Whether you need a home for your shoes, make-up or smart phone, go retro with a vintage bag pattern

Vintage Bag Pattern Shoes

Shoe bag

*1 patterned cotton fat quarter

* One 50cm square duster*

* 70cm of 16mm wide pink ribbon*

* Matching sewing thread

* Bodkin or safety pin

For the text

*A4 Xpress Die Cutting Machine,

*A5 Carnival

*Alphabet A-M Die Set,

*A5 Carnival Alphabet

*N-Z Die Set, and textile glue

Note: Take 1cm seam allowance. Join pieces with right sides together and edges level.

Cutting out

Cut one 47 x 43cm rectangle from patterned cotton fabric for the bag and from one duster for the lining.

Cut out the word ‘SHOES’ using the die cutter and alphabet dies.

Making the bag

1 Fold the bag in half, parallel with the short edges. Stitch the long edge and the lower short edge, leaving a 2cm gap in the long edge 4cm below the upper short edge.

Fold the lining in half, parallel with the short edges. Stitch the long edge and the lower short edge, leaving a 14cm gap in the long edge to turn through later.

Clip the corners and press the seams open. Turn the bag right side out.

2 Slip the bag into the lining, matching the seams. Pin the raw upper edges together. Stitch the upper edges.

Turn the bag right side out through the gap in the lining. slip stitch the gap in the lining closed. Push the lining inside the bag and press the upper edge.

Stitch 5cm, then 3cm below the upper edge to form a channel for the ribbon.

3 Thread the ribbon through the channel using a bodkin or safety pin. Knot the ribbon ends together, then trim them diagonally.

4 Arrange the ‘SHOES’ letters on the front of the bag, once you are happy with the placement, use textile glue to stick them in place. Leave to dry.

Try this

Line with a duster to keep your shoes shiny!

Make-up bag

* Two coordinating patterned cotton fat quarters

* One 17cm zip*

* Matching sewing thread

* For all three bags we used fat quarters in classic blue, pastel patchwork pink and classic pink

Cutting out

Cut two 24 x 13cm rectangles from two patterned cotton fabrics for the bag and lining. Cut two 5 x 2.5cm rectangles from the bag fabric for the zip end covers.

Making the bag

1 Press under 1cm on the short edges of the zip end covers. Press the covers in half, parallel with the pressed edges with wrong sides facing.

Trim an equal amount off each end of the zip to make the overall length of 19.5cm.

2 Slip each end of the zip into a zip end cover with the raw edges of the covers level with the long edges of the zip. Tack in place through all the layers.

3 With the zip centred and right sides facing, pin one long edge of the zip to one long edge of one bag rectangle. Use a zipper foot to stitch in place.

Repeat to stitch the other long edge of the zip to the other bag rectangle. Press the bag rectangles away from the zip. Top-stitch close to the zip teeth.

4 Open the zip. Pin the bags together, stitch the raw edges. Clip the corners and press the seams open. Press under 1cm on the long upper edges of the linings.

Pin and stitch the linings together along the raw edges. Clip the corners and press the seams open. Insert the bag into the lining, matching the seams.

Pin and slip stitch the pressed edges of the lining to the zip and upper corners of the bag.

* Two 35 x 15cm rectangles of coordinating patterned cotton fabrics

* Matching sewing thread

Smartphone sleeve

Cutting out

Cut one 30 x 10cm rectangle from two patterned cotton fabrics for the sleeve and lining.

Making the bag

1 Pin and stitch the rectangles together along the outer edges, leaving an 8cm gap in one long edge to turn through. Clip the corners and turn right side out.

Press the sleeve and slip stitch the gap closed. Fold the sleeve in half, parallel with the short edges with the lining inside.

Pin the long edges together. Starting at the fold, slip stitch the long edges together, finishing 2.5cm below the upper edge and pushing the lining to the inside as you stitch.

Try This

Sandwich a piece of wadding between the fabrics to make the smartphone sleeve more protective – cut both the fabric and wadding to 31 x 11cm.

Vintage bag pattern mobile phone case