Bumalong Bag Tutorial
This is an easy tutorial about how to make a cross body zippered bag in 7 easy steps. It only requires beginning sewing skills even though there is a zipper in this pattern. I used some Yoga Frog remnants that I had in my stash for this adorable bag but you can get the fabric of your choice at Fabric.com or Hobby Lobby. Just click the link and head over for an expansive choice of great fabrics that are perfect for this project.
What You will Need For the Bumalong Bag
- 1/2 yard exterior fabric
- 1/2 yard of SF 101 Interfacing
- 1/4 yard lining fabric
- 9″ zipper either coordinating or contrasting
- Charm (optional)
- Magnetic snap
- Scraps off Peltex Ultra firm or other heavy weight interfacing
- Standard Sewing Supplies
Cut three 10″ x 8″ pieces of exterior fabric and two 10″ x 8″ pieces of lining fabric. Cut four 3 1/2 x 5″ pieces of lining fabric and one 47″ x 3″ piece of exterior fabric. Fuse the interfacing to all three of the exterior pieces. Measure about 1/3 down from the top of the short edge of one of the exterior pieces and cut across to make two pieces.
Place the longer of the two pieces right side up on your table. Lay the zipper on the edge of the fabric right side down. Sew the zipper to the fabric using a zipper foot. lay the zipper flat and press. With the zipper open to its right side, lay the right side of the smaller piece of fabric onto the zipper so that the edges meet. Sew the fabric to the zipper using your zipper foot. Lay the fabric open and press so that the zipper lays flat between the two pieces of fabric. Press. Top stitch over the edges of the finished zipper for a more professional look and to prevent the zipper from catching on the fabric.
Take another piece of the exterior fabric and place it so that the right side is facing the wrong side of the piece you just placed the zipper. You could also use a lining piece if you like because this will serve as the lining for your zippered pocket. Next, place the other exterior piece right sides together with the zippered piece. Trim all the pieces to the same length. Sew all three pieces together around the two long sides and the bottom short side. Turn the pouch so that two right sides are facing out including the zippered side.
Take the four small lining pieces and sew two of them together leaving a small hole at the bottom to turn them. Clip the corners and turn them right sides out and press. Sew a line across the top of one of the long sides for a finished look. Repeat with the second set of small lining pieces. Sew these pieces onto the right side of the larger lining pieces. This will make the slip pockets for your bag.
Take to two lining pieces with the slip pockets and fuse a piece of Peltex or other heavyweight interfacing onto the wrong side of the lining where you want your snap to be. I use the Peltex to shore up the fabric so that the magnetic snap will be stronger and last longer. Insert the magnetic snap following the directions. I simply take the backing pieces where the two slits are and mark them. I cut the slits using my seam ripper then insert the snap and the backing piece and fold over the prongs. I measured 1″ down from the top and centered for my snap. Then sew the long sides and the bottom leaving an opening for turning.
Next, make the strap. Take the 47″ x 3″ strip and fold it in half long ways and press. Open it up then fold each side to the center and press then fold again to make a nice strong strap. Top stitch along both long edges for a finished edge. Attach the ends of the strap to the exterior pouch at the sides. Insert the right side of the outer bag into the right side of the lining fabric pushing the strap inside. Stitch around the top edge of the bag.
Push the exterior bag and strap through the gap you left in the lining. You will then have one long bag that is half outer fabric and half lining fabric. hand stitch the lining gap closed then push the lining into the outer bag. You will now have the right sides of the outer bag facing you with the strap on the outside and the right sides of the lining fabric and the magnetic snaps facing inside the bag. Top stitch around the top of the outside of the bag for a finished look and you have completed your Bumalong Bag