I found an old iron-on Tshirt saying while I moved house and decided to put it on a bag. I checked the internet and you can buy these cloth bags that I wanted on Ebay or Amazon or Dawanda but if I included the shipping costs for only one bag it would’ve been more expensive to buy it than to make it. So I kept an eye out for material that I could use and I got lucky in a kitchen-shop. I found some Napking on sale at 2€ each. I bought two, cut off their labels.
Cut out two squares the size I wanted my bag (plus a little seam allowance)
Cut it out as in my (fabulous, I know) drawing so that you have 2 long pieces that you can use to make the handles… if you want short handles, obviously the shorter part will do or you cut them to the length you want.
Starting with the main body: fold over the top edge twice. Fold it so that the rough edge is hidden. (see my artistic picture, the little image on the right is trying to show a twice-folded edge.) Make sure you are folding it so that the edge is on the inside of the finished bag (unless you want it outside) The flat side should be on the right side of the fabric that you want to see outside of the bag and the turned edge should be on the wrong side of the material.
After you have the top edge finished on both squares you can lie them on top of eachother (right side in… so the side you want shown on the outside of your bag needs to be inside right now, they need to be facing eachother. Basically you’re making the bag inside out.) Sew along the left and right sides and the bottom of the bag. Don’t sew too close to the edges of the material. I sewed a small diagonal line across the corners (bottom of the bag) so that when I turn my bag the right way around it doesn’t have completely square edges.
Use the spare bits of material to make your handles…I just made one long handle. Mine was the correct width, if yours isn’t then cut a loooooong rectangular piece (as shown in my fancy drawing) that is twice the final width you want plus seam allowance on either side. Fold your rectangle over one (along the blue line) and sew along the edge and the top (purple line) You don’t need to sew along the top as in my drawing but it makes turning the tube inside out a lot easier. I used an arrow (brown line.) and placed the sewed edge on the tip and slipped over the tube so that the inside was then on the outside…. hope my drawing helps. 😉 You can also do it with a pen or screwdriver or strong knitting needle as I know not every one has an arrow lying around at home or if you’re very patient this can be turned inside out with just your hands…. its very tedious though.
Then you can add your handle to your bag. Open up your bag so that the side of the bag is lying flat (it doesnt matter if you’ve turned it the right way around already or not.) place the end of the handle over the turned in edge of the top of the bag (that way the handle will be attached inside the bag.) make sure half of the handle width is on the left side of the side seam and the other half is on the right (that way its even…. you can also attach the handle along just one side of the seam (especially if you’re putting two handles on!) Sew over the same spot a couple times so that the handle is well attached. I sewed twice so that it’s super strong.
Iron the fabric bag…. if you need to… i needed to.
Then I ironed on my iron-on Tshirt phrase. Seems it was a little too old a it ddn’t work properly anymore. Only some of the iron-on stuff attachd to the bag. oh well.
Its a phrase in Denglish…. Deutsch-English.
“if you get on my nerves I will throw you down the manhole and put the cover on and you will never see the daylight again”
P.S. If you are printing your own iron-on phrase make sure you mirror the writing!!! (also mirror images if you want them to look the exact same as what you see on your screen. You can buy iron-on paper and print anything you want on it to decorate bags, cushion covers and T-shirts. I think you can even draw on this paper yourself and then iron it on something but that’s for the super talented!