With Advent and Christmas holidays coming soon, we might need some little gifts and favors for the kids - or for the inner kid that lives in every crafter/miniaturist. : )
There are probably some cooler satchel tutorials out there, but I really wanted to keep this one as simple as possible. The whole project won't take more than half an hour, therefore being a quick, easy way to create a mini gift for someone you love (dolls included, of course!).
I had a lot of fun with this, and I hope you will enjoy it too! : )
You will need:
- some colorful felt
- a scrap of soft leather
- needle, thread, scissors
- 4 tiny metal rings
- a soft teddy willing to model for you bag ; P
The leather is optional, since you can cut the strings out of fabric or felt, but I think it adds a nice touch to the bag. : )
Step one: cut out a rectangle from felt, and cut of a couple angles to make them round. The size is up to you, but it is important that the shorter side measures a half of the longer one - in my case, 10 cm and 5 cm (or 4 inches and 2 inches). Cut out two smaller pieces (they will be the two sides of the bag), each one long more or less a third of the height of the rectangle.
I chose a bright shade of salmon pink, since I much like colorful bags, but of course the choice is yours! : )
Overlap one of the small pieces to a sharp angle of the bigger rectangle, and start sewing them together.
Keep following the borders, and of course leave the top open. Cut the thread.
Repeat on the other side.
Ok, now your bag shoud look like this.
Optional: you can embroider along the border to add a nice pattern to the bag. Or you can just jump to the next step (I am terrible at embroidering, I know).
Cut out two thin strips of leather to make the strings of the bag. Just make sure that they are thin enought to fit into the tiny rings.
Fix the strings to the bag. Lenght and position of the strings are completely up to you, depending on which style you prefer.
Fix two of the metal rings to the satchel. Be careful, they need to match quite exactly the position of the strings!
We're almost done here. Just cut out a long leather strip..
..and fix a ring at each end.
Last step: fix the rings to the two sides of the bag - you might want to stitch them rather firmly, since the strap needs to be resistant, right?
And that's it! A cute, tiny satchel for your (or your kids') doll. Ain't it lovely? : )