Things You'll Need
- Double faced quilting fabric
- 1/2 inch double-fold bias tape
- Sewing machine
Double-faced quilting fabric is beautiful and versatile, and provides an elegant look to your bag without the time consuming hassle of adding a lining. While finding a pattern for a bag made for double-faced quilted fabric may be difficult, you can adapt any bag pattern you like for this fabric. With a few simple modifications and basic sewing supplies, you can make a bag that is uniquely yours.
Modify your pattern by cutting out your pattern pieces. Cut out your body pieces, but do not cut out any pieces for the lining of your bag. Only cut out pocket pieces to be placed on the outside of the bag, not the inside of the bag. Cut handle pieces as directed in the pattern.
Prepare your outside pocket pieces for sewing. Iron under each edge 1/4 inch. Topstitch the upper edge on your sewing machine. Place the pocket on the the outer body piece of the bag and pin in place, making sure it is straight. Topstitch around both side and the bottom edge, through the pocket and the main body piece, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
Turn the main bodies so that the side you want on the outside is facing outward. Pin around the side and bottom edges. Sew around side and bottom edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and a straight stitch, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
Trim the edges you just sewed to 1/4 inch outside of the seam. Starting at the top right side seam, place the double-fold bias tape, narrow side up, around the raw side and bottom edges of your bag. Fold carefully around the corners. Pin into place. Repeat steps with the top raw edge of the bag.
Starting at the upper right edge, sew around the side and bottom edges of the bag straight stitch and a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Be sure to securely fasten the bias tape as you are sewing. Stop at each corner with the needle down and turn the bag, making sure that the bias tape stays neat. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam. Repeat around the top edge of your bag.
Sew the handles as directed in your pattern. Fold under the bottom edge of each handle 1/4 inch and iron in place. Pin each handle to the inside of the main body piece as directed in the pattern, and stitch in place with a straight seam.
Use lots of pins when putting on the binding.
Sew slowly around the corners.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Arin Bodden started writing professionally in 2003. Her writing has been featured in "Northwest Boulevard" and "Mermaids." She received the Huston Medal in English in 2005. Bodden has a Master of Arts in English from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches English composition and technical writing at the university level.