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Wooden Charlie Bag

Added Oct 18, 2013

by panifrau

Hamburg, Germany






The Charlie Bag became my go to me-made gift. Whenever I’m invited I bring a bag instead of flowers. I always have one Charlie ready to be given away. Over the past two years I’ve made 2 dozens.

This Charlie is slightly altered, the handles are 10 cm longer and narrower. There is no pocket to fold the bag into. I use rather thick Ikea fabric and the finished bag is rather bulky so I fold it and bind with elastic. The edges are bound with bias tape for strength and clean finish.

Material Notes

Upholstery cotton Margareta from Ikea
Bias tape, elastic




Garment Type

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    Mar 19, 2014, 03.21 PMby Mary Smith

    your bags are gorgeous!

    are you following the assembly approach shown in the burda pattern? I see that it tells us to stitch the side seams together wrong-sides together…. which would put the seam allowances on the outside of the bag!.. It shows the same thing for the bottom seam…….

    how are you doing the side and bottom seams?

    thank you!!

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      Mar 28, 2014, 08.38 AMby panifrau

      My answer is probably rather late, but still.
      I don’t follow the instructions:
      I put the bag pieces right sides facing each other, sew the sides and bottom seam together, then serge the seam allowance for a neat finish. Sometimes I cut both bag pieces as one (without the bottom seam).

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