My daughter, age 3 going on 30, has a grand collection of “friends,” books, cups, and who knows what else, that she likes to tote with her up to nap time…usually the collection is so large that we like to put everything on a blanket, grab the four corners, and tote it up the steps that way.
One day, while we gathered her belongings into her blanket, I realized that a bag, similar to the blanket model, would be a major improvement to our routine…so I came up with the Thingamabob Bag!
While the bag that I’m going to share with you today would not be large enough to contain the extent of my dear daughter’s collection, it’s a great little pouch for all sorts of goodies. I like the idea that everything is contained, but easy to sort through when you fully open the pouch.
Additionally, this would be an easy project to scale up if you’d like to make a giant bag for a special project like my daughters!
What You’ll Need
This project doesn’t require very much (hooray!), just a few fabrics and one fun cord. The hardest part is choosing a fabric from Timeless Treasures new Tonga Line: Jump!
Thingamabob Bag Tutorial
Cutting Fabric Circles
Cutting the bag itself is fairly easy. First, you’re going to open up Main fabric and then fold it so that one selvage edge comes to the center (the deep crease that is created by the fold on the bolt)
Do the same fold on your Lining Fabric and carefully place it on top. Make sure to match the folded edges.
Next, grab a piece of string or a selvage edge that you’ve got sitting around your sewing room and trim it to be 9″ long (we don’t need to be fancy here!).
Now, holding your erasable fabric marker at one end of the strip (or string, or whatever you found) place the other end in the center of your folded fabric edge. Carefully trace a half circle onto your fabric.
Now, cut through all four layers of fabric, along the line you drew.
Cutting Bias Strips
Next, we’ll cut our bias strips to create the casing around the top of the bag. For more info on how that is done, be sure to check out my Bias Strip Tutorial!
Cut 2-1/2″ wide bias strips and piece together to get a total of 70″ in length.
Next, you’ll cut that long strip in half. Press the strips, wrong sides together, in half lengthwise to create the casing. On one short edge of each strip, fold the edges under 1/2″ and 1/2″ again to create a clean edge. Press to keep in place.
Grab your Lining Circle and fold in half to find the halfway point. Mark both raw edges along the fold with pins and place right side up.
Place one folded edge of your bias strip at the point you marked with a pin. Matching raw edges, pin or baste the casing to the lining piece. Stitch to secure using 1/8″ seam. When you are about 3 inches away from arriving at the next pin, STOP! Backstitch to secure your casing…
Then, trim and fold the raw edge under so that it lands where your next pin is placed. Stitch to secure.
Repeat on the other casing piece. Now you should have something that looks like a circle with an outline and a lonely exterior circle. Place them right sides together and stitch around the raw edges using 1/4″ seam. Make sure to leave about 3″ of space to flip the piece right side out.
If you want a nifty trick on how to make that opening invisible, make sure to check out my little tidbit here!
Topstitch along the lining/exterior fabric to clean it up and disguise that opening.
Next, cut your length of cording in half. Thread one piece of cording through the casing using a safety pin. For some reason this messes with my head every time, so I’ll make sure to explain it here!
Make sure that cord A comes all the way around the circle, knot the ends of Cord A together to secure. Then, start cord B on the other side, making sure that it comes back around to meet itself and knot.
You’re done! That’s it! Now it’s time to fill that sucker up with all sorts of goodies!