Since making my very first Little Caddy Bag with Mel I’ve made lots of them. She said I would. I had a grand plan of making a stock to have to give as presents but I keep giving them to friends and family as soon as they are finished! Love making them, love giving gifts so win, win really!
Well they are easy to make and I want to have a go at writing a proper tutorial on here, so here’s my first try. I’ve played around with writing little instructions for blocks and the like but nothing really serious. Many thanks to Mel. So here goes. If anyone does read and use the tutorial please leave a comment so that I know. Thanks.
Little Caddy Bag Tutorial
Materials Main Fabric A for the sides and the base and pocket linings.
Fabric B for the pockets .
Binding fabric, can be different or fabric A or B.
1.5 metres of cord
Fabric A Four 6.5″ x 11.5″ rectangles for the sides. Five 6.5″ squares for the pocket linings.
Fabric B Four 6.5″squares for the pocket fronts
Lining Four 6.5″ x 11.5″ rectangles. One 6.5″ square
Binding Two 2″ x 12.5″ strips Two 2″ x 6.5″ strips
Wadding Five 6.5″ squares
First Make up the pockets
Use a quarter-inch seam throughout unless stated otherwise.
Click on the photos for a larger view First make four sandwiches with squares of fabric A, fabric B and wadding. Sew as close to the edge as you can. Take the four shorter binding strips and fold and press in half lengthwise with the right side showing. Sew the open sides of the folded strip to the top of pocket. Fold the binding strip over the top of the pocket and hand sew in place. You can choose to machine sew the binding but I prefer the invisible look and it only takes minutes.
Next sew the four pockets to the bottom of each of the fabric A rectangles. The next step is the most important of the whole bag.
When preparing to join the four side make sure that the bindings of the pockets line up perfectly and pin in place. You need to have a clear line around the top of the pockets for a professional finish. If the tops or bottoms don’t line up just don’t worry about it, you can adjust later. Once you have joined all four sides sew into a tube.
Make the base of the bag with just a square each of fabric A and wadding.
Sewing the bottom into the tube is tricky but just go for it. Turn the tube inside out, align one side of the base square with one side of the tube making sure that the needle is down as you finish. Lift your presser foot and manipulate into place for the second side. Do this for each of the four sides. When you’ve done that turn to the right side and check that you have caught the corners and none of the pocket seams are showing. Don’t worry if they are just go over them again – this will be hidden under the lining!
Make the lining by joining the rectangles and sewing the base in place in the same way.
Before dropping the lining into the bag I’ve found it easiest to press the seam around the top of each section. Pin the lining and bag together around the top before sewing as close to the edge as possible.
Now you need to make the pocket for the drawstring to run through. Take the two 12.5″ strips and press a quarter-inch hem along all four edges then pin each strip about an inch from the top of the bag and leaving gaps in between for threading and drawing the cord. Sew around, again as close to the edge as you can and taking care not to sew through any other parts of the bag.
The only thing left to do is to thread the drawstring through. A tip for anyone who hasn’t worked with twisted cord before is to beware that it can unravel with unexpected ease. Before cutting wrap tape around the cord and cut through the centre of the taped area to avoid this. Cut your cord in half and thread the two pieces in opposite directions. Knot the cords tightly.
Now that you have made one you can see how easy it is to adapt the size of the bag. I know I’ll be making quite a few more and I think I just might try a waterproof one next. Here they are in yet another colour! Thank you Mel!