one piece of fabric 28" X 18"
fabric strap 4" X 16"
9 1/2" piece of elastic 3/4"wide and a large safety pin
Press/Iron the top edge and the bottom edge first 1/4 inch under.
Insert part way in the casing until the edge meets the ends of the casing and stitch it.
Continue to feed the pin with the elastic thru' the casing.
When it gets to the end, remove the pin and stitch it.
Place "Wrong" sides together, so the pretty side of the fabric is out. I know you can't tell which side is the pretty side or the wrong side, because I chose white for the fabric, but you will know with your fabric. We are going to make a french seam so that is why you need to have the wrong sides together to stitch the first seam.
Pin and stitch with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Trim the elastic ends even with the seam allowance - a scant 1/4 inch.
Turn inside out, so the pretty side of the fabric is on the inside.
Pin to the inside of the bag at the seam allowance as shown.
May not come out perfectly straight as the seam is thick. If you use a matching thread it won't show like the tan on the white fabric.
I used white fabric with tan thread for the tutorial so you can see it clearly. I would suggest a colorful fabric with matching thread for your bag.
If you have any questions please leave a comment or email me at Marcia@craftysewing.com.
The bags make great gifts, as we all reuse and recycle.
Enjoy your day!
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