Bag with Tucked Pockets – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This is a round-bottomed bag surrounded with pockets. The fabric used for this bag is a floral pattern from the “KNAP” series. The cotton linen canvas is easy to sew and suitable for bag making.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample: YGA-69030-1B


  • Fabric: 110cm wide x 60cm
  • D Ring, Swivel Hook: One piece each (1.5cm inner diameter)

Size: 20cm (l) Bottom Diameter 15cm

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The floral border with a slightly retro Scandinavian touch is lovely. The subdued color against the background in a natural tone creates a mature feel, making it easy to use for projects.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Looking at the pattern, I wanted a round shape. After much thought, I decided on a round bottom design, with tucked pockets all the way around, giving it a circular and three-dimensional look.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
For pockets, after finish sewing the vertical lines for partitions, fold and sew the bottom as marked, and it naturally creates a puffiness. The process may look tedious but it is surprisingly easy! Make sure to cut a slit in the bottom of the body and the bottom fabric, and then sew slowly. Match the curves as you slightly open the slit so that the edges of the bottom and body are aligned as you sew to create a clean finish.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
I think it would be cute as an accent to match it with a solid color piece of clothing. It has plenty of pockets, so it would also work as a compact organizer for small items in your home.

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



Cut the fabrics according to the measurement.


With the front sides facing outside, fold the pocket fabric in half and apply an iron.


Wrap the opened end with the edge fabric and sew to secure.


Mark the bag panel outer fabric and pocket fabric. Marking should be shown on the front side.


Match the markings on the outer fabric and pocket fabric and sew together.


Fold the tucks and sew the bottom.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the bag panel outer fabric in half and sew the sides.


Cut a slit and mark the bottom of the outer fabric, and sew together the bottom outer fabric and outer fabric.


Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the lining fabric and bottom lining fabric.


Fold the top opening of the outer and lining bags for 1cm to the lining side. Turn only the outer bag inside out.


With the front sides facing outside, fold the handle in four and sew. Make the tab following the same process.


Insert the tab through D ring and swivel hook respectively and baste.


Put the lining bag in the outer bag. Place the tabs on the sides and handles in the front and back in between the bags and sew all the way around.



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