This easy bag is a great first sewing project. Faux leather gives this bag structure and eliminates the need for a lining. You don’t need to finish seams either. The bag only takes a few minutes to sew and is great as a mini shopping bag or as a favor or goody bag.
Here’s what you need to get started:
(2) rectangles of 38cm (15in) x 27cm (11in) faux leather, (4) 11mm diameter grommets or eyelets, (2) 50cm (20in) pieces of cord – you could also reuse some from a paper shopping bag, ruler, pen, scissors and/or knife, thread, hammer, binder clips
Step 1: Download, print, assemble and cut sewing pattern or cut two rectangles of faux leather with the dimensions of 38cm (15in) x 27cm (11in).
Here is the pattern in one piece on A2: DIYSA_simple shopping bag_A2
And this one is broken down onto four A4/US Letter pages: DIYSA_simple shopping bag_A4
Step 2: Cut holes for grommets/eyelets and attach grommets/eyelets according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: Using binder clips, align the two rectangles, good sides facing each other. Sew along the sides and bottom with a 7mm (5/16in) seam allowance.
Step 4: Fold corners diagonally, mark a line perpendicular to the existing seam approximately 5cm (2in) away from the corner, sew along the line, cut remaining corners off. Turn bag to be right side out.
Step 5: From the exterior, thread one end of the cord through one grommet/eyelet and tie a knot. Repeat with the other end of the cord and then repeat on the other side of the bag. That’s it – Congratulations – You’re finished!