Does Your Book Bag Need to be Waterproof?If you are going to your own Book Bags you might as line it with parka nylon to waterproof the bag from, water bottles and other lunch fluids. As, with all good containers and intentions, accidents happen and containers rupture… All on their own, in a child’s Schoolbag. To be able to save a book and wash and reuse your Book Bag makes it all worthwhile making your own Book Bag for your children… Plus, so cute! Limited only by your imagination.
What You Will Need to Make Your Own Book BagThe Book Bag I make (to sell) has a finished size of 35cm x 44cm. To make one the same size you will need the following:
- 1 x Cotton Fabric (100cm x 37cm)
- 1 x Parka Nylon Fabric (100cm x 37cm)
- 2m Bias Binding (25mm) – See Tutorial on How to make Bias Binding Tape.
- 10cm Velcro Hook & Loop
- Matching Thread
- Tailor Chalk
- Saucer or CD (create rounded edge)
How to Put Your Book Bag TogetherCut out your fabric and nylon, and prepare your bias binding ready to attach.
Place fabric with Wrong Sides Together (WST), pin in place, and zig-zag, or overlock one end together.
FOLD 42cm toward the alternate end of the book bag to envelop the nylon lining within the main fabric.
This will form the shape of the finished book bag.
This will leave room for an overlapping flap, like an envelope, which you can then round the ends ready which will be finished off with bias binding.
MARK both corners with tailor chalk for your cutting guide.
Pin and cut curved edges ready for stitching, prior to attaching bias binding.
This is where you will attach your first piece of bias binding. If your fabric has a pattern, this will be the top of the pattern, as it is the front of the envelope.
Mark halfway with a pin to center the velcro hook.
FOLD velcro hook in half and line it up on the FRONT of the book bag only, and PIN in place.
Pin the velcro hook tab in place before stitching around the edge to attach it to the front panel under the flap without getting the back of the book bag in the way of stitching.
Zig-zag the side seams together and stitch around the perimeter to tidy up edges, before attaching the bias binding.
Now that you have stitched around the edges, trim any untidiness back to the zig-zag edge. FOLD flap, your book bag is now ready to attach the bias binding around the edge.
PIN bias binding to the edge as you go, starting with the BACK of the book bag facing you.
STITCH bias binding to the edge pinning and REMOVING pins as you go, for a tidier finish.
CHECK underside of bias binding to ensure you are catching it as you sew around the EDGE of the book bag.Continue to STITCH around the entire EDGE of the book bag, taking care around the curves, catching the underside as you go.
Now you have completed the entire EDGE turn it over and check that you have caught the underside of the bias binding. If NOT, you can rectify it now before continuing.
You are now ready to attach the velcro loop to the underside of the book bag flap. POSITION the book bag flap where you would like to sit. Fold back to expose the velcro hook, and line up your velcro loop on the book bag flap.
STITCH around the edge of the pinned velcro loop, to attach it to the inside of the book bag flap.
INSIDE view of a completed book bag, ready to close with velcro hook & loop.OUTSIDE view of Completed Book Bag, closed with Velcro Hook & Loop.