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Re: Looking Forward to the Move: Part One
My husband will be looking forward to the certification class on the longarm. He can't wait to get
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Re: I never finish anythi...
A couple of years ago, my daughter gave me a pattern and a tote bag all cut out.i never finished it.
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Quilter's Way's owner, Jane, has a standard tote bag pattern in her head that she always uses when she makes bags. She also shares it with customers when they come into the shop. She walked me through it, so I can share this easy and versatile pattern with our extended community. You got a sneak-peek at the bag last week:
What You Will Need:
Cut your fabric:
1. Decide the size you would like your bag. You've purchases 1/2 yard of fabric, so the widest your bag will be is 18". Your height should not be more than your width. Also, remember that you will have a bottom in your bag, so that will take about 3". For this bag, we assumed a 15" height. So, we cut a piece of canvas that measured 18" x 30".
2. Cut your main fabric. Be sure to set aside your remaining fabric to make the handles.
3. Cut your coordinating fabric. Your coordinating fabric is both your lining and lip, so it needs to be longer than your main fabric. We added 7", which added 3.5" to each side.
4. Cut a piece of DecorBond to match the size of each piece of fabric you just cut.
Affix DecorBond to your fabrics:
1. Line up the sticky side of your piece of DecorBond to the back of your fabric.
2. With your iron on a high steam setting, press the DecorBond to the fabric.
Construct the bag:
1. Sew the two width ends (shorter sides) together, wrong sides together. Leave a 6" opening on one side.
See the opening that was left:
2. Line up your seams in the middle, and pin. Butt the seams together so that they are snug.
4. Now that you're all centered, pinned and lined up, sew together your side seams.
Construct the bag bottom:
1. Grab one of the four corners, and position it so that the side seam is positioned in the center on the top layer. Pin it in place..
2. Lay the corner flat on your cutting table, and take your cutting ruler to mark where your corner will be. To get a 4" bottom, as we did, you'll want to mark 2.5" from the edge of the corner, as shown below.
3. Repeat this, and mark your remaining three corners. Be sure to be consistent!
4. Stitch all four corners, along the marked lines.
1. Turn your bag inside out. Pull your fabric through the opening you left while constructing the bag.
2. Now that your fabric is all out, fit the lining into the canvas. You should have a 3", or so, lip.
3. Once the lining is fit well into the bag, press the top edge of the bag.
4. Top stitch around the top edge of the bag.
5. Top stitch around the top edge seam of the canvas (or main fabric), which will also secure your opening.
You're almost done!
Make the Handles:
1. Cut 2 6"x18" strips from the remaining canvas fabric.
2. Press the outer edges in 1/4" of each strip.
3. Fold the strip in half, then quarters and press, as seen below.
4. Topstitch around all four edges the handles.
5. Stitch the handles to the outside of the bag.
6. Hand stitch decorative buttons over the handle edges on the lip.
TaDa! You are done! Wasn't that easy and fun?
Now we have a challenge for you. Create your own bag, using this tutorial, and post a photo of it to our Timeline on Facebook. The first five people to do this before April 30, 2012 will receive a Dear Stella fat quarter pack! So, be inspired! Make a bag! Get fat quarters!
Last week, a customer came into the shop, and as I worked with her, she exclaimed, "I feel like I've found my home! I went into a shop to buy minkee to bind a quilt, and the workers thought I was crazy. But, I walked in here and saw you had TWO quilts with Minkee binding. You're my kind of shop!"
We love working with Minkee. We use it to make baby quilts, to back quilts, and even to bind quilts! Recently, we've started offering kits to make Stitch 'n Flip quilt-as-you-go kits. Everyone who comes into the shop loves the look and feel of the quilts. They're soft, cozy, and heavy--just what you would want wrapped around you on a cold night or when you're feeling under the weather. But, people are often a little unsure about working with just that much Minkee. So, here are some tips for working with Minkee to keep your sanity long enough to get the most luxurious feeling quilt you'll ever own or gift.
First, before you even start working with the Minkee, take it outside and shake it out. When Minkee is cut, it sheds. The good news is, once you get your quilt sewn together, this is not an issue.
Next, before you start sewing, do a quick clean of your machine. Each machine is slightly different, so consult your owner's manual about how to clean your bobbin case and the "innards." Depending on what you are doing with the Minkee, you may need to clean your machine again during the project. You will definitely want to clean it after completing the project.
Use a slightly longer stitch then normal. The stitches will sink into the Minkee, which makes Minkee an exceptionally forgiving fabric to work with. It also ensures an absolutely gorgeous backing fabric, though. Look at how the stitches just sink into the fabric.
To assist with quilting with Minkee, we recommend the following:
We currently have three Stitch 'n Flip Minkee kits in the shop. These quilt as you go kits are a fairly easy project, which result in maximum coziness. The Transportation Stitch 'n Flip is shown finished above. Click on the pictures of the kits below to view and purchase these kits.
Pink Cows Stitch 'n Flip Kit:
Floral Stitch 'n Flip: