Tucked Handle Bag Sewing Instructions

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This bag is quite unique. The handles also function as outer pockets. Four generous outer pockets become handy for items that you need often, like a handkerchief or lip balm. A cotton linen canvas from Ellen Baker’s PAPER series is used for the handles.

Design & Work: Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample: (Handle, Bottom, Bag panel Lining fabric) PAPER by ellen baker EKXA-5201-2C

□ Fabric (Handle, Bottom, Bag panel Lining fabric): 100cm×70cm
(Bag panel outer fabric): 40cm×50cm
(Opening fabric, Pocket): 40cmx30cm

Size: 22cm (l) 28cm (w) 6cm (d)

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?。
It has a mature feel with character. While utilizing the impactful design, I came up with an ingenious handle to add another striking feature.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Overall it has the cohesive beige tones with a light accent of blue around the opening. It has a design where the handle continues outward to become a pocket. There are four outer pockets and they are convenient to store and take out miscellaneous items. While the finished line looks straight, the curvy sides add a fun element as it creates a nice shape when the bag is in use.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
You may find piecing together the bottoms difficult. The tip is to cut small slits on the corner seams on the bag side for easier sewing.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It will be fashionable if you coordinate it with a beige tone styling. Another way to make it stylish is to carry it as an accent to your all black outfit.

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


Cut the fabrics.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the handle in two and sew the sides.


Press the seam open. Turn it inside out and place the stitch line to the back center and iron.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the bag panel outer fabric and opening fabric. Make two pieces.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the pocket fabric in two and sew, leaving an opening for turning. Cut off the corner seam and turn it inside out. Fold in the seam of the opening for turning and apply two stitch lines. Attach it to the bag panel lining fabric.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the bag panel outer fabric and lining fabric at the top opening.


Attach the handle to bag panel outer fabric. Repeating the process, attach the other handle to the other bag panel outer fabric.


Fold the handle in two. With the front sides facing each other, sew both sides of the bag panel outer fabrics and lining fabrics respectively. Leave an opening for turning (10cm) on one side.


Press the seam open. With the front sides facing each other, sew together the bag panel outer fabric and bottom outer fabric. Repeat the process for the bag panel lining fabric and bottom lining fabric. For easier sewing, make a 0.7cm slit at 3cm from the finished line.


Turn it inside out using an opening for turning. Close the opening.


Fold the center of the handle and sew.



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