Snap bags make a great option when you’re looking for an everyday bag that doesn’t get in your way. It’s also the perfect sewing project to start on when you’re looking to make something out of some leftover materials and fabric.
Time To Complete: 1 Hour
This type of bag doubles up as an excellent gift for your colleagues at work, your kids, fellow knitters and even teachers looking for a creative bag to carry their teaching materials.
Here’s a free pattern that will help you get started.
What You Will Need to DIY Your Snap Bag
- 9 inches by 14.5 inches quilted fabric for the outer fabric. You can also quilt your own fabric.
- 9 inches by 18.5 inches of lining fabric.
- 2.5 inches by 4.5 inches of lining or outer fabric for the side loop handle.
- 11 inches by 2.5 inches for the wrist handle (this is optional).
- Two 4.5 by 4.5 inches from the same fabric as the lining fabric for the handles
- Matching thread
- Fusible fleece 9 inches by 2 inches. (You can also use leftover interfacing and piece it together).
- One inch tape measure from the hardware store.
- Roll of tape
- A sewing machine
- Basic sewing supplies.
All measurements are based on a 1-inch tape measure.
Cut out pattern pieces
Once you have your pattern pieces, cut the fabric to measure excepting the batting and outer fabric if you’re going to quilt it. Leave some extra fabric and batting all around until you finish quilting. After quilting, you can trim the pieces.
Use a ruler to draw corners from one end to the other with 1-inch lines and use tailor’s chalk to stitch quilting lines and sew batting to the outer fabric. Pin the batting along the line to secure and move the pins as you stitch.
Stitch the quilt lines
You can use a quilting bar to stitch the quilt. You will move along faster and with more accuracy. Once quilting is complete, you can trim of the excess to match the tissue measurement.
Press the fusible interfacing
Press the 2-inch fusible interfacing to the top edges of the wrong side of lining. You can use small scraps and join them together.
Layer the lining and quilted fabric with the wrong sides together and press the lining down 5/8 inches towards the quilted piece. Set this aside.
Prepare the prairie points
To set up the prairie points by folding the 4.5-inch square in half diagonally. Fold up the remaining lower corner to the center to make a triangle and press. Fold up the right corner and bring to the center to create the prairie point.
The folded edges should be parallel to each other and touching. The raw edges should be even. Press.
Fold down the top edge
Center the prairie points and insert the raw edge under the folded edge. Secure the fusible tape with pins to keep things from moving before stitching.
You will get a detailed and comprehensive PDF file that will offer you detailed instructions on what to do as you make the bag. The PDF will also feature actual size patterns that are printable to make it easier for you to cut out the right pieces with the right measurements.
If you would like to make tweaks to the bag, there are numerous options for you to consider. The bag is highly customizable and there are plenty of complementing designs you can consider.