Some of you can’t go out book shopping, and the libraries are closed. So for this next project, we are moving to the kindle store. For all you purse lovers out there, we are doing fat quarter bags.
Okay, first up, we have ‘Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags’ by M’Liss Rae Hawley. This book has a lot of wonderful projects and ideas. 101 of them, it claims. You know what this book does not have?
Yes. Seriously. It’s a sewing book. With no patterns. Not even drawings of the patterns that you have to blow up to make work. Lot of pretty things with no real instructions on how to make them. Also, those 101 ideas? Just a dozen different varieties of each type of bag it purports to teach you to make. I award this book zero asses, and may god have mercy on it’s soul. Okay, it’s not really bad, it’s just not suitable for this purpose.
Next up, Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags by Susan Briscoe. This book also has a lot of wonderful projects and ideas. And if you already know how to quilt, I will recommend it. Unfortunately, if you aren’t already an expert quilter, you know what this book really doesn’t have either?
Okay, I know we are talking about kindle books here. But we are here to sew, not do geometry. That’s two books in a row we cannot do half-assed. What is a forlorn crafter to do?
It’s okay, peeps, I got you covered. I promised you a fat quarter bag, you are getting a fat quarter bag. You are going to need the following:
Paper (actually optional).
A pencil/fabric chalk.
Knowledge of how to draw straight lines and 90 degree corners.
2 fat quarters
Ribbon or trim
With me so far?
Step 1 – Put the ice into the cup. Pour the rum over the ice. Add coke too taste. Leave within reach as you do the rest of the project.
You can make a paper template, which might require taping a couple sheets of standard size paper together, or you can measure and draw right on the fabric using chalk or a colored pencil. It’s a big seam allowance, so if you are careful, you could also use a pen of some kind.
Okay, if you want, take your paper. Draw the following. Note, my drawing is not to scale, yours absolutely should be.
Piece A should be cut from fabric number 1. 13 3/8″ x 8 3/4″ x 2″ x 2″ x 9 3/8″ x 2″ x 2″ x 8 3/4″. Top seam allowance is 1/2″, all others are 3/8″.
Piece B should be cut from fabric number 2. It forms the pockets, thus it is the same dimensions as piece A except the sides are only 6″. If you want a shallower pocket, go for it, but I don’t recommend it. Ditto if you want a larger pocket.
I’ve drawn with chalk here rather than use a paper template.
Pocket needs to be hemmed, or things can get messy. You can do just a hem like this, but you are better off folding it over again like so:
Now, you lay piece B on top of piece A. You want the pretty sides facing up.
Sew together along the 6″ lengths, 2″ lengths, and 9 3/8″ lengths. There are two sides, so you’ll need to do this twice.
Then lay one side on top of the other, pretty side of fabric / pocket on the inside.
Sew together along the 8 3/4″ side and the 9 3/8″ bottom. DO NOT SEW THE 2″ parts.
Once you are done, adjust the way the piece is laying so the 2″ parts are squished together to form the bottom of the bag, like so:
Sew together, then turn the whole thing right side out. Your corners should now look like this:
Yes, the fabric randomly changed. I sewed this one when my machine was still working. You now have the basic bag form. Next up, handle.
Take a piece of ribbon, or trim, or something else similar. Figure out how long you want your handles, then turn the ribbon/trim into a big loop. Sew it to the bag like so, but do not sew it all the way to the very top.
Now, we have two options. One, we can do an interfacing and leave the bag open, or we can put in a zipper. I’m doing this half-assed, as mentioned, and I’m also planning to use this for a gardening bag, so I’m leaving it open.
Remember piece C? Yeah, this is where that one comes in. If you’ve used fat quarters, you probably don’t have enough fabric to cut both piece Cs out of one fabric. No problem. Use both remaining scraps. I won’t tell anyone.
Sew them into the bag, then fold down to make the bag look neater and more professional-ish.
That’s it. You’re done.
If you try this, love to see your results.
And seriously, the books aren’t bad, they just aren’t for beginners. Once you have this bag down, you could probably try a few of their ideas.