The MummyGo Bag

I am calling this the MummyGo Bag because it is perfect for you mums out there, grabbing stuff and always on the go.  I wanted a medium sized bag that could hold my stuff and be easily accessible.  It is also very easy to make and takes almost under an hour from start to finish.  The corners aren’t rounded and the handle can be pulled to give it a gathered look that is so sweet.  You can carry it on your shoulder or hold it easily, whatever your style is.

First of all you will need to get your materials ready.

You will need:

  • 2 40 x 40 cm squares from the outer fabric
  • 2 40 x 40 cm squares from the lining fabric
  • 1 strip 80 cm x 15 cm for the handle
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread and an hour of free time
  • This MummyGoBag pattern piece
Fold your squares and using the pattern piece pin it on the fold in the top corner and cute it out on all 4 squares.  You should now have 4 U shaped pocket peices and 4 big U shaped squares (well almost U shaped)
Pin one outer pocket piece to one lining piece right sides together.  Repeat for the other two pieces.  These will be your pockets.
Sew them together leaving an inch or two for turning.  Remember to start with a back stitch and end with a back stitch so that they don’t come apart while turning.  Clip the corners and trim any extra fabric so they don’t bulk up.
Turn inside out and press ( you can ignore pressing but trust me it will make your life easier)
Pin the pockets to the right side of the main bag pieces and sew all around.  Remember the open part you kept for turning, make sure it is at the bottom so you can sew over it.
Sew the pockets and remember to back stitch at the begining and the end so the pockets take the abuse later on.
Put the two main pieces right sides together and sew along the bottom.  Repeat for the lining.
Measure 5 cm from the raw edge along the sewn bottom and mark.
Fold over the side and pin.
Fold it over and pin
Repeat for the other side
Repeat for the other corner,  it is almost like making a dart. Now sew from the top of the U to the other side
Repeat for the lining but leave an opening at the side for turning.  Don’t forget those back stitches.
Insert the lining into the outer body right sides facng
Sew along the top edges and opening.  Turn it right side out thru the opening you left in the lining.  Sew the opening in the lining
Top stitch along the edges for a cleaner look.
Fold over the edge 5 cm in on both sides.
Sew the edges?.
For the handle fold both sides towards the center then fold a second time in half. Press to make your life easier
Now sew along the edge.
Almost done.  Insert the handle into the folded and sewn edges.  Trim it using pinking shears so it won’t fray and pin them together.
Sew a square to close the handle.  You can hide that in one of the sides.
And Ta DAAAAA!  Your bag is complete.  Now go fill it with stuff and go out have some fun.

I made another one too.

If you make one of these I would love to see it so let me know.

  • Dessah January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Awesome bag! I have one question before I get started. I’m unfamiliar with the method you’re using to make the bottom corners and am a little confused as to how to “fold” them. Could you elaborate just a teeny tiny bit?

    I don’t know how I stumbled on this site, but I really like this design and I’m glad I made it through the web to discover it. 🙂

  • Dessah January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Never mind!!! I figured it out! I’m still working on it, but I’ll send you a pic when I’m done if you’d like. 🙂

    • jessyz January 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      I would love to see it.
      I am glad you managed to figure it out

  • Bonnie January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I made one of these bags tonight. Took me a little while but it came nice I will send picture. Thank you so much for youe wonderful instructions.

    • jessyz January 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      That is super, can’t wait to see it

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  • Fredric Mccallie November 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Great article!

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