Pocket Fabric 3/8 yard
Bag Middle/Pocket Lining
Bottom, Sides, and Handle 3/4 yard
Piping 1/8 yard
Lining 3/4 yard
Heavy Fusible Pellon, such as Décor Bond 5” x 24” piece
Large Button (I used a 60mm Dill Button)
- For pockets, cut two 9 ½” x 11” pieces each of pocket fabric and pocket lining
- For Bag Middle, cut two 11” x 16 ½” pieces
- For Bag Sides, cut four 6 ½” x 16 ½” pieces
- For Bag Bottom, cut one 5 ½” x 23” piece
- For Piping, cut four 1” x 16 ½” pieces
- For handle, cut one 5” x 24” piece of handle fabric AND one 5” x 24” piece of heavy fusible pellon
- For Loop, cut on 2” x 10” piece
- For Lining, cut one 22 ¾” x Width of Fabric Piece (trim off selvages)
With right sides together, sew pocket to pocket linings along TOP EDGE ONLY. Turn and press. Topstitch ¼” away from top of pocket.
Prepare piping by pressing each piece in half the long way, WRONG SIDES TOGETHER:
Prepare to stitch bag front together by layering bag middle, pocket, and piping as shown:
Lay Bag sides face down on bag front layers and pin.
Stitch bag sides to bag front with a ¼” seam, catching all raw edges in seam. Press seams toward bag sides. Repeat for Bag Back. Trim to make these pieces as square as possible.
Sew bag bottom between bag front and back as shown. (1/4” seam). Resulting piece should measure roughly 37” x 23”. It’s okay if this measurement is not exact!
Fold bag in half right sides together. Stitch on both sides with a ¼” seam.
To shape a flat bottom for bag body, at one corner match bottom crease to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle:
Pin and stitch just to the left of the line formed by two seams after you have flattened the corner:
Some people like to trim off the resulting floppy corner, but I leave it on and make sure and tuck it in toward the center of the bag when I put the lining in. I think it give the corners of the bag some stability.
Repeat for the other corner. Turn the bag right side out and press seams. Now you will want to top-stitch the four “corners” of the bag to help it hold its shape. To do this, lay the bag on the table. Measure and pin one of the sides so there is a straight line going up from the bottom corner of one side to the top of the bag. Top-stitch 1/8″ from the top of the bag down to the corner. Repeat for all four corners.
To make bag lining, fold lining right sides together. Stitch side seams with a 1/4″ seam.
Mark a line 2 1/2″ up from bottom on both the front and back of the lining. This will give you a stitching line to follow when you flatten the corners to shape the bag bottom:
Shape a flat bottom for the lining in the same way you did for the bag body, flattening the corners so the side seams match the bottom crease, then sewing along the marked line. Leave the bag lining inside out.
Fold the top edge of the main bag down (toward the inside) 3/4″ and press. Fold the top edge of the bag lining OUT 2 3/4″ and press. (You will have 2 3/4″ of the right side of the bag lining showing on the outside). Place the lining inside the main bag and pin. You will have about 3/4″ of the lining sticking up above the main bag:
For the loop, fold the loop piece in half the long way, then sew a 1/4″ seam down the side. Turn loop right side out. For this step, Dritz’s Turning tool is a must-have! It makes turning loops, handles, and ties so easy!!
For the handles, fuse the 5″ x 24″ piece of decor bond to the WRONG side of the handle piece. Then cut the piece in half the long way, so you end up with two 2 1/2″ x 24″ pieces:
Press each piece in half the long way, wrong sides together, then press each long edge under 1/4″.
Top-stitch along both long sides of both handles.
Pin loop and handles into bag as shown, tucking the ends BETWEEN the main bag and the lining:
Top-stitch along the top of the outer bag, making sure bag “corners” lay toward the bag sides as you are stitching:
For added durability, top-stitch again 1/8″ away from first stitching.
Sew a button on the opposite side of the bag from the loop.
Voila! Your Annie’s Market Bag is finished! It is flexible enough to fold up on the way to the market, and then unfold and load at the market. It’s fully washable, too! I cut a piece of black poster board 5″ x 17″ and had it hard laminated at my local copy shop. I inserted it in the bottom of the bag to help the bag hold its shape. Since it is laminated, I can easily remove it and wipe it off while the rest of the bag is being washed. Enjoy!