Make This Easy Bag That Needs Only One Round of Stitching

8 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, you will learn a special folding technique for your fabric that will allow you to make a bag using only one round of sewing. This bag has a lining and a flap to close it at the top, all of which are sewn in at the same time as you stitch this bag together.

Tools and materials:

  • Outer fabric
  • Inner fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • 2 purse clips with D-rings
  • Strap
  • Closure hardware of your choice
  • Sewing machine
Sew an easy bag


Cut two rectangles of fabric with these dimensions. One will be the outside of the bag, and one will be the lining. 

How to sew an easy bag

Pin and sew

Lay your rectangles together, right sides facing, and pin and sew down one short edge. 

Make an easy bag


Iron the seam flat.  

How to make an easy bag

Measure and mark

Measure out the front, the back, and the flap, and mark where each section begins and ends with pins. 

DIY easy bag


Fold the fabric so the seam between the two rectangles is aligned with the edge of the flap section. 

easy bag tutorial

Then fold the rectangle on the right over the folded fabric, and align all the edges. 

Pin and sew

Pin the edges, other than the folded edge, and sew them down. Leave a gap in the stitching along the edge opposite the fold. 


Trim the seam allowances. 


Pull the fabric right side out through the gap in the stitching. 

Fix corners

Use the point of your scissors to push out the fabric in all the corners, so you have nice square edges.


Fold the raw edges inward, and sew the gap closed. 

Attach closures

Attach your chosen closures. This bag has rivets, but you can use snaps, toggles, buttons, or whatever you choose. 

Make buttonholes

If your closures require buttonholes, mark the placement for the buttonholes by marking the top and bottom edges of your buttons, sewing a buttonhole between them, and then opening the buttonhole with a seam ripper. 

Prepare the strap

Attach a D-ring and clip to the ends of your strap. This hardware is being held in place with a rivet through the end of the strap, but you can also just sew it. 

Attach loops

Attach a small loop of fabric to each corner of the top edge of the bag.

Attach strap

Then just clip the strap into the loops, and you’re done!

Are you going to give this easy bag tutorial a try? We’d love to see your results. 

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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