I had this inside-out reversible bag bookmarked for a long time, and I finally had the time after Christmas to make it after seeing it in the Thirty One Gifts catalog for $40 (It is larger in their catalog I think). Use it for books, a small diaper bag, a place to stash your accessories, or carrying some snacks.
Have fun! If you want a larger bag, then I would take the pattern pieces to a photocopier and increase them by 10% or 25% or however large you want to make the bag. And of course purchase your fabric accordingly. I needed only 1.5 yards total for this project. You may not need to increase the size of the strap though. That is up to you.
Fabric choices: I would suggest one pretty main fabric that you really love. After you have decided on that fabric, match it with a complimentary color that is also more subdued in pattern. Or, pull a color out of the main fabric to use as the “liner” fabric. You don’t have to, but you could use a busy main pattern, and then one that is plain and complimentary. Here, I used a pretty white and pink fabric as my main piece. I had some plain brown with white polka dots in my stash, so that is what I used. The dark brown also works since that is a color in the main fabric.
Finished product is 7″ high, 10″ wide and 6″ deep.
Inside Out Reversible Bag
3/4 yard of a main fabric
3/4 yard of a “liner” fabric (though since it is reversible, they are both main. But it is easier to label it this way.)
3/4 yard stiff fusible interfacing (lightweight works, too! I had that on hand and my bag still stands on its own.)
1. Print and cut out the pattern pieces. Tape the strap pattern together and the side bag pattern together.
2. Using the pattern, cut the pieces that I have written on the pattern. You will have:
2 bag sides of main fabric
2 bag sides of liner fabric
1 bottom of main fabric
1 bottom of liner fabric
2 straps of main fabric
2 straps of liner fabric
2 bag sides of interfacing
1 bottom of interfacing
2 pockets of main fabric and
2 pockets of liner fabric.
3. Iron the interfacing pieces to the main fabric. So, 2 bag sides and 1 bottom will be ironed to the 2 bag sides of the main fabric and 1 bottom of the main fabric.
4. First, we will make the pockets. Put right sides together on each pocket. Sew all the way around EXCEPT for a small hole at the bottom (one of the long sides). About 1-1.5″ should work. Remember to backstitch when starting and ending so that the threads do not come apart when turning the fabric. Once you sew all the way around except for the hole, clip the corner a little bit.
5. Turn the pocket and it will be right side out. I use a pencil or something to push the corners out nice and neat. Press the pocket and make sure to press the seam closed where you had the hole.
8. Take the main fabric bag sides and pin them right sides together. Sew the side edges. Press open the seams. Take the liner fabric bag sides and pin them right sides together. Sew the side edges. Press open the seams
9. Now, we’ll work on the bottom. My bag already had center marks from folding the fabric and cutting it out. If your bag sides do not, then fold the bag and mark the center of the sides. Now, you need the center points of the bottom piece. Take the bottom and fold it in half lengthwise and mark the center points. Take the bottom and fold it in half shortside, and mark the center points.
10. Working with the main fabric: Pin the bottom piece to the bottom of the bag, right sides together. Line up the shortside center points with the seams on the bag’s side. Line of the longside center points of the bottom piece with the center of the bag (either from the fold or from marking them earlier). Sew the bottom piece on.
14. Now, pin the strap to the side of the bag. There is a straight edge where your seam line is and that is where the strap goes. Make sure when pinning it to pin it so that the same fabric faces the same fabric.
15. Sew the straps to the bag inside the seam allowance. I did about 1/4″ seam allowance here. (I forgot to top stitch them at this point, which is why they should be top stitched on this step, but it is not reflected in the photo)
16. Place the main bag inside the liner bag right sides together. Stuff the straps inside the bag. I folded them inside a few times to make sure they didn’t accidentally get caught. Note, I also had to make sure that the liner bag.
20. Blind stitch the hole closed that you pulled the fabric through in step 18 with thread that is close to the color of the fabric.
Pattern and idea adapted from Warehouse Fabrics, Inc.