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How To Make a Square Bottom Bag – DIY Fashion Tutorial with video

As promised, the very first WhatTheCraft video tutorial is here!

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Check it out for step by step instructions for making a square bottom bag.

And while you’re at it, go subscribe to my YouTube channel!  There are lots more tutorials to come (including applique, inserting snaps, and t-shirt collars)!

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This tutorial was filmed using a Creative Labs Vado HD Digital Video Camera, a Canon Rebel (for still shots), and edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio.

26 comments to How To Make a Square Bottom Bag – DIY Fashion Tutorial with video

  • Mothra

    Glad to see that you don’t practice what you preach. Yes indeed, irons make for crisp sewing and flat seams. A little hot heavy metal is always a good idea, no? Thanks for the toots!

  • Thanks again for the tutorial! I finished my bag a few weeks ago! There’s a pic here: http://sugarandpaper.blogspot.com/2011/07/square-bottom-bag.html

  • Jen

    You are awesome and are single-handedly teaching me to sew. I am trying to convince my husband that groceries are just silly and I’d rather have one of your awesome coats! I was wondering, though, if I were to attempt to put a zipper on that there square bottomed bag, when would be the best time to do that?

  • Jen

    Thanks so much! I completely lost my zipper nerve this time and just went with a button. My button hole left much to be desired but, I swear, next time I WILL use a zipper. :)

  • faye r goudreau

    really like your stuff. I get the samecomments about my sewing and painting.

  • Elana

    Thanks! I enjoyed;D Funny Girl.

  • Chris

    I love your tutorials. They are so easy to follow and even though Im still a beginner, everything I make by following your tutorials I can actually wear or use afterwards. I may be totally getting ahead of myself here, but when might you be putting up some new tutorials for winter clothes?

    • Lex

      Thanks, Chris! While I hope to have some up soon (I’ve got a big list of ideas and tons of tutorials already filmed, just not edited together), but I’ll be moving over the next month, so it might be a while before there’s a lot of new tutorials… :P

  • Chris

    Oh ok, good luck with your move and I’ll just keep checking back. I haven’t had alot of luck with other tutorials. Usually the ending product turns out crooked or the seems don’t match up or something. I might just try some of the other ones to practice until you get everything straight. Until then….

  • I LOVE the tote!! Absolutly darling. How big does the gosset have to be to make it bigger, say 3 in. bigger?

    • Lex

      If you want the whole bag to be bigger, you don’t really need to adjust the gusset unless you want a deeper bag. Just add 1.5″ to the sides and bottom of your bag and cut the gusset the same as in the tutorial.

      But if you want the gusset to be 3 inches deeper, add 1.5 inches to each side and the bottom, and cut the square notches for the gusset 1.5 inches wider. (So instead of 2″ x 2″ notches, they would be 3.5″ x 3.5″).

  • Tiffany

    hi, this tutorial was amazing. i have sewed bags before but the bottoms always came out weird, so thank you for the help. and as a child of the 80′s i do know what Popples are. lol :)

  • Glad to see that you don’t practice what you preach. Yes indeed, irons make for crisp sewing and flat seams. A little hot heavy metal is always a good idea, no? Thanks for the toots!

  • Erita

    Awesome! I wish I had seen this tut about 2 weeks ago when I was sewing a bag…. No square bottom on that bag but my next one will! Thank you and hoping to see MANY more in the future!

  • JUDY

    Superior instructions to many of the tutorials I’ve seen! With the exception of “what’s a gusset?” it’s nice that you don’t assume a higher level of sewing knowledge and explain each step and process in clear understandable english very well. You also anticipate your students questions & concerns. I love your sewing machine too. Thanks for making sewing look achievable for everyone.

    • Lex

      Thanks, Judy! It’s funny that you mentioned “what’s a gusset?”, because I’d intended to try to explain it! I finally gave up, not being able to come up with a practical explanation. :D

  • Rachel

    I made a lovely double wine tote for a wedding gift for my friend. Your tutorial was so helpful. I watched the different steps over again as I made the bag. Your instructions were so clear and helpful. The video was very well done. I added a fabric wrapped piece of cardbord for the bottom of my tote. I also added their initals and a heart as appliques from your other tutorial. It turned out really nice. Wish I could post a picture. Thank you!!

  • Maoni

    Just watched this video and wanted to thank you for your straightforward, on point, and clear instructions. I’m making a bag (from a commercial pattern) and I was stuck because the pattern instructions are confusing and unclear. I watched your video, and you explained in under 15 minutes what has taken me hours to try to figure out. Now it makes sense. Thank you for making/sharing this tutorial! Question: have you made a similar bag with a flap, and, if so, is there a tutorial for it?

  • Lex,
    You are one smart cookie. I’m 65 yrs. old and this one tut has taught me a lot. Who says you can’t teach an old gal new tricks! I wish I could send you a pic of the tote I made. It turned out gorgeous. I’ll try on gmail. Thanks for sharing your skills. You’re a very good teacher.
    Keep up the good work!
    Lin

  • Awesome as always. That’s why I love Whatthecraft.

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