Cuba Flap Bag, size 34 x 26 cm
- Cotton fabric, 40 x 110 cm
- Lining fabric, 40 x 110 cm
- Interfacing, 40 x 110 cm
- Zipper, 30 cm
- Zipper, 18 cm
- 3 Carabiner hooks, 3 x 5 cm
- 1 Slider, 3 cm
- 2 Halfrings, 3 cm
- 1 Metal ring, 3 cm
- 1 Metal ring, small
- Ribbon, 80 cm
- Pipe cord, 125 cm
- Cotton luggaage strap, 3 x 170 cm
- Pieces of felt
- Polyester thread
Prepare the pattern for the bag, size, 34 x 72 cm. Cut out the bag part of the fabric and of the lining. And also for the larger inside zipper pocket, 32 x 25 cm, of fabric and lining.
Make 2 pipes, 40 and 85 cm long. Use the pipe foot - or the zipper foot, if you don´t have one.
(therefore cut out of the lining fabric 1 x 40, 1 x 85 cm, each 3 cm wide).
Put one part of the 30 cm zipper between fabric and lining of the larger inside zipper pocket. Sew it.
Sew on the 40 cm pipe on small side of main fabric.
Pin the ribbon on left and right side of larger inside zipper pocket.
Then put the other zipper part between upper and lining fabric of main bag.
Fold the ribbon part back to main fabric, meassure it exactly (mine is 23,5 cm) and mark it.
Mark the zipper pocket on the lining of the main part.
Sew on the ribbon on the marked line. Then cut the rest off carefully about 2 mm under the ribbon. The ribbon should cover it after sewing.
Prepare an inside zipper pocket. Pin it on the lining, leave about 6 - 7 cm space to the larger zipper pocket and sew it --> foto.
You will find a tutorial for small inside zipper pocket bag under this link:
(If you have an own logo, sew it on, you can also make a small loop with a metal ring on one side).
Now close left and right side of upper fabric and lining part. Fold the side seams to the lower edge and sew it --> foto.
For the carabiner hooks, ring and halfrings prepare a fabric stripe, 3 cm wide. Iron on a piece of interfacing on the back - to make it stronger. (I covered the sides with a tulle band, but you can also fold the seam allowance to the back).
Prepare 2 holders for the half rings on each the side of the bag, 1 with the metal ring and 1 with a carabiner hook.
Sew on the holder strap with the metal ring in the middle of the bag near the lower edge. Before you sew it on fold the lining back - sew it on only on upper fabric.
Now start with felt embroidery. Create your own paintings or find freeware in the internet.
Iron interfacing on the backside of the felt piece.
Use tracing paper to draw the lines onto the felt.
Sew along the lines with regular stitches, then repeat it with a small zigzag stitch. (Use polyester thread).
And a second time with zigzag stitch. Then cut the letters out and
arrange them on the bag flap. (Before you start put the lining of the flap - which should be loose - away).
Put on also the palmtree and fix everything with big stitches by hand. Then sew it with your sewing machine. Iron the flap carefully. Now sew on a few sequins as coconuts - on the palmtree.
Now sew on the left pipe around the flap and cover it with the lining, leave a small slit on one side to turn the bag --> foto.
Cut off the rest of the seam allowance which you don´t need and turn the bag. Iron it well and fix the small slit on the side with stitches by hand --> foto.
Sew on the bag strap holders on each side of the bag, pin it well before sewing. Do same with carabiner on the bag flap.
Prepare the luggagage strap with the carabiners and the slider. Fix it.
Enjoy your holidays !
The design and instruction are only for private use.
Letters and palmtree from the internet.