the other end and cut.

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Take this newly cut short strap piece and place it atop the end of the long 8 x 35 inch piece. Trace and cut. Do so for both fabrics.

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Cut the top, rounding on four main pieces as follows:
Fold your main piece in half width-wise (it now measures 19 x 10.5 inches).
Place Template B on the fold at the top corner of the main piece. Pin, trace, cut.

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For both the main and contrasting fabric, match up main pieces (right sides together), pin sides and sew.

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Attach straps by pinning bottom edge of strap to top of main bag, when it is opened up, over the seam. Right sides together, pin in place, sew at ½ inch.
Sew the short strap on one side, and the long strap on the other.

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Repeat for contrasting fabric.

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To prepare the ties, press them bias-tape-style: fold in half lengthwise and press.
Open, fold the sides into the middle and press.
Fold the middle closed again, press, and stitch both closed (close to the edge).
Tie a knot in the end of each tie.

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Pin ties to the top-edge of main fabric (as shown). Attach one to the front panel and one to back. Sew in place, about ¼ inch from edge.

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Insert contrast bag into main bag (right sides together), lining up long and short straps. Tuck the ties inside. Pin around the top and straps and sew at about ¼ inch all the way around.

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Make several little clippies around the curves with scissors, about 1/8 inch into the fabric, about 1 inch apart.

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Turn bag through bottom opening, so the right sides are now on the outside. Press. Topstitch all the way around the top and straps (at about ¼ inch).

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Line up the bottom edges, pin together and baste (little less than ¼ inch).
Line up and pin the two circles (wrong sides together). Baste around the edges (little less than ¼ inch).

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Turn bag inside out (the contrasting fabric on the outside). 2 inches from the seam, make two 1 inch pleats, about 1 inch apart. Pin in place. Repeat for all sides (for a total of 8 pleats).

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Mark 4 equidistant spots on the bottom circle. Fold in half, then fold in half again and mark a dot on the corner folds.
Mark center bottom on the front and back of the bag.
Line up the dots, on the circle, to the center and side seams on the bag. Pin circle onto bag, adjusting the pleats to fit and sew in place using ¼ inch seam.

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Trim seam to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch.
Cover up the seam with bias tape. Open up the bias tape and fold over the bag’s edge about ½ inch.
Pin open side of bias tape to the edge of bag (not circle-side), all the way around. End will overlap the beginning. Stitch at ¼ inch.

Fold bias tape over seam. Pin in place and topstitch.

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This is what your bag will look like on the inside.

You bag is finished, congratulations and enjoy!! :)

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Thank you Crystelle! What a fun bag, and I love that it is reversible and the bow added to the strap for a little extra touch! Thank you again for sharing your awesome talent for creating such a fun and “funky” bag!
To see more of Crystelle’s FABulous projects, you can visit her at CrystelleBoutique where you will find free sewing patterns, creative crafts, and a potato sack dress made for the gorgeous Miss Idaho First Runner-Up. You have got to check it out!

If you are a fan of this great Sling Bag and would love to see more grrrrreat bags…see all of our previous Bag Lady series bags plus many, many more!

Now that you have seen all of our fun bags…are you ready to make some of your own? We have a wide selection of fabric from trendy chevron to gorgeous floral print AND a great list of bag and tote patterns that coupled together with your favorite fabric, will make beeeeautiful and trendy bags. We also carry all of the notions, trim and hardware needed to complete your the bag of your choice!

Don’t forget to check back on Monday to link up the bag(s) you have made AND to enter to win a most FABulous prize directly from Ms. Kati Cupcake herself….also, I will be showing off my completed Carry On bag. It is pretty cute! I can’t wait to see your bag creations! It is going to be awesome!

Happy Creating & Happy Bag Ladies!
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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh my! I am such a lucky girl to have my bag and pattern featured. You are so good to me Michelle! I am super honored to take part in the Bag Ladies Series…… :)
    Have a happy weekend; hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Posted January 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi Crystelle! You are so welcome! Your bag is awesome, and we are so happy to have it part of our super fun series! Thank you Crystelle for sharing it with us! Michelle :)

  2. RANAE
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    could I possibly get the pattern I have been looking for a pattern for this for ever and cannot find one where I live. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

    • Posted February 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ranae! Thank you for your comment! The pattern for this bag is actually in the body of the post. The Template A and Template B are in bold and the words are blue. If you click on those blue words, it will take you to the actual template/pattern for this super cute bag! Thank you again for your comment and for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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