For each of the bags I used a half yard of the outer fabric and a yard for the upper, handles and lining fabric. If you want to have the option of switching around your fabric like I did for my son's bag, I would just get a yard of each fabric to be safe.
Sew across the marked corners creating a triangle
Turn right sides together
Iron top seam flat
Sew about an 1/8" seam around top of bag and you're done!
(I followed instructions from Ashley's tutorial found here.)
I had intended to make this bag for my daughter not realizing how large it actually was. When I was done she put it on her arm and said, "Mom, I think it's a little too big, it's past my knees!" Whoops. Now that I had an idea of how the bag was made, I altered it just a little to make it smaller, the front gathered and the shape less square.
After figuring out the math, I made my own pattern using leftover lining fabric then cut the fabric for the bag. I made all the pieces smaller and knew I wanted to gather the front, so I had to make the lining fabric narrower on the top. (Top measures 12 inches, bottom measures 15 inches)
I also added a flower that I picked up at Joann's for $3.99. I think I better learn how to crochet, so I can make these myself.
I love how her's turned out and it's the perfect size!
I have to say, looking for boy fabric was HARD! There were so many cute options for girls and hardly anything for boys. I would find one fabric that I really liked and then no coordinating fabric. I loved the navy and green arrow fabric and was determined to use it even though the solid green is not the exact color. I'm sure my 3 year old won't mind.
I actually had a lot of fun sewing these bags and am kind of bummed that I have no more to sew. I may end up making some larger ones to leave in the car for groceries or other shopping trips. You know, because you can never have too many bags.