Shag Bag Tutorial___
thanks Chrissiemags for the inspiration… and feel free to let me know my mistakes.
Good luck reading my babble hope it makes sense. Some will make more sense when youhave the pieces in hand.
Now are you brave enough to try it? LOL
First pick 3 different materials. And cut one piece of poster board in a 5X5 inch square.
Cut 19 of the lining pieces (use the poster board as your guide to mark)
Cut 9 of one of the other materials
Cut 10 of the other material
Here is what you should have so far.
Figure what types of handles you want. Woodened, beaded, cloth, handle or strap? Adjustable?
If you want a cloth handle or strap follow me. If using any other kind you will know when and where to add what you need.
Also cut 19 pieces of stiff interfacing 4 ½ X 4 ½ inches (you can also use low loft cotton batting for a more quilted look).
Ok for the fabric handles or strap cut 2 pieces of 2 different materials 3 inches wide and as long as you want your strap. (do 4 of each for handles and you can make them a bit more narrow)
Sew right sides together and turn. Iron and sew 1/8 inch from edges to secure. If you like a stiffer handle you can also add interfacing. I made one long strap like this.
The green is the underside and the print is the top of the strap. Lay aside.
Take one lining piece
One outer piece
Make a sandwich wrong sides together like this
If you want to add the extra step and make the quilters X you can, I don’t cause I am lazy like that. But here is what it would look like if you want to.
Do all remaining pieces the same way. You will end up with 2 stacks one having 9 of one material and one having 10 of the other material. Like this
All of which have outer, interfacing, and lining pieces.
OK now take one from 10 count stack and one from 9 count stack and place lining sides together. Stitch along one edge should look like this
on right side add another from the 10 count stack. Lay that aside and make 2 more strips like that. Now you have this.
Take one square from the nine count stack and sew to one from the 10 count stack. Then add one more from the 9 count stack. Make 2 of these strips. Like so
So now you have a total of 5 strips. Lay them all aside and lets make a pocket.
Take 2 pieces of material 14 X 5 ¼ inches place right sides together and sew along one long side. Turn and iron wrong sides together.
Sew along top edge for durability. It should look like this.
Now take one of each of the strips you made before and lay them lining sides together and sew along one long side. Will look like this when sewn
Make 2 of those.
On one of those panels attach the pocket raw edges lined with raw edges. Stitch along bottom and sides.
Also careful stitch along seam lines where the squares were sewn together to create the pockets.
Now you have 2 panels that look like this. One has pockets
(in this pic the pocketed one is on the left and the one on the right shows what the fronts look like)
Almost done. Take the left over squares and sew together. Making these.
Add each of these to the sides of one panel like this
Take the last 3 piece strip and center on the bottom of that panel like this.
Now add the other panel to the sides like this
Close up the bottom.
Now you have this
Sew around the top edge adding in handles, straps what ever you chose. Also add in Velcro for closure or a button like this
Throw it in the washer and dryer for the shag look and trim any extra threads.
Any questions or comments feel free. And please post pics of the bags you make….