How to Make a Hand Printed Boxy Bag
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How to Make a Hand Printed Boxy Bag

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Sew your way to personalised designs for every aspect of your life. Choose your favourite fabrics and transform them into unique accessories, such as cute box bags like these by sewing expert Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. Follow the tutorial below to find out how to make your very own.

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How to make

You will also need:  An iron and an ironing board

There are two sizes and shapes of bag but they are both made exactly the same way. Any differences will be in brackets.

Step 1

NB: seam allowances are all ½ cm (1/4”) unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.

Press the natural fabric to remove any bumps and creases which may get in the way and put it onto a flat surface.

Hand printed boxy bag

Fabric does behave in a different way to paper- it is more absorbent to begin with so you need to make sure that the stamp is well inked. Have a practice on a spare piece of fabric or in a remote corner to see how it feels.

Step 2

Ink the stamp that you have chosen and stamp onto the fabric. Re-ink and repeat until you have covered the fabric completely.

There are a few things to remember when printing-

Re-ink after each stamping

Be prepared to accept some ‘variations’ in the printing

Try not to drop the stamp on the fabric!

Embrace some mistakes and either ignore them or cover them – this is an organic process

Go slow and concentrate

Hand printed boxy bag

It is better to do this before cutting it out.

Step 3

Press again to set the ink and fuse the fusible wadding to the back of the outer fabric.

Step 4

Use the template to cut two pieces each of interfaced outer and two pieces of lining.

Hand printed boxy bag

Step 5

Lay the outer pieces onto a slightly larger piece of interfacing and attach all around with a very narrow basting seam. Trim so that all layers match the outer.

Step 6

Take your zipper and make a ‘sandwich’ with one piece of lining and one interfaced linen panel. The right sides should be together with the zip in the middle.

This is a vitally important step which will become apparent when you do the lining in the final steps. The pins show the 2cm mark.

Step 7

With the three layers together, sew along the zip starting and stopping 2cm from each end.

Hand printed boxy bag

Step 8

Flip the layers open and topstitch along the zip, again stopping and starting 2cm in from either end.

Step 9

Repeat for the other side. The zip is a bit long but don’t worry about it, it will be trimmed in the next steps.

Step 10

Find the base seams of the outer and sew both right sides together with no gaps. Now do the same on the lining but this time, leave a turning gap

Hand printed boxy bag

Your zip will be a bit long so (after making sure that the zipper pull is somewhere in the middle of the bag) trim the excess off both ends

Step 11

Working from the wrong side, align the zip so that it is perfectly matched with the outer base seam, pull the lining up out of the way (this is why you did not stitch or topstitch right to the end) and sew across.

Hand printed Boxy Bag

Step 12

Repeat for the other end and then turn over and do the same for the lining, clipping the outer out of the way.

Hand printed boxy bag

Have the zip open at this point! If you don’t, you will not be able to turn the bag out the right way.

Step 13

Pinch the square corners across now and box the corners.

Step 14

Turn the bag out through the gap in the lining and close the gap. Gently poke the corners out so that they are nice and sharp.

Step 15

Thread the baker’s twine through the zipper pull and tie it off securely.

Hand printed boxy bag

Helpful Docs & Software

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