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Origami Bag

Origami Bag

"A beautiful slouchy style bag that can be used every day; this origami bag is so simple to make! Constructed using similar techniques to paper origami." - Becky Cole

You will need:

  • 1 piece of polycotton fabric for the outside of the bag 145cm x 50cm
  • 1 piece of polycotton fabric for the lining of the bag 145cm x 50cm
  • 1 piece of polycotton fabric 20cm x 10cm (the same as the lining fabric)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Complimentary sewing thread
  • Fabric pencil
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Large safety pin
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

Time to Make: 1-2 hours

Skill Level: Beginner

Step-by-step:

  1. Origami Bag

    Select your fabrics and cut your panels to size.

  2. Origami Bag

    Place the two long panels with right sides together, pin, and stitch a 1cm seam allowance all the way around, leaving a 20cm gap at one end. Trim off the corners.

  3. Origami Bag

    Turn the fabric pocket through the gap you left so the right sides of the fabric are now on the outside. Use a pin to pull out the corners. Press the sides all the way around and then top stitch all the way around the outside a few mm in from the edge, sealing the gap.

  4. Origami Bag

    With the outer fabric facing you turn the bottom left hand corner up to meet the top edge, and fold the top right hand corner down to meet the bottom edge.

  5. Origami Bag

    Next, keeping the side triangles folded (pin them in place if this makes it easier), fold the middle square in half so that the bottom edge now runs alongside the vertical edge of the left hand triangle fold.

  6. Origami Bag

    Pin this edge and stitch it together using a narrow seam allowance. Repeat on the other side.

  7. Origami Bag

    Flatten the corners of the bag so that the seam you just stitched in laid flat and the bag forms a point. Measure up 14cm from the point up each side and join these 2 marks with a pencil line. Pin the layers together to hold them in place and stitch along this line. Repeat with the other corner.

  8. Origami Bag

    Turn the bag through the right way and fold the triangles down into the base of the bag. Pin in place and sew a small square of stitching in the point of the triangle to secure it in place. Stitch around the square a couple of times for extra strength.

  9. Origami Bag

    Take the small piece of lining fabric and sew small roll hems down the two short sides. Fold it in half lengthways, with the right side of fabric facing inwards, and sew a line of stitching 1cm in along the long side of the fabric to create a tube. Turn the tube through so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside and press along the sewn edge. Do not press the fabric tube flat.

  10. Origami Bag

    Place a large safety pin in one of the free corners that will form the handle. Use the pin to feed the corner through the tube and out the other side.

  11. Origami Bag

    Overlap the tip of the handle point over the corresponding point of the other handle and pin together. Stitch a square securing the 4 layers of fabric together, using multiple layers of stitching for strength. Once you have attached both handles together, slide the fabric tube up over the join. Your bag is now complete.