How to Sew an Origami Beach Bag
Create this simple origami beach bag as an accessory for your casual, summer look using our new fat quarter range available online and in store at Hobbycraft! The following tutorial is written by our haberdashery expert, Kathi, during which she explains a technique that can be applied to fabric of any pattern.
1. Wash and Iron your fabrics. Using a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat, cut two 16.5″ x 17″ pieces (these will be pieces A and B) and cut one 17″ x 17″ piece (this will be piece C).
2. Cut a 5.5″ x 3.5″ piece for the bags handle.
3. Wrong sides together, pin piece B to piece A and sew with a 1cm seam allowance.
4. Trim your seam allowance down and press to one side.
5. Fold along this seam so that your pieces are now right sides together and sew with a 5mm seam allowance. Press this seam down and top stitch using a decorative zig-zag stitch.
6. Repeat the above steps to join the other end of piece B to piece C.
7. Once you have joined all of your pieces, hem all 4 sides of the rectangle. Fold 5mm down, then another 5mm fold and topstitch the hem down with a zig-zag stitch. Press well.
8. Now it’s time for the fun origami part! Fold each end of the rectangle as shown in the pictures, press and sew along the folded edge with a 5mm seam allowance. Press again.
9. Bring the bottom right corner up on the next fold, again use the picture for reference. Pin and sew with a 5mm seam allowance. Turn the back over and repeat.
10. To create the box corners, measure up 4cm from each of the corner points and mark with a fabric marker or chalk. Sew along this line.
11. Next it’s time to create your handle. Take the 5.5″ x 3.5″ piece, press 5mm down along each of the short sides and topstitch.
12. Right sides together, sew using a 1cm seam allowance. Press the seam down.
13. Turn the right way round and press the seam.
14. To attach your handle to the bag, gather the two pointed ends and insert into the handle piece. There should be a little bit of gather on each side. Pin and topstitch down, going over a few times to make the handle extra strong.
15. Finally give you bags seams one final press and you are done!