How to Easily Make a Fabric Shoulder Bag That is Simple & Stylish

10 Materials
30 Minutes

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to make a fabric shoulder bag in the simplest way possible. I created a simple shoulder bag pattern that you can download, so it's easy to make, with only a few easy sewing steps. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Linen lining fabric
  • Cotton interfacing fabric
  • Polyester main fabric 
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker 
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin
  • Iron
  • Zipper
DIY shoulder bag tutorial

1. Cut out the base pieces

I first cut out all the base pieces twice. We have two from the linen lining fabric, two from the cotton interfacing fabric, and two from the polyester main fabric.

Pinning the fabric in the middle

2. Find the middle

Find the middle of the base piece by folding it in half and attaching a pin to mark the spot. Then take the side panel piece and do exactly the same, marking its middle with a pin.

Pinning the pieces to each other

3. Attach the two pieces

With the right sides touching, pin the side panel to the base part, starting with the middle point. Once done, sew it down with a straight stitch.

Make your own shoulder bag

4. Attach the other base piece

Take your other base piece and do the same, pinning it to the other side of the side panel and then sewing it down.

How to make shoulder bags at home

5. Add the lining

To add lining to the bag, repeat the same process one more time. First, fold the lining base piece in half to determine the midpoint, insert a pin, and then do the same to the lining side panel.

Once done, pin the two together and then sew along the line that you’ve pinned. Then, connect the other lining base piece by repeating the same process.

Pinning the lining to the bag

6. Attach the lining to the bag

Turn the lining piece inside out so that the wrong side of it is visible. Then, place it inside the main fabric base so that when you look inside the bag, you see the right side of the lining base is all nice and finished.

Pin the main and lining parts together all the way around the top and sew it with a straight stitch.

Creating the bias tape

7. Create the bias tape

I didn’t have a pattern piece for this, so I cut several 5cm (2-inch) wide stripes out of material on the diagonal to create a simple bias tape for the top of our bag.

Then, with the right sides meeting, I connected the stripes in the corner and pinned them in the way I’m going to sew, so diagonally across from corner to corner.

How to make an over-the-shoulder bag

8. Attach to the bag

Pin the bias stripe to the base part, right sides touching, and sew all the way around.

How to sew a shoulder bag

9. Sew down

To hide all those ugly visible layers away, fold down the bias about 1cm (0.4 inches) once and then again a second time, sewing it down with a straight stitch.

Making a strap for the DIY shoulder bag

10. Create the strap

Cut out a strap, 5cm (2 inches) wide and 30cm (12 inches) long. Fold it in half and sew with a straight stitch all along the edge. Once done, proceed to turn the strap right side out using a safety pin and then iron it to make it flatter.

Sewing the strap to the DIY shoulder bag

11. Sew to bag

Turn the bag inside out and then pin and sew the strap to the bag.

Attaching a zipper to the shoulder bag

12. Attach the zipper

Sew two tiny rectangles from the main fabric to the zipper on both sides. Then, with the bag turned the wrong side out, turn the right side of the zipper to the inside of the bag. Proceed to pin the zipper to the sides.

Sew along the long sides, but not the short sides, so that you can later pull the shoulder strap out from the inside.

How to make a fabric shoulder bag

How to make a fabric shoulder bag tutorial

That is how you can make an over-the-shoulder bag at home! The steps are very straightforward and easy to follow. If you make a mistake, remember to try, try and try again. The finished bag is simple yet classy, and I’m looking forward to using it.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial in the comments.

Suggested materials:
  • Linen lining fabric
  • Cotton interfacing fabric
  • Polyester main fabric
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