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The Reversible Bag…for kids!

So excited to have Kristin from Grandma’s Chalkboard here again today, contributing these darling Reversible Kid Bags.  What child would not FLIP for one of these! :)

-Ashley

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Want to know what’s even better than a cute, brightly-colored bag sized just right for your little sweeties? Yep, that’s right, an equally adorable bag that is REVERSIBLE!

 

Let’s face it, a girl likes options. And I’m excited to be here today sharing a tutorial for that cute little reversible bag, just in time for Spring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
The real fun of this project comes when you hand this bag to a child and show them how it turns ‘inside’ out. My four year old thought this was the best thing EVER! He was so proud of ‘his’ bag (which happened to be pink with butterflies and hearts) and had to show everyone how it worked. Haha, don’t worry, I have a boy version in the works!  My six year old loves her bag too. This pattern is a keeper!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And since they are so quick to make, they are great little gifts!  Or you could make a bunch for birthday party favors.
 
 
 

 

 

Want to make one? Great, let’s get started!

 

 

Supplies:

 

The funnest part of this bag is definitely picking out the fabric. I chose to use a twill fabric since twill is a little thicker than a standard quilter’s cotton, and will give the bag just the right amount of stiffness. A medium weight home-decor fabric will work nicely too, and you should be able to find a good selection at most fabric stores.  If you find a fabric you love and it’s not quite sturdy enough, consider using interfacing to stiffen up your fabric.  (More on interfacing HERE.)

 

I knew I wanted polka dots (I’m slightly addicted to them) and found just the right fabric at Fabric.com.

 

The pattern for this bag is really basic. Follow the photo below to create your own paper pattern.

 

 

 

 

Fold your fabric and place the pattern on the fold. Cut two from each fabric.

 

 

 

 

After cutting, the ‘body’ of the bag will look a lot like a trapezoid.

You’ll also need to cut a strip of each fabric for the strap, measuring 2.5 inches wide by 24 inches long.

 

 

 

 

Place your main body fabric pieces together, with right sides together, for each of your fabric colors.

 

Starting at the top, sew down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side of the bag body using a .25 inch seam allowance. Leave the top open. Sew the other set of fabric the same way. We will sew the strap together in just a little bit!

 

 

 

 

Now, we are going to make the bag have a squared base by pushing the corners out to create a point and sewing straight across. This will make the base of the bag like a box so it can stand on its own.

 

 

 

 

Put your hand into the bag body and push the corner out. With your hands outside of the purse, line up the side seam with the bottom seam, making a point.

 

 

 

 

Sew across the point, creating an extra flap of fabric.

 

 

 

 

My line of stitching was approximately 2.5 inches long.  Go ahead and cut off the extra.

 

 

 

 

Repeat this step for each corner, until all 4 corners are boxed. Here is what it will look like right side out!

 

 

 

 

Turn the main body pieces inside out again and press the top edges down .5 inch, as shown.  Set aside.

 

 

 

 

Now, let’s get the strap ready now. Place your strap pieces right sides together, and sew down one side, using a .5 inch seam allowance. Iron open.

 

 

 

 

Fold the outside edges of each fabric in a half an inch and press.

 

 

 

 

Now fold the strap in half lengthwise, meeting up the two pressed edges. Press.

 

 

 

 

Pin if desired, then top-stitch along both of the long edges of the strap. (I love using my blind-hem foot to ensure my top-stitching is straight.)

 

 

 

 

As you can see, these bags come together pretty quickly. We are almost done!  Slide one of the bags into the other so all the seams are sandwiched between the layers.

 

 

 

 

Line up the side seams and pin the tops of the bags together so the top edges meet evenly.  Slide the ends of the handle between the layers of the 2 fabric layers, at both side seams of the bag.  (Let each handle end hang about 1/2 inch towards the inside of the bag layers.)   Pin those in place too.

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to make sure your strap is in there straight, with the seam of the bag lining up with the middle of the strap on both sides.

 

 

 

 

Top stitch around the top of the bag and you are done!

 

 

 

 

Turn your bag inside out (or right side out??) and check out the other color.

 

 

 

 

Hope you have as much fun making these as I have!

 

 

 
 

Thanks so much for letting me share this project with you!

-Kristin

 

 

Check out Kristin’s blog, her darling shop, her Facebook page, and her Pinterest boards.

For more cute bag tutorials check out some of these easy DIYs

 

 

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Dot says:

    Thank you for this lovely bag pattern, I enjoyed making it and used lots of scraps in strips in my bag!. I am giving it to my great niece tomorrow for her 2nd birthday .

