Of all the sample bags I made for my Make A Bag series earlier this year, this Cloverleaf Bag is probably the most pinned on Pinterest.
I never planned to feature it as more than just a worked example for the concept of integrated straps in Chapter 3C so when I made it, I literally cut, shaped and sewed it without a paper pattern.
Then, earlier in the summer, the good folks at Sew Mama Sew
invited me to share a tutorial and I thought this could be a project that their readers and mine might enjoy.
This is a reversible bag because it is fully lined. See?
That green elephant-gingham-spotty bag was made with homedec fabric, incidentally.
But this next one is in quilting cotton just to show you it can be done (and that I really don't hate quilting cotton). Although the straps are still homedec because you just can't use quilting cotton for squishy straps that have no interfacing in them. Seriously.
And here's another elephant bag in blinding black and white.
The Cloverleaf Bag can be even faster to put together if you omit the piping -
But why would you, since piping makes everything superior?
And not only for aesthetic purposes - piping provides support, so you get crisp edges and sturdy bases.
And just because I've been asked before why I don't always cut my piping fabric on the bias, here is my answer: because I CAN. It gives me options for how the piping looks with the print in the rest of the project.
I mean, can you imagine if I'd use the bias pattern of that grey gingham print to pipe this fabric combination? Travesty.
Anyway, back to the tutorial. If you want to learn how to make this bag with its cloverleaf opening
and its asymmetrical straps
that are also crazy-loopy
and which is also reversible,
head over to Sew Mama Sew for the tutorial and pattern.
Remember: it's for non-commercial use only, meaning that you are welcome to make as many as you like for yourself or gifts but not to sell.
Hey, Grandma G - this photo is for you: check out that seam! Hahaha!
And if you've made it this far through that overload of photos, here's one more:
Update (11 am): The Cloverleaf Bags have been sold.