Faux Stone Washed Leather Bag

measures 14.50” x 12.50”

measures 14.50” x 12.50”

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If James Dean wore a purse, I think it would look something like this.  A little rugged, rough around the edges with just enough metal for a rebel.  But this vinyl has a softness and roomy comfort a female can appreciate.  The fabric’s dark fuzzy backing is ideal for construction where the raw edges of the pockets are not hidden.  They’re right out there adding to the texture of the hunky stone washed look.  Two zipped pockets with special shiny pulls accentuate the theme.  There are six outer pockets in all.  Pockets inside?  That’s up to you.

Fabric

All pieces are cut from vinyl unless otherwise indicated.

  • zipper stop pieces - .50” x 1”  - cut four
  • straps - 2.50” x 16.75” cut two
  • strap loops -  2” x 3” - cut eight
  • Bottom back pocket - 5.50” x 8” - cut two
  • Bottom back pocket facing - 11” x 1 5/8”
  • Bottom front pocket - 5.50” x 6.50” - cut two
  • Bottom front pocket facing - 11” x 1 5/8”
  • Synthetic Header lining & Cotton lining - 15.75” x 13.25” - cut two from each fabric
  • Outer bag - 15.75” by 31.25”
  • Bottom support cardboard - 11.50” x 3”

Directions

step 1 - Download and cut out the Top Facing pattern on folded paper aligning the pattern front to the paper fold. The completed pattern piece will measure 16” across. 

step 1 - Download and cut out the Top Facing pattern on folded paper aligning the pattern front to the paper fold. The completed pattern piece will measure 16” across. 

step 2 - Cut out two vinyl facings adding an extra .50” seam allowance to both edges.  Also use the pattern piece to cut out two pieces from mat board or card board.  

step 2 - Cut out two vinyl facings adding an extra .50” seam allowance to both edges.  Also use the pattern piece to cut out two pieces from mat board or card board.

 

step 3 - Cut two front pocket pieces, one left and one right.

step 3 - Cut two front pocket pieces, one left and one right.

step 4 - Fold outer bag piece in half to measure 15.75” x 15 5/8”.  Make marks or cut small slits on both side edges 1.50” from fold. The space between the marks will be the 3” bottom of the bag.  Place the top facing piece on the two layers and cleanly cut the curved shapes of the pattern to match the facing. 

step 4 - Fold outer bag piece in half to measure 15.75” x 15 5/8”.  Make marks or cut small slits on both side edges 1.50” from fold. The space between the marks will be the 3” bottom of the bag.  Place the top facing piece on the two layers and cleanly cut the curved shapes of the pattern to match the facing. 

step 5 - Front Zippered Pockets Cut along the pocket zipper line on both pocket pieces.   If you are attaching special zipper pulls, remove the metal tab at the bottom of the zippers as well as the existing zipper pull. If you are using the zippers as they are, skip step #6.

step 5 - Front Zippered Pockets
Cut along the pocket zipper line on both pocket pieces.  
If you are attaching special zipper pulls, remove the metal tab at the bottom of the zippers as well as the existing zipper pull. If you are using the zippers as they are, skip step #6.

step 6 - Slide on the new zipper pulls. 

step 6 - Slide on the new zipper pulls. 

step 7 - Sew both sides of the stop pieces at the bottom end of the zipper.  You will need to cut away the zipper ends later, so don’t stitch all the way to the outer edges of the stops (red circles).  Sew only enough stitches to hold the stops in place.  Sew one side of the stop at the top of the zipper. 

step 7 - Sew both sides of the stop pieces at the bottom end of the zipper.  You will need to cut away the zipper ends later, so don’t stitch all the way to the outer edges of the stops (red circles).  Sew only enough stitches to hold the stops in place.  Sew one side of the stop at the top of the zipper. 

step 8 - Pin the other stop side to the zipper and slip the decorative pull under the stop.  Move the pull down partially opening to get it on the other side of the stop.  Sew the pinned stop to the zipper.  Trim the zipper ends about .25” inside the outer edges of the stops. 

step 8 - Pin the other stop side to the zipper and slip the decorative pull under the stop.  Move the pull down partially opening to get it on the other side of the stop.  Sew the pinned stop to the zipper.  Trim the zipper ends about .25” inside the outer edges of the stops. 

step 9 - The pockets and stops will be stitched to the bag later and if the zipper is not trimmed, it will be visible beyond the vertical stitching shown in this photo.

step 9 - The pockets and stops will be stitched to the bag later and if the zipper is not trimmed, it will be visible beyond the vertical stitching shown in this photo.

step 10 - Sew the wrong side of left upper pocket to right side of zipper with zipper teeth showing, aligning the stop edges and pocket.  Stitch close to the teeth.  Attach the lower pocket to the zipper making the same alignments.  Sew on the right upper pocket. 

step 10 - Sew the wrong side of left upper pocket to right side of zipper with zipper teeth showing, aligning the stop edges and pocket.  Stitch close to the teeth.  Attach the lower pocket to the zipper making the same alignments.  Sew on the right upper pocket. 

step 11 - Align zippered pocket pieces to bag at top edge with pocket sides 2.75” from bag sides.  There should be approximately 5/8” space in the center between the two zippered pockets.

step 11 - Align zippered pocket pieces to bag at top edge with pocket sides 2.75” from bag sides.  There should be approximately 5/8” space in the center between the two zippered pockets.

