Tutorial | Ditty Bag

Today I’m sharing this Ditty Bag sewing tutorial using the Mariposa line from Blend Fabrics over on the Therm O Web blog!

A few months ago, I received a fun package in the mail – a fat quarter bundle of the Mariposa Line! I love watercolor (um, have you seen the new Waterlogue app?! Obsessed.), so the watercolor wash throughout this fabric line is right up my alley. I have a few store bought ditty bags and they are always in use keeping my running shoes separate from my clothes in my gym bag (anyone else do this or am I just weird?) and my bath products wrangled together. So, I figured it would be a good idea to make a new one with this fun fabric to help organize some of my craft supplies!

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Want to make one too? Let’s get started!

Materials

Instructions

One: Cut the fabrics as follows

  • Main Fabric – Cut one 8 3/4″ by 30 3/4″, one 3 3/4″ by 30 3/4″, and one 9 1/2″ circle
  • Accent Fabric – Cut one 2 1/2″ by 30 3/4″
  • Craft Fusible – Cut one 14″ by 30 3/4″ and one 9 1/2″ circle
  • Lining Fabric – Cut one 14″ by 30 3/4″ and one 9 1/2″ circle

Two: Sew together the main fabric 8 3/4″ by 30 3/4″ rectangle, the accent fabric 2 1/2″ by 30 3/4″ rectangle, and the main fabric 3 3/4″ by 30 3/4″ rectangle with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press the seam allowances towards the main fabrics.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Three: Top stitch the seam allowances on the main fabric.

Four: Iron on the craft fusible to the back of the panel and to the main fabric circle.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Five: Measure down 2 inches from the middle top of the panel and sew 2 button holes.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Six: Sew the fabric in a loop, right sides together, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Seven: Pin the main fabric circle to the fabric loop, right sides together, and then stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Eight: Clip the seam allowance.

Nine: Assemble the lining by following steps 6-8.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Ten: Place the lining over the main fabric, right sides together, and top stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 3 inch hole to turn the bag through.

Eleven: Turn the bag through the hole and place the lining in the bag. Press the bag.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Twelve: Top stitch around the top of the bag, sewing the hole closed.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Thirteen: Sew a line of stitches just slightly to the top and to the bottom of the button holes, making a casing for the ribbon.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Fourteen: Pin a safety pin to the end of the ribbon and feed it through one of the button holes so that the ribbon is in the casing.

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

And that’s it! Just put your WIP (or running shoes or bath products!) in the bag and take it on the go!

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Ditty Bag Sewing Tutorial by Sewbon.com

Photo Credit | Sewbon