Today I am going to try and do my first instructional craft blog. All my other crafty ones so far have just been the finished product. This weekend I made some lovely little carry bags for some very special ladies for a Christmas gift. I've made quite a few of these little bags over the years (my very clever aunty helped me come up with the design), but this is the first time I have taken photos as I went along. I made them out of a jelly roll which made it even easier (less cutting), but if you don't want this look, you can simplify them even more by making them out of solid fabric (see my cutest little bags post for end result). Enough talking, lets see if I can explain how to make them...
|Next, cut the strips into quarter lengths - it just happened that this was approximately the width I wanted my bags. If you want bigger or smaller bags you can cut accordingly. I think mine were approx 28cm.|
|Then to the machine to sew the strips together.|
|Stretch the fabric out and iron the seams down, all in the same direction. |
While doing any type of quilting, I always have my iron on and close by - you'll need it a lot.
|So once you have found your lining fabric. Lay the outside onto the lining and cut the lining to the exact same size.|
|Fold the pieces in half - right side in. As you can see above, to make sure the seams align, I pin them together at each of the joins. I think it makes a way neater finish, and it's worth taking a little extra time to do this.|
|Sew along both sides, leaving the top open. Do this with the lining as well.|
|Fold the top edge of the bag over and iron it down, so that you have a nice neat edge.|
|Turn the bag the right way out and push your fingers right into the corners (where the triangles are in the bottom). |
Now it's getting exciting because it's really taking shape!
|Final stage. Sew the lining and outside together and voilà! You're done!!|