Saturday, November 6, 2010

Boxy Bag Pattern & Tutorial

If you like the the boxy moose bag that I've made & wanting to make one yourself, here is the tutorial.

(* add 1/2" seam allowance to the pattern)
Rectangle Front
Draw a rectangle measuring 28cm X 30cm. Make a curve at each four corners of the rectangle. I used a 3"  diameter baking soda lid to make the curve:) Once you've drawn the curvy rectangle, add 1/2" seam allowance to the pattern.
The rest of the measurements will be in inches.

Draw the gusset pattern based on the given measurement above. You will need a 17" zipper for closure.

Rectangle pattern (28cm X 30cm)
- cut 2X front fabric pieces
- cut 2X lightweight fusible interfacing
- cut 2X batting
*(add 1/2" seam allowance)

- cut 2X lining fabric
- cut 2X lightweight fusible interfacing
- cut pocket pieces to your liking (optional)
*(add 1/2" seam allowance)

Gusset pattern
- cut 1X front fabric for bottom gusset (26" X 4")
- cut 1X lining fabric for bottom gusset
- cut 1X thick fusible interfacing
 *(add 1/2" seam allowance)

- cut 2X front fabric for top gusset (17" X 2")
- cut 2X lining fabric for top gusset
- cut 2X thick interfacing for top gusset
*(add 1/2" seam allowance)

- cut 2X, 1 1/2" X 44" fabric strips
- cut 2X, 43" long piping cord.

Bag handle
- cut 2X, 3cm X 52cm webbing
* you can lengthen or shorten the handle to your liking. A handle that is less than 3cm in width is comfortable to rest on your shoulder. Use cotton webbing instead of nylon or sew a strap using fabric.

- cut 2X, 3cm wide cotton webbing (just enough to cover the ends of zipper or for strap handle)
- cut 2X, 3cm X 4" cotton webbing (to cover side gusset & zipper)

Basically you're going to have 4 basic rectangle pieces after pressing the interfacing together with the fabric.
Sew batting to the front fabrics. I only use lightweight interfacing for the front fabric to the bag that I've made.
If you want the bag to be sturdy & hold it's shape, do add batting. Thick interfacing would make the pieces harder to sew but you can use it if you like. Make sure you use the right size needle before sewing.


1. Sew top gusset pieces & lining pieces to the zipper. Start sewing after the s.a (seam allowance) line and end it before the s.a line. Sew it this way because you're going to sew the front fabric and the lining fabric separately. Both front and lining fabrics are only connected by the sewn zipper part.

The zipper part looks like this....

2. Before you join top & bottom gusset together, sew tab on both ends of the zipper. Now you can sew together top & bottom gusset. Sew front gusset first, then sew gusset lining.
Sew the 3cm X 4" cotton webbing to end of top zipper opening, covering the tab. Just like the picture above. Make sure you sew the webbing to the front gusset only.

Here's the sewn gusset lining.

3. Sew piping cord around the perimeter of the front fabric pieces.
Learn how to attach piping here. (

4. Once you've joined the gusset pieces together, fold it like an envelope, right side up. Just like the illustration given.

5. Place the rectangle front fabric, right side down on the folded gusset. Pin in place. Baste fabric pieces together. Sew all the way around with sewing machine.
Make sure you sew handles to front fabric first before sewing gusset & front pieces together.

Front & gusset pieces sewn together. 

6. Open the zipper a bit. Sew the second front fabric piece to the other side of the gusset the same way as step no.4.

7. Sew inside rectangle lining to gusset lining.

The sewn pieces looks like this..........

8. Sew the last front lining piece to gusset lining & make sure you leave 3" opening for turning.

9. Turn the fabric right side out through the 3" opening.

10. Lastly, sew shut the opening with a slip stitch.

The inside lining looks like this.......

11. Turn the bag right side out & you're done! 


That's all for now. I hope you get the tutorial & if you have any questions & having problem making the bag, just let me know. 

Have fun sewing or whatever you're doing this weekend :)


  1. oh wow! I love the bag! It's so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! Will definitely try it out myself soon!

  2. Thanks mamikelate, ayu & Jacq :).
    Hope u don't mind the long winding steps:P

  3. Hi, thanks for your comment in my blog. Wow, I like the idea of repurposed a shirt. An hope I can apply piping cord in my bags making, I just not dare! :( BTW, your bag here is nice and beautifully done!

    Take care!

  4. Thanks Liza :). Sewing piping cord is not as hard as it looks. I'm sure you can do it & your bags are neatly sewn.

  5. I was gawking and I still am haha.. wow, this is awesome Bea!!

  6. Thanks syaf. I was doing the same thing when I saw your sewing works :P

  7. Wow! I Love this bag so Much!! You are talented!!

  8. It's an awesome bag! I love it! But that's not a moose... maybe an elk or deer, but not a moose.

  9. I was going to comment the same.. great tutorial! Great craftsmanship! But that is not a moose.. not even close. :)

  10. Very nice indeed! I've just entered your bag into this weeks bag Brag Tuesday linking Party at ChrisW Designs :)

  11. That is not a moose...


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