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Mini bag tutorial

This is a tiny bag that can carry the essentials: a mobile or large mp3 player, up to 3 cards (credit card size), keys and money.


  • one 4in x 5 1/2 black square for the inside flap
  • two 11 in x 4 in rectangles for back and front of bag
  • one 11 in x 4 in rectangle for the largest pocket with flap
  • one 4 in x 4 in in plastic for a card pocket within the mobile pocket
  • one 4 in x 1 in as border for the plastic pocket
  • two 4 in x 8 in rectangles for pockets
  • one 10 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in fusible interface rectangle
  • 43 in x 1 1/2 in strip for strap

You will also need

    • 1 key holder
    • 2 fasteners
    • ribbon

The number of pockets and their location can be adapted to suit your needs.

The bag is designed to hold magnetic cards on the back and flap so that the cards can be swiped without taking them out of the bag. The mobile pocket has an insert in plastic instead of fabric to minimise the thickness of the divider.

Cut a 11 in x 4 in rectangle and a black 4 in x 5 1/2 in rectangle.

Sew together as per picture.

At two inches from each top and side edges, trace a line and stitch.

Trim corners.

Stitch around the sides of the black flap leaving a 1/4 seam allowance.

Turn inside out and iron flat.

Stitch around the edge and then 1/4 from the edge as per picture.

Cut one 10 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in fusible interface rectangle and iron to the panel that will be the exterior of the bag.

Cut a 11 in x 4 in rectangle. We will attach the pockets to this side panel.

Cut 4in x 8in rectangle and fold in half. Iron. Then place it on the top of the panel as per picture with the fold facing away from the raw edge of the bottom panel.

Cut a 4 in x 4 in in plastic for a card pocket within the mobile pocket and a strip of fabric 4in x 1 1/2 in. Attach the strip of fabric to the plastic top.

Now place the plastic insert on the opposite edge of the back panel (see picture) with the fabric border towards the centre of the panel.

Now place the rectangle with the flap you made earlier on top of the plastic insert.

Cut a 4 in x 8 in rectangle, fold in half and press.

Place on top of the piece with the flap as per picture.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 4 inches long and attach a key holder to it. Place the ribbon on one side of the bottom panel as per picture.


Cut a 44 inch x 1 1/2 inch piece of fabric and iron as per picture, first 1/4 inch from each side towards the middle and then in half again. Press well.

Stitch around both edges of the strap.

Fold the bottom panel in half and pin each side as per photo. This is where the strap goes.

Now pin everything in place well making sure the black flap and strap doesn’t get in the way when stitching around the edges.

Place the front panel with the interfacing on top of the bottom panel as per picture.

Stitch all around leaving a 2 inch opening on one of the narrow sides.

Now turn inside out. This is not an easy task!

Nearly there.

Iron well.

Stitch all around the bag closing the opening as you do this.

You can see the inside plastic pocket here.

Now you need to add 2 fasteners, one to the black flap and the other to the external flap.

The fastener is not visible from the external flap as I added it from within the pocket.

The inside flap has the fastener visible as it adds some interest to the bag.

The lenght of the strap can be adjusted.


  1. Wow – how did you know I’ve been thinking of making something like this but couldn’t be bothered working it out. I wanted something small and light I can put over my shoulder and take with me when I take the kids to the park or out for a walk. In the summer my light weight loose linen pants can end up around my knees with a heavy mobile phone in the pocket!!

    Thanks heaps.



  2. Christmas present at our house!!! I agree with Peggy. Wanted to make exactly this for my daugher, who likes to carry stuff, but not a purse, but DIDN’T want to figure it out. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Can you clarify something on your tutorial? At the part where I’m attaching the 4″ x 1 1/2″ strip the the plastic piece I could not figure out what you meant. Do I just fold it on it and show it? Do raw edges show on it. Can you describe that step a liitle more? THANK YOU.


  4. The plastic insert top edge is covered with fabric. Just take your strip of fabric and stitch it to the top edge as you woud stitch bias tape to any edge. I hope this is clearer.


  5. I meant fold it and sew it :-). I’m glad you figured out what I meant!! Yes that helps!!! I thought about it for a long time after I posted my question and that’s what I came up with too. Bias tape type!. Thank you!!!


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