My Adventures in Quilting
When Gina asked me to join her Blog Hop for her new fabric line, I leapt at the opportunity. This fabric is so bright and fun and lovely. Plus, I love working with Moda fabric. Gina illustrated all sorts of things that represent summer. Sunglasses, Beach Chairs, Big Giant Flowers, Vibrant colors, Fun. I wanted to give you a tutorial that a beginner can do, but may push your skills a little.
I have a fun giveaway as well. Comment on this post with your favorite summer vacation as a child and you’ll be entered. I’ll draw a name at random on Sunday, April 12th and contact by email. The other blogs on the hop are listed at the bottom and they have giveaways as well.
I had been wanting to make this little bag for a while. The idea has been ruminating for some time in my head and this presented the occasion for it. Square bottom and round top, fantastic!!
Before you get too worried (Y-seams…AHHHHH!!), they’re not that bad. Seriously, y-seams are more intimidating than they are difficult. Don’t be disheartened. I’ll take you through them step by step. And…lots of pictures.
Most of all, ENJOY!!
[abbreviations used: WST = Wrong Sides Together RST = Right Sides Together}
[TIP: All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted. Using a “scant” 1/4″ is recommended, but not required. Consistency in the seam allowance you use is, however, important.]
Outside Main Body – Cut 4 @ 9 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Accent Piece – Cut 4 @ 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Lining – Cut 4 @ 10 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Lining Bottom – Cut 1 @ 8 1/2″ square
Top Flange – Cut 4 @ 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Main Bottom – Cut 1 @ 8 1/2″ square
Pocket – Cut 2 @ 6″ x 8 1/2″
Drawstring – 1/2″ ribbon or shoestring at least 42″ long
Additional tools: Seam Ripper, Safety Pin
Step 1: Prep Flange
Fold flange piece WST and press in half. Steam will help get a crisp line. you want a definite line so you can find the halfway point later.
Step 2: Prep Pockets
Fold and press top (one of the 8 1/2″ sides) of pocket 1/4″
Fold and press again 1/2″
Topstitch 1/8″ from both the bottom of fold and the top edge.
Step 3: Prep Outside
Attach accent piece to main body piece. Press the 2 sides that will have pockets toward the main body and the other 2 sides toward the accent piece (that will make sense later).
Open flange and attach flange piece to the accent piece. Press the seams in the same directions as the accent piece. [TIP: Take care not to press out your half fold line in the flange. Repress if necessary]
Topstitch 1/8″ above and below each seam. [TIP: Be careful not to catch the folded flange in one of these seams]
Step 4: Attach Pockets
Take 2 main outside pieces with the seams pointed in the same direction. Layer pocket face up on outside matching the bottom and side seams. Baste along bottom and sides of pocket.
Step 5: Prep Bottoms
On the wrong side of both the inside and outside bottom pieces, mark 1/4″ from each edge at the corners [TIP: Do NOT use a marking too that is removed with heat].
Step 6: Attach Sides to Bottom
Sew opposite sides to the bottoms starting and stopping (and backstitching) at your marks. Do this for both the outside and the lining. Leave a 4″ opening on one of the lining sides for turning later. Press seams towards the sides.
Attach remaining sides in the same manner. This part is a little bit difficult [TIP: PIN!!] Press seams towards sides.
Step 7: Sew Side Seams of the Sides
First of all, BREATHE. Y-seams are really easy. Just take it one at a time.
[TIP: PIN PIN PIN!!]
I recommend starting at the bottom corner first and sewing your way up the side.
You’re going to sort of fold the bag into a triangle shape.
Make sure you pull the bottom out of the way.
Sew down the seams of the sides, RST, matching seams at the accent piece and flange. (Remember in step 3 when you pressed 2 sides up and 2 sides down, this is why? The seams will all nest.)
[TIP: It is a good idea to pin other seams out of your way if you need to.]
Place the outside inside the lining RST matching seams and pin.
Sew around the edge.
Turn bag though opening in the lining.
[TIP: Reach in and poke out the corners of the outside so you have nice points]
Sew the turning opening closed by sewing about 1/8″ along the edge.
Push lining inside, folding along the fold you pressed in the flange.
Topstitch around the top edge of the flange.
Step 9: Drawstring
Sew around flange 1/2″ on either side. This will leave 1″ between for your ribbon.
[TIP: Get Brave]
Insert seam ripper on the inside of the flange where you want the drawstring to pull. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT CATCH THE OUTSIDE OF THE FLANGE IN THE SEAM RIPPER!!
Rip a hole slightly wider than your ribbon.
Attach the safety pin to one end of your ribbon and feed it through the flange coming out in the same hole.
Open the bag completely and double knot the ribbon at the opening.
Trim ribbon to desired length.
Pull tight and you’re done. YAY!! Perfect for taking to the beach or pool. Or if you just want a little handbag.
Don’t forget to check out all of the blogs on this hop for more fun and more giveaways.