Reversible Book Bag Tutorial

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So, last December my 8 year old son started taking piano lessons and this is the bag that he had to carry to class…

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comIt’s cute, right? Well… not so much for an 8 year old boy! He definitely needed something different to carry his piano books in. So, we decided to make him a Minecraft reversible book bag. He likes this one sooooo much better!

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comDo you want to make one of your own? Here is the reversible book bag tutorial! You can make it a Minecraft bag like we did or you can just use your favorite fabric! It really is such an easy sewing project. My daughter who is learning how to sew helped me with most of this bag.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yard each of two different fabrics
  • 1/2 yard fusible fleece interfacing
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • painting supplies, if Freezer paper stenciling like we did

Let’s get started!

Start by cutting out all your pieces. You will need to cut two 15 in. x 17 in. pieces from each of your two fabrics. Cut 2 15 in. x 17 in. pieces from your interfacing and two 3 in. x 22 in. pieces from each fabric for your straps.

This is what you should end up with. (2 interfacing pieces, 4 total 15×17 pieces, 4 total 3×22 pieces)

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Next, attach interfacing to one type of the bag fabric pieces. We attached it to the two green bag pieces. Follow the directions that came with the interfacing to do this.

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If you would like to add the designs like we did, do it now. We used a freezer paper stencil to make both Minecraft faces. This is what we painted.

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Then when the paint is dry, we can move on to the next step. Now your fabric is probably going to be different colors, but to help me explain better, I’m going to say green or black fabric since that’s what we were using for this bag.

First let’s work on the straps. Put together one green and one black, right sides together. Do the same with the other green and black strap piece.

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Sew down each long side with about a 3/8 inch seam.

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Then turn the two straps right side out.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comAnd iron to make them nice and flat.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comThen top stitch, about 1/4 inch, down each side.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comNow the straps are all finished! Set them aside and we will work on the bag part next.

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Now, put the two green pieces of fabric right sides together and sew around the two sides and bottom, leaving the top open. I used about a 5/8 inch seam.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comThen do the same with the black fabric.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comTurn the green fabric right side out and iron.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comNow, slip the black bag piece inside the green bag piece. The black piece is still wrong side out.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comThen fold the tops of both the green piece and the black piece about 1/2 inch down inside of each other and pin into place. (All raw edges should be tucked inside and in between the black and green bag parts.) Slip the straps in between the two pieces as well and pin into place. It’s really not as confusing as I make it seem. Here are a few pictures, I’m sure that helps.

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Then top stitch around the top, making sure to catch both the outer bag part and the lining. This will also secure the straps to the bag.

Reversible Book Bag Tutorial at DoingSplendid.comAnd that’s it! I’m so proud of my daughter for helping with this. She did such a great job! And now we have a happy little boy who is glad to take his piano books to his lessons! He loves that it is reversible. He often goes into piano lessons with it one way and comes out with it another. It’s awesome!

Have a great day and have fun making a bag for someone!

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16 Comments

  1. jennifer jennifer
    April 15, 2015    

    I need one of these for my violin books.

  2. April 16, 2015    

    What a fabulous tutorial! My 10 year old daughter is learning to sew and I think she’ll be able to do this! I don’t have a clue about sewing but your steps were easy to follow. Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday!

    Holly
    iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

  3. April 20, 2015    

    What a fun book bag. My nephew would love this. Pinning from Blogger Brags.

    • KaCee KaCee
      April 21, 2015    

      Thanks Kristen!

  4. April 20, 2015    

    Love the idea! I’m a TERRIBLE sewer, but this looks simple enough for even me!

    • KaCee KaCee
      April 21, 2015    

      It really is so simple!

  5. April 20, 2015    

    This looks like a very do-able project. You can do so many things with different fabrics. I’m itching to get stiching! Linking with you at Inspire Me Mondays.

    • KaCee KaCee
      April 21, 2015    

      Yes! I’ve been thinking about different fabrics I can make this in for my other children. I think they’ll love it this summer for carrying their library books around!

  6. April 21, 2015    

    Oh that Minecraft bag came out great! My son would love that!

    • KaCee KaCee
      April 21, 2015    

      Thanks Katie! My boys sure love Minecraft too!

  7. April 21, 2015    

    Cute! I definitely need to sew more. Thanks for joining us at Idea Box Link Party! Hope to have you party with us again this week–party is live at 6am Thursday!

    • KaCee KaCee
      April 21, 2015    

      Thank you! That is so kind!

  8. April 22, 2015    

    What an awesome project and the kids would love their finished bags.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  9. April 25, 2015    

    This is very awesome! If I could sew, I would definitely do this! It’s so cool of you!!

    I found your post at Inspire Me Mondays!

    • KaCee KaCee
      April 25, 2015    

      Thanks for all the nice comments Brandi! You are so nice!

  10. April 30, 2015    

    WOW… this is something my son would love…

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