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How to Sew a Crossbody Bag (Free Pattern)

This simple crossbody bag pattern has two zipper compartments and is the perfect size for holding all your essentials while on the go!

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What is the Size of Crossbody Bag?

Please note that all measurements are approximate and not exact. The final dimension of your bag may differ slightly from what is listed here.

crossbody bag dimensions
  • Cross body bag measures 9.5″ (24.13cm) wide and 7″ (17.8 cm) tall.
  • Side of bag has a depth of approximately 1.5″ (3.81cm).
  • Bag strap is approximately 53″ (134.62 cm) when fully extended.

What is the Best Crossbody Bag Length?

In this tutorial I will show you how to make an adjustable bag strap so that you can wear the crossbody bag at your most suitable length.

model wearing finished crossbody bag

Generally speaking, crossbody bag straps are adjusted to the length so the bag will fall at the hip.

If you are right handed, you should wear your bag on the left shoulder so the bag drapes over the right hip. This allows easy access for your right hand to grab whatever you need from the bag. If you are left-handed, wear it on your right shoulder.

Nevertheless, you do you and and wear the bag however and wherever you want. Don’t let fashion styles dictate what is most convenient and comfortable for you.

How to Sew a Crossbody Bag with Zipper?

finished crossbody bag with hand in front zipper

This stylish crossbody bag pattern is designed with 2 zippers. One zipper at the top that opens into the main body of the bag, and there is one at the front of the bag for an extra compartment.

If you consider yourself a beginner, or if you just want to sew a super simple no-fuss crossbody, feel free to omit the front zipper. You will end up with a basic crossbody bag pattern with just one zipper compartment, but it will be super cute and easy to use!

Crossbody Bag Pattern

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What Do I Need To Sew This Bag?

Materials

NOTE 1: If your fabric is 55-60″ wide, you will only need 1/2 yard (0.457M) of exterior fabric. This is because you can cut the bag strap along the width (perpendicular to the selvedge) of the fabric. If your fabric is 44″ wide, you will need 1.5 yards (1.4M) in order to cut a 55″ length piece to make the bag strap.

Tools

Pattern for Crossbody Bag

First, download, print, and attach the paper pattern pieces. Then, cut out all pieces on your exterior fabric, lining, and fusible interfacing.

crossbody bag pattern - exterior fabric

EXTERIOR FABRIC – Cut out the Following Pieces:

  • EXTERIOR PIECE A
  • EXTERIOR PIECE B
  • FRONT POCKET
  • ZIPPER ENDS (X4) – each piece measures 4” x 1” (10 cm x 2.54cm)
crossbody bag pattern - lining

LINING – Cut out the Following Pieces:

  • LINING PIECE A
  • LINING PIECE B
  • FRONT POCKET – LINING C
  • FRONT POCKET – LINING D
crossbody bag pattern - fusible

FUSIBLE INTERFACING – Cut out the following pieces:

  • EXTERIOR PIECE A
  • EXTERIOR PIECE B
  • FRONT ZIPPER POCKET

Next, fuse interfacing to wrong side of EXTERIOR FABRIC pieces.

crossbody bag interfacing fused to wrong side of exterior fabric

How to Sew a Crossbody Bag

Sewing Side Straps

crossbody bag side straps pattern dimension

First, cut one piece of fabric that measures 5” (12.7cm) wide and 3” (7.62cm) tall.

pressing side strap

Second, fold top and bottom edges 1/2” (1.27cm) in towards center and press.

pressing side strap of crossbody bag

Next, fold entire side strap in half and press.

side strap piece sewn together

Then stitch both sides of strap together, 1/8” (3mm) from edge.

side straps cut in half

Now cut your side strap in half along the width (the longest part of the strap) so you end up with two pieces of equal size.

side straps looped over D-ring, clipped in place and basted

Finally, loop side strap around D-ring, fold in half, clip and baste in place. Repeat for other strap. Your side straps are now done!

