Ever wanted to make a Mandy bag of your own? Here’s a free guide with a great pattern that is perfect for making a Mandy bag for yourself, as a gift to your loved ones or even for sale.
Time To Complete: 1 hour 30 mins
Here’s a free pattern that will help you get started.
What You Will Need to DIY Your Own Mandy Bag
- Iron-on Pellon
- One fat quarter for the exterior of the bag
- Lining fabric, 50 cm by 110cm. The material used to make this Mandy bag was homespun.
- Basic sewing supplies
- A sewing machine
- A snap for the body and bag flap. You can also sew a button to the flap and have the button on the bag.
Once you have all the materials, download and print the patterns. Don’t scale either of the patterns.
Step 1: Cutting
- Cut 2 pieces of bag body from the exterior pieces
- Cut 6 pieces of bag body from lining
- Cut 4 pieces of bag body from iron on Pellon. Trim away 1cm all around after cutting the pieces.
- Cut 2 pieces of bag flap from lining
- Cut 1 bag flap from iron on Pellon. These should also be trimmed around the curve by 1cm.
You should have 8 bag pieces, and 2 flaps out of fabric, 4 body pieces and 1 flap from Pellon (all trimmed by 1cm)
Step 2: The strap
Fold the strap in two and iron to determine the center. Open up the strap and iron the sides into the middle.
Fold the strap in half, press and sew along the open edge of the strap.
Step 3: The Flap
Place the flap pieces with the right side together. Iron the Pellon to the top piece and sew around the curved edge then clip the curve.
Turn the flap on the right side and topstitch 6mm from the edge along the curved side.
Step 4: The Bag
Baste the flap to one of the exterior fabric pieces of the bag and match the center of the bag body and the flap. Place lining and fabric pieces together and stitch along the top.
Position the handles on the right side of the remaining lining pieces. The handles should be 3cm from the edge and then baste them into place. Place the remaining right sides together and sew across the top. The straps should be caught in the seam.
Repeat the same for the remaining bag pieces but don’t catch the straps or the flap. You should have four final pieces.
Iron the Pellon to the wrong side of each piece and fold along the seam and press with the iron. Sew all around, leaving a 6 mm space from the edge to hold the pieces for the next step.
Step 5: Making the internal pocket
For the pocket, take the two pieces made out of lining, place them on top of each other and use tailors chalk to make the guideline for the pocket.
Sew the pockets with a back and forth sew for reinforcement.
Step 6: Stitch the bag
Fold the inner bag piece and pin it. Place the outer piece on top of the pinned inner piece, pin this as well and sew all around the edges with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave the top open.
Remove the pins and turn the bag right side out. Fold the outer bag price into the middle and pin then sew with a 1cm allowance around the curved edges. Leave the top open as well.
Iron the bag and sew 1 cm from the edges around the curved body of the bag. Repeat for the other bag pocket.
Attach the snap to the flap and body of the bag or a button. Whichever you prefer.