One Handle Bag for a Quick Outing

Size: 12cm (l) 20cm (w) 3cm (d)

Today’s project uses Tricolor from a retro and bright print series, Lighthearted. A convenient bag perfect for a quick outing is created with two types of dot design fabrics of different color patterns. Mioko Sugino, a famous blogger who is also known as komihinata is here again to introduce her creation.

Design & Creation:Mioko Sugino(komihinata)

Fabric shown for this sample:
Lighthearted HFG-105

Materials (for one bag):
□ Fabric: (Flap (cover)) 40cm×10cm
(Outer bag) 30cm×30cm
(Lining bag, Handle) 40cm×40cm
□ Quilt batting: 30cm×40cm
□ Magnet hook (sew on type) One pair (1.9cm diameter)


We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
It’s bright, cute and stylish! Depending on how you use it, it can create many different looks. So I came up with a small size bag that can fully utilize each pattern from a small print to large design.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
This bag is compact yet big enough to carry a wallet and a cell phone, must items for going out for a quick walk. With a quilt batting in every part, flap (cover), handle and the main bag, it keeps its shape.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
It is a very simple design and should be relatively easy to make. When sewing the top opening with a flap and handle, I recommend basting all the pieces first so that you can sew them together smoothly.
People sometimes ask me how to shape the curve cleanly. After turning the flap over, follow along the curve from inside to align the shape with a round tip tool, such as a back end of a ballpoint pen, to have a beautiful curved finish.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
Besides using it for a quick outing or shopping, it can fit in a bigger purse as a convenient bag-in-a-bag organizer. It would be nice to use a matching wallet with a clasp opening or a small case made with the same series of fabric.

KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

How to make One Handle Bag

Cut the fabrics.

With front/outer sides facing each other, put together the fabrics for the flap, layering the quilt batting on the fabric that will be exposed to the outside. Sew along the curve.

Cut off the excess quilt batting along the edge of the stitch line.

Cut a slit along the curved seam.

Turn it inside out. Surge or run a zigzag stitch on the side that will be attached to the main bag.

Fold the handle fabric in four and iron to score. After scoring, open it up, place the quilt batting and refold.

Sew along both edges.

Place the quilt batting on the back of the main fabric for the outer bag. Surge or run zigzag stitches all around the edge. Repeat the process for the lining fabric.

Fold the opening side of the outer bag and lining bag for 1cm. Turn only the outer bag inside out. Place the lining bag into the outer bag.

Place the flap and handle in between the bag fabrics and baste them.

Sew all the way around the top opening.

Sew on the magnet hook.


Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)