Sewing music cassette bags – EN

Are you looking for a unique accessory that is not only practical but also reflects your love for vintage style and handcraft? Then the sewing set for the cool mixtape bag is just right for you!

The special thing about our sewing set is the opportunity to live out your creativity to the fullest. You can either use the provided interior and exterior fabrics or choose your own interior fabric to create two unique bags – in the style of a music cassette with A and B sides. This personalized touch makes your mixtape bag the perfect gift for your best friend and yourself. You can either use the three fabric strips as a bag strap or make keychains out of them. You can find the instructions at the very end.

The first thing you do, of course, is unpack your sewing kit. It is designed to save as much space as possible and be quick to cut. So just cut out all the fabric pieces along the dotted line. While you still have time to think about it: should you sew one pocket (with side A and B) or two pockets (one with side A and one with side B and each with an inner fabric (here in the right column)). If you want to sew two bags, you will need an inner fabric made of woven fabric, approx. 35 x 35 cm per bag. You can easily use leftover pieces that match the color. In these instructions I sew a bag with additional lining. What is bright purple in the pictures is your additional inner fabric or inner fabric parts (right column) from the sewing kit.

Let’s start simply with the tape

Choose one of the three possible ribbons and place them lengthwise on top of each other. Sew the piece along the long edge to form a tube. At the beginning and end of the seam, you should secure the seam by sewing 2-3 stitches back and forth.

Now turn your band over and iron it so that the seam is in the middle, which is your inside. If you want, you can topstitch the edges, sew ribbons on them… go wild. 🙂

Find your two outer fabrics together. I use the B side and a leopard fabric.

If you need additional interior fabric pieces, simply place a pocket piece on top of the fabric and trace it.

I chose a purple interior fabric. You can use the colored area next to the logo for small zipper stoppers. Cut the colored area into four small rectangles. This step is not necessary, I know many people like to sew their zippers without the stoppers.

Place them right sides together on a zipper. Sew it, fold back the seam and stitch the edge again (as in the picture on the right).

Iron your fabrics and, if you wish, reinforce your outer fabrics with iron-on fleece. Use a light pocket fleece here so that you can turn it later.

Now place your outer fabric in front of you with the right side up. Then place the zipper with the outside facing up, flush with the top edge. Then your outer fabric goes right side down on the zipper and the inner fabric. Now we sew along this edge, preferably with a zipper foot. Sew a few stitches back and forth at the beginning and end of each seam. If the zipper bothers you while sewing, lower your needle into the fabric (so that nothing slips), pull the zipper past your foot and then continue sewing normally.

This is what the unfolded bag looks like. Now we sew the second side.

Place your inner fabric with the right side down in front of you, put the zipper, to which part of the bag is already sewn, back on top and place the back of your fabric on the fabric sandwich with the right side down.

If you unfold your bag now, it will look like this. You can also stitch the inner and/or outer fabric onto the zipper so that it doesn’t slide into the zipper, sew whichever way suits you best. Open the zipper at least halfway if you sewed without a zipper stopper, being careful not to accidentally pull the zipper out.

Now we put the outsides on top of each other and the insides. We start with our seam on the inside, roughly where the clip is and then sew the short part up to the first corner. Securing the seam is particularly important here, as we need a turning opening and do not sew the entire rectangle.

Leave a turning opening of 6-10 cm. If you use a stiff fleece, it needs to be a little larger. After sewing it looks like this. You can sew corners particularly well if you stop sewing approx. 0.7 cm before the corner, sink the needle into the fabric, then lift the foot and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Then you can simply continue sewing to the next corner.

Now we turn. What starts as a big cuddle turns into a bag. Shape the corners of the outer pocket well from the inside; you can also use a knitting needle or pen here.

Pin your turning opening and close it either with your sewing machine or by hand.

Slide the inner pocket into the bag and unmold. Your cassette bag is ready!

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