The S2 Bag Tutorial

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Meet the S2.




The idea for the S2 bag has been mulling around in my head for a while.  It’s a very simple bag with one strap that crosses the bag (front to back).  It’s functional and easy to make and can be sewn up quickly.  So here it is.

Jump to the end of this post for the giveaway!   The Giveaway is now closed.

What you’ll need:



Front and back panels: 13″ x 14″, cut 2 of main fabric (interfaced) and cut 2 of lining
Bottom:  13″ x 4″, cut 1 of main fabric (interfaced) and cut 1 of lining
Sides:  14″ x 4″, cut 2 of main fabric (interfaced) and cut 2 of lining
Tabs:  2.5″ x 4″, cut 4 of main fabric
Strap:  4″ x 36″, cut 1 of main fabric (interfaced)

2 “O” rings or “D” rings with a center opening of at least 1″.
Magnetic snap and scrap of interfacing (for optional snap closure)

All seam allowances are 1/2″.

Start by marking the wrong side of the bottom piece with dots 1/2″ in from the corners in each direction.  Do this for all four corners.



Pin the bottom to one of the front pieces (right sides together).  Sew between the points you marked on the bottom.


Repeat on the other side of the bottom.


Mark the wrong side of the two side pieces with dots 1/2″ in from the corners on the bottom.


Attach the side piece to the short edge of the bottom (right sides together) and sew between the dots.


Trim the corners of the bottom at a 45 degree angle.


Turn the side and pin to the front edge of the bag (right sides together) like this:


Sew along the edge (starting at the dot on the bottom) all the way up the side.  Repeat for the other three sides.


Place this aside and repeat for the lining leaving a 4″ opening in the bottom for turning.


If you want to add a magnetic closure, iron a small square of interfacing to the top, center of the lining (on the wrong side) and attach the magnetic closure per manufacturers instructions approximately 1.5″ from the top (in the center).


Now we’ll add the “O” rings.  Take your tabs and place them right sides together.  Sew on each long side to create a tube.  (Shown on the left of the photo.)  Turn right side out.  Iron flat. (Shown on the right of the photo.)


Fold tabs in half and place an “O” ring on each tab.


Pin in place 2″ in from side seam on the front of the bag (facing down toward the bottom of the bag).


Pin the other tab on the opposite face, 2″ in from the opposite side seam.


Baste tabs onto the front and back of the bag.


With right sides together, pin the lining inside the outer bag like this.


Sew around the top of the bag.  Turn it inside out.


Iron the top edge flat and baste around the top edge of the bag close to the edge.

The handle:

Fold the handle in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together.


Open it up and fold both outer edges to the center fold line and iron again.


Fold in half again at original fold line and iron.



Sew down the side of the handle with a 1/8″ seam.  Repeat sew line on the other side for symmetry.


To attach the handle simply fold handle a couple of inches from the bottom and put it around the “O” ring.  Fold the raw edge under again a little bit.  Sew in place.  Repeat for the other side making sure the strap isn’t twisted.


Stitch up your turning hole on the inside of the bag (by hand) and you’re done!

Finished bag measures: 13″ h x 12″ w x 3″ d

Now for the Giveaway!!  I’m giving a lucky reader this purple S2 bag!  Each person can enter up to two times (here’s the rules):


To enter simply leave a comment on this blog.  To have a second chance, follow my blog and tell me you do in a second comment (whether through blogger or an RSS feed).  Make sure you leave your email address!  The giveaway ends Friday, August 27th at 10:00 pm CST. 



40 Comments on The S2 Bag Tutorial

  1. Tanya
    August 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM (7 years ago)

    I like the one-strap design. Cute!

  2. Mad About Pink
    August 18, 2010 at 2:58 AM (7 years ago)

    cool idea! I’m definitely in!
    Jess (

  3. Mad About Pink
    August 18, 2010 at 3:04 AM (7 years ago)

    nad I’m a follower of course 🙂

  4. Nicole
    August 18, 2010 at 8:44 AM (7 years ago)

    What a great bag! love the fabric. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Nicole
    August 18, 2010 at 8:45 AM (7 years ago)

    just became a follower!

  6. annette
    August 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM (7 years ago)

    Vanessa, I just found your blog from Craft Gossip and I am really impressed! I will be a loyal follower, as your designs are great.
    Love the batik new bag tutorial also.

  7. Sandy
    August 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM (7 years ago)

    What a neat bag… I would so love to win it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. nanaandpapa1
    August 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM (7 years ago)

    nice idea, I’m printing it to remind myself to make one. thanks for sharing

  9. Randi
    August 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM (7 years ago)

    Oh! Oh! That purple bag is to die for! My favorite color. I love the one strap design too. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    foreignquang at gmail dot com

  10. Laura
    August 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM (7 years ago)

    I love your bag! Very pretty! What a neat strap too!

  11. Laura
    August 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM (7 years ago)



  12. mummsie
    August 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM (7 years ago)

    My dear, your color choices are the cats meow. Lov it!!. Really cute pattern to. Maybe I’ll add some dangley beadey things too. Hope I win, but good luck to all of you!

  13. April
    August 20, 2010 at 5:59 AM (7 years ago)

    V. Love the bag. It is so cute and I am not a bag person.

  14. karens
    August 20, 2010 at 8:37 AM (7 years ago)

    Love the bag, and I would love to follow your blog!!

  15. Mimi
    August 20, 2010 at 9:26 AM (7 years ago)

    Love the bag, love the purple fabric!! I think that I can make one of these, thanks for sharing you are awesome!!

  16. Mimi
    August 20, 2010 at 9:26 AM (7 years ago)

    I am a follower and look forward to your posts!!

  17. Carolyn in Kentucky
    August 22, 2010 at 12:40 AM (7 years ago)

    I love the single cross-over strap on this wonderful bag.

  18. Carolyn in Kentucky
    August 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM (7 years ago)

    I subscribed to your RSS feed and look forward to your posts.

  19. lips
    August 22, 2010 at 4:56 AM (7 years ago)

    I love the tutorial – thanks for the chance to win such a great bag. I Love the color and the strap.

  20. lips
    August 22, 2010 at 4:57 AM (7 years ago)

    I am a new follower

  21. withduckandgoose
    August 22, 2010 at 8:23 AM (7 years ago)

    this is such a cute bag! as a novice sewer, i see stuff like this and i just can’t wait to be able to do the same! thanks for the inspiration and motivation to keep going.

  22. Martha
    August 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM (7 years ago)

    Love the purple bag!

  23. Martha
    August 22, 2010 at 5:39 PM (7 years ago)

    I’m a follower.

  24. Valéria
    August 23, 2010 at 4:10 PM (7 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Its very well explained.

  25. Suzanne
    June 10, 2011 at 7:18 AM (6 years ago)

    I love this idea and especially the circle rings on the strap.


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