Remember The Easiest Bag You've Ever Made from last week? Yeah, it was a bit boring, but the point was how simple the bag was. You can make something cute with cute fabric and whip out a bag in no time. However, if you want you can dress it up like this:
Then I cut out my bird from a cute print and a stabilizer fabric. I actually used my pattern tracing fabric, but this is the perfect use for fusible webbing if you happen to have some. Notice which direction the bird faces. The bottom of the bag is the cut side. Since you're starting with the 31" square from the Easiest Bag pattern, you need to fold the fabric in half and press it. That pressing line is the top of the bag. Fold it in half the other way and press and that is the side of the bag. Your front is two inches in from the fold and two and a half from the cut. Place your applique on the front of the bag in a spot that looks good to you.
From this point just follow the construction directions for The Easiest Bag. And there you go! These extra additions should only add about 30-45 minutes to your bag. If you work fast, you could have a new bag in under an hour. If you want to start with a 30" square you could make two bags from one yard of 60" wide canvas. With 27" squares you could make two bags from 3/4 of a yard of 54" wide fabric. You will have to adjust the pocket seams on the inside if you change the dimensions of the bag. That's easy to do, however, and wouldn't these make great teacher gifts?
Post a link if you make the bag! Thanks!