Fat Quarter Sewing Bag

Some time ago my students asked for a small sewing bag pattern, and the following is the result.

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PLEASE NOTE:  This sewing bag is made with Australian fat quarters – which are slightly bigger than USA fat quarters.  If using imperial measurements, you will need 2 pieces of fabric minimum 20″ square.  If you also wish to make the accompanying needle case and pin cushion, you will need 2 fat quarters of each fabric (or 50cm x width OR 20″ x width)

Requirements:

2 x Australian fat quarters OR 2 pieces of fabric 20” square (1 for bag and 1 for lining) (Please see note above)

2 x small pieces of wadding (minimum 3″ x 13″ and 6″ x 7″)

VBB4 Bag Base (wholesaler: Victorian Textiles)  Ask your local patchwork store to order one in or contact Somerset Patchwork for mail order.

Sewing machine

Matching thread

Pins

Needle

Construction – all seam allowances are ¼” unless otherwise stated.  Please read instructions before commencing project.

Bag  Outside:

From bag fabric, cut a 19½” square.

Cut 6½” squares from each corner forming a +

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Keep the cut out 6½” squares.

Handles:

Cut one of the 6½” squares in half and join the short ends making a rectangle 12½” x 3¼”.  Fold under one long edge ¼” and press.

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Cut a strip of wadding 1” x 12½”.

Lay the wadding in the centre of the wrong side of the handle strip.

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Fold the raw edge over the wadding strip, then the folded edge.

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Pin and stitch.

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Repeat to make a second handle

Place handles 1½” in from edge on the right side of two opposing sides of the bag.  Pin in place.

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From the third 6½” square cut a strip 1½” x 6½”.

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Fold under ¼” on one long edge.

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Like the handle, fold in the raw edge and then the folded edge, press and top stitch.  (There is NO wadding in this strip).

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Place this handle keeper between one of the handles.  Pin in place.

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Baste the handles and handle keeper into place.

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With right sides together, sew the “side seams” of the bag, making a topless cube.  Backstitch at each end of seam to secure.

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Bag Lining:

From lining fabric, cut a 19½” square.  Cut 6½” squares from each corner forming a + (same as bag outer) and keep the 6½” squares.

Pockets:

Fold a 6½” square in half, right sides together and sew the long edge.  Turn right side out, press and top stitch folded edge.  Repeat with other three 6½” squares.

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On the right side of the bag lining, place seamed edge of pocket at the bottom edge of the + and pin into place.  (Top stitched edge forms top of pocket.)

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Stitch a “U” around the sides and bottom of each pocket; make the side seam slightly less than ¼” seam so stitches are hidden in the seam allowance when finished.

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If desired, fold one of the pockets in half and stitch down the folded line to make two smaller pockets.

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Ensure long ends of threads are left at the beginning and end of the stitching; take these threads to the back, tie off and snip leaving a tail.

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Like the bag outer, with right sides together, sew the “side seams” of the lining, making a topless cube.  Backstitch at each end of seam to secure. Turn right side out.

Putting the Bag Together:

Place the lining inside the bag, right sides together, and sew around the top edge leaving a gap to turn on one of the no handle sides.  Repeat the stitching to reinforce.

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Turn right side out through the gap and press the bag.  Top stitch at ⅛” around the top of the bag.  Insert the bag base for support.

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Well done!

Thread Holder:

From the remaining 6½” square, cut 2” squares from each corner making a +.  (Either discard the 2″ squares or put them in your applique fabric box or start a collection of 2″ squares for a round the world quilt!)

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Sew the “side seams” together as before, to form a topless cube.  Zig zag the seams to finish. (This piece is not lined.)

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Zig zag the top edge.  Fold edge over to wrong side and top stitch in place.  Turn right side out.

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Now you have a thread holder to either place your reel of thread in (so it doesn’t roll around while you’re using it), or you can place snipped threads in it like a small rubbish bag.   Great for when you’re out sewing or at class!

Thread End Storer:

From the remaining 5” x 6½”, cut a piece of wadding the same size.

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With right sides together sew around edges leaving a gap to turn.  Clip corners.

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Turn right side out, and top stitch around.

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The wadding will hold snipped thread ends, and when folded over it’s a pretty piece of fabric hiding the thread ends.  To empty, simply shake over a rubbish bin!

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Enjoy!        For instructions on making the pin cushion and needle case, please see this tutorial.

5 Responses to Fat Quarter Sewing Bag

  1. Helen F says:

    We will all have to make a set when we go to sewjourn

  2. Gail says:

    Just discovered this tutorial, thank you very much for sharing.

  3. Maria Aparecida says:

    Muito bem explicado.Obrigada!

  4. Selma Yamashita says:

    Gostei muito. Vou fazer. Muito bem explicado.
    Obrigada

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