Are you looking for a fun sewing project that is not only cute but also super functional? This reversible shoulder bag with heat transfer vinyl is a great way to get ready for spring adventures. The bag is strong enough to pack snacks for a picnic or return books to the library. All you need are two yards of contrasting fabric, a sewing machine, and some iron-on vinyl. I love how versatile this bag is and how nice it turned out. Are you ready to start creating something fun? Let’s do this!
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Reversible Shoulder Bag with HTV vinyl
Last year I ordered some fabric from Fabric Wholesale Direct and made some reusable napkins, cushion covers, and a picnic tablecloth. I had some extra polka dot fabric leftover and I wanted to use it to make something fun for spring. I pulled out some tan fabric for the contrasting color and got started.
I am not a skilled seamstress but was able to follow the steps from Made Everyday to create this fun reversible bag. For full directions and tips, check out her site!
- 2 yards of contrasting fabric
- Reversible Bag pattern (download here)
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- Sewing weights (optional)
- HTV (heat transfer vinyl)
- Easy Press or Iron
- Download, print and cut the free reversible bag pattern.
- Tape the pattern
- Cut two pieces of of both fabric patterns.
- Use pins or sewing weights to secure the pattern while you cut.
Sew the individual pieces together following the instructions here.
Don’t sew the handles closed. You will need this opening to pull the reversible fabric through. This is the toughest part but it does go a bit easier if you pull the thicker fabric through first, then let the lighter fabric follow through.
Once you have the fabric turned right side out, iron the bag flat and sew the fabric handles together.
I decided to do a quick knot to attach the handles for two reasons.
- I thought it looked cute with the polka dots.
- But the real reason? I was afraid to try to sew them together because I thought it might be too thick for my sewing machine. What do you think? Would you tie the handles or sew them together?
Add Vinyl to your Bag
I wanted to personalize my bag with some heat transfer vinyl so I selected an image from Cricut Design Space, cut the pattern, and used the Easy Press to iron on the design.
Enjoy your Reversible Bag
Which side do you like better? The blue and white polka dots or the tan with the iron on phrase?