Vicky Victoria step by step tutorial

As much as I try to write what is in my head onto paper in my instructions, I do know I have improved over the years so sometimes it is worth revisiting patterns to see if they were clear enough or could do with a tutorial to assist in the construction method. I experiment a lot to find methods that are simple - more simple than you'd think - but also possibly a different way to what you are used to. As some customers have struggled with the construction of this bag I hope that this little part tutorial will assist. Please note that I unpicked my original back a few steps to photograph and redo each step for you.


Layout your 15 x 2 ½” fabric squares into three rows of five.

Join using ¼” seams to make three rows. Press seams in opposite directions.

Join two rows together - the mirrored seams should butt nicely for perfect matching. Press well.


Attach the double rows to the bottom of your applique panel. Press to the panel.   

Position the handle centrally onto the top edge of your applique panel with raw edges even.

Place the remaining joined single strip of squares right sides on top. Stitch – securing the handle in between.

Lining, join the two pieces of lining together leaving a 3” opening in the centre. Press to one side.  (note: please ignore that my lining has two pieces joined and they are different sizes to instructions - I improved this on my second sample and in the instructions - you only need the one joined strip with the opening at the top as per the written instructions)

Place the double row end right sides together with the lining piece – with the plastic vinyl in between, having all edges even. Stitch through all three layers. Fold back both fabric layers leaving the vinyl facing outwards. Carefully press the seam open without melting the vinyl


With right sides together take the lining piece over to meet the other end of your panel. Pin and stitch. Turn through to right side and press well.  This is the end of the lining with the opening meeting the single pieced strip.


Fold over the two end strips of pieced squares to the front – the vinyl will meet (or slightly overlap) the upper pieced strip. 

Press the folds at the top and bottom well as you need these folds for reference later.


If the vinyl is longer than the ‘gap’ you can either trim it back to meet or have the vinyl sitting under the fabric edge.  Position your lace zipper centrally on top of where the two meet.

Pin. Stitch down both sides of zipper – you may like to use a zipper foot, with a blending thread.  The stitching line will go through the lining as well as the top fabric. The other side will just be through the vinyl

Turn the pouch completely inside out so that you see the wrong side of the lining and the wrong side of the outer pouch. The zip is in between.


Flatten the bottom side of the pouch so that the top edge and bottom edge are where your pressed folds were (in between the two rows of 5 squares, and in between the single row and handle). Smooth out lining as flat as possible to meet these folds. Pin both edges. Note: the lining will be flat but the top and bottom edges will be concertinaed/pleated  inwards so that there are actually four layers on top of each other.


Stitch ¼” down both seams – take care when crossing the zipper that you don’t break a needle. 

Trim the corners and any excess zipper protruding from the sides and turn through the opening you left in your lining. Ensure the zipper is  partly open. Push out the corners well, slip stitch the opening closed and again press well – carefully so you don’t melt your vinyl window. Note:  It is still inside out but you cannot see any wrong side of fabrics or raw seams.


Turn the bag to the right side through the open zipper and give it a final press.

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