Shall I move onto the tutorial now?
I love cross body bags. I have a small one but was on the hunt for a bigger one, especially to fit my wallet inside. I decided to just try to make one. I used black and rainbow leopard print old fabric that is actually from two bed skirts. Black for the outside and the rainbow leopard for the lining. For the strap, I used yarn that I braided into a 5 strand braid. I recommend using something more comfortable though. It took me a few days to make my own pattern and sew everything (by hand) together. I don't have a sewing machine so I had to do it all by hand, which is part of the reason why it took so long. The other reasons was because my back would start hurting and I would feel really tired.
The bag has a pocket on the back side for my phone and another pocket on the inside. I didn't take pictures of the process but it's easy to do.
*cut your fabric out from both prints(outside and lining)
* if you want pockets cut them out and place them where you want them and sew to that single only. Like other purses that has pockets inside and out, sew the lining pocket the the lining and the outer pocket to the outer layer.
*place the outer fabric wrong sides together then place one piece of the lining right side facing up. flip everything over and place last piece right side facing up. it should be lining,outer piece,outer piece, lining.
*sew the bottom up and the two sides up. hem the top if you want to
*flip the bag right side out. sew one end of your strap to the side seam and repeat to the other side.
*i hemmed the top of the bag at this point.
That's pretty much it. I originally wanted to to make a closure but I got tired and lazy and never got around to it and just said it's good the way it is now. Because of the side of the bag I should've added a closure to eliminate to worry of my stuff spilling out. I used it for about a week and made a bigger one. I found the second one to be easier and finished it two days. It would've been one day but it was getting late, I was tired and my back was killing me.
I hope you guys liked this post and I'm sorry for the long gap since my last post.