Step 12 - Cut a piece of heavy pellon (or plastic canvas) slightly smaller than the base depth. Make sure you cut both ends at least 1/2" smaller to allow for your seam allowance.

Step 12 - Cut a piece of heavy pellon (or plastic canvas) slightly smaller than the base depth. Make sure you cut both ends at least 1/2" smaller to allow for your seam allowance.

Step 11 - Cut out the base of your bag. I cut my strip of fabric 13.5" wide by 5" deep. I used a fusible interfacing for this piece. Press the long edges under 1/2". Pin this to the middle section of your bag where you have marked it. Sew along the two long edges, leaving the short ends open.

Step 11 - Cut out the base of your bag. I cut my strip of fabric 13.5" wide by 5" deep. I used a fusible interfacing for this piece. Press the long edges under 1/2". Pin this to the middle section of your bag where you have marked it. Sew along the two long edges, leaving the short ends open.

Step 4 - Now comes the tricky part. Decide how big you want your finished bag to be. I wanted a large bag, so I cut out a piece of heavy sail canvas for the "guts" of my bag. This is to give it body. I chose 13.5" wide by 31" long. This will allow the front and back to be 13"x13" and have a 4"x13" base. I know this sounds confusing, but I will try to explain as I go along.

Step 4 - Now comes the tricky part. Decide how big you want your finished bag to be. I wanted a large bag, so I cut out a piece of heavy sail canvas for the "guts" of my bag. This is to give it body. I chose 13.5" wide by 31" long. This will allow the front and back to be 13"x13" and have a 4"x13" base. I know this sounds confusing, but I will try to explain as I go along.

Step 9 completed. Both side pieces attatched.

Step 9 completed. Both side pieces attatched.

Step 10 - Pin and baste fabric to the back side of your bag. My fabric is a printed denim with a definite one way pattern, so I made sure that the fabric would be facing in the opposite direction when laid flat. If you take the ends of the bag and fold it upwards, you will see the design will be running the same way. Find the middle point of your bag (from top to bottom) and mark an equal distance from each side. I wanted a 4" base, so I marked 2" from the middle on each side.

Step 10 - Pin and baste fabric to the back side of your bag. My fabric is a printed denim with a definite one way pattern, so I made sure that the fabric would be facing in the opposite direction when laid flat. If you take the ends of the bag and fold it upwards, you will see the design will be running the same way. Find the middle point of your bag (from top to bottom) and mark an equal distance from each side. I wanted a 4" base, so I marked 2" from the middle on each side.

Zippered opening.

Zippered opening.

Step 6 - Add the top piece to your bag. Make sure you add an extra 1/2" to allow for your seam allowance. This will encase the zipper extensions nicely.

Step 6 - Add the top piece to your bag. Make sure you add an extra 1/2" to allow for your seam allowance. This will encase the zipper extensions nicely.

Step 5 - Pin and baste your co-ordinating fabric to the FRONT half of your bag, leaving room to add a piece at the top. Center your pocket from the left and right sides, making sure the zipper extentions at the top of the pocket are touching the edge of the top of your fabic.Pin and baste the zippers onto your fabric. I used a zipper foot to do this part.

Step 5 - Pin and baste your co-ordinating fabric to the FRONT half of your bag, leaving room to add a piece at the top. Center your pocket from the left and right sides, making sure the zipper extentions at the top of the pocket are touching the edge of the top of your fabic.Pin and baste the zippers onto your fabric. I used a zipper foot to do this part.

Step 7 - Add a piece of fabric to the bottom front of your bag. This will finish the bottom of the pocket and the zipper ends in the same way as it did on the top of the bag.

Step 7 - Add a piece of fabric to the bottom front of your bag. This will finish the bottom of the pocket and the zipper ends in the same way as it did on the top of the bag.

Step 9 - Pin the side pieces over the exposed zipper, making sure the top and bottom angles match up with the top and bottom seams of the front pocket. Using a zipper foot, edgestitch along where you have pinned.

Step 9 - Pin the side pieces over the exposed zipper, making sure the top and bottom angles match up with the top and bottom seams of the front pocket. Using a zipper foot, edgestitch along where you have pinned.

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