Alright everyone, I have something to admit…. I think I have a DIY fever….I just can’t stop thinking of everything I can do myself. Since I have like a huge list of leather projects waiting I also have to take care of every project I have ever made. So since I started leather craft I have made about 7 handbags (it might not sound that much but when you only have got the weekends to work with between being a full-time student and also having a blog and a normal life with friends… it takes time you know).
Problem v.s. Solution
Actually, most of the bags end up in my bedroom catching dust while waiting for me to use them alternately. So I thought of a solution for this problem (nope not getting rid of my lovely bags yet). Let’s make a DUSTBAG! Besides, this will challenge me to a whole new field…a sewing machine. Well, it isn’t completely new for me but always a challenge to make straight stitches etc. Enough chatting, let’s start.
What do you need:
- A sewing machine (or to much time on your hand to do it by hand)
- Unbleached cotton fabric
- A little cord to close it
- Matching unbleached cotton thread
- Pre-sewing thread
- A bag to put in
- optional: fabric pencils (to show that it’s yours)
Step 1: Measure and cutting
Measure the size of your bag and add about 5 cm (1.97 inches) on each side and 10cm (4 inches) on the top. Fold your piece of fabric double with the fold on the right (or left) side of your soon-to-be dustbag and mark the cutting paths with a pencil. Put your bag once more on the design and make sure that it will fit and cut it.
Step 2: Pinning and pre-sewing-threading
Once you have cut your dustbag fabric you can pin it along the edges. To make sure your edges are straight you can pull the end-threads until the thread starts at the beginning and ends at the bottom. Make sure you have about 1cm of fabric as margin. Leave about 5cm on the top open for the turnover. Done with pinning? Ok, continue with the pre-sewing threat to keep it all in place while sewing. If you don’t have that much time/ you’re too lazy / or you are very experienced on the sewing machine you can skip this last part.
Step 3: Sewing the edges
Take your sewing machine and make sure it will stitch straight. Sew both edges on the 1 cm mark (and keep the top 3 cm open). Repeat this only zig-zag this time on the edge, to overcome un-raffling. (I did the other way around but that doesn’t matter)
Step 4: Top Tunnel
On the top, we want to insert a cord to close the dustbag. There for we need to tunnel the top. Fold the first cm over to the inside of the bag (which is right now still the outside – if you can follow me) and then the second time one centimetre as well. Make sure your cord isn’t 1 cm thick otherwise it won’t fit after we have sewed everything. Pin the tunnel on the bottom and hand sew it with the pre-sewing thread. Don’t sew the top part together (as I did….) but only sew the tunnel on the edge.
Step 5: Sew and turn
Once you have sewed the tunnel on the top of the dustbag you can put your cord trough the tunnel with for example a paperclip. Once you are done sewing all edges and the closing cord it is time to turn the dustbag inside-out and decorate it with your own logo. If I may give you one last advice; put something like a cardboard inside the bag while you write to overcome an unwanted mirrored logo on the other side. The logo hast to wait for a while because first I just have to study for my exams ;), wish me luck! But once it if finished I will share the end result with you ladies.
Now you can repeat step 1 to 5 for every bag you have!! And don’t forget to make one also for every bag you give away or sell. I would love to hear what you think about these cute dustbags and if you liked the sewing project as well! Stay tuned for much more posts and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram/Pinterest or to join my e-mail list!