I saw an idea in a book I got from the library called One Yard Wonders, but I didn't have a whole yard of fabric around. I did have a couple of fat quarters that I thought were matching. Of course if you were brought up like I was, and Mom told you that you had to wear a solid something or other with your plaid skirt, then my fat quarters don't match. But I think I'm over that now and so I'm going to call these matching.
You're going to need two fat quarters. One that you want to call your main fabric and one for your pocket, straps and binding.
You'll also need a couple of D rings, or some buckles. I'm tough on purses. The thrift store doesn't stand a chance. When I throw them in the trash I cut all the metal parts off. I think this is a funny habit I got from my husband and son who both recycle and re purpose everything they can get their hands on. I try not to keep too much clutter, although sometimes it does come in handy. Anyway, I had a couple rings. They weren't D rings but they work.
So this is really all you need other than your usual sewing stuff like machine, thread, scissors, iron and so on.
Take your main fat quarter and fold it in half the long way. Fat quarters are 18" by 22" and maybe a little narrower if the salvage edge is removed. You'll have a taller than wider piece of fabric. You're going to cut this along the fold, or if you want to lay it out and use your rotary cutter that's okay too.
Next cut 2 strap pieces from the 18" length of your 2nd/contrasting fat quarter. They will be 4 1/2 inches wide. You can make one the full 18 inches long and the other you can cut down to 8 inches long.
Last but not least you'll have your front pocket. This will be the width of your main piece (also about 10 1/2 inches) and you'll make it about 11 inches tall.
That's all your pieces and now you can start sewing. I used my serger for part of my bag and I also used my regular machine.
I started with the pocket. I turned down about a 1/4 inch and then another 1/2 inch and just sewed along the top of the pocket to give it a sort of hemmed edge. The pattern in the book called for binding it. It might be a little sturdier if bound. You could also put a little interfacing along the edge. For the sake of time, I just edge stitched it and done. Go ahead and press it if you want.
Next you can sew your binding pieces to the top using whatever method you choose. You could iron your binding pieces in half, unfold them, and then iron both sides to the middle and then iron all of it in half again. You'll sew them to the top of your main fabric pieces.
I ironed mine in half and then serged them to the top of my bag. On the outside I top stitched along the edge on the main piece, which isn't shown here.
Pin your pocket to the right side of a main piece. You could baste this on or just pin it for now. Now you'll want to lay your other main piece on top, so both main pieces are right sides together. The pocket will be sandwiched in there. Adjust the pins as needed. Be sure your top binding pieces are matched up if you want it to look nice when you're done.
Now sew from one top corner, down the side, across the bottom and up the other side. You're leaving your top open because you want to throw your junk in it later. Turn it right side out and you're getting close to finished. You should have a bag with your pocket in the front.
Next iron your strap pieces in half. Unfold. You can turn under a 1/4 or so at one end so your end is finished off and press. Then fold both sides toward the center line and press. Fold in half and press again. Sew the open side of your straps, across the end and then up the other side. I ran the opposite end of my straps through my serger since they aren't really going to show.
Now sew your straps to the bag at the side seams. You can reinforce this as you see fit.
Now you want to add your rings. I just doubled the end over and stitched close to the top. I'm not sure there is a right and wrong way. You may want to just do a little check to see how it fits in your car and then if you have excess you can lengthen or shorten it before you stitch it down permanently.
Done and even test driven. I just didn't get a photo op of the test drive.
I don't have pictures of every step. It's a pretty simple project really. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.
Have a great rest of the day and a great weekend!