Here is our tutorial on how to make the Alanda bag. These handbags are ideal to run up to match an outfit and for when you don’t want to be carrying around a large bag. You can slip your phone in the pocket on the front.
Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for the written instructions
This bag measures approx. 11″ x 6½”.
What You Need:
- 1 pce 18″ x 12″ fabric for main
- 1 pce 18″ x 12″ fabric for lining
- 1 pce 10″ x 12″contrasting fabric for pocket
- 1 pce 1½” x 12″ contrasting fabric for pocket trim
- 2 pcs 4½” x 7¼” contrasting fabric for gussets
- 2 pcs 4½” x 7¼” lining fabric
- 1 pce 18″ x 12″ medium weight interfacing for the body of the bag
- 2 pcs 4½” x 7¼” medium weight interfacing for gussets
- 1 pce 3½” x 11″ heavyweight interfacing for the base of the bag.
- 2 strips 64″ long and 2½” wide of two contrasting fabrics for handles
- 1 pce tubular elastic 8″
- 2 buttons
Please note that the information below is just a basic outline. Please refer to the video tutorial for step by step instructions.
Main Part of Bag
- Iron medium weight interfacing to the wrong side of the main pce.
- Draw lines at 7″ and 11″ from the top edge of the main pce.
- Place heavy weight interfacing in between the lines you have drawn and sew down by topstitching.
- Make sure your bobbin cotton matches your main fabric.
- Fold Pocket trim in half and press with the iron to get a nice sharp center crease
- Open up and fold edges to center and press.
- Fold in half longways and iron
- Open and fold each of the sides to the center and iron
- Fold trim over the raw edges of the pocket, pin in place and topstitch down to neaten.
- You will need to sew a number of strips together to get 64 inches.
- Place the 64-inch strips face down on top of each other and sew together down one long edge with ¼” seam. Press seam open.
Fold each edge to center and press. Fold over and topstitch to create a two-toned handle.
- Attach the handles to the bag.
- Measure and draw a line 2½” in from the sides and all the way down the bag. Draw a mark 6½” from the top of the bag intersecting the line you just drew. On on either line.
Draw another line on both top short edges of the bag ¼” from the edge.
- Take your handle and fold it in half
Place a pin at the halfway mark.
- Lay the handle along the line putting the two raw-edges close together at the 6½” mark and the halfway pin on the 6½” mark on the other side of the bag. Pin handle in place and topstitch to bag keeping stitch line as close as possible to the previous topstitching on the handle.
- Sew only as far as the ¼” marks on all four sides.
Attaching the Pocket
- Fold the pocket in half and draw a line at the halfway mark – should be 6″
- Now place the top of pocket 1½” from the top of the bag and pin in place. You will now topstitch along the lower edge of the pocket to hold the pocket in place.
- Sew along the line you have drawn at the halfway mark, backstitching top and bottom to keep pocket securely fastened to the bag.
- Take your gusset squares and measure 1½” up from one edge on the long edge of each piece and make a mark with your frixion or water soluble pen.
- Measure in ¾” on each side on the other edge on the short side and make a mark.
- Draw a line from the 1½” mark to the ¾” mark and cut along this line to get the gusset shape.
Adding the Gussets
- Place one gusset to the side of the bag making sure the edges line up and pin. Sew a ¼” seam down one side, pivot and sew along the bottom of the bag, pivot and sew up the other side.
- Repeat for the other side of the bag and do the same to the lining pieces.
- Turn the lining inside out and place the bag inside the lining – right sides together. Make sure the handles are tucked into the bag so they don’t get caught up in your stitching.
Sew around the top of the bag leaving about a 4-5 ” gap between one lot of the handles. This is so you can turn the bag through when you finish stitching. Use a ¼”inch seam and sew close to the handles as you go making sure you don’t catch them between the lining and the main piece.
Turn the bag through and topstitch around the edge sewing over the handles as you come to them so that they are anchored to the top of the bag.