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« on: August 31, 2005 02:58:40 PM »



WANNA MAKE ME???

So, this is how I make my funky patchwork bags that reverse to a patch-free interior (for those days where you’re feeling not-so-funky)… but if you don’t have a large enough piece of fabric for the interior and/or straps, feel free to patch that together too!  The directions are detailed, (I used to write computer manuals for a living) but that doesn’t mean this is hard to do – in fact it’s very easy or I wouldn’t be able to do it either.  It will take some time, though....Not counting the time spent cutting out the patchwork squares; it only takes about an hour to construct this thing.  And of course, pillowcases, sheets, tablecloths or drapes make great interior/strap fabrics!

YOU NEED FABRIC:
Bag Exterior:  4”x4” squares of miscellaneous scraps – 32 squares in all (mix it up, but I like to include a few pieces of my interior fabric for continuity…)
Bag Interior:  32”x14” piece of interior fabric
Strap:      (1) 45”x5” strip for the strap and (1) 10”x5” strip for the adjustable loop

YOU NEED OTHER STUFF:
-I highly recommend a sewing machine, but that’s not to say you can’t do this by hand.
-Thread in whichever color you have/ suits your fancy or if you care, matches your interior/strap fabric.
-Scissors (or Rotary Cutter & Mat)
-Pins I hate pinning. You'll only need a few.  Promise.

MAKE THE EXTERIOR PATCHWORK:

1.   Try to be precise when cutting your 4”x4” squares, so that they all line up neatly in the final product.  I used a rotary cutter for precision, but it’s not necessary. HINT!  Many fabrics will tear in a straight line (i.e., cottons) so take advantage and tear some long 4” strips, then cut the torn strips into 4” squares.  2.   Lay out your design, mixing & matching to your hearts content.  Your layout should have four (4) squares across in each row and eight 8 squares down.

3.   Sew your first row:  Patch two squares (right sides together) along one side with ¼” seam.  Following your layout, add another square, then another to total 4 squares across. 
4.   Repeat step 3 for each row of 4 squares.  Goal= 8 rows of 4 squares across. 

5.   With right sides together, match up rows 1 & 2 and stitch them together, with ¼” seam.  Now you should have 4 squares across and 2 squares down.  Iron the seams flat? Yeah, sure if you feel like it.  I haven’t found it to be too necessary.  Pins? Who needs pins… just match up your squares as you are sewing along, and you should be just fine.  If not, who cares?  It’s just goofy patchwork!

6.   Keep going!  You’ll very soon have 4 squares across and 8 rows down.  Now…Relax!  The hardest part is OVER!
7.   Fold patchwork in half (right sides together) on the seam of rows 4 and 5.  This seam is the bottom.
8.   Stitch the sides together, but make sure that the finished exterior is no wider than 13”… remember, you have a 14” wide piece of interior fabric and you’re gonna need to allow for seams….
9.   Trim any excess from the side seams to neaten things up.   Trim the top of the bag straight, but leave it open and un-hemmed. 
10.   Turn the patchwork right side out.

MAKE THE INTERIOR:
11.   Fold 32”x14” interior fabric in half so that you have a 14”x16”rectangle.  The fold line will be the bottom of the interior.  The interior fabric should be about 2 inches longer at the top than your finished patchwork for your nice “cuffed” top edge.  See steps 15&16...
12.   With right sides together, stitch the interior fabric sides to equal the width of you finished patchwork plus ½”  (i.e., if your patchwork width is 12 inches, your interior width should measure 12 ½”).   The interior needs to be wider so that the patchwork doesn’t pucker on steps 15&16…


13.   Trim any excess fabric ¼” from the seam.  Leave the interior inside-out.

PUT IT TOGETHER:
14.   With the patchwork right-side out and the Interior inside-out, insert the interior into the patchwork bag (wrong sides together).  Put your hand into the bag (note how the "right side" of the interior is actually the inside of the bag where your hand is.  This is because you remembered to insert the interior into the patchwork bag inside-out.  That's good.  When you reverse it, all the seams will be in between both fabrics).  With your hand still inside, poke your fingers into the bottom corners to get everything all situated, then pin the corners together through all layers – one pin on each corner and one in the middle. This will keep the fabric from shifting too while you finish the top.  Dang!  Had to use some pins after all…
15.   Fold the “too long” interior fabric down about ¼” to the outside of the bag.  Fold it down again – this time, far enough that your first folded edge covers the patchwork by about ½”.  This makes a nice neat “cuff” on the top of the patchwork side, and a smooth interior. You’ll want to use a few pins here, too... 

