Friday, March 18, 2011

Project Number Four - Fat Quarter Bags

The fourth and final project Beth and I made together was a Fat Quarter Bag using this pattern:

It is Pattern #1144 Six Pack Stack Reversible Fat Quarter Tote by Whistlepig Creek Productions. I either bought this pattern at a quilt show or at Jo-Anns, I don't remember which.  If you are interested in it, it is probably available on-line also.

We liked it so much we ended up making 4 of them! Here is the first one I made, which I gifted to my other SIL Becky:

It has four pockets total; 2 on the outside and 2 on the inside.

I then made one for myself in pinks and purples. Here is one side of it:

And here is the other side:

I added a magnetic snap to mine, since I wanted to use it as an everyday purse. I now love magnetic snaps!! They are so easy to put in and work great. We just reinforced the area where we put them in with some small pieces of leftover fusible fleece.  I'll give you a tip too; I found several different kinds at Jo-Anns, but they were cheaper in the purse handle section than they were in the notions area!

Beth ended up liking the pattern so much she made 2 bags for herself:

Here is the interior of the one on the right:

I really liked this pattern.  It was perfect for a newbie sewer like me, with detailed instructions and diagrams to help me through each step in the process.  Be aware that you will pretty much use every inch of your fat quarters, so make sure your fat quarters are truly 18 X 21. We had to make our handles a little shorter than we wanted on a couple of these because the fabric was not cut true to size.

As usual, Beth and I ended up using some of the decorative stitches on these too!

I had so much fun sewing with my sister-in-law that I have asked her to come back this summer for another visit! The next time we will tackle quilting, which I am so anxious to learn. I think we've even convinced our other SIL Becky to buy a new sewing machine and join us! It's going to be so much fun... I can't wait!


pattas said...

They are lovely .. Happy colours for shopping..:)) love the bags :))

glor said...

Absolutely love these bags. If I was closer to you I'd come over and get some instructions. You two are so very talented!

becky said...

Thanks so much for my new bag! I absolutely luv it! I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your new sewing habit! My husband.... not so much!