yay! i’m so excited to finally be able to share the free pattern and tutorial for the madeleine bag :)
- printable pattern pdf (click here to download: imagine gnats madeleine pattern)
- fabrics (yardage depends on whether or not you choose contrasting exterior and strap fabrics)
- interfacing (i like to use fusible for this)
- 7″ zipper
- magnetic closure
- thread, needle, scissors, sewing machine, etc.
note: the finished size of the bag is approximately 11″ wide and 9″ tall.
- pattern piece A: cut out 2 each of exterior fabric and interfacing on the fold.
- pattern piece B: cut out 2 each of exterior fabric (or exterior contrast fabric, if you choose) and interfacing.
- pattern piece C: cut out two of lining fabric.
- strap: cut out 2 strips, each measuring 28.5″ x 2.5″ of exterior fabric (or exterior contrast fabric, or a combination) 1 strip measuring 28.5″ x 2″ of interfacing.
- pockets: cut 1 piece of fabric measuring 8 x 10″ for pleated pocket and 1 piece of fabric measuring 9 x 12″ for the zipper pocket.
10. stitch both long sides of strap pieces. oddly, this can be one of the trickiest parts if your machine tends to feed the two materials at different speeds (like mine) and you don’t have a walking foot. experimenting with whether your machine works better with the interfaced side up or down may help. also, starting your stitch on the same end of the strap both times will at least allow the fabric to pull the same way for both stitches and make it a bit easier.
11. turn strap right side out and press. topstitch close to the edge along both long sides.
13. pin lining pieces right sides together and stitch around the edge, leaving a space along the bottom of the bag (about 2 to 3″) for turning.
14. insert the magnetic closure…. instructions here in this mini-tutorial.
15. now we put it all together (otherwise known as “the fun part”). center your strap over the side seam of the exterior and pin on both sides to hold firmly in place. if you have used contrasting fabrics for your strap, make sure that the fabric you want to be the lining of the strap is facing out. attach the other side of the strap in the same way, making sure not to twist it.
did you make a great madeleine? share it with us in the imagine gnats flickr group and let me know how it went. i love to hear from you and see what you’re making :)