Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag

And give it a pro finish with dynamite Dritz® hardware.

When you’re making a fashion accessory such as a purse, bag or tote you’ve got so many options when it comes to fabrics – there’s some really wonderful stuff out there, right? But when it comes to hardware it can get tricky. You want parts and pieces that match, that function, and that look good! The new Dritz® purse hardware is designed to do just that. Check out our latest selection of fasteners in the sewing department and you’ll find coordinating swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters. Now let’s make this crossbody bag!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • 4 coordinating fabrics:
    • ½ yard feature fabric
    • ¼ yard accent fabric
    • 2/3 yard linen blend fabric
    • 1-1/8 yard lining fabric
  • 1-1/8 yard fusible fleece (such as Fairfield™ Smooth)
  • 1-1/8 yard light-weight fusible interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Stabilize)

Fabric prep:

  • Cut 1: 13.25” x 15” feature fabric for outer panel
  • Cut 1: 1.5” x 15” accent fabric for outer panel
  • Cut 1: 23.25” x 15” linen fabric for outer panel
  • Cut 1: 36.5” x 15” fabric for lining
  • Cut 1: 6” x 9” feature fabric for pocket front
  • Cut 1: 7” x 9” accent fabric for pocket lining
  • Cut 2: 3.5” x 3.5” linen for tabs
  • Cut 2: 4” x 21” linen for strap
  • Cut 1: 4” x 9” feature fabric for strap

Interfacing Prep:

  • Cut 1: 37” x 15” fusible fleece interfacing for outer panel
  • Cut 1: 36.5” x 15” lightweight fusible interfacing for lining
  • Cut 1: 6” x 9” lightweight fusible interfacing for pocket
  • Cut 1: 4” x 9” lightweight fusible interfacing for strap

Notes:

  • All seams are ¼” unless noted otherwise
  • SA = seam allowance
Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Before we dig into the project, can we talk a minute about these little lovelies? Matching Dritz® swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters really give this bag punch. They work together to provide lots of function, but they look super too … nice and chunky, plus a fabulous finish. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Create the outer panel of the bag.

 

1) Stitch floral feature fabric to blue accent fabric. Press seams toward feature fabric. Stitch linen fabric to blue accent fabric. Press seams towards linen fabric.

Topstitch along both pressed seams. This makes up your outer bag panel.

Apply fusible fleece to the wrong side of the outer bag panel and the lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the lining panel.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

2) Place outer panel on the table, fleece side up. The feature fabric should be at the top.

To make the bag flap, draw a line on the left side of the panel that is 2” in and 11.5” down from the top. Draw a line from that point over to the edge to create a rectangle. Cut away the rectangle.

Repeat on the right side at the top of the panel.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

3) Fold the bottom of fabric panel up on itself until the bottom edge meets the beginning of the flap (not the top of the flap.) Use your ruler to draw a 1” x 1” square on the bottom of each folded corner. Cut away the square and open the fabric.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

You should now have a 1” x 2” opening.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the lining panel.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

5) Place outer panel right side up on the table. Fold the fabric up from the bottom, aligning the bottom cutaways. Pin in place.

Stitch the sides of the outer panel with a ¼” SA backstitching at the beginning and end. Set aside.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Make the lining pocket.

6) Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket front fabric. Make the pocket by placing the pocket front on top of the pocket lining, wrong sides together. Line up the bottom edges.

Stitch both sides and across the bottom, backstitching at the beginning and end. Cut bottom corners diagonally and turn right side out, then press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

7) Press edges of lining in ¼” on each side. Fold the lining over 1/2” so that the raw edges meet. Press. Fold the lining fabric over another 1/2” so that the lining creates a band across the top of the pocket encasing the raw edges.

Topstitch along the bottom of the band with a 3.0mm stitch length.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

8) On the right side of the lining, center the pocket 2-1/2” down from the bottom edge (opposite side as flap).

Pin pocket and stitch in place on the lining with ⅛” seam allowance. Stitch down the center to divide the pocket, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Place the lining panel right side up on the table, as in Step 5. Fold the bottom up over itself aligning the bottom cutaways.

Stitch along both sides of the lining with a ¼” seam allowance. Leave a 6” opening on one side for turning later.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

9) To make the bottom of the bag sit flat, bring the bottom and side seam edges together; aligning cutaway edges. Pin and stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Backstitch at beginning and end.

Repeat on other corner and both bottom corners of the lining panel.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Turn the outer panel right side out.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Make the D-Ring tabs.

10) Use the (2) 3.5” linen squares. Fold them in half and press. Open then fold each side toward the center crease. Press. Fold in half again along the center crease so that the raw edges are hidden.

Topstitch both sides. The short ends will still have raw edges.

Slide a D-Ring on each tab. Baste the tabs together at the raw edges.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

11) Center the tabs over the side seams of the outer bag. Pin in place with a ½” overhang. Stitch along the edge of the bag with a ⅛” seam allowance. Stitch two rows for extra security. Trim tab leaving a ¼” overhang.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

12) Place outer bag inside bag lining, right sides together. Align side seams and clip in place using Getta Grip® sewing clips. Pin flap in place.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

13) Stitch around the top edge of the bag including the flap with a ¼” seam allowance.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

14) Cut flap corners diagonally and clip the inside corner where the flap meets the top of the bag.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

15) Pull outer bag through the side opening in the lining. Poke out corners and press.

Stitch the gap in the lining closed by machine or by hand.

Position lining in place inside the outer bag.

Topstitch along the top of the bag and the flap with a ⅛” seam allowance backstitching at the beginning and end.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

16) Make the strap. Fuse a 4” x 9” piece of lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the 4” x 9” accent piece of fabric.

Stitch each of the 4” x 21” linen pieces to the ends of the accent fabric, right sides together with a ¼” seam allowance. Press seams toward linen fabric.

Fold the strap in half lengthwise; press. Open and fold the short ends in ¼” and press. Fold the long edges toward the center crease like the tabs. Press then fold the long edges again along the center crease encasing the raw edges completely.

Topstitch along all sides with a ⅛” seam allowance.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

17) Slip the adjustable slider onto the strap until it is 1 ¼” from the end. Fold end back to meet strap and pin.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

18) Stitch across strap near short end and again ¼” from first row of stitching to secure adjustable slider.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

19) With the folded under end up, thread the other strap end through one swivel hook. Be sure hook is on outside of strap. Thread end back through adjustable slide to make adjusting loop. There should be no twists in strap.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

20) Slip other swivel hook onto strap end until it is 1 ¼” from the end. Fold end back to meet strap and pin. Stitch across strap at short end and again ¼” from first row of stitching to secure. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Attach swivel hooks to D-rings and you are all set!

(Don’t these look great?!)


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

Here’s a view of the back of the bag.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Crossbody Bag using Dritz Purse Hardware (matching swivel hooks, D-rings and slide adjusters).

And here’s a view into the inside of the bag.

Do you love it or what? We do! If you’re a fan of bag making, please tell us what you think about this hardware trio and how you plan to use it! We’d love to talk about it!

Huge thanks to our friend, Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane, who designed and made this bag for us. Jennifer is contributing regularly to our blog and we are absolutely thrilled with the design aesthetic and creativity she brings to her sewing projects! Check out all the projects she’s made for us here.

 

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