How to make a simple bag
This is a step by step tutorial on how you can make a simple bag for your cosplay.
This tutorial fits all kinds of fabrics and for this bag I used white faux leather. When working with faux leather remember that it melts under high temperatures, if you plan on ironing it use low temperature and a towel in between the iron and fabric. Also remember that when you sew in the fabric the needle marks will be visible even if you take the thread away so make sure not to sew wrongly.
1. Decide the measurements you want on the bag (this one is 10x14x2.5 cm). Remember to make the back piece longer than the front piece so it kan be used as a lid. To do this add the length of the height of the bag together with the side and the leght you want the lid to be. Cut out the parts in a fabric with at least 0.5 cm seam allowance. The fabric I used was a white faux leather.
2. Place the right sides of the front and side pieces together and sew along the marked line.
(A good idea is to sew all the way over the seam allowance at the top but to not sew over the seam allowance at the bottom. This will make it easier to later fix the upper edge and to sew in the bottom piece.)
3. Sew together the back piece with the sides.
(Do not sew all the way over the seam allowance this time since you want to be able to fold the seam allowance down later.)
4. I like to sew the bottom piece of bags on by hand. This gives you more control and the risk that the sides twists because the corners got sewed on a bit off lessens.
5. Cut out a new piece that will be the inside of your lid. Make it a bit longer than the lid actually is.
6. Put together the right sides of the lid pieces and sew like the green line shows, not all the way down the sides of the lid.
7. Turn the lid part inside out and sew on the velcro or snap fastener so you can close the lid later. (If you want you can sew the velcro on after step 5, but I like to do it here since I feel it gives me a bit more control where to place it.)
8. Flip the lid inside out again and sew the sides of the lid together.
9. Cut the seam allowance’s corners of the lid, making sure not to cut of the thread, and flip the lid inside out. Take a pointy object like a chopstick or a pen and point the corners of the lid out so the get a nice edge.
10. Sew along the edge of the lid to make it lay flat and give it a bit of detail.
11. Flip the rest of the bag inside out and sew on the other part of the velcro or snap fastener on the front of the bag.
12. If you like to be able to have the bag on a belt like this one or hang it over your shoulder in a strap this is the step to add a piece of fabric on the back to pass the belt through or add the strap at the sides of the bag.
If you want a more soft look on the bag you can skip step 13 and 14 and jump directly to step 15.
13. To get a more square looking bag measure the inside of your bag and cut out pieces of cardboard (I like to use cereal boxes for this part). Make sure to measure all the way up on the seam allowance since you want to be able to fold a bit of the fabric down over the fabric.
14. Glue the cardboard to the inside of the bag.
15. Glue and fold down the edge of the upper part of the bag. A good way to keep the edge in place while it dry is to use clothespins, just make sure you don’t get glue on them.
16. Glue the leftover of the inner lid piece to the bag so it stays in place.
And you are done! Simple and quick to make!