How to mak e… A PATCH­WORK CAM­ERA BAG

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Ma­te­ri­als

0.25m ( ¼ yrd) cot­ton fab­ric in grey print, 25cm ( 9"), light blue print, 25cm ( 9"), navy blue print 25cm ( 9"), orange print, 12.5cm ( 5") and mul­ti­coloured print, 12.5cm ( 5") ( Please note: all fab­rics are 112cm ( 44– 45") wide) Medium- weight fusible in­ter­fac­ing, 60 x 13cm ( 24 x 5") One packet of iron- on vinyl Zip, at least 29cm ( 11 ½ ") Two metal hinge close clasps for the strap Sewing thread Te­flon presser foot at­tach­ment for sewing ma­chine

Fin­ished Size

16 x 9.5cm ( ap­prox. 6 ½ x 4") This stylish lit­tle bag is a sim­ple way to travel light on a day out. With its gen­er­ous shoul­der strap, you can go hands- free – it’s just the right size for car­ry­ing a cam­era along with your phone, and it also has a small in­ner pocket to keep your debit card safe. Best of all, the fab­rics have been wa­ter­proofed with iron- on vinyl for all- weather pro­tec­tion. Seams are 0.5cm ( ¼ ") un­less oth­er­wise stated.

Cut the fab­rics for the patch­work. The front of the cam­era bag is formed from bands of Semi­nole di­a­monds. Cut the fol­low­ing strips from your fab­rics, work­ing across the full fab­ric width: one strip of light blue print fab­ric, 3.8cm ( 1 ½ "), one strip of navy blue print fab­ric, 3.8cm ( 1 ½ "), one strip of light orange print fab­ric, 3.8cm ( 1 ½ "), one strip of grey print fab­ric, 3.8cm ( 1 ½ ") and one strip of grey print fab­ric, 7.5cm ( 3").

Take each strip and trim into 18cm ( 7") lengths. Set aside the nar­row grey lengths.

You’ll need to piece the fab­ric lengths to­gether, work­ing along the long edges ( 18cm/ 7") to make two joined fab­ric bands. From this, strips will be cut and re­joined.

Join a wide grey strip to a light blue strip, then add a light orange strip, a navy blue strip and fin­ish with a wide grey strip. Press. Work­ing on a cut­ting mat, use a quil­ter’s ruler and ro­tary cut­ter to trim the right- hand edge of the joined fab­ric band to even out the edges, then cut four strips from it mea­sur­ing 3.8cm ( 1 ½ ") wide.

Then join a wide grey fab­ric strip to a light blue fab­ric strip, then add a light orange strip, a light blue strip and fin­ish with a wide grey strip. Press and trim as be­fore, then cut just one 3.8cm ( 1 ½ ") wide strip from it for the cen­tre of the di­a­mond band

Re­fer­ring to the photo, lay out the joined strips to make the patch­work, match­ing seams neatly and adding the set aside nar­row grey strips to the far left- and far right- hand sides. Stitch the strips to­gether and press.

Lin­ing the cen­tre of the orange di­a­mond up on the cut­ting mat grid, trim to 17 x 10.5cm ( 6 ¾ x 41/ 8"). Set the fin­ished panel aside.

Cut the fab­ric for the re­main­der of the outer bag as fol­lows: from the grey print fab­ric you’ll need two 3.2 x 5.5cm ( 1 ¼ x 2") pieces for the side tabs, one 17 x 10.5cm ( 6 ¾ x 41/ 8") piece for the back panel and two 2.5 x 29cm ( 1 x 11 ½ ") pieces for the top side pan­els. From the mul­ti­coloured fab­ric, cut one 5.3 x 26cm ( 2 x 10 ¼ ") piece for the base side panel. Then from the fusible vinyl, cut two 17 x 10.5cm ( 6 ¾ x 41/ 8") pieces for the back and front ( patch­work) pan­els, two 2.5 x 29cm ( 1 x 11 ½ ") pieces for the top side pan­els and one 5.3 x 26cm ( 2 x 10 ¼ ") piece for the base side panel. Fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, add your vinyl to all of the outer pieces, in­clud­ing the set aside di­a­mond patch­work panel.

Now cut the fab­ric pieces for the bag lin­ing, which are not vinyl­backed: from the light blue fab­ric, cut two 17 x 10.5cm ( 6 ¾ x 41/ 8") pieces for lin­ing back and front, two 2.5 x 29cm ( 1 x 11 ½ ") pieces for lin­ing top side pan­els, and one 5.3 x 26cm ( 2 x 10 ¼ ") piece for lin­ing base side panel. From the navy blue fab­ric cut one 17 x 9cm ( 6 ¾ x 3 ½ ") piece for the in­ner pocket.

Now we’ll pre­pare the side panel. Trim your zip by mea­sur­ing and mark­ing 29cm ( 11 ½ ") from the open­ing end, stitch­ing across the teeth to se­cure, and trim­ming the ex­cess. Sew each top side panel

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