Burda Style. This project took me less than a few hours and can be made into so many variations and modifications, that I might just make another. Below was my step by step journey through the making and completion of my bag. You can find the original [and free!] pattern on Burda Style here.
My rendition of the Charlie Reusable Bag:
*All seam allowances included. Use a 5/8" seam.
1. Begin by downloading and printing out Burda Style's amazing and simple pattern. Match each side accordingly and tape together the pieces.
2. Lay out your fabric and find the straight grain. Lay your pattern on top, making sure that your grain matches with the directions on the pattern. (If you don't, you're bag will eventually become droopy and sad because of stretching!) Begin to pin your pattern to the fabric and make sure to copy over any markers on the pattern to your fabric. The fabric that I used for this project was purchased at Ikea.
4. Next you'll need to create the inside pocket. You'll need to fold the piece according to the marks that you made transferred from the pattern. Sew the sides together.
ound this handy tutorial.
Here's what the bag looks like when you fold it up into the pocket. You can see the raw edges still and you'll also find that there are raw edges on the handles. I didn't really like the "unfinished" look and ended up finishing all edges of the bag.