Instructions for making Main Street Bag





Bag size is approx: 35 x 9.5 cm or 13.7 x 3.7 inches



I have learnt over the years to allow for far more fabric than you need due to things going wrong :)

  • 2 meters or 2.2 yards of Medium weight tear away stabilizer
  • 2 meters or 2.2 yards of Thin wadding
  • 2 meters or 2.2 yards of Floriani's Stitch N Shape (Use for adding shape, form and/or dimension to tote bags) I use this product but if you prefer another product I leave that up to you, I have no affiliation with this product, it is just the one I prefer.
  • 2 meters or 2.2 yards of white cotton fabric
  • 1 meter or 1 yard of stripped green fabric for the top of the bag
  • 1 meter or 1 yard of green spotted fabric for the lining
  • Assorted haberdashery items
  • Small tassel or dingle dangle


Stitch out the following designs

  • Main Street_01
  • Main Street_02
  • Main Street_03
  • Main Street_04
  • Main Street_05
  • Main Street_06
  • Main Street_07
  • Main Street_08
  • Main Street_09_Top (Stitch 2)

  • Main Street_10_Top (Stitch 2)
  • Main Street_11_Top_side
  • Main Street_12_Base
  • Main Street_13_base_side (Stitch 2) Please Take Note


When you have finished stitching each panel for the top and base please mark on the back of the panels which panel is which otherwise it can be confusing.





  • Hoop together white cotton fabric, thin wadding and the medium weight tear away stabilizer
  • Insert your hoop into your machine
  • Now lay under the your hoop the Stitch N Shape (you cannot hoop this product as it is just too thick)
  • Press the button on your machine to do an automatic stitch around the inside of your hoop to hold everything together
  • Now start stitching each of the designs
  • Once you have finished stitching all the designs out it is time to cut each panel along the outside of each satin stitch border




Cutting away from the satin stitch border using scissors




Zigzag stitch each panel together using the same coloured thread as you used for the satin stitch border. The photo above showing you the zigzag stitch holding the panels together




The photo above shows you the layout of each design panel




Close up of showing you the layout of each design panel





Close up of showing you the layout of each design panel




Close up of showing you the layout of each design panel





Before I zigzagged the base panels to the rest of the panels I started by adding the black and white gingham petite piping to the top of the bag




  • Using a hot glue gun and gluing the black and white rickrack over the satin stitch that joins the main street panels to the top panels
  • Over the top of the rickrack I then hot glued the flowers




The above photo showing you the flowers hot glued to the rickrack




The above photo showing you the layout for the base panels after I had zigzagged the panels together




The above photo showing you the type of haberdashery I used on the bag




The photo above showing you the two side panels




Zigzag stitch the main street panels together with the base panels starting with one of the two side panels and ending like I have in the photo with the other side panel




Stitch the side panel to the last panel




I used the larger purse feet. You can purchase from the following URL




  • Measure how far in you would like the feet for both ends of the bag
  • Insert the 2 large purse feet into the bag where you had marked




  • Measure the bag for the lining, I always make the lining slightly larger both width and length, you can always just pleat the extra bit of lining at a corner or where ever it best suites you
  • Iron the lining and fold over the top and stitch




Mark the centre on the front and back of the lining




Cut some of the left over Stitch N Shape larger than the magnetic snaps and pin to both sides of the lining where you marked the centre, making sure you do this on the wrong side of the lining




Measure the distance of the two spokes and mark




Using a sharp blade cut where you marked for each side




Hammer the two spokes down




Pin your lining to the bag matching up the centre of the bag with the lining then stitch the lining to the bag




On the outside of the bag I stitched the black and white gingham ruffle over the stitching that I had previously done for the lining. I then added a pretty dingle dangle at the corner as this covers up where I could not stitch on the machine. This was where I joined the front and side panels and the join was a little too thick for the machine




I hot glued the flowers over the top of the stitching for the lining just to give the bag a nice finish




Using the centre mark on both the front and back of the bag mark as to the distance you would like to hammer your bag handles into your bag. I do like this type of bag handle as it is so easy to do and I just love easy at times :)


I do hope you enjoyed making the “Main Street” bag






Instructions for making the pink “Main Street” bag




Bag size is approx: 35 x 26 cm or 13.7 x 10.2 inches



  • 1 meter or 1 yard of pink linen fabric
  • 1 meter or 1 yard of thin wadding
  • 1 meter or 1 yard of medium weight stitch and tear stabilizer
  • ½ meter or ½ yard of contrasting fabric for the top of the bag
  • Haberdashery of your choice
  • Two handles
  • 1 magnetic snap


Stitch out the following designs:

  • Main Street_14
  • Main Street_16
  • Main Street_20 Please Note
  • The above 3 designs were my choice for the bag but you can use any combination that you wish from Main Street_14 to Main Street_21


  • Print out any 3 designs of your choice in “Actual Size”
  • Mark on the pink fabric the centre and rule a line across using a marker pen
  • From the centre position place each of the 3 prints as to how you would like the layout, then placing the centre point of each print on the centre point of the pink fabric you had marked using your marker pen


The following photos showing you the layout of the bag












After you have stitched out your designs you can then cut out the fabric, what I did was to double the fabric over before cutting out the following measurements for the bag but you can either make the bag larger or smaller, that I leave up to you

Measurements for the front and back pink fabric of the bag

  • Length 35cm or 13.7 inches
  • Width 37.5 cm or 14.7 inches

Measurements for the black and white poker dot fabric

  • Length 8cm or 3.1 inches
  • Width 37.5cm or 14.7 inches




  • Stitch the contrasting fabric of your choice to the pink fabric
  • Stitch both the front and back together on all three sides




To make box corners

  • Flatten the bottom corner to make your bag bottom flat, hold one of the bottom corner of the exterior and match the side seam line with the bottom seam line (have a good look into your bag to see if the side seam and the bottom seams meet and flow into one another) Completely flatten the bag corner to form a triangle and pin.
  • Measure and mark your chosen flat bottom depth...I would for example, if you want your bag bottom to be 5 cm (1.9 inches) in depth. To make your bag bottom 5cm (1.9 inches) deep all you have to do is measure and mark a line that is 90 degrees to the side seam and is 5 cm (1.9 inches) long across the width of the triangle
  • You can make a mock up to see how you flat bottom will look on your bag, experiment with a piece of paper




Stitch flat bottom along the bottom line mark you made. Be sure to sew securing stitches at both ends to finish, trim off any excess fabric from the triangle, please not too close to the seam




The following photos are from the Manchu Bag but these photos show you a clearer way to make the box corners even though the measurements are very different you still come out with a similar result















Showing you the base of the Bag




Close up of the base




You can purchase similar handles on the following website:

  • Using the contrasting fabric for the handles
  • Length of fabric cut out four 18cm or 7.8 inches
  • Width 11 cm or 4.3 inches
  • Fold over on both sides the length of fabric and press down with an iron and stitch the two sides together
  • Fold the fabric over the handle and stitch down at the end of the fabric




To have a nice even seam at the top of the bag I stitched along the top about 5/8 inches




I used the iron to press down where I had previously stitched




  • Measure the centre of the front and back of the bag and mark
  • Measure the centre of the loop you had made for the handle
  • Join the two centres and pin






Fold over where you had stitched once again using your iron to press the seam down




Fold over where you had stitched once again using your iron to press the seam down




  • Make the lining for the bag
  • Hand sew the lining to the bag
  • Then using your sewing machine sew around the top and then take out all your hand stitching




I added the roses just to give the bag an added finish, I hot glued the roses onto the front of the bag