Obrazek nagłówka




I started male sewing classes with a sailing bag, and while the boys didn’t really like the striped canvas I bought specially for making the sailing bags (they preferred the raw cotton cloth instead – can you believe it?) I was left with a small bale of this fabric. Fortunately the raw cloth can be dyed, which we actually did. Anyway, the girls also wanted to make a sailing bags, which they find cooler than a regular shopping bag.  Additionally, I also held a workshop in Outlet Tkanin in Czerniakowska (watch this place closely as it’s going to be a really cool place, I’m sure) on how to make a sailing bag so I decided to make a proper tutorial on this subject. Where there’s a will, there’s the way:

Summer holidays, trips, walks and lying on the beach – that’s all ahead of you shortly. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just throw everything you need into a nice new sailing bag?

This simple bag which can also be worn as a rucksack is quite versatile, as depending on your imagination and the choice of colours and embellishments it can be men’s or women’s accessory or even worn by children. That’s how to make it:


You need:

  • 1 metre of durable, heavyweight fabric or 2 metres of sunbed canvas (it’s a narrow kind of fabric so you’re going to use more of it),
  • 1 metre of cotton lining,
  • 2 metre of a rope,
  • zip 20 cm,
  •  flex foil or self adhesive foil and fabric paints,
  • scissors, threads, pins, measuring tape, fabric marker and safety-pin.





I’m going to make my sailing bag using the wrong side of the fabric as a right one – the linen, natural colour warp on the wrong side is more visible and gives the effect of a ‘frozen’ colour.

Prepare the pattern: 22 cm x 40 cm rectangle, draw an isosceles triangle along its sorter side (the height of the triangle 11 cm), there are the measurements of a bag for an adult.

Copy this form on the fabric four times with longer sides adjoined and triangles directed downwards so you get a reversed crown shape. I had to make my triangles separately as my fabric was only 45 cm wide. Cut out the shape adding seam allowance. Cut identical form out of the lining. Cut out a belt of fabric 90 cm x 12 cm you’ll use it to make a tunnel for a rope for closing the bag. Cut out 10 cm x 12 cm rectangle (a rope stopper) and 10 cm x 20 cm rectangle (a rope loop). Cut out a rectangle for pocket of lining:  26 cm x 20 cm rectangle,  and cut it away lengthwise – the zip will be there (see picture below).




Make a pocket: secure the edges with overlock. Sew the cut-away edges together leaving the extra margin of fabric 1,5 cm wide, lock this seam additionally at zipper edges: put the zipperalong seam and mark where it starts and ends – there should be additional locks on the seam. Press the seam spreading the margins of the fabric, and place a zip on them with zip’s front side facing the seam. Sew in the zip using the zip foot. Turn pocket to the other side and remove the seam along the zip using the seam reaper.




Iron press the edges of the pocket inside. And sew it onto the lining along the middle of the lining, approximately 6 cm from the top.




Sew up a loop, rope stopper and prepare a tunnel.

The loop: fold the longer edges 1 cm and press the rectangle lengthwise so that the folded edges are together and sew the edges together.  Fold the belt widthwise and press it.

A stopper: fold the longer edges 1cm, press them inside and stitch along the folding.

A tunnel: secure the shorter edges with the overlock fold them 1 cm inside and stitch. Then fold the whole belt lengthwise.




We’re going to print an artwork on themain fabric. I made this simple anchor artwork, I cut it out of a flex foil using ScanNcut plotter and placed it on in the middle of the bag.




I pressed the artwork with an iron 160 Celsius hot, pressing it gently for 17-20 seconds. Remember to remove the transport foil while it’s still hot. If you don’t have a plotter you can cut out the artwork stencil using scissors or knife and press it onto the fabric through a piece of cloth so that the foil sticks closely to the fabric. Fill the foil stencil with a paint and once the paint is dry remove the stencil and press the paint with an iron. You can find more details in post about t-shirt (HERE).




Sew up the bag, fold the hems of the crown inside so that each of the triangles is adjacent to another – you’ll get half a crown made of double layer and with a slit opening in the outer shell of the fabric. Sew up the sides of the left and right triangle and secure them with the overlock.




Spread the triangles so that the seam you just made is situated in the middle. Place the triangles on the left hand side with those on the right hand side, so that the unsewn sides of the triangles touch each other, and so that the left hand seam is placed on the right-hand one (check pictures below). Sew up the sides of the triangles and start sewing up the side of the bag along the distance of 2 cm. In this place put the loop between two layers of the fabric, so that the folding of the loop is on the inside of the bag and the side edges of the bag are together with the raw edges of the loop. Stitch all the layers together three times, to get a strong seam, and continue sewing till the very end of the side hem.






Sew up the lining leaving a small opening in the bottom of the bag and turn the lining to its right side.




Turn the bag inside out and pin up the tunnel around the inside of the bag so that the raw edges of the bag and the belt were together. Place the lining (on its right side) inside the bag and also pin it up around the bag’s opening – the tunnel should be ‘hidden’ between the lining and the bag’s outer shell. The lining and the outer shell should face each other right sides.




Stitch up all four layers (the outer shell, two layers of the tunnel and the lining).




Turn the bag to its right side through the unsewn hole you left.




Now you can stitch the unsewn slit folding the seam allowances inside.




Put the lining inside the bag. Press the edge of the bag inside and stitch it 5 mm below the tunnel.




Pull the rope into a tunnel and than through the loop at the bottom of the bag. Tie ends of the rope together and secure each of the ending by winding a thick thread around each of them to prevent fraying. Fold the  rectangle around the rope to get two tunnels through which the rope can slight (not too freely though) and stitch them as close to the edge as possible to get a working stopper.




It’s done, you can get packed!




This tutorial has been prepared for you by Janek