This is the Micro Boston Bag pattern, a great way to use your scraps so you don't have to go shopping.
To tell you the truth, I don't know what to think about this virus anymore. It's hard to tell what's true or not. But, just in case, I am staying home. This means I am forced to take a hard look at my fabric stash and come up with a project that requires using what I have on hand.
Boy, do I have a lot of fabrics, perhaps too much. Some people (my husband) might say this statement is true. I may have to begrudgingly agree.
Thankfully I found some interesting materials for this micro Boston bag pattern. It requires very little fabric, in fact, the pattern is only one page.
I have used two different materials, oilcloth, and a scrap of vinyl for upholstery.
This micro Boston bag measurements are Height 4″, Width is 4 1/2″ and Depth is 1 3/8″so it is large enough for some keys, cash, notes and a couple of cards. Hang it from your handbag or your belt.
- 8″ X 12″ of oilcloth, faux leather, Kraftex, leather or canvas (see recommendations below)
- Needle size 80
- Thread to match
- 7″ zipper
- 4 rivets
- Double-sided tape or glue
Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner
It is imperative that you read this article about Sewing Cures Successfully first.
NOTE: The following instructions are for fabrics that do not need interfacing, use the fabrics suggested on the list of materials and the amazon suggestions below.
Fabric Suggestions from Amazon
How To Print Your Micro Boston Bag Pattern:
This is a one-page pattern. Use Adobe Reader, a free download, to display and print the pattern. Print on Landscape and use the Actual Size setting. Do not scale at all.
How To Download Your PDF Pattern
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Step One: Sew the trim to the front and back
Step Two: Making and attaching the handles
Apply double-sided tape to the edge. Fold towards the center then sew the edges.
Apply glue or double-sided tape to the end of the handles and attach the rivets.
Step Three: Sewing the zipper and sewing the gusset
Trace the zipper placement from your pattern onto the back of your faux leather or vinyl scrap.
Apply double-sided tape to the around the stitching line of the zipper.
Turn the zipper opening making sure you follow a straight line.
Apply double-sided tape around the opening.
Fold the zipper tabs in half and glue then at the end of the zipper tape.
Then apply the zipper.
Sew the gusset to form a band at 3/8″. This band is the gusset of this micro Boston Bag pattern.
Step Four: Attaching the Gusset
Mark the middle of the front bag piece, and align the stitching line with the center of the front piece. Sew at 1/8″.
The key to sewing the band around a corner is to leave the needle down at the corner and pivot your work so it takes the shape of a corner. Remember to read the tutorial on how to sew curves even though this is not exactly a curve you will find a few tips that will help you finish this project successfully. This will challenge any beginner but you will greatly further your sewing skills. I think this warrants a separate tutorial. Do let me know in the comments sections below.
This micro Boston bag pattern is the perfect project to reduce your scrap pile, catch up on your gift list, add to a market stall offering, or like me if you are compelled to keep your hands busy while listening to some music because you can't leave home. I am under self impose quarantine and have only left the house to pick my daughter from school for more than a week now. Soon the schools here in Chile will probably all go online, then I won't be going out at all. If I had to stay here for the rest of the year and never catch the virus I would definitely do it.
Join me next week when I will be sharing with you easy clothes to make and wear in case you have to look after someone sick at home and you need to change clothes after leaving the room. Stay safe and well, sending many blessings from Chile.
Need another micro project? Check out this little number, the Mini Backpack Coin Purse Pattern.