Weave a little bag

Ready made white cotton shoe bag transformed by weaving a colored fabric into the white fabric and then using decorative stitdhing to secure.
Transform a ready made bag by weaving in beautiful fabric and finishing with decorative stitches

Here is a great way to create something simple that looks difficult.

This was created with a ready made shoe bag but the technique would be the same with yardage that you are going to incorporate into any project.

Supplies for this project:

  • 1 ready made white cotton bag with drawstring top.  You could use 1/2 yard of white fabric instead and then make whatever you want with the resulting woven fabric.
  • 1/2 yard of quilting cotton.  I used Chipper by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.
  • 1 yard fusible knit interfacing
  • June Taylor Shape Cut Ruler or a quilting ruler and marking pen
  • Rotary Cutter, scissors, seam ripper.
  • Iron
  • Twin Needle. I used a 2.5 mm 80/12
  • Clover Wonder clips
  • Extra bobbing to fill with your decorative thread to use with the twin needle.


Step 1:

Cut open sides and bottom of the ready made bag

Cut open the sides and bottom of the ready made bag.  You may decide to use a seam ripper instead to save more of the fabric in the selvage.  Stop cutting about 1 inch below the drawstring at the top of the bag.


Step 2:

Iron fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric on each of the two sides of the bag.

Iron the fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.  Do this for each side of the bag.  This will stabilize the fabric so that it will not ravel when you cut the strips and do the weaving.


Step 3

Position the June Taylor Shape cut ruler on the fabric.

Position the June Taylor Shape Cut ruler on the fabric leaving a space about 1 inch from the bottom of the drawstring at the top. Use the 1/2 inch lines for the cuts.  If you do not have this ruler, then use a quilting ruler and mark and cut lines every 1/2 inch.

After the strips are cut.

Step 4

Iron fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of your contrast fabric.

Iron fusible knit interfacing to the wrong side of the quilting cotton.

Step 5

Cut 1/2 strips in the quilting cotton.

Decide on what will be the “top” of your fabirc, Start cutting at least 1 inch below the top. I left 2 inches. Repeat the steps with the June Taylor Shape Cut ruler to cut 1/2 inch strips into the quilting cotton.

Step 6

Place fabric at right angles to each other.

Using a surface you can pin into, place your fabrics at right angles to each other.  Begin weaving the strips being sure to snug them together well as you go.

Step 7

Repeat on both sides of the bag.
Use Wonder clips to hold the ends of the strips as you weave.

Continue weaving on the other side of the bag.  Hold the ends of each strip with a wonder clip when you get to the bottom.

Step 8

Cover the back side of the woven fabric with another layer of fusible knit interfacing.

Carefully turn the woven fabric over so the wrong side is facing up.  Cover with another layer of fusible knit interfacing.  The product in my photo is Pellon Decobond which also worked just fine.  It made the bag a little bit stiffer than I want yours to turn out but anything you want to use would work.

Press interfacing to the wrong side.

Press the fusible interfacing to the wrong side which will hold all of the woven strips in place.

Step 9

Use a decorate stitch to cover all of the raw edges.

I chose to use a twin needle and a serpentine stitch to cover all of the raw edges.  This is where it is helpful to wind a second bobbin with your decorative thread to stitch with so that you do not need two spools of thread.  Make sure to check with your machine manual on how to correctly thread for twin needle stitching.

The back is almost as pretty as the front!

Here is a photo of the back of the fabric.  This will be the inside of the bag.  Pretty cool looking stitching for the wrong side.

Step 10

Line up edges right sides together and stitch.

Place your bag right sides together and stitch the bottom and sides.  You can choose to finish the edges however you would like. I used an overlock stitch on the sewing machine but a serger would have been a great choice too.  Turn right side out and admire your work!

TaDa! Finished woven bag.

3 thoughts on “Weave a little bag”

  1. Sweet! Where did you find that plain white shoe bag? All the ones I have found on the internet are ugly. Guess I will have to make my own.

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