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Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­sign by Carol Streif

Th­ese charm­ing lit­tle bags are made from one 10" square and a con­trast­ing fat quar­ter. A piece of worn-out re­tractable tape mea­sure is used to close it.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Skill Level: Con­fi­dent Begin­ner Purse Size: 91/2" x4"x 3"

Ma­te­ri­als

• 12 (3") co­or­di­nat­ing squares (for prairie-point ver­sion)

• 1 pre­cut 10" square

• 1 co­or­di­nat­ing fat quar­ter

• Bat­ting 10" x 13"

• Thread to match fab­rics

• Wa­ter-erasable marker

• 2 (3/4" x 9") pieces of old re­tractable tape mea­sure with smoothed and rounded edges

• 20" beaded trim (for trimmed ver­sion)

• Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

Cut­ting From co­or­di­nat­ing fat quar­ter:

• Cut 1 (10" x 17") lin­ing rec­tan­gle.

• Cut 1 (11/2" x 8") loop strip.

Com­plet­ing the Bag

1. Place the 10" x 17" lin­ing rec­tan­gle right side down on a flat sur­face.

2. Cen­ter the 10" x 13" bat­ting rec­tan­gle on the lin­ing.

3. Cen­ter the pre­cut 10" square on the bat­ting.

4. Mark and stitch a 2" crosshatch de­sign on the fab­ric us­ing a wa­ter­erasable marker as shown in Fig­ure 1. Note: If mak­ing the prairie-point ver­sion, see Adding Prairie Points side­bar on next page for method to stitch points at each end of the quilted square.

5. Press the 11/2" x 8" loop strip in half with wrong sides to­gether along the length; un­fold and fold the two outer edges to the cen­ter creased line and press re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2.

6. Top­stitch close to the edge of the open length­wise edge as shown in Fig­ure 3.

7. Cut the strip to make two 4" lengths; fold each in half and stitch the ends to­gether to make two loops re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4.

8. Cen­ter and stitch one loop on op­po­site sides of the quilted 10" square as shown in Fig­ure 5.

9. Press 1/4" to the wrong side on each end of the 17" lin­ing rec­tan­gle.

10. Fold both ends of the lin­ing fab­ric over the bat­ting and 10" square edges with loops; top­stitch the lin­ing down onto the square as shown in Fig­ure 6.

11. Add trim em­bel­lish­ments over top­stitched seam, if de­sired.

12. Fold the bag right sides to­gether across the cen­ter of the quilted square (right side of lin­ing fab­ric is on the out­side); stitch start­ing at the up­per edge and down one side of the bag as shown in Fig­ure 7. Note: If de­sired, serge or zigzag the raw edge of seams. 13. Re­peat on the other side of the bag, ex­cept start stitch­ing 11/2" down from the top edge, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 7.

14. To box cor­ners for a flat bot­tom, fold a side seam to form a point as shown in Fig­ure 8. Mark a line 11/2" from the tip of the point and sew across the line, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 8. Re­peat on the op­po­site side.

15. Trim ex­cess from cor­ner points 1/4" be­yond stitch­ing re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 9; serge or zigzag cut edges.

16. Turn the bag right side out.

17. Insert one metal strip in the top open sec­tion of each side of the bag. Note: Place the rounded side of the old tape mea­sure pieces to­ward the out­side of the bag. 18. Turn the top of the bag wrong side out; fin­ish sewing the side seam and zigzag to com­plete the bag.

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