Make a music bag

Inspired by the musical upholstery re-vamp in our latest issue? Here’s a bonus make to go with the project. Stitch up a music bag to keep your books safe in the same fabric as the stool cushion, and never lose those tunes again.

  • Make a music bag
You will need:
    • Laura Ashley fabric
    • Contrasting ribbon
    • Scissors, pins, ruler and pencil
    • Sewing machine and matching thread
    • Iron
    1. Cut two rectangles of fabric measuring 38cm x 63cm. Fold them in half width ways, with the right sides of the fabric inside and pin the raw edges together on both sides. Stitch the two edges together with a 1cm seam allowance. On the remaining folded rectangle stitch the edges as before but leave a gap of approximately 8cms in one of the edges, this bag become the lining.

    2. Cut two 30cm lengths of ribbon, position these in a loop at the top edge of the bag. The loop should be hanging down into the bag on the right side of the fabric. Make sure that the remaining loop handle is positioned in the same place on the opposite side of the bag. Pin and then stitch in place.

    3. Turn the lining bag to the right side and place inside the other matching the side seam; pin in place and then stitch around the top of the bag again with a 1cm seam allowance.

    4. Turn bag to the right side through the gap left in the lining. Close the gap by either hand slip stitched or machine edge stitching. Tease out the seams and the corners and then push the lining inside the bag. The handles will now point upwards. Finally the bag will just need a good press with an iron and its ready to carry your music books.