Hi friends! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today! Cause, boy, do I have something I think you'll like!
A few of you might remember last month when I mentioned I would be partaking in Christie's annual Purse week over at her incredible blog: A Lemon Squeezy Home!
I am honoured to be able to take part with other AH-MAZING bloggers!
It's this week and will feature 4 Tutorials (including my own and three from very well known bloggers) and than a contest for some great prizes at the end of the week!
You guys NEED to check it out, it's going to be a lot of fun :) Pssst...there's ANOTHER tutorial tomorrow from Sachiko from Tea Rose Home! Click on the button over there <----- to check it out!
Now on to the good stuff!
The tutorial I have for you today is:
I will warn you now, that:
a) it's a VERY photo heavy tutorial. Is that a bad thing?
b) it's, therefore, long. (but not complicated, I promise!)
c)my first attempt at quilting, so it's like Quilted for Dummies, by a quilting dummy :)
So see, if I can do it, YOU can probably do it better! LOL!
YOU WILL NEED:
- A charm pack (with 42 squares)
- 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for base
-1/2 yard of contrasting fabric for interior
- 1/2 yard of fusible interfacing
- 1/2 yard fleece interfacing
- sewing machine : )
READY? HERE WE GO!
See where it says "This should sewn together!"...that's the quilting dummy part coming out!
Lookee, how pretty:
I DO NOT have a rotary cutter, as you can tell by my NON straight cut. Ugh.
This is the part for the interior pocket:
1. Cut out two pieces of fabric and one of fleece interfacing in the size you want your pocket.
2. Place then in this order: fabric together (right sides together two, if there ARE right sides.) Then the fleece.
Sew around the edge, leaving about 2 inches unfinished. This is so you can turn it.
4. Turn inside out. Iron. Tuck unfinished edge inside and...
6. Place it where you want it two go on your fabric and (not pictured) pin it on
6.Sew long the edge to secure onto interior piece of bag AND to close the unfinished part. It will look neat and tidy :)
If you DO NOT KNOW how to create a box bottom, HERE is a great video tutorial that will take you through the steps.
At this point when you go to sew the unfinished part closed, continue around the entire length of the opening of the bag.
DON'T KNOW how to make your own handle straps? Delia Creates has a great tutorial on it!
And now, stand back and admire your (in my case) very first attempt at quilted ANYTHING.
So casual. And that fabric? Absolutely delicious. Gotta love Moda Charm Packs!
I don't know about you, but the fabric seems very Autumn-y to me. The red of apples, crisp blue skies, olive-y greens...honest to goodness, one of my all-time favorite color palettes.
There you have it ladies, how to make your own quilted bag. As Christie would say...easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
A quick personal note: I haven't stopped using this bag since I made it, I LOVE it! It's replaced every other bag I own and I use it as a diaper bag/mommy bag! It's big enough to carry everything and I think, it goes well with everything. Also, I had enough charm pack left over to make a sun glass pouch and notebook cover! (Tutes to follow when I recover from this MASSIVE post!) Woot, woot! Yay for matchy-matchy!
Also, I am fully aware that this may not be the "right" way to make it (after all, I don't pretend to know how to quilt! One day though, one day), but this the way I made it and it worked for me!
And as always, you can find this tutorial (and many others!) under the "Tutorial" Tab at the top.
I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any question (be it big or small) please, leave it in the comments and I will do my best to answer it : ) By that I mean...I HOPE I KNOW THE ANSWER! LOL!
Thank you Chrisite for letting me kick off Purse Week, it's been a pleasure and an honour : )
And thank YOU for reading.
These great parties! Join me :)