Mollie Makes - - Making -


Q One roll of wash­able pa­per in Rose Gold (ours was from M is for Make www.mis­for­ (Fab­ric 1) Q 50cm (19¾") duck can­vas in nat­u­ral, ap­prox. 8oz weight (Fab­ric 2) Q 50cm (19¾") un­bleached cot­ton lin­ing fab­ric (Fab­ric 3) Q 2m (78¾") cot­ton cord, 0.5cm (¼") thick Q Sew-all thread in cream Q Metal­lic thread Q Fab­ric clips Q Tai­lor’s chalk Q Jump ring, 1cm ( 3 /8") di­am­e­ter Q Press­ing cloth Q Safety pin Farewell, tired totes groan­ing with tan­gled WIPs – there’s a new pro­ject bag in town and this one is pur­pose-sewn. It’s made with shiny pa­per fab­ric, to sat­isfy your in­ner mag­pie sewist, and it has pock­ets for knit­ting and cro­chet no­tions, plus a loop to clip stitch mark­ers onto. With a draw­string fas­ten­ing, you can stitch away with your work­ing yarn flow­ing out the top while the ball is safely stowed inside – no roll away es­capees.

Pins will leave holes on the wash­able pa­per, so use fab­ric clips in­stead. Use a press­ing cloth when press­ing any seams, and when us­ing metal­lic thread make sure you switch to a metal­lic thread nee­dle and don’t use it in your sewing ma­chine’s bob­bin.

01 Pre-wash Fab­ric 1 ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, then cut two 23 x 40cm (91/ x 8 15¾") pieces and one 8mm x 5cm ( 3 / x 2") strip from it. From Fab­ric 2, 8 cut a 17 x 40cm (6¾ x 15¾") piece, a 38 x 40cm (15 x 15¾") piece and two 38 x 8cm (15 x 31/ 8") pieces. From Fab­ric 3 cut a 23 x 40cm (91/ 8 x 15¾") piece and two 38 x 40cm (15 x 15¾") pieces. Cut two 90cm (35½") lengths of cord.

02 To make the draw­string chan­nel, press each short end of the Fab­ric 2 strips to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( 3 /8") and zigzag stitch in place close to the short raw edge. Fold one of the strips in half along the length with WS to­gether. Press. Re­peat this step with the sec­ond Fab­ric 2 strip.

03 Sew a 23 x 40cm (91/ 8 x 15¾") Fab­ric 1 piece to the 17 x 40cm (6¾ x 15¾") Fab­ric 2 piece along one long raw edge with right sides (RS) to­gether, us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance. Press the seam open, be­ing sure to use a press­ing cloth. Use fab­ric clips in­stead of pins to pro­tect Fab­ric 1.

04 To make the front pocket, sew the other 23 x 40cm (91/ x 15¾") 8 Fab­ric 1 piece to the same sized Fab­ric 3 piece along one long raw edge with RS to­gether, us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance. Turn RS out, then press so the seam sits slightly be­low the top on the lin­ing side. Top­stitch in place 0.5cm (¼") down from the top pressed edge.

05 To at­tach the front pocket, draw a ver­ti­cal line down the cen­tre of the pocket panel us­ing tai­lor’s chalk. Pin this panel di­rectly on top of the 38 x 40cm (15 x 15¾") Fab­ric 2 bag panel so the long raw edges of the pocket panel and bot­tom long edge of the can­vas panel align. Clip in place and sew down the chalk line through all lay­ers us­ing the metal­lic thread. This will cre­ate the pocket di­vider.

06 For the stitch marker loop, thread the jump ring onto the 8mm ( 3 /8") Fab­ric 1 strip and fold in half along the width, WS to­gether and align­ing the short ends. Clip this about one third in from the left of the top edge of the bag panel with the pocket, so the raw edges align with the top raw can­vas edge.

07 Clip the draw­string chan­nel to the top edge of one bag panel cen­trally, align­ing the long raw edges, so the gap at ei­ther end is

the same. The marker loop will now be sand­wiched be­tween the can­vas and the chan­nel. Tack this seam with an 8mm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance. Re­peat for the other side of the bag. Do not press open.

08 To at­tach the lin­ing, lay one 38 x 40cm (15 x 15 ") Fab­ric 3 lin­ing panel RS to­gether with one bag panel and pin. This will sand­wich the cord chan­nel, and the marker loop on one side, be­tween the lin­ing and the main bag fab­ric. Sew along the top can­vas edge us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance. Press the seam so the seam al­lowance is point­ing to­wards the lin­ing but the cord chan­nel is fac­ing Fab­ric 2. Re­peat to make the sec­ond side.

09 Next, lay the bag pieces RS to­gether, be­ing care­ful to line up both the draw­string chan­nel seam lines and the colour block seam line with the top of the pocket. Clip in place. Sew around all four of the edges us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance, leav­ing the cen­tral 18cm (71/ 8") of the lin­ing’s long raw edge un­stitched for turn­ing through.

10 Clip off the seam al­lowances at the cor­ners. Fold one of the four cor­ners so the bot­tom seam al­lowance is sit­ting di­rectly on top of the side seam, cre­at­ing a tri­an­gle. Draw a line at a right an­gle to the seam lines, 6cm (23/ 8") up from the tri­an­gle cor­ner. Sew along this line and trim away the ex­cess, leav­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance, as shown. Re­peat this on all four of the bag cor­ners.

11 Turn the bag RS out through the gap left in the lower edge of the lin­ing in Step 9. Gen­tly poke out the boxed cor­ners. Fold the raw edges at the gap to the WS and sew 0.25cm ( 1 /8") in from the edge. Give the bag an­other press us­ing the press­ing cloth.

12 To add the draw­strings, at­tach a safety pin to one end of one of the cot­ton cord lengths. Pull the pin through one chan­nel, across the gap and through the other chan­nel. Re­peat, start­ing at the other end so there are two cord ends pok­ing out each side of the bag. Tie a knot in the draw­strings.

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