Ok then..... are you ready........yes........let's get started.........
Things to Remember
- Read the pattern in full before starting
- Seam Allowances are 1/4" unless stated otherwise
- Always press your fabrics before starting
- Press all seams as you go along
5 Mini Pre-cuts to form the front and back of the bag. I used 'Country Girls' Blueberries, Green Floral and Sprouts Pink) and Sevenberry Navy Pin Dots and Polka Dots
1 Fat Quarter of a complimentary cotton for the lining. I used Kona Spring
Wadding/Batting measuring 12 1/2" x 30" (I use a low loft cotton wadding/batting from my stash)
1m of Cotton Webbing Tape.
1m of Ribbon, I used this one
From each of the 5 'Mini' pieces, cut 8 x 3" squares
From the Fat Quarter, cut 2 x pieces each measuring 10 1/2" x 13"
From the Wadding/Batting, cut 2 pieces each measuring 12 1/2" x 15"
Let's get stitching
First off we're going to make the front of the bag. Lay out half of the 3" squares using the picture below as a guide. I find it useful to lay them directly next to my sewing machine.
The bag front is formed by first sewing the squares together to create the horizontal rows (a,b,c,d & e). I find the quickest and easiest way to do this, is to chain piece them together, which means that you will be working on all 5 rows at the same time. To do this, start by sewing squares 1a & 2a together and then without cutting your thread (see the picture below) feed the next two squares 1b & 2b in to your machine, and repeat for rows c, d & e. Cut the thread, once you have finished joining squares 1e & 2e.
This is what it will look like....
Now take the column of squares over to your ironing board and press the line of stitches. This sets them in place.
Now you can cut the threads in between the squares...
Open out the squares and press the seams in the direction of the arrows, as shown below. By alternating the direction of the pressed seam, when you come to join the rows, the seams will 'nest' together helping you get neat, matching corners.
Repeat the process, joining columns 1&2 to column 3 for all 5 rows and then finally columns 1,2 & 3 to column 4. Remember to keep pressing in the direction of the arrows. It should now look like this.....
To complete the bag front, take row a and row b and carefully line up the seams and pin in place ( as shown below) then sew together. Repeat until you have joined all the rows together.
You can now see if you turn the front piece over, how the pressed seams all sit neatly.
Repeat the whole process again to make the back of your bag......
Hopefully you are still all with me, time for a cup of tea and a little treat!
Right back to work, baste the front piece to a piece of batting, I use 505 spray and then quilt as desired. I straight line quilted using my machine foot as a guide.
As you can see from the pictures below, I switched from my 1/4" sewing machine foot to my standard sewing machine foot. For small projects I have found that this worked absolutely fine, however I have now 'borrowed' (ahem) mum's walking foot which I have used on subsequent larger projects to great effect!
Repeat for the back.
Once you've finished quilting, trim away the excess batting/wadding (photo 3).
Moving on to the bag handles, stitch the ribbon to the cotton webbing tape and then cut in half length wise.
Using the patchwork seams as a guide, pin the handle right side down to the top of the front piece, overlapping the handle by 1/2".
Machine in place. I like to go backwards and forwards a couple of time, to ensure that there is no chance of the handles coming away from the bag.
Take one of your lining pieces and pin right side to right side (the bag handle will be sandwiched in the middle) and stitch using 5/8" seam allowance across the top edge.
Open out and press the seam open (as shown below). Then tuck the lining underneath and press the top of the bag again. By doing this final press, you will find that when you come to turn through the bag later, the lining will sit neatly inside.
Repeat this process for the back of the bag.
Open out the bag front/lining and place right sides together on top of the back/lining, pin in place. Using the picture below as a guide, stitch using 5/8" seam allowances around the perimeter.
Trim the 4 corners......
and then turn the bag through the opening. I find a chopstick the most wonderful tool for getting nice points on the corners! (As you can see from how bent mine is, this one has done many hours of valuable service!)
Press and then stitch along the lining opening to close.
Push the lining back in to the bag. That extra bit of pressing you did early should now be paying you back!
Finally top stitch around the upper edge to hold the lining in place.
That's it, you're done.....hang up your bag and admire!
Now for the little surprise.......
....... as a little thank you for your patience whilst waiting for this tutorial, I thought it would be nice to have a little Giveaway and I would like to give the bag I made to one lucky reader!
To enter, please leave a cheery comment below. The Giveaway will close at midday (GMT) on Saturday 14th June 2014 and I'll pick a winner at random and announce it there after.
Please do let me know how you get on if you make a bag and I would love to see some pictures, so please do email them to me. If you have any questions or spot any errors, please do let me know.
The small print....... No cash alternative can be offered. The winner will be announced here and if I have not heard from said winner within 7 days, then I reserve the right to redraw.
:: Edited 14th June, The giveaway is now closed and I'll be back soon with name of the winner. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!