How to Sew Front Pocket

zipper end pieces of crossbody bag folded in half and pressed

First, fold zipper ends in half lengthwise and press.

zipper, zipper ends, and front pocket pattern piece of crossbody bag

Next, get your fabric pieces and zipper ready: 2 zipper ends with folded edge pointing towards center, and [FRONT POCKET] piece.

how to mark midpoint of zipper and fabric pattern pieces

Then, mark midline of zipper and [FRONT POCKET] by folding each in half and making a snip at the center.

midline marked on zipper and front pocket piece. Crossbody bag pattern

Zipper and fabric with marked midline (red line).

zipper pinned to front pocket piece, matching at midline


Next, place zipper and [FRONT POCKET] right sides together, matching at midline. Pin in place. Leave both ends of zipper unpinned.

tucking in zipper end

Now pull end of zipper away and put one piece of [ZIPPER END] over [FRONT POCKET]. Match bottom corner of [ZIPPER END] to straight edge of [FRONT POCKET] (red arrow).

pinning zipper to zipper end

Then, lay zipper back over [ZIPPER END] and pin in place.

placing zipper end on other side of front zipper

Next, repeat inserting zipper end onto other side of zipper. Match bottom corner of zipper to straight edge of [FRONT POCKET].

sewing zipper and zipper end to front pocket. crossbody bag pattern

Then pin in place and use zipper foot to sew along zipper (yellow dotted line). Your seam allowance will be approximately 3/8” from zipper edge.

zipper sewn to front pocket of crossbody bag

We will now refer to this piece as [FRONT POCKET – EXTERIOR].

placking front pocket lining C over front pocket exterior piece.

Next, place [FRONT POCKET – LINING C] over [FRONT POCKET – EXTERIOR], right sides together.

sewing front pocket lining c to front pocket exterior piece

Then pin and sew in place using zipper foot, about 3/8” from edge of fabric. (red dotted line).

view of front pocket after lining c has been sewn to zipper

Your front pocket will look like the photo at this point

top stitching front pocket piece. crossbody bag pattern

LEFT: Now flip [FRONT POCKET – LINING C] to the back so that it is behind [FRONT POCKET – EXTERIOR]. We will now call this piece [FRONT POCKET PIECE]
RIGHT: Next, give your fabric a good press and then topstitch the upper part of [FRONT POCKET PIECE], 1/8″ below zipper (blue line).

top stitching front pocket piece

A view of topstitching the [FRONT POCKET PIECE].

basting front pocket piece

Next, baste [FRONT POCKET PIECE] together (blue line) on the sides and bottom.

placing front pocket piece to front pocket lining D

Then, place your [FRONT POCKET PIECE] over [FRONT POCKET – LINING D], right sides of lining together.

pinning front pocket piece to front pocket lining D

Next, pin top seam of zipper to [FRONT POCKET- LINING D].

sewing front pocket piece to front pocket lining D

Sew together using zipper foot.

shows folding top zipper seam to behind teeth of zipper

Now, fold the entire top seam of the zipper so it’s behind the zipper teeth.

pressing top zipper seam

LEFT: Now, press the fold down using medium heat. Make sure your iron isn’t set on high heat otherwise you may melt the zipper!
RIGHT: Back view of front zipper pocket.

front and back view of front zipper pocket. crossbody bag pattern

Front and back view of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET]. We will now sew the front zipper pocket to the front of the bag.

Sewing Front Zipper Pocket to Bag

place front zipper pocket over exterior fabric piece A

First, place [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] over [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] as pictured, matching at the sides and bottom.

hand lifting up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] away from [FRONT POCKET - LINING D].

Then, lift up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] away from [FRONT POCKET – LINING D].

hand lifting up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] away from [FRONT POCKET - LINING D].

Next, continue pulling up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] until [FRONT POCKET -LINING D] is fully exposed.

pinning front pocket-lining D to exterior fabric piece A at sides and bottom


Then, pin [FRONT POCKET – LINING D] to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] on the sides and bottom.

basting front pocket-lining D to exterior fabric piece A at sides and bottom

Next, baste [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET – LINING D] to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A], as indicated by blue line.

pinning inside of zipper to exterior fabric piece A. Crossbody bag pattern

Now open the zipper and pin [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET – LINING D] to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A]

hand lifting up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] until it is completely away from [FRONT POCKET - LINING D].

Then, lift up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] until it is completely away from [FRONT POCKET – LINING D].

sewing front pocket-lining D down to exterior fabric piece A

Next, sew [FRONT POCKET – LINING D] down, following the curve of the zipper (blue line).

close up view of where to sew front pocket Lining D to Exterior Fabric Piece A

You will be stitching in the ditch at the junction where bottom zipper meets [FRONT POCKET – LINING D] (blue line). Make sure to back stitch on both ends.