  2. Stella says:

    I'm an absolute begginer sewer but found this bag easy to make as the instructions were very clear. I made the handle a bit shorter so my 15 months old could cary it around without it tripping her up. I have just cut my material for an adult version of it and can't wait to sew it tomorrow.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I just discovered your little bag pattern and love it! The bag worked up perfectly as a gift bag to fit face masks in for our little friends. I embroidered their name on the front and made 8 masks to fit inside. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Jay S says:

    I've just made two of these for my twin grand-daughters' birthday. I haven't made a lined bag since I was at school, and never made one with box corners, but these have gone together very well and look great! I did blue/pink/green/purple butterflies on white for one side and tiny white polka dots on pale green for the other and added appliqué initials. Thanks for the pattern – I'm sure they'll love them. :)

  5. tlw says:

    a printable pattern would of been nice

  6. KAY says:

    LOVE, LOVE , LOVE THIS PATTERN. IM IN A CHURCH CRAFT GROUP AND WE'VE MADE MANY FOR SHOEXES FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. WE HAVE ALSO USED QUILT BLOCKS WE'VE SEWN. TOGETHER. THEY TURN OUTJ SO CUTE. THANKS SO MUCH.

  7. KAY GRAY says:

    LOVE, LOVE , LOVE THIS PATTERN. IM IN A CHURCH CRAFT GROUP AND WE'VE MADE MANY FOR SHOEXES FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. WE HAVE ALSO USED QUILT BLOCKS WE'VE SEWN. TOGETHER. THEY TURN OUTJ SO CUTE. THANKS SO MUCH.

  8. Jane Bissenden says:

    Discovered this pattern online yesterday. It was so easy to make, I will be giving this to my Great granddaughter later this week. She loves bags ,so now she has one of her own. Thank you so much for posting the pattern and instructions

  9. Angela Somerville says:

    I made this lovely bag a little bigger with plain fabric on the outside and unicorn patterned fabric inside. I embroidered a lovely unicorn on the plain side first and added my granddaughter’s name. It turned out beautiful! Only trouble is, her girlfriends will all want one! Many thanks.

  10. Meri says:

    Just want one for my granddaughter to take to Disney. I monogramed her initials on both sides. Your tutorial was so easy to follow.. Thank you

  11. tyrone says:

    funnest isnt a word GRANDMA

  12. Sharmila says:

    hi… That’s a wonderful tutorial. I made it today. Thank u very much…. My kid is very happy

  13. Valeria says:

    Amazing ! it s perfect also for girls a little bit grown :)

  14. Karen says:

    Made two of these for my daughters for easter egg hunting, they loved them. I used 2 fat quarters for each bag, the only difference is that I cut 2 2.5×22″ strips and pieced them together for a long enough strap. I sewed the strap on so that it was 28″ long, fit really well cross body on a preschooler. (It only just barely fits in 2 fat quarters, so be careful cutting!) Also I added fusable fleece to one of the bags and it came out really well.

  15. Kimberley says:

    Hi Kristin I really enjoy this tutorial you did a good job at explaining the tutorial of this reversible bag that you inspired me to create this style bag & I absolutely love/enjoy making reversible bags ; because they’re not as hard to make as I had taught they would be. However I have made bags before & also sell them but now I want to go into making bags for kids/children too & I absolutely adore this so I might consider making a few of these soon as one of my projects to accomplish. However if this is your first time creating a pattern you did a good job at creating one & I also love your fabric choices you used for the bags. Anyway Thanks For Sharing your inspiration with us viewers & I look forward to your Response A.S.A.P! TA.

    NB: I’m also a first time commenter on your blog/page or whatever you called it & I like tutorials with a lot of visuals(pics) in it; it says a whole lot because you may not get it from just by word only but get how it is to be done by the picture/pictures etc.

  16. Astrid says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I made two doctor bags for my boys using this pattern.

  17. Susanne Wilson says:

    This is a very nice tutorial and free pattern. These bags would be so nice for flower girls too.

  18. Danielle says:

    Love this tutorial and pattern. I just finished making one. It was so quick! Tomorrow I am headed to the fabric store to look for some Frozen themed fabric to make more of these as party favors for my daughters birthday party.

  19. jenny h says:

    Just finished my purse for a birthday gift. It is so cute. Thank you for the great tutorial! Wish I vCard o uld send you a pic!

  20. Laurie says:

    Hi. I work with kids with special needs and I always have my pockets full of tissues, gloves, toys and small treats. I’m going to make myself one of these bags with long straps so that I
    can wear it across my body and stash all my supplies there instead of my pockets. Thanks for the idea.

  21. Termarsh says:

    HI Anyone make this with 2 handles?

  22. Sharon says:

    Does anyone know if this can be done with 2 fat quarters? I can’t figure out if it would fit. Thanks!

  23. Debbie says:

    I loved this pattern! So easy and was perfect for using up some fat quarters I had lying around. I backed all fabric pieces with Pellon SF101 to give some stiffness. I also made two shorter handles on either side of the bag instead of one longer handle. I can’t wait to make another one or two or three….

  24. Heidi G says:

    So great! I made the as-written version for my daughter, then got adventurous. I sized it up to ~12×18″, added a zipped pocket on one side, a key fob next to one of the straps, and a closure. One closure was a button tab + a tab with a button on each side. The other was a metal clip closure. Thank you for inspiring another person new to sewing!

  25. Jacque says:

    Love this, can’t wait to try it out. How do I get to see more of your patterns etc? I just love trying new things for my granddaughters.

