Monday, January 16, 2012

Stationery Carry Bag

Hello Friends, Guess what I've been making??!!!!

Some may say a cute shoulder bag to carry all my wonderful things!  
Well, with two girls around, I don't usually get to make what I need or want for myself...It is usually a child orientated object...and of course this is one of those projects! 
Except not for one of my kidlets - a gift for an upcoming birthday party of a 4 year old.  One lucky little girl! 

 - - A Stationery Carry Bag - - 

I have supplied some simple instructions...All I ask if you wish to use them to make your own is to become a follower, and link me to your project when posting on your blog, and it is for personal use only! 
 I love to see variations-this inspires me to make more projects!!  

 I picked up this super cute stationery pack at KMart for $3 - I really should have bought a set for myself and for my 4 year old as she REALLY wanted it when I got it out and started measuring up for this project. I think a few my sets will have to go on my shopping list!

So here we go with the instructions to recreate this lil' beauty!

I started with 3 pieces of fabric, cut to A3 size (42 x 30cm)
These pieces are for the outside, the inside, and the internal pocket.

I also have 2 pieces of interfacing A3 size to sandwich between outside and inside 
to provide some stiffness.

I also cut 2 pieces 30 x 5cm - for the handles

Firstly, take your handles pieces fold in half lengthwise and right sides together.  Stitch 1 long side and 1 short side.  Turn out to make a tube, iron flat.  Repeat with other handle.

Next, take your pocket piece of fabric, turn both edges into the middle and iron.  
It should measure 21 x 30cm. Now stitch along one of the long sides to secure it.  
This will be the side where the book goes in.  
Now lay the pocket piece on top of the inside fabric (mine is blue).  
Align the pocket down the middle.  
Stitch your pencil and pen 'slots' on the other side.  
I stitched 3 rows of stitching, this made 2 pockets for my pen and pencil.  

Now lay pieces down in order: 
2 layers of interfacing, inside piece with attached pocket, 
the 2 handles (1 at each end, keep the handle part on the inside!)
 followed by outside piece (right side down).   
Pin all round the outside.  
Stitch right around leaving about 5-10cm open so you can turn it all in the right side out.
 Once turned right side out, fold in your opening and pin.  
Topstitch around the whole project to close the opening and to hold the layers where you want them

Pop in your stationery and admire your handy work!!

You can also add I few pieces to Velcro to hold shut.

This was a pretty quick little project, custom to the stationery pack I had.  Sew yours to fit the stationery you are going to use!!!

I can't wait to see yours!!  Remember to sign up for email updates of my blog, and become a follower! I love checking out others blogs and others projects!

See you soon, 


  1. What a great little bag - and a wonderfully simple and straightforward tutorial!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Lovely case - I have a daughter who would love this

  3. Such a sweet little bag - what a great gift idea! I'll be pinning it for sure!