NOTE: Remember that you are sewing [FRONT POCKET-LINING D] down to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A], following the curve along the zipper.

View of front pocket sewn to exterior fabric piece A. Crossbody bag pattern

Your [FRONT POCKET] is now sewn to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A].

Next, pin the entire front pocket to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] and baste at the sides and bottom (blue line).

How to Sew Crossbody Bag Zipper

marking midline of zipper and front piece

First, mark midline on zipper and [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] (red markings).

placing zipper ends onto front piece

Next, place [ZIPPER END] on top edge of [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A], one on each side. Make sure folded edge of [ZIPPER END] are facing the center.

placing and pinning zipper to front piece

Now put zipper and [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] right sides together, matching at the midpoint. Next, pin in place.

sewing zipper down to front of bag leaving both edges unstitched 1.25" from the edge. crossbody bag pattern

Then, use zipper foot and sew zipper (yellow line), leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25 inch (3cm) from the edge. We will now call this piece [FRONT OF BAG].

NOTE: The piece we now refer to as [FRONT OF BAG] consists of: Zipper, Zipper ends (1 on each side), EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A, and Front zipper pocket

placing lining piece A and front of bag right sides together

Next, place [LINING PIECE A] over [FRONT OF BAG], right sides together.

sewing lining piece A and front of bag together, leaving unstitched 1.25" from both edge. crossbody bag pattern

Then pin and sew together (red line), leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25” (3cm) from the edge. Be sure to back stitch on both ends.

flip lining piece A to behind front of Bag piece

Next, flip [LINING PIECE A] up and to the back of [FRONT OF BAG].

shows zipper and zipper ends pointing up after lining piece A is behind front of bag

The zipper and zipper ends will point upwards once [LINING PIECE A] is behind [FRONT OF BAG].

placing exterior piece B over front of bag piece

Next, place [EXTERIOR PIECE B] over, right sides together.

sewing exterior piece B to front of bag, leaving ends unstitched, 1.25" from edge

Then pin and sew together (red line), leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25” (3cm) from the edge. Back stitch on both ends.

place exterior piece B and lining piece B right sides together. crossbody bag pattern

Now place this entire fabric piece over [LINING PIECE B], right sides of lining together.

sew exterior piece B to lining piece B, leaving edges unstitched.

Then pin and sew together (red line), leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25” (3cm) from edge. Back stitch at both ends.

separate exterior piece B from exterior piece A

Now, lift [EXTERIOR PIECE B] up and away from [EXTERIOR PIECE A].

continue separating exterior piece B from exterior piece A

Continue lifting [EXTERIOR PIECE B] away from [EXTERIOR PIECE A] until they are completely separated (right photo)

lift up exterior piece A so it meats exterior piece B, right sides together

Next, lift [EXTERIOR PIECE A] up so that it is facing [EXTERIOR PIECE B], right sides together. The wrong side of [LINING PIECE A] will be on the bottom.

view of what bag looks like with exterior pieces right sides together  on the top and lining pieces right sides together on the bottom. crossbody bag pattern

Here is another view of what your fabric pieces should look like. The right sides of EXTERIOR PIECES face each other on the top, and the right side of LINING PIECES face each other on the bottom.

point seam allowance of bag towards exterior piece A

Now, at the zipper line, point the seam allowance towards [EXTERIOR PIECE A].

hold seam allowance in place with clip

Then clip (or pin) in place.

pointing seam allowance up towards exterior piece B

Next, repeat pointing seam allowance towards [EXTERIOR PIECE B] on other side.

hold bag piece together using clips

Then, point seam allowance up (towards EXTERIOR FABRIC) on other side of crossbody bag. Clip (or pin) entire bag together.

sew bag piece together, leaving a 3" opening at bottom of lining. crossbody bag pattern

Stitch entire bag together at 1/2” (1.27cm) seam allowance (red dotted line), leaving a 3” (7.62cm) opening at the bottom of lining. Back stitch on both ends of opening.

marking 1.25" square at bottom corner of lining

Next, on the bottom corner of lining, use fabric chalk and clear ruler to mark a 1.25” (3cm) square, as pictured.

shows all the corners to mark 1.25" square. crossbody bag pattern

Repeat on all the corners, both on lining and exterior fabric (yellow right angles).

shows all the corners to mark 1.25" square on side B. crossbody bag pattern

Repeat marking corners on other side of bag ([LINING PIECE B] and [EXTERIOR PIECE B]).

shows scissors cutting open marked corners, shy of the boxed marking
shows what corners look like after it's been cut

Cut out the corners, approximately 0.25” (6mm) shy of the marked corners

all corners on crossbody bag marked and cut. crossbody bag pattern

Repeat cutting out all the marked corners.

trimming seam allowance of crossbody bag

Trim seam allowance to 0.25 in (6mm).

