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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fabric Origami Bag - photo tutorial


I've had a lot of requests to show how I made this bag - so here's a simple photo tutorial to show you:

You can make this bag whatever size you want - the bigger the fabric square you start with, the bigger the bag will be.
I used 2 fabric squares 41cm (16") for this bag.

I used fabric from 2 old dresses (because I love a good upcycle!!)



Stitch the 2 squares right sides together (remembering to leave a small gap to turn out through), clip the corners and turn out; then top stitch around all 4 edges.
Now you have a nice double sided fabric square to make your bag with.


First lay this square flat with what you want to be the OUTSIDE of the bag face down. (I wanted the purple to be the outside here).
Now you need to fold the bottom corner up, then the top corner down.  Play around with this until it looks nice and even!
If you like you can measure to check the sides are even.



Now take a ruler and either draw a line or mark with pins down through the centre from point to point:

Then stitch along this line.

Next fold in both side corners:



Now run 2 rows of stitching on both sides where you just folded. This will form the casing for the drawstring or ribbon.  It doesn't matter exactly where you stitch these rows. Just make sure the gap between them is wide enough to thread your ribbon through. 



Now fold the bag in half - so all the folds are on the inside of the bag:


And stitch down both sides close to the edge - you are stitching the sides of the bag here!

Now turn the bag out so the folds are on the outside!

Now all that remains to do is thread the ribbon or cord through.
I used lengths, 45cm (18") each. Use a large safety pin to push each piece through the casing you created with your stitching.  Thread one piece through both sides from the left, and then the other piece through both sides from the right. 




Tie the ends of each piece of ribbon together at the sides:

And now you're finished!


Fill it up and use your new pretty bag!



For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.



I'll be linking this project to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page, and direct links on my linky party page

51 comments:

  1. Wonderful tutorial Jill....thanks so much. I will get to and link this on my blog as I know that there are so many people in search of a tutorial like this. :-)

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  2. Very smart Jill, I love this.

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  3. So nice, J! Looks simple enough for a semi-beginner.

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  4. Jeepers that is clever! Way to go Jill!

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  5. Great tutorial!! I pinned it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/173529391862462347/

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  6. Would love you to share this on my linky party!
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html

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  7. This is so cool! Cannot wait to give it a try! Great upcycle idea as well!
    Rebecca @ heroncrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. This is very sweet - thanks for the tutorial.

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  9. Jill, this is fantastic. Your tutorial is clear. This bag is functional with "isolation". Love it love it. I must follow to make one.

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  10. Great tutorial, Jill! Easy to follow and cute bag.

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  11. very nice tutorial! Found you through Fireflies and jellybeans linky party!

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  12. This is so much fun, my daughter and I both love it! I showed you off tonight at the weekend show off party!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  13. great tutorial, i find it a beautful idea.
    thank you

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  14. love this, and simple tute too, thanks so much for sharing this. Have to make one.

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  15. wonderful tutorial.... love this bag... i thing i'll sew this one for sure

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  16. I think I will try to add a strap make it bigger for a purse

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  17. Very cute! I'm thinking I may try this with handkerchiefs!

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    1. How did it turn out with the handkerchiefs? Would love to see a photo.
      Email sueo_@hotmail.com Thanks.

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  18. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. made one last night for a friend. Really simple but so effective. Thanks

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  22. Do I need to purchase license to sell these. I plan to put items in and sell as gift bags, you know instead of gift basket. These would be for a fundraiser for our vets

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  24. Thanks for this great tutorial. I am making these for some of my female gift recipients for christmas. The first one is on my blog:

    htto://iheartz├╝rich.blogspot.com

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  26. that is so cool an looks pretty easy to make, great tutorial

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  27. Very very cool! Did you use any interfacing? Would you recommend it? I think I'm going to try making this with some medium-weight interfacing this morning and will report back on how mine turned out. Love that you used those gorgeous dresses.

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  28. Used the interfacing on the outside of the bag (it was quilter's cotton) and a heavy satin for the inside and it turned out great. The interfacing was probably not necessary in retrospect, so the next one I make (this time as a gift for a friend I'm having dinner with tonight) I will skip the interfacing. Loved making the project though, and absolutely adored the tutorial!

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    1. Thanks for letting us know how it went with the interfacing Niki - glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

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    2. I found that one of the steps is misleading for new sewers. When you have the two square and put them right sides together and sew around them. You need to leave an opening so you can turn it out. I knew this and loved the pattern but new sewers might not. Without an opening you can not turn it out. You close that hole up when you sew all around the edge. Does this make sense? Loved the project and plan to make some larger ones next.

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    4. Thanks for letting me know about the omission in the first step instructions - I have added the note to leave an opening so you can turn the fabric right sides out!! :)

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  29. Have just made one of these (so easy with the picture tutorial) My granddaughter has claimed it, looks as though I'll have to make another or more!!

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  30. This is a fabulous tutorial and a fabulous design. I have made 2 bags - one small as shown and I made a large one as a purse and they are so cute! Thanks so much for the tute!

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  31. I tried this tutorial on a smaller square of fabric to house a "Cross Stitch Starter Kit" for a friend. I found your instructions to be so easy to follow, made fiddly only by my own misjudgement. I will absolutely be trying to make a larger bag for my art supplies. Thank you so much for sharing!

    http://stitchwithtea.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/fabric-origami-bag.html

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    1. Thanks for the link - what a cute little bag! So glad you could follow the tutorial ok!!

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  32. I love this bag! Thank you for the pictured tutorial! Will be making a few of these very soon!

    I included a link to your instructions in today's round up ... http://lanettascreations.blogspot.com/2013/09/fabric-origami.html#.UkFeC4asiSo

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  33. I needed a quick bag with little mug bag. This was perfect with great instructions.
    With gratitude.

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    1. You're so welcome Shannon, glad my tutorial helped!

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  34. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Our church observes Good Friday as a day of service, and I'm part of the charity sewing team. We made these today, and will fill them with toiletries. They will be given to a local women's shelter. Wonderful pattern! Again - thank you!

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    1. You're very welcome. So happy to know my tutorial has helped in a great cause!

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  35. What size square did you start with and what was the finished size?

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    1. Hi Gabrielle,

      I used 2 fabric squares 41cm (16") for this bag.
      The finished size is just under 20cm (8") tall and slightly narrower than that.

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