#1. Cut 1 piece of felt and 1 piece of canvass into 9 and 1/2 inch by 15 and 1/2 inch rectangles. Then cut 1 piece of felt and 1 piece of canvass into 9 and 1/12 inch by 12 inch rectangles.
#2. Place the 9 and 1/2″ by 12″ piece of canvass on top of the 9 and 1/2″ by 12″ piece of felt and sew a line across one end f the 9 and 1/2 inch side.
#5. When you come to the area of your bag where the small rectangle stops and the large rectangle continues. Stop. This is where you will insert your cotton webbing for your strap.
I just place an inch or so of the webbing in between the smaller and larger set of rectangles and then continue sewing. (Often I will back stitch over an area like this for added strength.) After the strap is inserted keep sewing up the side and then turn and begin sewing across the top of the bag.
***Note: For this bag I used 1 yard of cotton webbing.
#6. When you come to the middle of the top of your bag stop again. This is where you will insert your elastic hair tie. (The hair tie will be used to fasten your bag closed.)
I just place the hair tie so half of it is in between the canvass and felt and the other half is sticking out. (Like in the picture above.) Then I sew over the top and often will back stitch over this area as well.
When you are done continue across the top and down the side. Remember to stop and add the other side of your strap and finish sewing around the perimeter until you get back to where you started from.
#7. When you are done and you fold that top flap down your bag will look like the picture above.
#8. Now use your hair tie as the guide for where to place your button and hand stitch it on.
And your done….
Simon picked out a wicked weird button for his bag…actually he picked out the whole thing the colors of fabric and thread (anyone notice the lime green stitching?). Anyways, he picked a button from a stash I got from some nice lady’s basement. It’s a red and gold plastic jeweled one.
He says it looks like an Indiana Jones treasure button, which is what he is going to use his bag for (being Indiana on his exploring adventures) until we have a million dollars or an ipad…which ever comes first.