Hi, I'm Wanda from Alanda Craft and today
I'm going to show you how to make these really quick and easy origami bags They make
great market bags and they make great gifts, and you can make them just about anything. I've
made this one here out of quilting material and this is out of a canvas or furnishing fabric.
So let's get on and show you how to do this So what you need are two pieces of fabric that
measure exactly the same. So what I've done for my bag that I'm going to make for you today is cut
two pieces that measure 19 inches across and 56 inches in length. Now you take your two pieces of
fabric once you've cut them and you lay them right sides together and what we're going to do is we're
going to sew all the way around and we're going to leave a four inch about a four inch opening
at this end here to turn this fabric through.
So now I've sewn around the outside of my bag
with a quarter inch seam and you can see that here. You see the I've used cream thread on one
side and I've used the black on the other. Now I've sewn all the way around and I've left
the opening at the top here so that's to the turn the bag through.You can see that there.
Alright, let's get started turning it through. Okay so once I've turned it through I'll push the
corners out, don't have to worry too much about them and then I'll give it all a nice press. So
I've given it a good press and I've top stitched all the way around with about an eighth of an inch
and that's going to catch in their opening at the end and it's also going to give it a handles a
nice finished look when we put this bag together. Now it's time to fold our bag now this can
be a little bit tricky so if you get lost don't worry about it we'll have photos and
step-by-step instructions over on the website and the link will be in the description below.
Alright, so what we want to do is we want to have the piece of fabric that we want on
the outside of our bag facing upwards.
Now I'm just going to pick up this corner with my
thumb and forefinger and bring this corner here over so this end forms a triangle. alright
so let's make sure that those edges meet up nicely. Okay so we have one triangle at one end
of our fabric so now we go down to the other end and we're going to fold the next triangle in
the opposite direction. So this time I'm going to bring the bottom piece up and lay that along
here. So there we are so we have two triangles. Now what you need to do, you can see
here now that you have a square in the middle. I'm just going to eyeball it
along here along the diagonal line and we're going to bring our first triangle up
and we're just going to take it right over, I'll just twist it round it so that it lies along
the edge of this end here, the smaller triangle. So you can see I have a large triangle
now and I have a small triangle. Now what I'm going to do is take the edges,
let's see that's got a little bit of a fold there but that's okay because we're going
to be sewing that down, and I'm going to pin all the way along here just to where
those two pieces meet.
So I'll do that now. Alright, so you can see now that I've
pinned those two pieces together and now I'm going to turn the bag over
and do it the same thing again. Now, flip it over and don't worry too much about where things are at the stage as long
as you have these two edges matching. And then what we're going to do it is we're going to start pinning this one. So take
your two edges and pop in a pin. We're going to come all the way down, now just be
careful when you're pinning that you don't grab part of the bag that's lying underneath.
very easy to do. Okay so I'm just going to pin all the way along matching those edges up.
Alright so now that we've got everything pinned we're ready to go and sew these
together with a quarter inch seam. So I've sewn my seams with a quarter
inch seam and you can see here that I've actually back stitched both
at the beginning and the end and I've done that on both sides. So
here's the other side as well. So you can skip the next step if you wish
but what I'm going to do is I'm going to box the corners. Now to do that we're going
to work with our seams. So I take my seam here and what I just want to do is lay it
flat on the cutting board, but I also want to make sure that the bag sits flat and so
that forms a nice right angle on the table. Okay, so just flatten it all out. So we lay
our seam down and we've got this sort of an imaginary fold at the end here.
Now I'm going
to measure up four inches, so one, two, three, four and I'm going to put a line there I'm coming
across here, one, two, three, four and I'll put a line there and I'm going to draw a diagonal
line and this is going to be my stitching line. So what I'll do is I'll sew along here
and I'll back stitch at either end. Now I'll do exactly the same on the other seam
line. Lay it flat and lay the material, there we go, and do the same thing again. Lay it
flat on the table form it up and draw my lines.
So I've sewn my box corner and there's
the flap there and what I've done is I've back stitched at either end of
that line and now I'm going to trim it. I'm just going to just a little over a quarter
of an inch from that seam line so I'm gonna line my ruler up just over that mark it's not
critical and I'm going to trim that piece off. Now you can serge along that seam line, you can
zigzag across, which is what I'll probably do, or you can just leave it as it is.It's on the
inside of the bag so it doesn't really matter. So now that the corners are done I can turn
my bag through. It's simple enough to do because there's plenty of open space.
Let's give the corners a bit of a push through. Okay so it's coming together nicely.
There we go, and the next thing we want to do is our handles.
Now what we're going to do
first is take a piece of material, a piece of contrasting material is nice. This piece measures
7 inches by 4 inches and I've just ironed over a quarter of an inch on either end, you can see
that there, and I'm going to top stitch that at about an eighth of an inch. Once I've done
that I will fold it in right sides together and I'll sew along here with a quarter inch seam.
So as you can see I've stitched down the two ends and I've stitched along here at a quarter of
an inch and I'm just going to turn that through, because it's made a tube and I'm
going to turn that tube through.
Alright, so we've got the tube turned through
and now what we're going to do is we're going to place it onto one of our handles. So we
just take one handle and we just pop it, gather it up, and you just pop it
through. I hope you can see that. At this stage it doesn't matter how far down
that goes because we need a bit of space here, because what we're going to do now is we're
going to take both our handles and we're going to overlap them like that. This is
a big bag so I want to go over about an inch and a half even an inch and three
quarters. I'm going to sew a square on here so I'll come up here around down and
back and I might even go around twice, and then I'll just do a diagonal line
so there's a bit cross in that square.
So I'll go and do that and then I'll come back and
show you exactly what I meant. Now I've sewn the handles together with the square and the cross all
I need to do is bring this piece of fabric back over. Now just turn it so that that seam line is
on the underneath part because you don't want that showing on the top, and that's just going to cover
And there we are our bag is finished. So if you've enjoyed this tutorial give us
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