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ThatNanda
« on: June 10, 2008 07:52:10 PM »

I love making these.  Love, love, love.  They're so easy, they make great gifts, and they are perfect for sleepovers, diaper bags, whatever. 






You will need:

Rectangle of cotton batting, roughly 31 X 23
22" separating zipper (one of those chunky, sporty kind)
Several different, colorful fabrics for strips
Rectangle of fabric, same size as batting, for lining
A Strip of cotton batting, 48" X 6"

Step one:  Get yourself a rectangle of cotton batting - mine was roughly 31 W x 23 L, but that's just because I had a rectangle of batting that size; it's a very flexible project.

Step two:  Cut strips of different fabrics, slightly longer than your W measurement, and in various widths. 

Step three:  Lay a single strip across the middle of the bag, right side up, then lay another strip on top of it, so that their right sides are together and their right edges match.  Stitch through fabric and batting.  Press open.

Step Four:  Repeat step three until one side of the batting is covered in fabric.  Then, starting from the middle strip again, do the same thing to the other side of the batting.

Step Five:  Time to neaten things up; If there is excess fabric hanging off either end of the batting rectangle, cut it off.

Step Six:  Ok, zipper time.  To make life easier, I use a separating zipper.  So separate that sucker, then place one half across the length of the bag (so it runs across every fabric strip) right sides together, matching the edge of the fabric to the fabric edge of the zipper.  Stitch.  Then match the remaining zipper half to the other side of the rectangle, edges and right sides together, and stitch.     

Step seven:  Now take your rectangle of lining fabric and lay it on top, right sides together, with the zipper sections sandwiched in between.  Stitch on the same two lines where you sewed the zipper to the pieced rectangle.  Flip so that the right sides are now facing out and press.

Step eight:  Close your zipper and stitch a couple of times across the bottom teeth - this will stop it from separating when your bag is finished.  You should now have a fabric tube.

Step nine: Making the strap: Take your 48" x 6" piece of batting.  Using leftover strips colorful fabric slightly longer than 6", piece the strap in the same manner as the bag.  Trim off excess.  Fold both ends of the 6" side of the strap toward the center, wrong sides together, tucking the outside flap about 1/2" under and centering it, then stitching right down the middle of the strap.

Step ten:  Flip your fabric tube so that the lining is on the outside.  At the side near the bottom of the zipper, lay the bag flat so that the zipper is centered, with fabric on either side, and make your seam, catching one end of the strap in it (also centered.)  At the other end, run your seam so that the zipper is at the very edge of the fabric, catching the other side of the strap in the seam (try to angle the strap in the seam, so that it seems to run smoothly out the top of the bag, and not awkwardly out the side.)  Flip bag rightside out.  You're done!                     
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dftkarin
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008 08:19:36 PM »

Hey! Clever - I love the strips and color combos!! Simple you say?? How can that be? Did you follow a tute online? I love the bag! Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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stephers
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008 08:24:10 PM »

Oh, yeah, it's cute and we're gonna need a tute for it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008 09:30:22 PM »

It's something my mom made up, actually, and it couldn't be simpler.  I'll try to write something up. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008 09:57:42 PM »

looks fabulous!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008 10:52:41 AM »

This looks great. It's kind of easy to figure out, except top pic on the left? - either the seam is different or the bag is just in an odd position.
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ThatNanda
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2008 11:50:02 AM »

This looks great. It's kind of easy to figure out, except top pic on the left? - either the seam is different or the bag is just in an odd position.

No, you're right.  The bottom seam runs horizontal, but the top seam runs vertical.
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stacijane
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2008 04:57:46 PM »

AAhhhh.....I see!  What a neat design!  It would be a perfect PJ bag for a sleepover.  I'm going to have to try this!
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ThatNanda
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2008 09:10:23 PM »

I've added a tutorial.  I've never written one of these up before, so if anyone is confused at any point, I'll try to clarify.   Smiley
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