4 red arrows to indicate which corners of the bag will be boxed in the next steps

Next, we’re going to box all the 4 corners (red arrows) first. Continue reading to learn how.

How to Box Corners Along Bottom of Bag

shows hands opening and flattening corners that need to be boxed. crossbody bag pattern

First pull open the corners and make it flat, matching at the side seams.

matching and opening seam allowance on corner

Second, make sure your seam allowances are matching and open.

placing pins in corner to hold in place and seam allowances opened

Next, pin corners in place.

another view of corner ready to be boxed. crossbody bag pattern

Another view of the boxed corners with pins in place and seam allowances opened on both sides of the corner.

stitch line to box corner on lining of crossbody bag pattern.

Sew corners together along marking (yellow line) you previously made.

image shows 4 corners of crossbody bag boxed, with 2 more corners by the zipper that need to be boxed.

Repeat boxing other 3 corners that make up the bottom of the bag (red arrows). Next, we will proceed to box the corners along the top of the bag, where the zipper is (blue arrows).

How to Box Corners Along Top of Bag

opening corner on lining side of crossbody bag

First, pull open the corner on lining side.

flattening corner on lining side of crossbody

Second, flatten the corner and match the side seam. Don’t forget to open up your seam allowance.

inserting side loop with D-ring into opening on exterior side of bag. crossbody bag pattern

Next, keep holding the lining to keep it flat. Then take your side loop (with D-ring facing down), and slide it into the opening on the exterior side (black arrow).

view of side loop inserted all the way into the corner

Then, slide side loop all the way into the opening on exterior of bag.

place a clip to hold lining and side loop in place.

Next, place a clip to hold the lining and side loop in place.

pull open and flatten corner on exterior fabric of crossbody bag

Then, pull open exterior fabric corner and flatten it.

open seam allowance on exterior fabric side.

Now match side seam (as best as you can, I know there are MANY layers of fabric it’s hard to see), and open the seam allowance.

moving clip so it holds entire corner in place. line shows sew line to box corner. crossbody bag pattern

Hold the exterior corner in place by moving the clip so that it holds all the pieces together. Next, box the corner by sewing along marking (yellow line). Make sure to backstitch on both ends.

view of boxed corner on crossbody bag

View of boxed corner. Repeat boxing other corner in the same way.

turning crossbody bag right side through opening on lining

LEFT: Now that all the corners are boxed, we are ready to turn the bag to the right side!
RIGHT: First, stick your hand through the opening at the bottom of the lining and grab one of the top corners (red arrow) and start pulling it through.

continue turning bag to right side

Next, keep pulling the bag to the right side through the opening.

bag turned to right side

Finally, keep going until your bag is pulled all the way to right side.

close opening on lining side using invisible ladder stitch

Then, close opening on lining using invisible ladder stitch.

tucking lining into bag after hole is closed

Finally, tuck lining into exterior of bag.

bag completed. crossbody bag pattern.

Now your bag is done! Yay! All we need to do now is make the straps!

How to Sew Bag Strap

long fabric strip for making bag strap

Cut a long strip of fabric that measures 55” x 3” (140cm x 7.62cm).

NOTE: Cut your fabric strip so that the 55” (140 cm) is measured along (parallel to) the selvedge. I don’t recommend piecing together two fabric strips to get the 55” (140 cm) length as the seam allowance creates bulk which makes it harder to maneuver the strap slider.

long interfacing strip for making bag strap

Next, cut a long strip of interfacing that measures 54” x 2”(137cm x 5cm). This is recommended if you are using a thin cotton to make the strap). Fuse interfacing to wrong side of fabric.

NOTE: In the example below I do not use interfacing as my fabric is a light weight canvas.

pressing up 0.5" of bottom of bag strap piece

Next, fold fabric strip up 0.5” (1.27cm) and press.

pressing down 0.5" of top of bag strap piece

Then fold fabric strip down 0.5” (1.27cm) and press.

folding fabric strip in half and pressing. crossbody bag pattern

Then, fold entire fabric strip in half along the center and press.

stitching bag strap down

Next, top stitch first along the open end of the strap. Then, do another row of top stitch along the other long edge. Your top stitch should be about 1/8” (3mm) from the edge.

finished bag strap

Your bag strap is now finished.

