Monday, May 30, 2016

Adding Credit Card Pockets to the free Swoon Patterns Dollie Mini Crossbody Bag



Alicia, owner of Swoon Patterns, has done it again!  Her most recent pattern is the Dollie Mini Crossbody, and she is FREE!!  If you haven't already downloaded the free Dollie Pattern from Swoon Patterns, head over here to grab it!  This tutorial is adding on to the Dollie pattern, so you will need that first!  Also, if you aren't a member already, join the Swoon Patterns Group on Facebook!  It's an awesome group of ladies always willing to help out with any questions, and its a fabulous place to share your finished Swoon Bags and see other's bags!

This bag is tiny, only 6" High x 6" Wide x 2.75" Deep, perfect for summer activities where you don't need much!  In order to save a little room, I wanted to add card slots to mine so I could just skip my wallet altogether.  I'm not the best at tutorials, but I figured others may be interested in adding card slots to their Dollie's too (or any other bag) so here is a super quick tutorial!  Enjoy :)

Measure and cut:
11 inch x 4.25 inch rectangle of lining fabric
3.75 inch x 4.25 inch rectangle of lining fabric
11 inch x 4.25 inch rectangle of featherweight interfacing (not sure which I used since it was just a scrap, just go with a very thin interfacing)

Then iron the interfacing to the back of the larger rectangle. (Ignore those creases in the pic below, because I didn't tell you to do that yet, haha!  I'm not so good at this tutorial stuff!)



Lay your larger rectangle right side down with the long edges at the top and bottom.  Mark a line that is 2.5" from the left short edge.  Mark another line that is 1.75" from that line, then 2.25" from that line, then finally 1.75" from that line.  You'll have 4 lines marked on the back.  (Sorry, but I forgot to take a picture of that!)  Mark them with something that you can iron over.  A very light line in pencil should work fine.


If you look at the above picture, each of those creases is where one line was marked.  At the first line that was 2.5" from the left, fold the fabric wrong sides together and iron to crease.  At the next line, fold the fabric right sides together and iron to crease.  At the third line, fold the fabric wrong sides together and iron to crease.  Finally, at the forth line, fold the fabric right sides together and iron to crease.  Fold all of the creases and press the entire piece well, you should have this:


The folded piece should now be the same size as the smaller rectangle, 3.75 inches x 4.25 inches.

Top stitch along both of the folds that you can see in the above picture at 1/8 inch seam allowance.  Those are the tops of your two card slots.

Now, place your folded card slot panel and the smaller rectangle right sides together, matching all raw edges, and pin (pin well so that your card slots don't shift when you stitch over them).  Sew around the pieces using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Leave a small opening along the bottom edge so you can turn it right side out.  Make sure to backstitch at the start and stop.


Trim the corners, then turn right side out.  Press well, folding in the edges at the opening 1/4 inch.



Fold the card slot panel in half and finger press to mark the center.  Fold a lining main panel in half and finger press to mark the center as well.



Now, lay the card slot panel on top of the lining main panel.  The top of the card panel should be about 1 inch down from the top of the lining main panel and the center creases should be lined up.  Pin in place. 


Now, starting at the top right corner, sew down, across the bottom, and up the left side of the card panel.  Make sure you backstitch at the start and stop!  


Now you have two card slots and a deeper pocket in the back that is perfect for cash!  Complete your Dollie Mini Crossbody according to the directions in the pattern!


This probably isn't the best tutorial, but hopefully it helps you if you'd like to add some credit card pockets to your bag!  Thanks for visiting my "blog" (I say that loosely, because I'm not much of a blogger!)


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12 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this add on. I won't need it for my first 2 because they will be going to my 2 five year old great nieces but definitely will use for those going to older family members

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  2. Great information! Thank You for sharing!

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  3. thank you Creative minds love seeing what others can create. I loved your pictures and instructions.

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  4. Finding it hard to assemble is there a tutorial for this bag d you know?

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  5. Finding it hard to assemble is there a tutorial for this bag d you know?

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    1. I do not know of a tutorial for this bag.

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  6. So I'm looking at this and you have left the opening where you turn the piece right side out un-stitched? Why wouldn't you top stitch all the way around?

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  7. So I'm looking at this and you have left the opening where you turn the piece right side out un-stitched? Why wouldn't you top stitch all the way around?

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    1. The opening for turning is at the bottom. It gets sewn closed when you attach it to the main lining panel.

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  8. I love this blog!! The flash up the top is awesome!!
    Circle Bag

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