Snap to It!
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.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner Purse Size: 91/2" x4"x 3"
• 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.