How To: Make a Smart Satchel Bag

July 12, 2019

In this Free Photo Tutorial you can learn to make the Gusset Satchel at astitchahalf.net

You Receive All Design Files to complete 2 Types of Satchel Bags in 2 Unique Sizes:

  • Skinny Satchel
  • Gusset Satchel

In this Tutorial you can learn to make the Gusset Satchel:

Step 1. Start by hooping your Fabric + Batting + Stabilizer. The batting should only cover the stitch area – not touching the embroidery frame. Use embroidery adhesive spray to keep the batting in place while stitching.

Talavera Satchel with Gussets

Step 2. Stitch the Design according to the Color Change Sheet.

Step 3. When the design is stitched, remove from the hoop and cut a 1” seam allowance all around

Step 4. Cut away any excess batting and stabilizer from the area between the stitch outline and the seam allowance 

Step 5. From the same Fabric - Cut a strip of approx. 2” wide (or 4” wide if you would like a bigger bag) x approx. 23” long

Step 6. From a Contrast Fabric – Cut a duplicate set of all the panels (1 x front, 1 x back, 1 x flap, 1 x gusset)

Step 7. With a straight stitch on your sewing machine (SL 2.5) join the flap to back panel.

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Step 8. Add Gusset: Measure the center of the gusset strip and measure the center of the front bottom panel. Pin in place and stitch the gusset to the front panel. Measure the center bottom of the back panel and pin to the bottom center of the gusset. Pin and join with a straight stitch.

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Tip to ensure neat corners: I found that a “slim presser foot” eg. Zipper-foot works best for this step. Stitch slowly around the corners and flatten the bulky fabric in the corner as much as possible. You can also make short cuts in the corners. Avoid cutting to deep.

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Step 9. Lining: Follow the same steps mentioned above and complete the lining section.

IMPORTANT: leave the last base section in the lining “open” as we will use this opening to turn the bag inside out.

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Step 10. Joining the LINING to the EMBROIDERY: Pin the lining to the embroidery (right sides together) only from the flap…following the seam of the upper opening of the bag.

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Step 11. Cut inner and outer corners to ensure your bag looks neat when turned inside out. Turn the Bag inside out.

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Step 12. If you would like to attach a magnetic closure, you can still reach the inside of the bag to do so.

Talavera Satchel with Gussets

Step 13. Attach a Shoulder Strap. Once you are happy with how your bag looks – Close the last seam in the bottom lining and your Bag is complete!

 Talavera Satchel with Gussets

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All the best with your project!




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