Here is a quick guide to making a simple bag. I used this technique for my Bounty Hunter utility belt, and for a friend's Yuffie costume.

Tools:
Iron
Sewing Machine
Sewing chalk (Or something to mark fabric with)
Scissors

Materials: 
Thick fabric of your choice
Thread
A small amount of Velcro (sticky or non sticky depending on preference)
(If you don't want to use Velcro, you can use snaps, buttons, or leave as-is)
(Optional: Lining)
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Begin by cutting out and marking a piece of fabric as shown.
(The top flap is folded in this picture, but you should originally cut it out as a rectangle)


Hem the edges marked in red on the first picture. (Hem the flap as a rectangle before folding)
If you would like your bag to have lining, now is the time to cut the lining in the same shape, hem it, and attach it to the bad side of the bag piece.

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Iron the sides so that, when folded, the fabric forms a box shape. 
(See Yellow marks on first picture)

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(You should have cut the top flap out as a box shape originally)
Find the center and fold the sides so it forms a triangle shape, then fold the tip of the triangle down just like wrapping a fancy Christmas present.

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Iron it down .


(If you are going to sew on your Velcro rather than use sticky Velcro, now is the time to sew it on.)

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Fold the fabric so that the X boxes are lined up, good side to good side. (This means the X's are on the outsides) Sew the sides shut as shown in green here.

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Turn bag inside out (good sides out).


Iron again so that the sides fold inward as shown in pink in the next image. 
Basically, you've got a bag that's way bigger than it's cover flap at this point. You want to fold the sides in so it's all an equal size. These side folds look the same as the sides of paper bags.
As for the bottom corners, push those inward and down. They will fold in with the sides and not stick out.

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Cut some appropriately sized sticky Velcro pieces, and attach accordingly. The flap should have two folds, so place the Velcro so it can hold maximum capacity.  I always put the bristly side on the flap and the soft side on the bag. Whatever works for you is fine, just make sure they line up.


PS. I hate sticky Velcro. It pulls off sometimes, it ruins your sewing machine... I usually do not use it but for this project it worked. Also I was crunched for time.

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Congrats! You're done!
^_^

 


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