How to Make Shoulder Bags at Home: Easy Step-by-Step Sewing Tutorial

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A soft fabric shoulder bag is simple to make and so pretty to wear! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make shoulder bags at home or looking for a simple shoulder bag sewing pattern, look no further.

I’ll show you how to make your own shoulder bag easily. Once you get the hang of this DIY shoulder bag, you can sew shoulder bags to give as gifts! Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 1 yard fabric
  • Fusible fleece/mid-weight interfacing
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin
  • Pins/clips
  • Iron

The finished size will be 17 ¾ X 14 X 25

Shoulder bag sewing pattern

1. Prepare the fabric

Cut the fabric into one large piece that is 30 X 30 inches and two straps that are 2½ X 24 inches.

Iron fusible fleece or interfacing to the wrong side on the large piece of fabric, leaving at least 1½ inches without any interfacing at the edges.

Folding the fabric edges ready to press

2. Fold the edges

Fold the edges in ⅜ inch and press.

Pressing the second fold with an iron

Then fold in ⅜ inch again for a second fold and press.

Pressing the cut corners with an iron

To get a clean crisp edge, cut the corners on all 4 sides diagonally. Once cut, fold in once on the diagonal. Press.

Clipping the corners in place

Then fold in twice on the sides. Clip in place. You’ll see lovely crisp corners!

Sewing along the edges

Sew right at the edge.

Pinning the sewing the shoulder bag

3. Make the bag

Fold the fabric in half right sides together. Measure up 8 inches from the fold on either side. Pin in place and sew.

Matching the corners

Lay the bag so the long side faces you. Match the corner from the top layer to the other top layer corner. Match the bottom corners to each other. If you need more help, watch the video from 2:50 - 3:10. 

How to sew a shoulder bag

Lay the bag so all the points are facing upward. Mark 8 inches up from the bottom towards the points on both outer ends.

Sewing the seams from the fold upward

Sew these seams from the fold upward.

Make your own shoulder bag

It will look like this.

Pressing the seam allowance

Open the seams at the seam allowance and press them all flat. Once they’re all pressed, turn the bag right side facing out. Poke out all the ends so they are nice and sharp.

Folding and clipping the corners

Fold the corners in. Clip them in place. Pin the fold.

How to make a fabric shoulder bag

Sew the corners.

Making straps for the DIY shoulder bag

4. Make the straps

Fold each strap in half, right sides together. Pin them in place. Sew with a ⅜-inch seam allowance. Use a safety pin to turn the straps inside out. Press them as flat as possible.

Topstitching the shoulder bag straps

Topstitch on both ends.

Attaching the straps to the bag

5. Attach the straps

Gather two corners and pull the bag.

Folding the straps in

Fold the straps at either end in ⅜ inch.

Pinning the straps to the corners

Pin the straps to the corners. Sew in a square to secure.

DIY shoulder bag

The bag full.

How to make shoulder bags at home

The bag laying flat.

How to make shoulder bags at home

I hope this tutorial on how to make a fabric shoulder bag helped you make your own DIY shoulder bag at home! Please let me know in the comments if you made this or share your photos.

Suggested materials:
  • 1 yard fabric
  • Fusible fleece/mid-weight interfacing
  • Scissors
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