Step 12 - Sew center vertical pocket seams and across pocket bottoms with wrong sides of pockets against right side of bag.

step 13 - Front Bottom Pocket Sew center pocket pieces with wrong sides together and trim close to seam.  Pin or tape stay tape .25" away from top edge.  Trim tape 1/8’ away from side edges. 

step 13 - Front Bottom Pocket
Sew center pocket pieces with wrong sides together and trim close to seam.  Pin or tape stay tape .25" away from top edge.  Trim tape 1/8’ away from side edges. 

step 14 - Topstitch wrong side of facing to wrong side of pocket with a .25” seam.  Trim close to seam.  Topstitch facing to pocket 1.25" from trimmed edge.

step 14 - Topstitch wrong side of facing to wrong side of pocket with a .25” seam.  Trim close to seam.  Topstitch facing to pocket 1.25" from trimmed edge.

step 15 - With wrong side of pocket against right side of bag, sew the bottom of pocket to the bag across the width by aligning the pocket bottom with the marks made in step 4. 

 

step 16 - The bottom pocket layers over the bottom edge of the zippered pockets.  Use a zipper foot to sew a line of stitching close to the left and right of the bottom pocket center seam. 

step 16 - The bottom pocket layers over the bottom edge of the zippered pockets.  Use a zipper foot to sew a line of stitching close to the left and right of the bottom pocket center seam. 

step 17 - Topstitch a continuous vertical line from the top outside edges of the zippered pockets to the bottom of the lower pockets 1/8” from the raw edges.

step 17 - Topstitch a continuous vertical line from the top outside edges of the zippered pockets to the bottom of the lower pockets 1/8” from the raw edges.

Step 18 - Back Pocket  Sew back pocket  in the same way as the lower front pocket.  Optional - Sew diagonally across the corners for reinforcement.

Step 19 - Side & Corner Seams
Sew side seams of bag, right sides together, with a 5/8" allowance.

step 20 - Flatten the bottom corner of the bag to create a triangle.  Draw a line across the triangle at 3" with a marker.  Use a ruler to be sure the seam is centered 1.50” from each folded edge.  Sew across the line which will result in the 3” bag bottom.  Trim corners to

step 20 - Flatten the bottom corner of the bag to create a triangle.  Draw a line across the triangle at 3" with a marker.  Use a ruler to be sure the seam is centered 1.50” from each folded edge.  Sew across the line which will result in the 3” bag bottom.  Trim corners to

step 21 -Linings Add zippered or open pockets to the front and back lining pieces as desired.  See my Basic Purse Organizer and Cafe Au Lait Travel Bag for pocket ideas. 

step 21 -Linings
Add zippered or open pockets to the front and back lining pieces as desired.  See my Basic Purse Organizer and Cafe Au Lait Travel Bag for pocket ideas. 

step 22 - Sew the lining side seams right sides together with 5/8" seam allowance.  Create the bottom corners as with the outer bag in step19.   Sew the header lining in the same way.

step 23 - Sew the top facing with a 5/8” side seam and right sides together.  Match the side seams of the facing to the side seams of the lining.  Pin and sew the bottom edge of the facing with the top edge of the lining, right sides together.

step 23 - Sew the top facing with a 5/8” side seam and right sides together.  Match the side seams of the facing to the side seams of the lining.  Pin and sew the bottom edge of the facing with the top edge of the lining, right sides together.

step 24 - Insert the header lining into the outer bag with right sides of header lining to wrong side of outer bag.  Pin to hold in place.

step 25 - Insert the cotton lining into the bag with its wrong side against the header lining.  Pin facing to bag, wrong sides together.

step 26 - Straps and Loops Use a zipper foot to sew the vinyl with wrong sides together wrapped around piping. Trim close to the stitching.

step 26 - Straps and Loops
Use a zipper foot to sew the vinyl with wrong sides together wrapped around piping. Trim close to the stitching.

step 27 - Topstitch two loop pieces with wrong sides together along the 3” edges.  Insert stay tape.  Make three more loops.  Fold each of them in half and pin them to the top edges of the bag.

step 27 - Topstitch two loop pieces with wrong sides together along the 3” edges.  Insert stay tape.  Make three more loops.  Fold each of them in half and pin them to the top edges of the bag.

step 28 - Assembly
Stitch the wrong side of facing to the wrong side of the outer bag along the entire top edge with a 1/8” seam allowance.  Reinforce stitching across loops.

step 29 - Attach a safety pin to the end of a strap and insert it through a loop. Repeat this with all four strap ends.  Strap ends should extend .75" beyond the loop.   Glue a metal cap on the strap ends with E6000 glue.

step 30 -Trim the cardboard facings so they fit inside the upper bag.  They will help the bag maintain its shape and support the loops.  Apply E6000 to one side of the cardboard and insert it between the facings and the outer bag.  Place weights or a book on the bag until the glue sets.

step 30 -Trim the cardboard facings so they fit inside the upper bag.  They will help the bag maintain its shape and support the loops.  Apply E6000 to one side of the cardboard and insert it between the facings and the outer bag.  Place weights or a book on the bag until the glue sets.

step 31 - Mark the placement for the clasp on the front and back lining. Insert the clasp prongs and secure them through the fabric and cardboard.

step 32 - Place the 3” cardboard into the bottom of the bag pushing it into place and defining the bottom corners.

step 33 - Hand or machine stitch the bottom opening in the head liner then the cotton lining.


Supplies

At Fabric Store  

  • Vinyl with soft backing - 3/4 yard
  • Headliner fabric (for shaping) 1/2 yard
  • Cotton Lining 1/2 yard + more for pockets
  • Heavy interfacing (if you are adding pockets to the lining)
  • Stay tape 1.50” wide
  • Two metal zippers 7”
  • .50” piping cord - 1 yard
  • Metallic clasp
  • mat board or cardboard
  • Craft Knife
  • E6000 glue
  • Miscellaneous sewing notions

Hobby Lobby

  • Silver dome caps with 5/8” opening - 4

eBay


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