Rice Bag Satchel

Here's another lazy crafter's super quick sewing project. I you have the time and patience you could just about make this entire project by hand. 

I really have no excuse to eat my way through 5 kilos of rice except that it comes in a cool hessian bag that's just begging to be turned into a satchel / awesome grocery carry bag - heck I could use it to carry the next 5kg bag of rice home...

A free bag that's rice as nice...

To make the rice bag satchel you will need:

  • A fabric rice bag (check out your local Asian or Indian food warehouse)
  • Fabric for lining and handle, I used about half a metre of red cotton lawn
  • Matching thread
  • Wool yarn

Making the rice bag satchel:

Wash the bag, dry on a flat surface and iron well before starting. 

Measure the size lining you will need by using the bag as a guide; allow an extra centimetre on one side for a seam allowance but remember the lining needs to end up a little smaller than the bag so it fits well. 

Measuring the lining for the rice bag satchel using the rice bag as a guideline

Pin the lining in half and sew up the bottom and side leaving the top open. I used a straight stitch followed by a zig zag to stop the cotton fabric fraying. 

Pinning together the bag lining

Measure the fabric for the handle by slinging a measuring tape (or bit of string) over your shoulder to see how long you'd like it to be - I made mine 110cm. Measure your handle fabric allowing 10cm for the width and cut. 

Pin the handle fabric in half length ways and sew together along the long side to make a long tube shape. Using a safety pin pinned to one end of the fabric tube flip the handle inside out by pushing the safety pin (with the fabric attached) through the inside of the tube.

Use the largest safety pin you can find - it will make this job easier

Push the safety pin through the inside of the tube pulling the fabric along as you go

Iron the handle flat and stitch onto the bag I put each end of the handle on opposite sides of the bag so it doesn't flop open when I'm wearing it.

You could also make two smaller handles for the bag to use as a carrier bag

Pin the lining to the inside of the bag and stitch on around the top. Don;t turn the bag inside out as you want the nice side showing when you open the bag (kind of backwards to sewing anything else!)

Cover up the lining stitching with a craft-istic blanket stitch with co-ordinating red wool. If your bag has a hole in it like mine did you can also use the wool to make a patch. 


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