Lotus Bag revisited

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This isn’t a tutorial for the Lotus bag.  This isn’t even a pattern.  But here are some basic instructions on how to make it since so many people asked.  I wouldn’t recommend using these instructions for making your first bag, but if you’ve made a bag before, there’s a strong likelihood that you can make this bag for yourself!  All seams are 1/2″ and all measurements noted are on the straight line.  There are no curve measurements.

1. Here’s the basic shape of the interior pattern piece.  Cut 2.  Sorry, I don’t even remember how to measure an arc:

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 2. Fuse interior pieces with a fusible fleece cut 1/2″smaller all around.

3. Then for the  exterior panels, I used the same shape but added 1/2″ seams to each panel so that it would measure the same when sewn up with a 1/2″ seam.  Cut 2 of each piece.

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4. Fuse interfacing on exterior fabric pieces.

5. Put a pocket on an inside panel (or two) if you want to.

6. Attach magnetic snap now if desired.

7. Sew interior pieces together, right sides together.

8. Assemble exterior panels.

9. Sew exterior pieces together, right sides together.

10. Clip corners on interior and exterior.

11. Place interior inside exterior, right sides together.

12. Sew around the top, leaving a 4″ hole for turning in the middle and four 1″ holes where the strap handles will go in.  I put my straps right on the seam where the different fabrics lined up at the top of the bag.

13. Turn right side out.

14. Press crisp seams around the top of the bag.

15. Slip leather handles into opennings (My leather straps were cut to 24″ long)

16. Edgestitch along the top of the bag, securing straps into place and closing up 4″ opening as you go.

Do not be tempted to put one long strap on the side seams of this bag.  It will not hold it’s shape this way and will collapse.  Believe me, I know.

If you have questions, leave me a comment and I’ll try to update the post to make it more clear.

35 thoughts on “Lotus Bag revisited

  1. This is awesome! I have been gathering some fabrics in anticipation of trying this bag–and now I have some help! Thanks for posting the instructions.

  2. Yay! Thank you so much. This is now on my very long to-do list.

    I found some leather straps at the “farm store,” but they were very pricey. Like $30 for a little bit, so this bag may have to wait.

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  5. would there be any reason why you couldn’t place the straps inside the piece when sewing the inside and outside together instead of leaving the 4 holes for them? I really love this bag and plan on making one but I want to know if there was a reason you waited to put the straps on.

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  7. hi
    i want to visit your bagaholic shop here in manila,,the problem is,i dont know your address,can you please call me in this number or txt me 09105775592,or just e-mail at my e-mail add,,tell me the exact place of your shop… thank you

  8. hi
    i want to visit your bagaholic shop here in manila,,the problem is,i dont know your adress,can you please call me in this number or txt me 09105775592,or just e-mail at my e-mail add,,tell me the exact place of your shop… thank you

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  10. i’m enjoying your site. the bag looks easy, i just got back with the fabric for the bag. looking forward to enjoying my new bag.

    thanks

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  13. Hi there
    I came across your bag from a link on a sew mama sew forum. I really love the look of it and I have some lovely no-sew red leather straps BUT… i am really a noveice sewer and have only made a couple of bags. Could I ask you just to let me know details of the pockets ie. where did you position them & how etc.
    I thought this would make a lovely present for my mother for mothers day
    Thanks again & sorry for being so thick!

  14. Hi ~ I love the bag, thanks for sharing! Could you let me know your source for the leather handbag handles as they make the bag so rich.

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  17. Check out the thrift stores for leather skirts. I usually never pay more than $7 dollars or so. Depending the size, I can make quite a few handles for bags.

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