Try a cute drawstring duo in pretty pink and peachy hues, finished with Kantha quilting and coordinating beads
Looking for a quick sewing fix? Then try this cute drawstring duo in pretty pink and peachy hues, finished with soothing Kantha quilting details and coordinating beads
COMPLETE YOUR BAGS WITH PARACHUTE CHORD AND BEADS FOR A PROFESSIONAL FINISH
Q Seam allowances are ¼in, unless
Q RST = right sides together
Q WST = wrong sides together
Q Laura used Parachute Cord 325 for
Q Fabrics supplied by RJR fabrics
Q Fabrics are Cotton Supreme Solids in Lip Gloss, Flamingo and Cream by RJR Fabrics.
From main fabric cut:
Q Two (2) 9in x 11in rectangles.
From the lining cut:
Q Two (2) 9in x 11in rectangles.
From the casing strip cut:
Q Two (2) 9in x 1¾in rectangles.
QUILTING THE PANELS
Place one of your main fabric pieces on top of your batting, right side up. Quilt as desired. Laura hand quilted a simple Kantha quilting running stitch (Fig A). Leave the top ¾in and bottom 2in unquilted. Repeat for the second main fabric piece. Trim the excess batting and square up to measure 9in x 11in.
PREPARING THE CASING STRIPS
Take one of the 9in x 1¾in casing fabric strips. At each short end, press under ¼in, then press under ¼in again. Topstitch approx. 1/8in from the edge. Fold the strip in half lengthways, WST and press to complete one casing strip (Fig B). Repeat to make a second casing strip.
MAKING THE BAG PANELS
Place one of the quilted panels right side up. Lay one of the casing strips along the top edge, matching up the raw edges. The casing strip is shorter than your quilted panel, so there will be space at each end. Clip or pin in place (Fig C). Machine baste the casing in place using a 1/8in seam allowance.
Place a lining rectangle RST on top of the quilted panel. Pin or baste in place. Sew together along the top edge using a ¼in seam allowance. Press the lining away from the quilted panel to complete one bag panel. Repeat steps 6–7 to make two bag panels (Fig D).
JOINING THE SIDES
Place one bag panel on top of the other, RST, with the quilted panels facing and the linings facing. Make sure that the centre seams where the panels and linings are joined match. Clip in place.
Mark a 1½in square in the four corners, and trim along the lines (Fig E).
Sew the bag panels together using a ¼in seam allowance, leaving the cut corners unsewn. Also leave an approx. 3in gap in the bottom of the lining, which will be used for turning later. Press the seams to set the stitches.
BOXING OUT THE CORNERS
At one corner, pull the fabric open and pinch the two edges flat together, matching up the side and bottom seams (Fig F). Clip in place and sew together along the open edge using a ¼in seam allowance. Repeat to box out the remaining three corners.
FINISHING THE BAG
Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining, carefully pushing out the corners. Close the gap in the lining either by hand or by sewing machine, using a 1/8in seam allowance. Push the lining inside the bag, then press around the top edge.
Trim the cord into two equal lengths. Starting at one side, insert the cord through both casings. Add a bead over both ends and knot off. Repeat with the second length of cord, starting at the other side to finish (Fig G).
quilting the panels
Making the bag panels
finishing the bag
boxing out the corners
Joining the sides
preparing the casing strips
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