Recently I taught a group of 12 Girl Scouts how to sew. I really wanted them to be able to take home a finished project, but it couldn’t be too hard because 11 of them had never sewn before.
I came up with a simple lined book bag. It consists of all straight line sewing and I was sure that anyone could work on this project and finish it successfully.
The bag is fully lined with all seams hidden from view.
First I cut out 4 pieces of fabric 14 1/2 inches X 13 1/2 inches. Two of the fabrics were for the bag and two were for the lining.
I also cut 2 pieces of fabric that were 14 inches X 3 inches for the straps.
1. Fold each strap in half right sides together lengthwise and sew down the long side only. Turn right side out and press.
2. Pin the bag fabrics right sides together and sew one short side and both long sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave one short side open for the top. Turn and press.
3. Repeat with the lining fabric.
4. On the open end of both the bag and the lining, turn down 1″ and press.
5. Turn the lining inside out and place inside the bag so that wrong sides are together.
6. Measure 4″ from the left seam of the front of the bag. Place one end of one of the straps in between bag and lining. Sew in place. Repeat for the other end of this strap but measure 4″ from the right seam of the front of the bag.
7. Do the same for the back of the bag with the other strap.
8. Sew all the way around the top of the bag to hold the bag fabric to the lining fabric. TA DA!! A lovely lined book bag!
In order to make sure we could finish the book bags in a 3 hour workshop, I cut all the fabrics first and then let the girls choose which ones they wanted for their bags.
I only managed to get photos of these three bags, but don’t they look fabulous?! All 12 girls finished their bags – Great job girls!