I was able to team up with XO GiGi Fabrics recently to bring to you a fun Christmas in July project to do.
Gigi sent over these fabulous prints that can be found here. She’s really great to work with and has such a fantastic fabric shop.
-Pattern printed. See here to download. *note: there is a 1″ marker on there to make sure that it prints correctly. If it does not, please email me and I can send it to you that way.
*All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.*
1. Cutting the Fabric Out
After you have printed your pattern pieces, you will cut out everything. You will end up with 2 pieces of fabric for the strap and 1 piece of interfacing.
2 pieces of fabric for the front of the bag (inside and out) and 1 piece of interfacing.
2 pieces of fabric for the back of the bag (inside and out) and 1 piece of interfacing. Please note that these are a bit higher than the front of the bag pieces. This is done on purpose for later on.
2 pieces of fabric for the bottom of the bag (inside and out) and 1 piece of interfacing.
One piece of fabric for inside pocket. This is for where you can store the wooden circles.
You will also cut out one piece of the iron on adhesive and then iron it on according to directions, to where the fabric you want for the front under the circles.
Then cut it out.
2. Preparing the Pocket
Start by taking the pocket piece and folding one edge down, wrong sides facing, about 1/4″.
Then fold it down one more time the same way about 1.5″. Sew across the top and bottom of fold.
3. Sewing the Outside
Place the front piece interfacing down and the front piece of fabric on top of it, right side up. Then put the back piece (right side up) and it’s interfacing piece together. Pin them together, right sides facing, and sew together.
Take the other side of the back part and pin to the other side of the front part. Sew together.
I basted the interfacing piece and bottom piece together first as it can slip around easily. Make sure fabric is right side up and interfacing is underneath. Then pin the middle of the bottom part to the middle of the front part that you previously sewed.
Continue pinning until it is all together except for the back part.
It will look like this on the other side. Sew together.
Now pin the back bottom to the back top part and sew together.You will be sewing over the side seams some.
It will look like this.
4. Sewing the Inside
You will sew the inside the same way except there will be only fabric and remember to sew on your pocket to the back piece before putting together.
5. Sewing the Strap
Place the two fabric pieces for the strap together right sides facing. Then put the interfacing on top. Sew along the edges of both long sides and then turn right side out.
Top stitch along the edges if you like.
6. Putting the Bag Together
Turn the outer part inside out and the inner part right side out. Place the inner inside the outer. The right sides of fabric on each will be facing each other.
Pin together along the top edges except for most of the back. This is where the bag will be turned right side out so the strap can be sewn in. Sew together. Remember, the back is higher, but sew the same even on the back. I just made it higher so there is more fabric for when turning the fabric in.
Turn right side out through the opening.
Push the inner part inside the outer part and push in the fabric at the opening. Iron it down.
Now take your strap and fold it like this.
Place strap inside the back opening and pin in place. Make sure it is just enough to sew in place so it will fit over a door knob.
Sew strap in place and continue sewing all the way around the top. Then iron on the front fabric piece where the numbers will be. Sew around edges after it cools.
7. Making the Numbers
For the numbers, I just stuck on stickers I found. You of course could create numbers in so many different ways. You will need to have numbers 0-9 and make sure to make two 1’s and two 2’s.
I used sticky velcro and put a small piece on each number. I also placed two pieces on the front fabric and sewed in place. Make sure that whichever side velcro you use on the bag, you use the opposite on the numbers.
You can store the numbers in the pocket on the inside for safe keeping.
Now you have a little bag that you can use for Advent.
Make it your own and please share if you make some yourself 🙂