Our friend Deborah Stanley of Deb Stanley Studio has come up with the perfect solution for using up small pieces of fabric– a Super Quick Mini Bag! The possibilities are endless as to what fabric combinations you can use to create this super easy-to-construct bag. As you can see in the picture above, Deb had fun in mixing coordinating fabrics on each side of the bag, using prints from the recently delivered Clothworks collection, Poppy Passion by Karen Roti. But it’s the little details I love about this super cute bag– the velcro closure, the lining & quilting, and the dotted ribbon trim that ties it all together! Just see for yourself in the pics below- adding different trims and notions, such as buttons, can create a distinctive looking bag with every time you sit down at the sewing machine!
Check out her Tutorial below to create this sweet bag! Perfect for your little ones as you send them back-to-school, or keep it for yourself to hold all your necessities! Scroll down after the tutorial to find 2 different options in downloading a PDF file of this tutorial- one with drawn diagrams and one with photos. Take your pick!
SUPER QUICK MINI BAG
This bag is so quick and easy to make! Great to hold coupons, cosmetics, small gifts or a gift card. Match the fabric theme to the recipient’s interests and embellish as much as you like!
Bag front: Fabric A: (one) 2-1/2”x9” strip and Fabric B: (one) 5”x9” strip
Bag back: Fabric C: (one) 7”x9” piece
Lining: Fabric D: (two) 7”x9” pieces
Batting: (two) 7×9” pieces cotton batting
7” strip of 3/4” hook/loop tape
Sew together 2-1/2” strip and 5” strip together with 1/4” seam allowance to form 7”x9” bag front.
Layer: bag front (right side up), batting, lining (right side down).
Quilt as desired. The fastest design is a loose grid of curved lines, but this is a great project to practice free motion quilt designs.
TRIM to 6” x 8-1/2”. Zig-zag stitch around all four edges.
Layer bag back (right side up), batting, and lining (right side down).
Quilt as desired. TRIM to 6”x 8-1/2”. Zig-zag stitch around all four edges.
Center hook/loop tape (either hook or loop half), right side up, overlapping the top edge of bag front by a scant 1/4”.
Zig-zag or straight stitch in place.
Turn to lining side and straight stitch in place at top and bottom of hook/loop tape.
Repeat for bag back, using remaining half of hook/loop tape.
Place bag front and bag back right sides together.
Using a short stitch length, sew down one side, across bottom and up opposite side.
Zig-zag stitch down sides and bottom to finish edges.
Use one fabric, an orphan block, or piece scrap strips for the bag front and/or back.
Change the size of the bag to fit your tablet, notebook, or files. Add 1/4” seam allowance to both sides and bottom and 1” to the top for the hook/loop closure. Cut the hook/loop tape 1-1/2” smaller than the top measurement.
Embellish with ribbon, buttons, beads, or embroidery.
Add a ribbon wrist strap before sewing front and back together.
Download the PDF of the bag tutorial below. Click on either link:
And now for the Giveaway! Up for grabs is the cute little mini-bag made by Deb using the Poppy Passion Fabrics as shown in the first picture of this post! We’ll select one winner at random to send them this bag!
To enter into the contest:
1) Limit one comment per contestant.
2) In your comment, please name your 3 favorite Clothworks fabric designers (bonus points if you can also name the collections)!
3) Contestants must have a shipping address in the U.S.A!
4) Leave a comment by Monday, September 8th 2014 at 11:59 PM, PDT.
The winner will be drawn at random and announced here at The Works on Tuesday September 9th, 2014.
Good luck and Happy Sewing! 🙂