This is an easy pattern to follow, for the beginner and Experienced sewer alike, even though it may appear to be quite complicated. It is fun to do, and the possibilities of design are endless.
You can make a co-ordinated design pattern or just a random patchwork bag using all of your scraps. You could even use recycled fabrics, ie: old curtains, shirts or dresses.
The bag can be varied by shortening the handles or changing the gussets at the sides. Different buttons and fasteners can be used, and of course you can add any embellishments you wish.
Finished bag size 17”x15”x 4”
For the blue bag I used 5 different fabrics. Four new fabrics and the fifth is an old Laura Ashley curtain which I cut into squares. The button is an old one from my button box.
For the lining, straps, pocket and flap I used 2 of the fabrics used in the patchwork. You could make all of these from the different prints if you wished. Your bag will be unique whichever way you choose!
Fabric squares 4.5” x 4.5” as follows
30” fabric for lining and base ( 36” wide) (23” if fabric is 44” wide)
27” fabric for straps, flap and pocket (36” wide) (18” if fabric is 44” wide)
36’’ x 32 ” wadding/batting for bag, straps and flap ( fusible or non-fusible)
16 3/4’’ x 4’’ strong interfacing for bag base Plus a small square of interfacing to use with fastener
Magnetic fastener, or press stud and optional button for decoration