HOW TO MAKE… A VELVET BAG
1m (393/ 8") black velvet fabric 50cm (197/ 8") iron-on interfacing 50cm (197/ 8") lining fabric Embroidered patches Matching sewing thread 1m (393/ 8") gold chain Eight gold eyelets Hammer Pliers
The festive season is upon us, and with it comes the need for a glam day-to-night bag that’ll do you for Christmas lunches, drinks and marathon shopping days.
Voilà – the velvet bucket bag. Roomy enough for all your essentials, it also taps into this season’s trend for luxurious accessories. And, while you’ll make the bag itself, the embroidered detailing is an easily achievable hack – sew-on patches. We found ours on eBay, but they’re also available in most high street stores.
From the velvet fabric, cut two 28 x 44cm (11 x 173/ 8") pieces for the bag sides, one 30 x 17cm (117/ 8 x 6¾") piece for the bag base and two 44 x 9cm (173/ x 35/ 8") pieces. 8 Back each piece of fabric with iron-on interfacing, following the manufacturer’s instructions. From the lining fabric, cut one 30 x 17cm (117/ x 6¾") piece and two 44 x 8 22cm (173/ x 8¾") pieces. 8
Place the two bag sides with right sides (RS) together and pin the short edges. Sew using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance, then press open the seams.
Position the fabric loop with the pile facing downwards, then pin the bottom raw edge around the bag base, RS together, and making sure the seams of the loop are at the centre of the base’s short sides – this will help create the folds in the sides of the bag when finished.
Place a 44 x 9cm (173/ x 35/ 8") 8 velvet fabric piece and a 44 x 22cm (173/ x 8¾") lining piece with RS 8 together, aligning one long edge. Pin and sew using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance. Repeat with the matching pieces of fabric, then place the two sewn panels with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Pin the short edges, sew using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance, then press open the seams.
Sew the lining fabric edge of the loop to the remaining 30 x 17cm (117/ x 6¾") lining fabric piece as 8 per Step 3, leaving one short edge open for turning.
With RS together, pin the lining panel to the outer bag along the top edge. Sew, then turn the bag RS out through the gap in the lining. Top stitch the bottom edge of the lining closed.
Fold in the sides of the bag to make it lie flat. Mark 3cm (1¼") down and 3cm (1¼") in from the top corners, then make a small hole, big enough to fit the eyelets. Fix the eyelets in place following the manufacturer’s instructions, then add two more on the layers behind. Repeat with the remaining two layers, attaching eight in total.
Position the embroidery patches onto the front of the velvet bag, then pin and sew in place.
Thread the gold chain through the eyelets on both sides of the bag to create a handle. Try it on to check the length, then trim the chain. Use pliers to open a loop at one end, then close around the link at the opposite end to finish.
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