by Frances Pawley
Four rectangular pieces of teddy fabric and a six inch wide strip to go around to make it into a 'bag'. I used half inch wide polyester to give the bag a padded feel. (Cut and work with the polyester at the same time).
On the inside 'bag' I attached an interior pocket- running full length, which I cut in half with a machine line - and on the outside I attached two pockets, one flat (which I trimmed with ribbon loops) ,and one with a small amount of elastic (not too tight) in it to go neatly around the side. Making one 'bag' and then the other out of two pieces of fabric each, I then lay one bag inside the other in order to avoid seams. (You need to leave one seam unsewed when doing this, then slip stitch when it's all in place.
The straps (choose your own length) were made with 4.5. width of fabric (make sure teddies run the same way) and vilene to stiffen them slightly. These were attached to the front and another set to the back. A flap for closure was made, trimming it with red ribbon loops, and two press studs hold it closed. I machined around the top of the bag and then finished it with a small red ribbon bow.
A little bit fiddly, but well worth doing and much cheaper than those in the shops.
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