16.   Stitch ¼” from the top and bottom edges of the cuff to finish off the top.   Un-Pin everything.

ADD A STRAP
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17.   Fold the long edges of the 45”x5” strip to the middle.  Fold the strip in half lengthwise, with the raw edges concealed inside.  Sew ¼” edge all the way around the strap, folding in the short ends as you go along, so that no raw edges show.  Do the same with the 10”x5” strip.

18.   Fold the 10” strap in half and sew it onto a top corner of the bag to form a loop.  I like to sew it on with a nice sturdy “X” inside a square. 
19.   Sew the 45” strap to the opposite top corner of the bag.  Thread the strap through the loop, adjust the length and tie a single knot.  DONE!



 

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2005 04:36:19 PM »

This is an awesome tutorial. I love the amount of detail  in the tutorial as well as the purse.  I can't wait to sit down with some scraps and start making this one!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2005 05:19:38 PM »

Those are great. Nice combinations of patterns on your patchwork and the tutorial is so encouraging I think I could whip something like this up if I need a last minute (er... couple of hours) gift.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2005 02:55:51 AM »

Thanks so much for posting this!!  Now I know what my next project for me will be!
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2005 04:11:38 AM »

I'm going to try it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2005 04:27:31 AM »

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the bag looks great, GoodWithHerHands (obvisously!) . u have also written a nice tutorial. i'm not much of a sewing crafts person, so one day i hope i'll try this out.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2005 02:25:31 PM »

I'm going to have to try this one...missed it the first time around but someone mentioned it in their post.  Very beautiful and nice tutorial.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2005 06:04:16 PM »

very nice quilt look to the bags....nice tut!! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2006 09:10:38 PM »

i'm going to try it! it looks mooost definitely delish. i mostly crochet odd hat creations and the occas purse, but this looks fun. oh, i do trades, so drop me a line at AlgolMorgan@hotmail.com if you're interesting in a funky hat trade before the cold runs away.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2006 03:12:44 PM »

That's a great tutorial!
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2006 06:17:59 PM »

really cute purse,and thanks for the tut!
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2006 08:08:42 PM »

What an adorable bag and a great tutorial!  Thanks for all your work, you really are "good with your hands"   Wink
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2006 02:24:54 PM »

 Awesome work!! Can't wait to get started on this one!!! Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2006 02:52:36 PM »

this is the first post i've bookmarked!! what a great detailed tutorial for an awesome project that i've always wanted to do. thank you so much!
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2006 03:29:51 PM »

Thank You ! for a beautifully illustrated and clearly written tutorial.  You do fabulous work.  I've always wanted a patchwork bag and I'm feeling confident enough to give it a try - thanks to this tutorial.

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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2006 03:50:51 PM »

Thanks, all!  I'd LOVE to see finished products from those of you who have tried this!  Would be pretty cool to see what others do with my design!  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2006 06:46:28 PM »

Cute! Thanks for the tute. (Ooh that rhymes!)
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2006 06:50:45 PM »

I'm definitely trying this.  Great tutorial. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2006 07:49:08 PM »

I like the way the strap is! What a good idea!
How big is the finished bag, is it as big as a piece of printer paper?
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2006 08:36:19 PM »

oh thank  you SO  much!  I  was  jsut  looking  at a  stack of squares (I bought thinking quilt  but  wellthere aren't  enough to  make a quilt  for  my BUTT  let alone teh rest of me!)  so  now they will find  a home.   Thanks   for the tutorial.. you are fabulous!
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« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2006 03:24:38 PM »

Jelly - The bag measures about 12"x14".... a little bigger than standard 8 1/2X11 paper.
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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2007 08:33:35 PM »

This is a wonderful tutorial. With an added pocket (with a zipper!--quite exciting for a newbie), I just finished a purse based on your instructions. Granted that this is my first purse and my very limited previous sewing experience, I'm very pleased with it. I'll try to post a picture soon once I find my camera cord.  Grin Wink Roll Eyes
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« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2007 02:59:14 PM »

I loved the OP's bags so much I had to make my own. First sewing project ever! Thanks for the great tutorial!


