I made a bag yesterday for Anna out of some Nicey Jane fabric I had left over from the two sundresses I made the girls. I would have used a button and a loop, but she knew where the ribbon was.
Before I put the handles and ribbon on, I got to thinking it might be a fun gift bag too like this. I like to call it the "good stuff bag".
All you need is two 12" by 24" pieces of fabric. You may iron some fusible interfacing like pellon onto the fabric, to make it stiffer, but the directions are the same. Make your bag a bit shorter in height and I bet you can use a fat quarter which are usually 18" by 22". (You can vary the size, just fold the fabric in half to see the length and width of the finished bag.)
Face them right sides together and sew the shorter ends together.
Take this really big tube and lie the sewn edges together.
Sew the sides shut except for a three inch opening.
If you are super smart and you are using two coordinating fabrics, make sure this opening is on your lining fabric.
Grab the fabric and turn this completely inside out. Place one of the fabrics inside the other to make your bag.
Turn the edges of your quarter inch seam, iron them, and edge stitch the opening close.
Add a handle and some ribbon for ties. See this handle tutorial here. (I used medium interfacing instead of the batting.) Or drop the handles. You could use velcro and make it small enough to make it a fashionable wipes and diaper cover for your diaper bag so you can sneak incognito to the bathroom at a restaurant with your babe. The best part is there are no unfinished seams and need for a serger. For all you missing out on serger fun like me.
Enjoy your good stuff bag/hand bag/clutch/baby wipes cover/thing!
This is incidentally a long overdue explanation of how I finished this linen bag in one of my first Sew and Tell posts. (The two pieces of fabric I used here were 9 1/2" by 24 1/2".) Click here to see.
Be sure to visit some super creative people at Sew and Tell too.