Little House Bag Tutorial and Giveaway

Little House Bag Tutorial and Giveaway

Recently I was sent some beautiful fabric from the new Tilda Harvest collection so that I could once again participate in their blog hop.

As well as the lovely new fabric collection which you can find here, a new Tilda ebook is coming out at the end of September. It’s available to pre order here and there’s a little preview of the book here. I’ve had a look at it myself and I want to live in that beautiful house with all the quilts!

As with Tilda fabric generally, it was so pretty I didn’t want to cut into it! However the deal was that I made something with it, not just add it to the mountain of fabric behind my bedroom door!

Once I’d got over the whole thing of not wanting to cut it, I decided to make a little house bag.

There was enough fabric to make 2 little house bags, so I’ll be giving the rest away as a kit. If you’d like to win the kit, keep reading because the details are at the bottom of the post!

Here’s the tutorial for making a little house bag.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

How To Make a Little House Bag

You Will Need

Cotton fabric for bag main, roof, doors and windows, porch and window frames and lining. I used 4 fat eighths in different designs from the Tilda Harvest collection.
1 wooden heart button
1 magnetic snap
Sew in interfacing (I used Soft and Stable. This is an affiliate link.)
Fusible interfacing for the applique
Templates for the bag which can be downloaded here.

Please note that these are available as a content upgrade and although you can download them for free, I will require an email address in exchange for them. You can find out more about content upgrades here.

Cutting Out

Cut 2 main bag pieces from outer fabric, 2 from the lining and 2 from sew in interfacing. You might like to use some fusible interfacing on one of the bag outer pieces too to give it some weight for the applique.

Cut 2 roof flap pieces from the fabric you’ve chosen for the roof and 1 from sew in interfacing. I used the same fabric to line the roof flap as for the outer.

From the same fabric you’re using for the roof, cut a porch and 2 window frames. Iron some fusible interfacing to the wrong side before cutting out.

From the fabric you’ve chosen for the door and windows, cut 1 door and 2 windows. These will need fusible interfacing too.

For the handle, cut a piece of fabric 14 cm x 10 cm.

Sewing Up

1. Applique the windows to the window frames and the door to the porch.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

2. Take 1 of the bag main pieces and position the door and windows on the right side of the fabric. The door will need to be 3 cm up from the raw edge. Appliqué the door and windows in place.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

3. Attach one half of the magnetic snap 3 cm above the apex of the porch. If you need more detailed instructions showing how to install a magnetic snap, you can find one here.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

4. Take the other bag outer piece and, with the right sides together, sew the sides and the bottom of the bag. If the sew in interfacing you’re using isn’t too thick, you could sew that with the outer pieces. Otherwise you’ll need to sew it separately.

5. To make the boxed corners, take one of the corners and press it flat so that the seams are together. Measure 3 cm up from the corner. Pin, then sew across the corner at right angles to the seam. how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionhow to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionCut the corner off. how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionThere’s a more detailed tutorial here showing how to make boxed corners if you need it.

6. Make the lining in the same way as the outer. If you’re using Soft and Stable, you’ll need to sew that separately as well.

7. With the right sides together, sew the lining to the outer across the front. Make sure you leave enough of a gap at the back to slip the roof part in. how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionTurn it the right way out.

8. Take the inside roof piece and attach the other half of the magnetic snap 2 1/2 cm up from the lower edge. You might want to iron on a little bit of fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric first.

9. Take the 2 roof pieces and the sew in interfacing. With the right sides together, sew the sides and the bottom. how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionTrim the seams and cut off the corners. Turn it out and press.

10. Fold the open part of the bag main inwards. Slip the roof into the opening and pin. Top stitch all the way round the top of the bag.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

11. To make the handle, take the handle piece and fold it in half lengthways. Open it out, then fold the raw edges into the centre. Fold the ends inwards, then fold half again. Sew all around the handle.

12. Sew the ends of the handle to the roof, near to where it joins to the bag main.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

13. Sew the heart button above the door as shown in the picture below.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

The finished bag is roughly 20 cm square and is perfect if you want a smaller bag. You could use it as a lunch bag or for storing a small crochet project or some embroidery.how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionhow to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collectionhow to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

If you’d like to make a little house bag just like this one, I’m giving away a kit! The kit contains full instructions, the same fabric already cut out and a button and a snap. All you need are your usual sewing supplies!

Enter the Giveaway!

I’m giving away a kit to make this bag. There’s everything in it you need to make it, including printed instructions. All you’ll need is your sewing machine and some thread!

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how to sew a little house bag tilda blog hop harvest collection

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

26 comments on “Little House Bag Tutorial and Giveaway

  1. This is just gorgeous, I can think of a few little girls that would love one. It would also be a fun accessory for myself too, great talking point. x

  2. The bag is so cute and as soon as I saw it I thought Christmas and a Gingerbread House. Some little girls I think will really love it. Plus you can go as plain or as fancy as you want.


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    Just seen the little house bag and I know two little girls who are going to love receiving one each for Christmas. If I win the kit their mum can have one as well!

  4. Hello Anna, great idea, very sweet!
    I have printed out the templates, but somehow, in 2 different ways and ended up with 2 different sizes. As I can’t see any measurements I’m not sure which is correct. Is there a scale marking somewhere to check if pattern has printed correctly? On looking at the pdf of the templates I notice that the first page is printed portrait and the pages 2 and 3 are printed landscape. I have tried both but on both the main bag piece looks wrong. Printing the main piece landscape only prints half of it. What have I done wrong? Does the pattern include the seam allowances? Sorry if I am asking silly questions … (I have been sewing for more than 40 years!!!!). This bag looks so cute!
    Rachel.

  5. This is just adorable, I want to make a dozen and give them to every little girl I know 9and keep one for myself!) That may be a little bit ambitious. but I’d love to give this a try. Love love love!

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