I arrive to my session in a flurry, often dropping my phone, mat, keys or whatever else I'm carrying. So I decided to make my life a little easier by creating a carry bag specially designed with an insert panel to keep my mat in some kind of rolled manner and a separate section to hold everything else.
Let's start with what you need:
- 2 x main fabric panels 54cm high x 46 cm wide
- 2 x lining fabric panels 56cm high x 48 cm wide
- 2 x main fabric handles 60cm in length x 4.5 cm wide
- 2 x lining fabric handles 60cm in length x 2cm wide
- 2 x lining fabric insert 37cm high by 17cm wide
All seams are 1cm and you need to finish off all seams according to your fabric and preference.
- Cut your handle pieces and fold over an edge like bias (main & lining fabrics)
- The thinner lining piece gets sewn along the middle edge of the main fabric handle pieces down both sides.
- Start with the outer fabric 1st.
- Right sides together and sew down both sides and across the bottom.
- Measure and cut 2 inch square from each bottom corner. (measure from the stitched seam)
- Pinch and match both seams, pin and sew across.
- Pressing is super important here to give the bag a gusset shape. Match seams, fold and press.
- Add interfacing to your two lining insert pieces if you are doing so
- Place them right sides together and sew along the top and bottom (the shortest widths)
- Turn in to the right side and sew a top stitch along the top edge (either one)
- Insert the main outer fabric bag inside of the lining bag (right sides are together)
- Match your side seams and pin
- Take your handles and pin in position.
- They will be sandwiched in between the lining and main outer fabric. I've sewn my handles on with the lining fabric facing outward.
- Sew around the top
- Poke bag through your hole left in your lining and sew closed your lining hole.
- Your lining fabric was a little longer than the main fabric to leave an edge of about 2cm showing on the outer.
- Press and sew around the entire bag edge 2mm above the seam where the main & lining fabric joins.
- Press and run a stitch across the handles to help them sit nice and flat. (don't stitch right the way around)