My daughter is always such a busy body during church. (One more month until nursery) I decided that she needed something that we could bring things to keep her quiet and entertained. Here is the Reverence Bag that I came up with.
Begin by cuttingyour fabric to the size of bag you want. I made mine 12 inches wide by 9 inches tall. (your fabric should be 9X24 inches) Sew right sides together.
Take you other fabric and cut a strip. Mine was 15X3 inches. Fold in half and sew along the sides leaving one part open so that you can turn right side out.
After you turn it right side out. Sew along both sides again to make the top more stable and to give it a finished look. Then sew into a loop.
Pin the top into the bag making sure that right sides are together.
It should look like this when it's done.
Sew a basting stitch around the bottom and gather a little. Then just sew together to close. (That's the easiest way to do it.) If you want to do it like I did, I simply cut a strip of the strap fabric and sewed it into the bottom. Both ways work but mine just added a lot more work.
Now to make the straps. You will need a strip of fabric two inches wide and then the length of the fabric. Sew these the same way you did the top of the bag.
To attach to bag, sew the strap on first going the opposite direction that you want it to end up.
Then go back and sew it the right direction. This hides any raw edges and makes it extra secure.
When you get both straps on, it should look like this.
I wanted to add a pocket onto the front of it as well. Using the fabric from the top, I cut a rectangle out and sewed it to the front.