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How to Make a Patchwork Quilted Bag

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This bag is a super useful size and shape. We've got big plans to stuff it full of yarn and other craft projects to take with us when we travel! The ombre effect is created by clever placing of different toned prints - we think it makes it look really modern. Best of all, it's really quick to make up and the stripping of the fabric means you don't need to do any fiddly measuring or cutting. What a bonus! Pattern courtesy of The New Craft House.

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Step 1

Cut fourteen 3 inch by 17 inch strips of your Craft Cotton your fat quarters. To create the ombre effect cut 2 of each of your prints and 4 of your lightest print.

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Step 2

Press your strips then with right sides together, stitch them together along their long edges with a quarter inch seam allowance. We use a quarter inch foot to make this easier! Start with the darkest working to the lightest (place your four lightest strips in the middle), then back up to the darkest.

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Step 3

Press open your seams and trim the edges if needed to create a perfect rectangle.

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Step 4

Lay out your In-R-Form with the fusible side facing up then place the wrong side of your strip piece on top. Iron over the top to fuse together.

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Step 5

Trim around to the edges of your strip piece.

Step 6

Fold in half across the middle with right sides together then stitch up the two sides with a half inch seam allowance

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Step 7

Pinch the two bottom corners together so the seam is in the middle, then mark 2.5 inches in from the point. Try to make sure your seams will match up on the inside. Pin together then stitch along these lines. Trim close to the seams.

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Step 8

Cut two 17 by 16 inch rectangles of your lining fabric. With right sides together, stitch around your two pieces with a quarter inch seam allowance leaving one of the short sides open.
Repeat step 6 for your lining.

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Step 9

With right sides together, match the top raw edges of your outer bag and lining. Stitch around the top with a half inch seam allowance, leaving a gap of about 7 inches. Turn your bag right sides out through this gap then slip stitch the opening shut. Fold over 2 inches of the top of your bag.

Step 10

Make up your handles. Cut two 6 by 17 inch strips in your darkest fabric. Stitch two together along their short end (right sides together) with a quarter inch seam allowance and repeat for the other two strips. Fold in half along the middle and press.

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Step 11

Cut one piece of In-R-Form 2.5 by 33 inches. Lay this on the wrong side of your strip with one raw edge matching up with the centre fold. Iron to fuse together.

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Step 12

Fold in the two edges of your strip by a quarter inch and press. Fold your strip in half over the In-R-Form. All of the raw edges should now match. Stitch through all layers close to the edge.

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Step 13

Fold over half an inch at one end of your strap then pin in place on the inside of the bag so one of the centre seams is in the middle of the strap. The bottom of your strap should match the bottom of your folded over darkest strip.

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Step 14

Topstitch through all layers of your strap and bag to secure it down. Start with a square then make diagonal lines across to further strengthen your strap.

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Step 15

Trim all loose threads then fill up your bag and start putting it to use!

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