  26. Juli says:

    This pattern IS a keeper! Made it, loved it, sooooo cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Andrea says:

    So cute! Thanks for sharing
    Andrea

  28. Sue says:

    Thanks so much! Turned out very well. Made it just a titch bigger and my 6 year old niece will love it for her birthday!

  29. Mónika says:

    I loved these bags! Thank you! Here is my version, prepared last week: https://moniezmegaz.blogspot.hu/2014/04/hello-kitty.html

  30. Ann says:

    How sweet…… and such a cute gift filled with something sweet. .Thank you so much for the tutorial

  31. Ali Nurts says:

    I loved making this with my little girl today – we blogged about it too!

    https://butterflybright.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/daisys-first-sewing-machine-project.html

  32. bekah says:

    SO cute! Where did you get your fabric? LOVE the polka-dots!

  33. Heidi G says:

    I just made one for my daughter with no difficulty. I’m fairly new to sewing. Next time, I’ll press the seams flat befoe sewing the bags pieces together…. just so the corners look neater. My son has been begging for a messenger bag so I’m really looking forward to your boy version! Also, the blind hem foot for topstitching was a fantastic tip. Thank you!

  34. carol says:

    love it

  35. Silvia says:

    Questa borsa è veramente una bomba!!! Sei bravissima!!!

    Translation from Italian

    This bag is really wonderfull.!!! You ‘ re really good!!!

    Silvia from Italy

  36. Kaylie Kinsey says:

    I just made one a bit bigger using this tutorial as a diaper bag for my sister…it turned out adorable, I added pockets to the inside and outside and added a flap to secure the sides together…thanks so much for the easy tutorial! I was super easy to follow!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Always!! Have Great ideas to share!!

  37. Lorena says:

    Ashley this tote is darling!!! I cant wait to make one for my daughter who currently has 2 favorite colors, so this will be perfect! Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial for novice sewers such as myself, it makes actually completing the project possible. As always, thank you! Love your blog!!

  38. Myrna Hammack says:

    Love the bag. Perfect for my Grandbaby. Thank you so much.

  39. Kate says:

    So darling! You should try using Soft and Stable in them! They would look AH-MAZING!

  40. cucicucicoo says:

    Such simple and cute bags and I *LOVE* them with those different colors of polka dot fabric! :) Lisa

  41. Aly says:

    These are adorable, and THANK YOU for the super detailed pictures, you make it so clear & easy for a beginning sewer to follow :)

  42. Sharlyn says:

    So cute! My nine year old daughter would LOVE this!

  43. Nicki says:

    This is darling! I LOVE polka dots… I think I’m going to have to make a few of these.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Polka dots are awesome!

  44. Casey says:

    Will the boy version have a different strap/handle? These would be great Easter baskets! I’ll make it as is for my daughter, but it’s a little too purse-like for my little guy! Thanks for the great tutoria:)

    1. Kristin says:

      The ‘boy’ version is a reversible messenger bag…follows the same steps but the pattern doesn’t get smaller at the top and has a flap over the top of the bag. Watch for it soon!

    2. Kristina Noall says:

      Maybe if you shaped the bag more like a reusable shopping bag, it would make it sufficiently boyish. Two rectangles for the bag shape, two straps, one placed on each side.

  45. Kimberly T. says:

    So what are the finished dimensions of the bag? Just wondering if it’s big enough for scriptures but not too big. :) love your materials, they are all so cute!

    1. Kristin says:

      Kimberly, the measurements of the finished bag are approximately 7 inches in height, 9 inches long at the base, 9 inches at the top, and 2.5 inches wide. I tried to fit my set of scriptures in the bag (7.25 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 2.625 inches thick) in the bag and the bag is just barely too small! The bag would easily fit the smaller size scriptures and could easily be sized up an inch to fit the standard triple combo. Hope that info helps!

    2. Kimberly T. says:

      Thanks! I’ll make those adjustments. Such a cute bag!

  46. Trisha says:

    These bags are so cute! I love how easy they are to make!!!!

  47. christel says:

    I love making purses and bags. This is adorable and I think I’ll have to expand the pattern and make it “me” sized ;)

    1. Kristin says:

      I have fabric in my stash that is screaming to be made into a ‘me’ sized bag, too! I’m thinking I’ll add some flat pockets and some zippered compartments! So glad you love it.

    2. christel says:

      pockets! zippers! oh my :) I bought the cutest fabric last summer, it was outdoor fabric used for furniture. So stinking cute, bright colours and chevron prints, and sturdy and washable. Gotta go. My stash is calling me

  48. Marie says:

    Cute Cute Cute!!! Thanks!

  49. PlumDoolally says:

    Hi from the UK! This is such a cute bag, I can see myself making some for the little girls I know, AND for the not-so-little ones too! Thanks for sharing this. :)

  50. Laurie Nielson says:

    Can’t wait to make these for all my little grand daughters for Easter ! Thank you so much!

  51. Anne says:

    What a fun little bag!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:
    https://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-reversible-bag-for-little-girls/2014/04/07/
    –Anne

  52. Frambooske says:

    I like this!! I was looking for a pattern for a little bag, my first attempt. Thank you!

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