HOW TO MAKE… A VEL­VET BAG

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

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.

01

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

02

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.

03

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.

04

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.

05

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.

06

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.

07

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.

08

Po­si­tion the em­broi­dery patches onto the front of the vel­vet bag, then pin and sew in place.

09

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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