60cm (5⁄8yd) background fabric
Two contrasting fat quarters for the design panel
30cm (3⁄8yd) or a fat quarter lining
9 x 24in non-fusible medium weight interfacing
30cm (3⁄8yd) fusible wadding
4 x 6in fusible interfacing, for fastening tab
4 x 8in template plastic, for base
1.4m (11⁄2yd) thick (#6 or #7) piping cord for handles
Thread to match fabrics
Approx 25 x 30cm (10 x 12in) (base measures 10 x 20cm or 4 x 8in)
Step 1: Cuttting Instructions
Two 5in wide strips across the width of the fabric. From one strip, crosscut one 4 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2in rectangle for the base and two 2 1⁄2in wide strips across the width of the fabric, each trimmed to 32in, for the handles; from the second strip, cut a 5 x 25in rectangle for the bag top section and a 4 x 6in rectangle for the fastening tab.
One 9in wide strip across the width of the fabric. Cross-cut to give 24 1 1⁄2 x 9in rectangles for the design panel
2. Take the two fat quarters and place them right sides together on your cutting mat. Keeping them together, fold in half width wise. Making sure you cut through all four layers, cut 12 1 1⁄2in wide strips. See Figure 1.
3. From the fusible wadding, cut the following:
One 8 x 24in rectangle for the design panel
One 4 x 8in rectangle for the base
Two 2 x 24in strips for the bag top section
4. From the lining, cut the following:
One 8 1⁄2 x 25in rectangle
Two 5 x 9in rectangles
If you are using a fat quarter, cut two 81⁄2 x 13in rectangles and join with a 1⁄2in seam to make a 81⁄2 x 25in rectangle.
Step 2: Creating the Strip
2. Take each of the 12 pairs of contrast strips cut from the fat quarters and, keeping each pair right sides together, join them lengthwise. Press the seam open and then fold the piece along the stitching line so that the right sides are to the outside. Cut each piece in half to yield two pieces each 1 1⁄4 x 9in as in Figure 3.
Step 3: First Background Strip
Step 4: Sewing the Strips
Step 5: Sewing the Strips Continued
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all 24 strips are stitched onto the interfacing with a background strip under each double contrast strip. See Figures 5–6.
7. Fuse the 8 x 24in rectangle of wadding onto the back of the panel, matching the two short edges and leaving a 1⁄2in gap down each long edge.
8. Turn the panel to the right side and stitch the strips in place with matching thread along the centre of the work, pushing all the strips in the same direction, with the first contrast fabric on top. See Figure 7.
Step 6: Piecing the Strips
Step 7: Piecing the Strips Continued
With right sides together, join the two short edges together with a 1⁄4in seam to form a tube. The wadding should butt together to avoid a bulky join. Fold and stitch both ends of the last strip in place.
Step 8: Preparing the Base
Step 9: Joining the Design Panel and Base
Step 10: Preparing the Bag Top Section
Step 11: Preparing the Handles
Step 12: Threading the Handle Tube
Step 13: Fastening Tab
Fold the piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Mark a point at the end of one short side and draw diagonal lines to it from the sides to form the tab point. Stitch with a 1⁄4in seam along the dotted lines. Trim away the excess fabric and the bulk from the points. Turn through to the right side, press and top stitch close to the edge around three finished sides. Work a buttonhole at the point. See Figures 15 a-b.
Step 14: Attaching the Handles and Fastening Tab
Stitch the second handle on the back design panel.
Step 15: Attaching the Bag Top
Step 16: Creating the Lining Pieces
Take the 8 1⁄2 x 25in rectangle of lining fabric and fold in half right sides together. Stitch the seam in two parts. Sew 1⁄2in along the seam, leave a 5in gap and then continue sewing to the end. See Figure 18b.
Right sides together, pin the base to the lining piece (as for the bag). Position the join to the centre of one of the short sides of the base. Stitch together with a 1⁄2in seam, clipping the edges of the lining at the corners of the base.
Turn the bag to the wrong side and put the lining inside the bag so that the right side of the bag and the right side of the lining are together. Make sure that the top edges are in line, that vertical seams are matching and that the handles and straps are tucked inside. Stitch around the top edge with a 1⁄2in seam. Turn the bag right side out through the gap in the lining. Slipstich the lining closed.
Fold the top edge of the bag so that it folds naturally along the 1⁄8in gap left between the two strips of fusible wadding inside the top section. Make sure that the lining is in place. Quilt four horizontal rows 1⁄2in apart through all layers of the top section, including the lower part of the handles and the tab. Finally, stitch the button in place and your bag is complete.