Threading Bag Strap

supplies needed to thread bag strap: long strap and strap slider

First gather your supplies. You will need the long strap you just sewed and a strap slider.

sewing ends of bag strap down

Next, fold one end of the strap down 1/2” (1.27cm) and stitch. Repeat on other end. The stitched down side of the strap with the raw edges will be referred to as the wrong side of strap.

threading right side of bag strap over and under middle bag of strap slider

Then, take one end of of bag strap and slide it up and over the middle bar of the strap slider. The right side of the strap will be facing up.

another view of bag strap threaded through strap slider

Another view of the long strap correctly going over the center bar of the strap slider.

pinning end of bag strap to itself. how to make a crossbody bag

Next, fold strap over itself, wrong sides together, about 1 inch (2.54cm) and pin in place.

sewing bag strap end to itself on machine

Now stitch strap down, making sure to back stitch a few times to reinforce. That purple thang is a super handy tool to help guide the fabric into the machine.

view of bag strap correct sewn to itself after looping through strap slider.

View of strap sewn to itself. Don’t forget to also stitch down the first sew line for extra reinforcement.

threading wrong side of bag strap through D ring loop

Now take other end of strap, wrong side up, and slide it through one of the D rings. For reference, I threaded the strap over right side strap of the bag (your side right if viewing the bag with the front facing up).

sequence of how to thread bag strap through D ring and bag slider

Then pull the strap through (1) and thread it under (2) and over (3) bag slider.

sequence of how to thread bag strap through D ring and bag slider (continued).

Next, keep pulling the strap through slider. Then thread the strap through D-ring on other side (4), wrong side facing up.

thread wrong side of bag strap into other D loop of bag. crossbody bag pattern

Close up view of strap end threaded through left D-ring. See how the wrong side of the strap is facing the curve of D-ring.

pinning strap to itself

Next, fold strap over itself 1” (1.27cm) and pin in place.

sewing strap to itself

Then sew strap over itself as you did previously. Make sure to backstitch a few times to reinforce.

finished crossbody bag

Tada! Bag is finished! Good job, you did it!

finished crossbody bag with removable and adjustable bag strap

Alternatively, you can also make a removable bag strap with the addition of 2 swivel clips. Check out “How to Sew Shoulder Straps” of this duffel bag Tutorial to learn how to make it!

How to Sew a Crossbody Bag

How to Sew a Crossbody Bag

A chic and stylish crossbody bag that is simple to make and comes with two zippers compartments.

Materials

Instructions

    PREPARATION

    1. Cut and print out all pattern pieces from the MindyMakes Library
    2. Cut out all pattern pieces on fabric and interfacing.

    SEWING SIDE STRAPS

    1. Cut one piece of fabric that measures 5” (12.7cm) wide and 3” (7.62cm) tall.
    2. Fold top and bottom edges 1/2” (1.27cm) in towards center and press.
    3. Fold entire side strap in half and press.
    4. Stitch both sides of strap together, 1/8” (3mm) from edge.
    5. Cut your side strap in half along the width (the longest part of the strap). You will end up with two pieces of equal size.
    6. Loop side strap around D-ring, fold in half, clip and baste in place. Repeat for other strap.

