Itty Bitty Boxy Bags are SUCH a fun item to make, gift and use. They're the perfect size to carry the absolute bare necessities, and you can easily add a clasp or keychain and coil bracelet to them, to wear on your wrist. They are especially great as dog walking waste bag holders, by simply adding a 12mm grommet.
The latest templates from OklaRoots will help you make the new and improved size. Still small and adorable, but big enough to easily store IDs and credit cards, as well as other small trinkets. Full video tutorial using these templates is coming soon to the OklaRoots Youtube Channel.
To watch full construction of this bag, please refer to this original video. Construction is the same, but this blog post will help you better understand the markings on the templates.
The set comes with 3 templates. One for a full panel exterior using one piece of fabric, another for the two pieces of lining (you could also use this to create an exterior piece with directional fabric, directions below), and finally a small square for the tab as well as markings to help you box the corners.
The templates have engraved markings to help you see where your fabric will end up the finished product. 3/8" seam allowances run along the tops (you could also use a 1/4" seam allowance, if more comfortable). Dashed lines show you where the top, side and bottom lie. Both the full panel and lining panel have a 12mm hole cute, for grommet placement, if needed. This hole can also be used to help you center and place a bag tag.
If you find the templates are a bit slippery, I highly suggest trying out this Grippy Non-Slip Coating from Odif. Spray it on the bottom side lightly, let dry, and it will prevent your templates from sliding around.
Templates are not only useful for lining up fabric, but also cutting out the pieces. As long as you have control and can keep the template in place, you can use a rotary cutter to simply glide along the side and cut the material.
If you're not comfortable doing this or find them too slippery, then use the template for pattern placement and trace with a fabric pen, and then use preferred cutting tool.
If using a directional print and two pieces for the exterior, make sure to sew the bottoms together at a 1/4" seam allowance, and press open the seam. Then continue using the newly made larger rectangle as you would the full panel exterior.
Make sure to use the hole cut in the main panels to mark placement for your grommet and/or bag tag.
You can also use the grid lines to help you see if your bag tag will fit on the narrow side.
Sew on your bag tag.
Sew the bag together as shown in this tutorial. Stop before boxing the corners and continue with the photos below.
Once the bag is sewn, flip so the lining is right side out and exterior is inside. Create a triangle on the corner, making sure the side seam is running perpendicular and down the center of the triangle. Use the tab template to line up the triangle sides with the corners, and the seam along the center line. Use a fabric marking tool and draw the bottom line along the material. Place a clip on this corner to hold in place. Repeat for all four corners, and sew right on top of those marked lines.
If installing a grommet, make sure to cut through both the exterior and the lining pieces. I prefer a 12mm grommet, and I use the cutting and setting tools from Kam Snaps to cut the hole and set the grommet.
And there you go! Easy peasy and quick! And this new size should make it much easier to store IDs and credit cards, making this bag perfect for quick trips, traveling, teachers, kids, you name it!
I hope you love making these as much as I do!