We use the Alfred books. They measure approximately 9” by 12”. If your books are bigger, you’ll need to make adjustments.
All seams are 1/2", unless otherwise noted.
Out of the exterior fabric, interior (lining) fabric, AND interfacing (I used fusible fleece) cut the following pieces:
2 – 11” X 14” (front and back)
1 – 13.5” X 14” (flap)
2 – 11” X 3.5” (side panels)
1 – 14” X 3.5” (bottom panel)
Out of exterior fabric only:
1 – 5” X 28” (strap)
Out of interfacing only:
1 – 4” X 28” (strap)
You’ll also need 2 – 2” pieces of velcro.
Here we go!
Apply interfacing to either the exterior fabric pieces or the lining fabric pieces….whichever you prefer. Some people like the exterior fabric to be “stiffer” while some prefer it stays smooth and any fusing “bubbles” are hidden on the lining. I’m going to fuse it to the exterior pieces.
Fuse the strap interfacing right down the center of the strap fabric, leaving approximately 1/2” along each long side.
Next we’re going to sew velcro to your interior flap piece and your exterior front piece. Place the corner of your velcro 2” up and 2” in from each corner.
Sew in place.
If you want to add a pocket to the lining, now is the time to do that, too. I cut a piece of fabric about 13” X 7” and folded it in half, right sides together.
Sew from folded edge, around 3 sides. Leave a 2” opening along the bottom (marked by pins, which are barely visible).
Clip corners, turn right side out and press.
Center on back lining piece and stitch in place, leaving top (folded) edge open.
Next, get both flap pieces. Place right sides together.
Along each bottom corner, mark 1/2” seam allowances. Using a cup or bowl, mark curve.
Sew along 3 sides, leaving top open and following curves you just drew. Trim seam allowances. Turn right side out and press. Set aside.
Next, the strap. Press the “extra” fabric along the edges over the interfacing.
Fold the whole thing in half lengthwise and press.
Stitch the open edge shut, about 1/4” from the edge.
Sew 1/4” from the folded edge, too. Set strap aside.
Now let’s assemble the body of the bag. Take the front piece and make sure the velcro is at the bottom. Place a side piece on the right edge, right sides facing. Start at the top of the bag and stitch.
Stop approximately 1/2” from the bottom corner. Be sure to backstitch!
Fold the corner back at a 45 degree angle like this:
Put the bottom piece on top of the folded side piece and the front of the bag, right sides facing, and stitch, starting about 1/2” in. Be sure to backstitch!
Stop 1/2” from the next corner and do the same thing, only attaching the remaining side piece and then sewing all the way to the top edge. You should now have something that looks like this:
Attach the back piece to the side and bottom pieces the same way.
You’ll notice once that’s done that the bottom corners are still open.
Fold them flat and stitch them closed.
Trim the bulky seams.
Turn right side out and set aside.
Assemble the lining pieces the same way, but leave a 4” opening along one of the bottom seams for turning.
Center the flap piece, matching right sides, on the back of the body of the bag. Make sure it is NOT on the side with the velcro (that side is the front).
Use some pins to hold it if you want.
Center one end of the strap on each side of the bag.
Here’s what you should have now:
Slip that into the lining (which should still be wrong side out).
Match seams. Pin all the way around (but you’ll probably want to take out the pins you used to position the flap and the strap, since they’d get trapped inside when you’re sewing).
Sew along the top edge all the way around.
Turn the bag right side out through the hole you left in the bottom of the lining.
Pull the lining all the way out.
Sew the hole closed. You could hand stitch it so nothing’s visible, but who really looks inside the bottom of your bag anyway? I just do it quickly by machine.
Tuck the lining back down in and press the top edge.
Top stitch along the top edge, about 1/4 from the seam.
Enjoy your bag!
Or sick of mom taking pictures:
Perhaps we have bigger issues than not wanting to practice piano….