Mar­ket Bag

Make this bag with pre­cut 5" squares.

Quilter's World - - News - DE­SIGNED & QUILTED BY CAROLYN S. VAGTS


• 35 pre­cut 5" squares as­sorted green

and salmon tonals and flo­rals* • 2/ 3 yard co­or­di­nat­ing lin­ing fab­ric* • 20" x 40" muslin back­ing rec­tan­gle • 20" x 40" bat­ting rec­tan­gle • 2 (21/4" x 20") bat­ting strips • Thread • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

*Blush­ing Pe­onies fab­ric col­lec­tion by Robin Pick­ens for Moda used to make sam­ple.


1. Select and join eight A squares to make an 8A row; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of three 8A rows. Join the rows to make an 8A row sec­tion; press.

2. Select and join three A squares to make a 3A row; press.

3. Sew the 3A row to the 8A sec­tion, re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1 for po­si­tion­ing, to com­plete the A unit; press.

4. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2, layer the muslin rec­tan­gle right side down, the same-size bat­ting rec­tan­gle and the A unit right side up on top. Quilt as de­sired.

5. Trim the quilted unit even with the edges of the A unit, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2.

6. Place the trimmed A unit right sides to­gether with the lin­ing fab­ric and cut a lin­ing piece to match in size; set aside the lin­ing.

7. Pin the 8A ends of the A unit right sides to­gether, match­ing seams. Stitch to make a tube as shown in Fig­ure 3; press seam open.

8. Pin the edge of the 3A row right sides to­gether with the bot­tom edge of the tube, match­ing seams and leav­ing one A square on each side open as shown in Fig­ure 4. Stitch to com­plete the bag bot­tom.

9. Sew the ends of the 3A row to the side A squares to make bot­tom cor­ners and com­plete the outer shell as shown in Fig­ure 5; press. Turn right side out.

10. Com­plete the lin­ing shell in the same man­ner as the outer shell us­ing the lin­ing piece cut in step 6; press. Do not turn right side out.

11. Join four A squares for han­dle strip; press. Re­peat to make a sec­ond han­dle strip.

12. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6, fold over 1/4" of each long side of each han­dle strip and press. Lay a strip of bat­ting on the pressed strip un­der the lower pressed edge. Bring the up­per pressed edge over to meet the op­po­site edge, en­clos­ing the bat­ting, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6; press. Pin to hold and then top­stitch close to each long edge to com­plete one han­dle strip. Re­peat with the sec­ond han­dle strip.

13. Pin and ma­chine-baste the ends of one han­dle strip to the front and back top edges of the outer shell with raw edges aligned and go­ing from the front top around the bot­tom of the shell and up to the back top with the strip as shown in Fig­ure 7. Re­peat with the sec­ond han­dle strip.

14. Insert the outer shell into the lin­ing with right sides to­gether; pin top edges to­gether and stitch around the top edge, leav­ing a 4" open­ing to turn right side out as shown in Fig­ure 8.

15. Turn right side out through the open­ing; press top edge flat. Fold open­ing edges to the in­side; hand-stitch open­ing closed.

16. Top­stitch 1/4" all around the top edge of the bag to fin­ish. QW

Fig­ure 1

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