From the inside lining front, back, and side panels, cut 3 inches off the top. These panels were lined with fusible fleece.
Set those pieces aside, and grab all the pocket pieces.
Lay out the pocket pieces as follows. Right side of pocket up, right side of pocket lining down, interfacing. You will then sew a straight stitch along the top of each of the pockets.
Unfold the sewn pocket pieces, and press them down.
Next, sew a topstitch straight across the top of each of the pockets, approximately 1/2" down from the top.
Now, you will cut your elastic. You will cut 4 pieces, one for each pocket. Cut 2 short pieces about the width of the side panels. Cut 2 long pieces about 3 inches shorter than the width of the front and back panels.
Insert the elastic into the casing you have created on each of the pockets, and sew it down at each end, backstitching over it a few times.
Sew a line of stitch straight down the middle of the longest pocket piece.
Your pockets should look like the picture below.
Now, attach the pockets to the corresponding liner pieces. Fold a pleat into each of the pockets at the bottom to make them match at the sides and bottom. Pin and stitch around the pockets.
For the long pocket with the center stitch, repeat the process with 2 pleats (there will be 2 separate pockets). Also, sew over the center stitch, attaching it to the lining panel.
When complete, your lining panels should look like the picture below.
Now, attach the lining pieces to one another. Sew them right sides together, down the sides, just inside the pocket stitching. First, attach a side panel to the front panel.
Repeat, attaching the back panel to the opposite side of the previously sewn side panel.
Sew the final side to the raw edge of the back panel.
Finally, sew the 2 remaining raw edges to one another. Your lining should look like the picture below.
Now, it's time to attach the bottom.
Sew the long side, right sides together, first. Start and stop at the side stitching.
Sew the second long side in the same way.
Now, pin and sew the short edges, making sure you go over the previously sewn side seams so that there are no holes in your liner.
Admire your work thus far!
We will finish up our bags next week! Woo hoo!!! :)