I spotted these cute cane handles in my local wool shop a couple of weeks ago and just had to get them. I decided to make a little handbag using one of my fabrics and some contrasting Liberty print. Here’s how…
You will need:
2 pieces of fabric for the outside of the bag – each measuring 37cm x 26cm (I used my Park Hill Bold fabric in teal)
2 pieces of contrasting fabric for the lining (same measurements – I used this Liberty print design)
A pair of cane bag handles (mine are a medium size measuring 14cm across the bottom and 10.5cm high).
Sewing machine, hand needle, pins
1. Pin the two outer pieces together (right sides together) along the bottom edge – take care when using a directional print as I have. Pin two long edges of the lining fabric together as well.
2. Stitch both of these edges with 1.5cm seam allowances.
3. Press both seams open.
4. Pin the lining fabric to the outer fabric (right sides together), taking care to line up the seams. Leave a gap along one of the short edges (to enable you to pull through to the right side).
5. Stitch around (leaving the gap), then trim all four corners before turning the right side out and pressing firmly.
6. Fold the bag over (outer sides together) and pin both short sides to 14cm up from the bottom. Then stitch these seams with a 1cm seam allowance.
7. Turn the right side out and press again. Then lay the bag down and gather the open edges together as shown.
8. Hold the gathering in place and position the handle in the centre. Fold over and pin (this is now a very thick wad of fabric so you may need a few pints to hold it!)
9. Hand stitch into place and repeat with the second handle.
Then head out and enjoy your bag!
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