Soooo, after two years of having the fabric, I got to work on the project. Here are the jelly roll strips and pattern.
I cut and pieced the fabric together, made the handles and button loop. After the piecing was finished and batting added to the main bag pieces, I quilted the main parts with an "in the ditch" feather stitch. If you look at the right side of the photo on the right below you can see the stitch.
I decided to make a couple of changes to the bag. The first on the handles. I decided to roll the middle of the handles and stitch the sides together. Isn't this how they end up anyway after you've carried the bag for awhile?
And just so you know, I made my share of mistakes while making this bag, the proof is in the picture below.
The last part of the bag was to create a bottom which was very easy. I ducked taped some cardboard together and made a sleeve of fabric. Into the bag it went.
1. Be sure you have enough fabric to complete the project you decided on. There were plenty of strips in the jelly roll I purchased, but some of them I just didn't like. I used some solid fabric from fat quarters to make the handles and put a pocket on the front. I'm not sure if I like the pocket or not, the jury is still out on that.
2. I had to piece each individual 5" piece together. I think their must be an easier way to put the pieces together. I'm still researching that one.
3. Explore the roads off the main drag, you'll never know what you'll find!
So what do you think? Have you ever made a fabric bag? I'd love to hear your comments.
Have a great weekend,