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Shopping Bag

 

This handy little bag is perfect for

shopping trips and holidays.

 

 

Approx. finished size is

13 1/2" x 11" x 4" (34cm x 28cm x 10cm)

 

What will you need?

  • ​8" x 44" of patchwork fabric (main outer panel)
  • ​16" x 44" of patchwork fabric (outer base panel, handles & binding)
  • 16" x 44" of patchwork fabric (lining)
  • ​1/2yd medium iron-on interfacing (lining)
  • ​20" x 35" of wadding (I've used Thermolam fleece)
  • ​Needle, thread, scissors, iron and a sewing machine

Cutting instructions

  • Cut 2 pieces 7 1/2" x 14 1/2" from the fabric for your main outer panels
  • Cut 2 pieces 6 1/2" x 14 1/2" from the fabric for your base panels
  • From the same fabric cut 2 pieces 5" x 22" for the handles
  • And 2 pieces 2 1/2" x 14 1/4" for the binding
  • Cut 2 pieces 14 1/4" x 13" form the fabric for the lining
  • Cut a piece of wadding 16" x 32" for the main bag
  • And 2 pieces 1" x 22" for the handles

  • Take one main front panel and one base panel and place right sides together and stitch along one of the longest sides
  • Open out and press the seam

  • Repeat with the other front and base panel

 

  • Place both pieces right sides together and stitch along the long side of the base panel
  • Open out and press the seam

 

 

  • Take the piece of wadding and lay it flat
  • Then lay the fabric panel on the top, right side facing up
  • Quilt as you like, I've done a simple wavy line but you can do any design​

 

  • Trim the excess wadding off

  • Now fold the panel in half, right sides together, so that the short sides meet
  • Make sure the seams of the base panel match up at the sides
  • Pin in place
  • Stitch down the sides, leaving the top open

  • Mark a 2" square in the bottom two corners
  • Cut them out

  • Open up the corners and line up the side seams with the base seam

  • Pin in place and stitch across the corners
  • You should now have a bag outer
  • Iron interfacing onto the lining fabric
  • Place right sides together and stitch down the sides and across the bottom
  • Mark a 2" square in the bottom two corners and cut them out
  • Open up the corners and match up the side seams with the base seam
  • Pin in place and stitch across the corners
  • Take the two handle strips
  • With the right side facing out, fold the strips in half lengthways and press
  • Open out each strip and fold the edges in to meet the centre crease and press
  • Then fold in half again, effectively folding each strip into quarters lengthways
  • Open each strip out and tuck a 1" strip of wadding inside
  • Then fold back up again
  • Stitch down the length of the open edge first.
  • Then down the folded edge, you can add a decorative stitch down the centre as well if you want to
  • Trim the ends if needed and make sure both straps are the same length

 

  • Take the two binding strips and, with the right side facing out, fold in half lengthways and press
  • Unfold and place the right sides together and stitch the short ends together to form a loop
  • Refold
  • Leave the lining inside out and place it inside the bag outer
  • ​Match up the side seams
  • ​Pin around the top of the bag
  • Then stitch round

 

  • Measure approx. 6" in from the side seams and pin the handles on the inside of the bag with the ends matching up to the top of the bag
  • Make sure they're no twisted
  • Then tack/bast in place
  • Take your loop of binding and place it, raw edge to raw edge, around the top of the bag on the outside
  • Match up the side seams and pin in place
  • Stitch round 1/2" from the top of the bag
  • Fold the binding over the seam to the inside of the bag
  • Hand stitch in place, covering any raw edges and seams
  • Now fold the handles upwards and hand stitch to the binding to keep them in place

Your bag is now finished.

 

 

It can easily be sized up or down.

Why not experiment with

different colours and patterns?

 

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