Monday, 17 September 2012

Pirate Bag & Treasure Map

 I was under strict instructions for this 'custom' order. He wanted his own bag. For when he did 'pirate things' (he's quite the urban pirate, wouldn't you agree?) like looking for treasure. He needed a space to put his sunglasses because "the sun is very bright on the ocean" and he needed a map. Oh, and NO FLAP, under any circumstances. He wanted it "straight across" for quick, easy access.
"And wrapped, Mum. I want it wrapped please."
So yesterday, during rest time, I set to work.

Thankfully, Sarah Jane's Out to Sea is just perfect for all of the above. If Field Study has become my renewer of inspiration for quilting, this is my motivator for more kids clothes and gifts.

I cut around a single map print from the line, added a ribbon for tying, and backed it with calico.

Then I made an 8x9" lined pocket (I left the wrong seam open for turning the right way out. In case you're following these as instructions, leave the top of the pocket open, turn the right way out and top stitch along the top of the pocket. Then add to the inside, or outside, panel.)

Then I cut a 3" strip, the width of the fabric from these adorable anchors and my stripey lining. (I'm using Racing Stripes from Children at Play) I sewed down each length, turned the right way out, and top-stitched each side.

Here's where I forgot to use my camera because I was half chasing Tully for a good size, half searching online for a good tutorial, and half just trying to guess as I went based on other bag patterns I've followed. I ended up deciding to use 13" squares for the bag body.
I sewed right sides of the bag fabric, then the lining, together. Then, folded each bottom corner seam flat together to create this triangle. I used the width of the strap to determine where to sew across to create my '3D' bag.

Then I placed the strap inside the lining, making sure the lining side of the strap was facing the bag, and slipped the outside bag into the lining, right sides together.

I sewed around the top, leaving a 2" gap to turn the right way out, pressed and top-stitched around the top of the bag, snipped the threads...

And Viola! One happy Pirate. :)

And FYI, I found this tutorial by mmmcrafts really helpful for getting my head around the bottom corners!
This tutorial is for personal use only, thank you!


  1. Aren't you a great Mum! Look at that happy face!

  2. He's over the moon! What a brilliant pressie mamma!

  3. How adorable!! This is such a clever idea!

  4. Such a cute idea! Looks like it was a hit too :)

  5. Gosh what a fun idea! I want to be a pirate now! =D

  6. Cutest pirate ever! What a terrific idea! I love it when kids inspire a project!

  7. That is just adorable! What good mommy!


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