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Sling Bag with Jennie Rayment

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Workshop Notes for Big Sling Bag

 

Cut:

Bag: Eight 20 x 50 cm (8 x 20") rectangles (two rectangles from each colour)

Handles: Four 4.5 x 48 cm (1¾ x 19") strips (increase or decrease length to suit)

1. Take four rectangles (use two different fabrics).  Lay the pieces on a flat surface alternating the colours. Sew two rectangles together. (Watch the cutting blade - it should be trimming the whiskers not carving lumps from the fabric edge!) Repeat with the other two.

2. Sew both sets together to form a cross, turning each seam in the opposite direction. Press carefully

3. Join the remaining four rectangles together in a mirror image of Stage 1 and 2.

4. Take one of the stitched sections. Sew one short side to one long side - repeat  on all four sections.

5. Rest this slightly strange shape on a flat surface. Wriggle it a bit to form a square based bag with four points at the top (W/S out).

6. Repeat the last two stages with the other cross-shaped section. Turn right side out. Wriggle it into a square based bag as described above. Drop the first section inside this one.

7. Align the raw edges and pin both sections together.

8. Pin one 4.5 x 48 cm (1¾ x 19") handle strip to the outer fabric (both fabrics R/Ss together). Do not pin the handle to the inner fabric. Repeat with another handle strip on the other two points of the bag . Do not twist the strips.

9. Sew the handles to the outer side of the bag only.

10. Pin the remaining two handle strips to the inside of the bag and sew in place.

11. Pin both sides of both handles together.

12. Sew both sections of the bag together. Start the stitching sewing near one of the seams. Sew round raw sides of the bag and round the handle.

13 Sew round the remaining raw edges of the bag and the handles in the same fashion.

 

Give the bag a quick press. Decide which fabric will be on the outside, turn to suit. Grab your purse/handbag, credit card or check/cheque book and go shopping!

 

 

Jennie guides us through how to make this very lightweight, and easy, sling bag with her overlocker (or serger as it's often called);   this workshop could be done just as easily with the regular sewing machine and Jennie shows you how with some slight adjustments at the end of the workshop this can be done.

The bag can be made in lots of different sizes and you don't have to co-ordinate the lining - so a great scrap bag too.

Jennie also talks about her sudoko tablecloth idea (again made with the serger or overlocker) plus the crazy log cabin quilt, which was also a workshop here on the site.


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