Make a Patchwork Quilt Bag

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Quilting doesn't always have to be about bedding. Now and then, it's nice to be able to craft something practical and stylish from a patchwork quilt. Create a convenient little wristlet for carrying personal items or a large tote back for storing your craft supplies.

The first step is gathering your supplies. Patchwork quilting is a great way to use up scraps of fabric from your stash. Find scraps that coordinate well with each other, and tie the color scheme together with a fat quarter. You can also purchase coordinated packages of fabric such as jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes. In addition you will need fabric for your backing, quilt batting and thread. You'll also need a sewing machine and other basic sewing supplies.

Next you need to know how to make a patchwork quilt. Choose from many available patterns and tutorials. Select a patchwork design that coordinates with the size and style of the bag you want to make.

A simple patchwork design is a 4.5-inch nine-patch block.

  • Cut two 6-inch squares of fabric in contrasting colors.

  • Cut three 2-inch strips from each of the squares.

  • Sew the strips into two units of 3 strips, one that is light-dark-light, and the other that is dark-light-dark.

  • Sew along the long side of the strips using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You should now have two 5-by-6-inch units.

  • Cut each of these units into three 2-by-5-inch strips.

  • Piece these strips together to make the checkerboard nine patch pattern.

  • Sew several 4.5-inch nine patch blocks until you have enough to make your bag.

Choose a pattern for your bag. You can find bag patterns in a craft online shop like Patchwork Pottery. You can also find craft workshops online that will teach you how to construct a bag step by step.

To make an envelope bag,

  1. sew several nine patch squares together to make a 12-inch quilt.

  2. Layer with your batting and backing fabric, and quilt as desired.

  3. Bind the edges. Lay the quilt on your work surface the the top side down.

  4. Bring three corners up to the middle and hand stitch the sides of the corners together. If you want it fabulous, big glitter flakes are great for this.

To make a strap,

  1. cut a 24-inch length of the binding you used to make the quilt.

  2. Fold it in half with the raw edges to the inside and sew along each side.

  3. Stitch the edges of the strap to the top of the bag on each side.

To make the closure,

  1. sew a piece of hook and loop tape just below the intersection of the three corners you stitched together.

  2. Sew the corresponding piece of hook and loop tape to the top of the bag. S

  3. ew a button on the top flap.


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