SIMPLE SNAP BAG PATTERN

Simple snap bag

Simple snap bag

This snap bag pattern shows you the most simple way to make a snap bag.  It’s really more of what I would call a purse, but it was such fun that it gave me the impetus to go and make another slightly more elaborate snap bag.




Sew the top fabric on three sides

Sew the top fabric on three sides

Pull the lining tube over the top fabric

Pull the lining tube over the top fabric

Make the basic bag

For this version of the snap bag I cut two 11″ by 8.1/2″ pieces of fabric in both the top fabric and the lining fabric.  With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam, sew together three sides of the two top fabric pieces to create a pouch shape.

Sew together two sides only of the two lining fabric pieces to create a tube shape.  With right sides together pull the lining fabric tube down over the top fabric tube and line up the top edges.

Pull the lining up above the bag

Pull the lining up above the bag

Join the two sections

Sew a 1/4″ seam around the top edge so that you are joining the two tubes to each other.  Pull the snap bag lining fabric tube up so that it is stretched out above the top fabric tube as shown.  The opening is at the top left of the photo, at the end of the blue lining fabric.

Cut the tape for the closure

Cut a length of tape

Cut a length of tape

Wrap the ends of the tape for protection

Wrap the ends of the tape for protection

Meanwhile cut two 10″ lengths from an old metal measuring tape.  Remember to lock the tape measure.  That way you won’t lose the end inside the body of the tape.  Round the edges and wrap in insulating tape.  You could use anything strong that will cover the sharpness of the end of the tape and stop it cutting the snap bag fabric – or you!

Place the tape inside the bag

Push the tape between the lining and the top fabric

Push the tape between the lining and the top fabric

With the snap bag lining still extended, place one length of tape just below the seam and with the numbers facing towards you.  Underneath it place the second length of tape with the numbers facing away from you.  Sew a small hem across the bottom of the lining fabric and push the lining down between the two lengths of tape so that it is in position inside the bag and two lengths of tape are trapped between the lining and the top fabric of the bag.  Pin.

Finish the closure

Use embroidery to hold the tape in place

Use embroidery to hold the tape in place

I had intended to machine sew above and below the tape to hold everything in place.  This proved very difficult so I used embroidery thread instead.  Hand sew a line of running stitch above and below the tape to hold it in place.  That completes the snap bag and you’ll find that it gives a very satisfying snap as the bag opens and closes.

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Comments

  1. thanks.. its simple and very nice pattern.

    mesin jahit singer

  2. Hi Rose,
    I love this tutorial. I need to make larger bags for my product samples. We sell, service, and install blinds, shades and plantation shutters, as well as install draperies and such. We also remove and install wallpaper. I’m getting my business ready to pass on to one of my employees to be his as I will be retiring in 505 days! He asked me to make more updated sample bags than what I have. Most sizes needed are going to be about 10″ x 26 inches finished, with the opening on the 26″ side. The bags must be professional looking yet quick and easy to load and unload. This idea is perfect for that, I hope. Although (not my 1st choice of fabric) the outer fabric will be hunter green or light gray canvas and the inside lining fabric will be a heavier padded upholstery fabric (to protect the product). I’ve been creating company patches with our phone number on them to stitch onto the outside of the bags (before assembling them). I then make luggage tags with the product info to attach to the handles. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for this idea and instructions. I’ll have to make about 20 bags and if they turn out as well as I think they will, I will probably make some bags for different equipment we use in our business. All this is stuff you just can’t buy. THANK YOU!

    • Thanks, Janice – and good luck with your retirement when it arrives: not that you’re counting the days, obviously! Those bags sound really useful – I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful.

  3. Greetings from Winnipeg, Canada.
    I recently got a couple of old upholstery sample books with some lovely fabric swatches in them. I was wondering, do you think this technique with the tape measure would work for change purses? The swatches are perfect for that size.
    Pamela

    • Hi Pamela. I can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t work. Of course, the best option is to make one (they don’t take long to make) and then you can be sure.

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