The interior is the peachy fabric of the top cuff. Now it needs to hurry up and become spring here in Seattle so I can use the damn thing!
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« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2007 04:12:49 PM »

i love them!  wisted!
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« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2007 06:34:39 PM »

O.M.G. This is AWESOME. Here I was thinking I was going to absolutely love the purse I'm working on, and lo, I find this (well-written)tute and it's more awesome! I'm a fiend for patchwork, and this would make a fabulous run around town bag! *adds to her list of things to make when she gets the sewing machine for upcoming birthday*
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« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2007 08:20:38 PM »

Bemaha, you did a KILLER job!  Your bag looks awesome, and I'm totally impressed with your color combination.  Yea for you!
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« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2007 09:21:54 PM »

Awesome tut, thank you for sharing...I've book marked it for a future project Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2007 09:35:10 PM »

super cool project, thanks for sharing!!
I love the fabric you chose.
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2007 08:26:41 AM »

Here's my attempt so far!



I think I'm going to add a flap to it at the top to give it some sort of lid-type thing. not sure though. May just leave it as-is. I love it dearly though!
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« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2007 12:48:38 AM »

IS there another way to do straps?  I was thinking of making one to cart my tiny laptop around in, but I'd be afraid the knot at the strap wpuld break....
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« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2007 06:03:39 PM »

I made two (almost 3) of these at Christmas and they turned out pretty well -- although I've had the problem of my stuff falling out when a car turned around the corner!

I wasn't sure about your handles, so I placed one handle on each side of the bag, and then I tied the knot.

Aesthetically, I think I would have liked the bag better if I had color-coordinated more.  But I thought also, wouldn't it be great to have a bag for each season or holiday -- you could line with St. Patrick's Day fabric fabric for example, and have florals (or patriotic) for summer.

But I had a good time making the bag, and the tutorial was good, too.  Thank you!
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« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2007 12:50:47 AM »

I love this! Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2007 06:59:01 AM »

very cute and functional
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« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2007 11:18:31 AM »

This is a great tutorial. This will be one of my up and coming projects!
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« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2007 09:51:35 AM »

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Thank you so much for this!
I'm working on my own right this very second, and it is coming along pretty nicely I think. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2009 09:00:34 AM »

I've made a ton of these and I love them!  They have their own post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298766.new#new
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« Reply #36 on: April 15, 2009 11:41:54 AM »

Wow!  I've been looking at the list of tutorials in the Purses, Bags and Wallets section and this is The Best of them all!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for writting it in a way we can really understand!  These are soooo cute    Wink  I'm already planning on trying it!  Thanks again!!!   Grin
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« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2009 05:00:05 PM »

So gorgeous! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial - can't wait to make this!
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« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2009 10:23:25 AM »

Beautiful bag! I'm a sucker for anything patchwork.
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« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2009 11:48:19 AM »

Fab bags and great tut - yet another thing goes on the list of "Things I just HAVE to try"!
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« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2009 02:46:31 PM »

I finished my patchwork purse a few days ago and I LOVE IT!!!! It is the project I am most proud of to date. The tutorial was amazing - so clear and easy to follow for a newbie sewer! I just had trouble attaching the loop and the strap - a lot of layers of fabric for my poor machine to deal with. My first lined bag - it looks so professional! (except for my slightly skewed patchworking in some parts)

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« Reply #41 on: August 11, 2012 12:24:35 PM »

I've used this tutorial several times now. Here are just some of the bags I've made using this technique, with just minor tweeks for different styles.

 
This was for my sister's birthday.



This was for Dragonflower in round 2 of the Ancient Cultures Swap.



And this one was for krizzle in the Inglorious Grindhouse: Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez Swap
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