    HOW TO SEW FRONT POCKET

    1. Fold one piece of [ZIPPER END] in half lengthwise and press. Repeat on second piece.
    2. Get your fabric pieces and zipper ready: 2 zipper ends with folded edge pointing towards center, and FRONT POCKET.
    3. Mark midline of zipper and [FRONT POCKET] by folding each in half and making a snip at the center.
    4. Place zipper and [FRONT POCKET] right sides together, matching at midline. Pin in place, leaving the ends unpinned.
    5. Pull end of zipper away and put one piece of [ZIPPER END] over [FRONT POCKET].
    6. Match bottom corner of zipper end to side edge of [FRONT POCKET] and place zipper back over [ZIPPER END]. Pin in place. Make sure folded edge of [ZIPPER END] faces center.
    7. Repeat inserting zipper end onto other side of zipper.
    8. Use zipper foot to sew along zipper. Your seam allowance will be approximately 3/8” (0.95cm) from zipper edge, as that's the size of the zipper seam. This new piece with the zipper sewn in will now be referred to as [FRONT POCKET - EXTERIOR].
    9. Place [FRONT POCKET - LINING C] over [FRONT POCKET - EXTERIOR], right sides together.
    10. Pin and sew in place using zipper foot, about 3/8” (0.95cm) from edge of fabric.
    11. Now flip [FRONT POCKET - LINING C] to the back so that it is behind [FRONT POCKET - EXTERIOR]. This piece with LINING C sewn to it will now be called [FRONT POCKET PIECE].
    12. Next, give your fabric a good press and then top stitch the upper part of [FRONT POCKET PIECE], about 1/8" (3mm) below zipper.
    13. Baste [FRONT POCKET PIECE] together on the sides and bottom.
    14. Place [FRONT POCKET PIECE] over [FRONT POCKET - LINING D], right sides of lining together.
    15. Pin top seam of zipper to [FRONT POCKET- LINING D] and sew together.
    16. Now, fold the entire top seam of the zipper down so it’s behind the zipper teeth and press down using medium heat. Make sure your iron isn’t set on high heat otherwise you may melt the zipper!

    SEWING FRONT ZIPPER POCKET TO BAG

    1. Place [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] over [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] matching at the sides and bottom.
    2. Lift up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] until [FRONT POCKET -LINING D] is fully exposed.
    3. Pin [FRONT POCKET - LINING D] to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] and baste on the sides and bottom.
    4. Open the zipper and pin [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET - LINING D] to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A].
    5. Lift up basted piece of [FRONT ZIPPER POCKET] completely away from [FRONT POCKET - LINING D] and sew [FRONT POCKET - LINING D] down to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] along the junction where bottom zipper meets [FRONT POCKET - LINING D], see note 3.
    6. Finally, pin the entire front pocket to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] and baste at the sides and bottom.

    HOW TO SEW CROSSBODY BAG ZIPPER

    1. Mark midline on zipper and [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A].
    2. Place [ZIPPER END] on top edge of [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A], one on each side. Make sure folded edge of [ZIPPER END] are both facing the center.
    3. Put zipper and [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] right sides together, matching at the midpoint. Pin and sew in place, leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25 inch (3cm) from the edge of [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A]. This piece will now be referred to as [FRONT OF BAG], see note 4.
    4. Place [LINING PIECE A] over [FRONT OF BAG], right sides together.
    5. Pin and sew together leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25” (3cm) from the edge. Make sure to back stitch on both ends.
    6. Flip [LINING PIECE A] up and to the back of [FRONT OF BAG]. The zipper and zipper ends will point upwards once [LINING PIECE A] is behind [FRONT OF BAG].
    7. Place [EXTERIOR PIECE B] over this fabric (from step 6), right sides together.
    8. Pin and sew together, again leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25” (3cm) from the edge. Back stitch on both ends.
    9. Now place fabric piece (from step 7) over [LINING PIECE B], right sides of lining together.
    10. Pin and sew together,, leaving both ends unstitched, 1.25" (3cm) from edge. Back stitch at both ends.
    11. Lift [EXTERIOR PIECE B] up so it is away from [EXTERIOR PIECE A].
    12. Next, lift [EXTERIOR PIECE A] up so that it is facing [EXTERIOR PIECE B], right sides together. The wrong side of [LINING PIECE A] will be on the bottom.
    13. At the zipper line, point the seam allowances towards [EXTERIOR PIECE A] and clip (or pin) in place. Do this on the other side as well.
    14. Turn fabric piece so [EXTERIOR PIECE B] is facing you and again point seam allowance towards [EXTERIOR PIECE B].
    15. Clip (or pin) entire bag together, lining to lining and exterior fabric to exterior fabric.
    16. Stitch entire bag together at 1/2” (1.27cm) seam allowance, leaving a 3” (7.62cm) opening at the bottom of lining. Back stitch on both ends of opening.
    17. On the bottom corner of lining, use fabric chalk and clear ruler to mark a 1.25” (3cm) square.
    18. Repeat marking 1.25" (3cm) square on all the corners, both on lining and exterior fabric.
    19. Flip bag to other side so [LINING PIECE B] and [EXTERIOR PIECE B] are facing up and repeat marking corners in the same way.
    20. Cut out all the corners approximately 0.25" (6cm) shy of the corners where you marked (step 17 - 19).
    21. Trim seam allowance to 0.25 in (6mm).

