Finally! A new project! I have always loved the look of quilted bags and snatched up the chance to make this one. I used this pattern to make Christmas gifts and they were a big hit 🙂
I find this project matches well with my LIPGLOSS HOLDER, which works great as a zipper pull and looks super cute 🙂
- 5/8 yard cotton fabric for the exterior of the bag (You can use a fat quarter, but it is a tight fit)
- 5/8 yard cotton fabric for the interior of the bag (You can use a fat quarter, but it is a tight fit)
- 18 x 18 or larger square of foam interfacing (I used Pellon’s naked Flex-Foam)
- One 14-inch or longer zipper (I used nylon coil purse zippers size 4.5)
- One 8-inch or longer zipper (I used nylon coil purse zippers size 3)
- Approximately 2 yards of 1/2 inch wide single-fold bias tape OR a fat quarter to make your own
- 1/8 yard or scraps of Lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)
- Coordinating Thread to match exterior fabric, interior fabric, and zippers
* You can use pre-quilted fabric for this project if you prefer. You will need an 18 x 18-inch square as well as additional coordinating single-layer fabrics for the handle and tab.
- Basic sewing tools and sewing machine
- A fabric marking tool that vanishes or washes away ( I used Air Erase Markers)
- Multiple bobbins, one for each coordinating thread color
- Walking Foot (recommended) and walking foot guide (optional)
- Fabric Clips (recommended)
- Tailor’s Clapper (optional)
- Sewing stiletto (recommended – I used a Purple Thang, you can also use the back edge of your seam ripper)
- Safety goggles or safety eyewear (recommended if using short or metal zippers)
This bag is made with foam interfacing, quilted between two layers of cotton. It gives the bag a nice soft appearance.
The bag has a large storage compartment, one front pocket, one handle, and one tab for opening and closing.
The bag is also completely finished, hiding all raw edges.
Even the interior pocket seams are hidden in this project!
To hide the seams I used single-fold bias tape, which lays flat over the seam allowance. As a result, you do see the stitches on the outside of the project, but they blend in nicely with the quilting stitches.
I find it easier to attach the binding prior to sewing the side gusset in place.
The zipper tape itself is used to hide the seam allowances along the edge of the zipper.
Topstitching helps the zipper to lay flat and encases the raw edges under the zipper tape.
I hope you enjoy making this yourself! Happy Sewing 🙂