    HOW TO BOX CORNERS ALONG BOTTOM OF BAG

    1. Pull open the corners and make it flat, matching at the side seams.
    2. Match your seam allowances, open them and pin corner in place.
    3. Sew corners together along marking you previously made (step 17 of "HOW TO SEW CROSSBODY BAG ZIPPER").
    4. Repeat in the same way to box other 3 corners that make up bottom of crossbody bag.

    HOW TO BOX CORNERS ALONG TOP OF BAG

    1. Pull open the corner on lining side, flatten the corner and match the side seam. Don’t forget to open up your seam allowance.
    2. Keep holding the lining to keep it flat. Then take your side loop (with D-ring facing down), and slide it into the opening on the exterior side.
    3. Slide side loop all the way into the corner opening on exterior of bag.
    4. Pull open and flatten corner on exterior fabric, making sure to match side seam and open the seam allowance.
    5. Use a clip to hold all the pieces (lining corner, side loop, and exterior corner) together.
    6. Sew corners together along marking you previously made (step 17 of "HOW TO SEW CROSSBODY BAG ZIPPER"). Back stitch a few times to reinforce.
    7. Repeat in the same way and box corner on other side of zipper.

    FINISHING BAG

    1. Turn crossbody bag to right side through opening on lining (step 16 of "HOW TO SEW CROSSBODY BAG ZIPPER")
    2. Close opening using invisible ladder stitch.
    3. Tuck lining into exterior of bag and your bag is done!

    HOW TO SEW BAG STRAP

    1. Cut a long strip of fabric that measures 55” x 3” (140cm x 7.62cm), see note 5.
    2. Next, cut a long strip of interfacing that measures 54” x 2” (137cm x 5cm) and fuse it to the wrong side of fabric.
    3. Fold fabric strip up 0.5”(1.27cm) and press.
    4. Fold fabric strip down 0.5” (1.27cm) and press.
    5. Then, fold entire fabric strip in half along the center and press.
    6. Top stitch first along the open end of the strap. Then, do another row of top stitch along the other long edge. Your top stitch should be about 1/8” (3mm) from the edge.
    7. Bag strap is now finished.

    THREADING BAG STRAP

    1. Gather your supplies to make your strap. You will need the long strap you just sewed and a strap slider.
    2. Fold one end of the strap down 1/2” (1.27cm) and stitch. Repeat on other end. The folded down side of the strap with the raw edges will be referred to as the wrong side of strap.
    3. Take one end of of bag strap and slide it up and over the middle bar of the strap slider. The right side of the strap should be facing up.
    4. Fold strap over itself, wrong sides together, about 1 inch (2.54cm) and pin in place.
    5. Stitch strap down, making sure to back stitch a few times to reinforce.
    6. Also stitch down the first sew line for extra reinforcement.
    7. Take other end of strap, wrong side up, and slide it through one of the D rings on the side loops of bag (doesn’t matter which one).
    8. Pull the strap through and thread it under and over bag slider.
    9. Continue pulling the strap through the slider. Then thread the strap through D-ring on other side of bag, wrong side facing up.
    10. Fold strap over itself 1” (1.27cm) and pin in place.
    11. Sew strap over itself as you did previously. Make sure to backstitch a few times to reinforce.
    12. Your bag is now finished and ready to use!

Notes

NOTE 1: If your fabric is 55-60" wide, you will only need 1/2 yard (0.457M) of exterior fabric. This is because you can cut the bag strap along the width (perpendicular to the selvedge) of the fabric. If your fabric is 44" wide, you will need 1.5 yards (1.4M) in order to cut a 55" length piece to make the bag strap.

NOTE 2: Swivel clips are only necessary if you want to make removable belt strap:

NOTE 3: Remember that you are sewing [FRONT POCKET-LINING D] down to [EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A] following the curve along the zipper.

Note 4: The piece we now refer to as [FRONT OF BAG] consists of:
• Zipper
• Zipper ends (1 on each side)
• EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECE A
• Front zipper pocket

NOTE 5: If you are using 44" wide fabric, cut your fabric strip so that the 55” is measured along (parallel to) the selvedge. I don’t recommend piecing together two fabric strips to get the 55” length as the seam allowance creates bulk which makes it harder to maneuver the strap slider.

If your fabric is 55" or wider, you can cut the fabric strip along the width (parallel to the selvedge) of the fabric.

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