Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fabric and Vinyl Do All Bags

Happy Thursday...

Two post in one day... I am on a roll....LAUGHS!!

This post is about these really cool bags I have been making. I just love them...they can be used for so many things..I am currently using for project  bags...You know too many Projects...NOT ENOUGH TIME!!

These are too simple and fun to make, you will be making them just for the fun of it.

First the sizes...for the large it measures 21" x 21" when finished...That is a pretty large bag!! and only uses 5/8" of fabric, 5/8" of interfacing, and 1/2" yd of vinyl...Cool huh...WINK, WINK

The seam allowances are 1/4" and 1/2".

I am making the large in this post so we will go off these measurements for that.
Cut  TOP (2) 4 1/2" x 22  fabric and interfacing  BOTTOM (1) 10 1/2" x 22   fabric and interfacing  VINYL  (2) 13 1/2" x 22
On the TOP allow 1 1/4" extra for Velcro so you will be actually showing 3" when finished.

Handles: (2) 4" x 22" fabric and (2)  2" x 21 1/2" interfacing.

If you have never worked with vinyl, it likes to STICK!! There are feet made of Teflon made for working with material like this. However, I don't have one of these so I make due...LAUGHS...I just take scotch tape and attach to the bottom of the foot I am using at the time and NO STICKING PROBLEMS....SIMPLE ENOUGH...SMILES

So apply your interfacing to WS of fabrics...I like to use CraftFuse for is not to stiff, but adds just enough support. Follow manufacturers directions on whatever you decide to use. You will want it firm enough to add support to the bag.

Take your top fabric and iron down a small 1/4" allowance and then fold down another 1" press and then stitch close to the edge to secure. This will be like a hem line and this is where your Velcro will be attached. And I like to use Velcro that matches my fabric. You can buy different lengths at Wal Marts for .79 to .89 and depending on the bag size can get 1-2 bags from one strip. And of course....PINK was the color I used...BIG SMILES!!! You can attach your Velcro now if you like.

Leave 1/2" allowance on each side for seam allowance when attaching Velcro.

If you want to save a step and not have extra stitching showing you can attach your Velcro and secure your top hem at the same time...WINK, WINK


Attach same strip to Vinyl on the 13 1/2" side and using a 1/4" seam allowance stitch in place. Make sure to secure at the beginning and end of your seam.

**You cannot iron so you finger press all seams that are on Vinyl**
Fold under seam and top stitch to secure to fabric strip. this keeps your seams hidden behind the fabric.
Attach other top strip to 2nd Vinyl piece.

Now bottom fabric to both vinyl pieces, this will leave one solid piece of fabric for the bottom of the bag. Make sure to top stitch all your seams when attaching to Vinyl...

Now make your handles, fold the fabric strip in half with raw edges together and WST and then fold in the sides to the middle and press. This is where I attach my interfacing to my handles. I just unfold the sides and press into the center of the strip and then fold the sides back in and then fold together again and you will have a 1" strip to stitch around all the edges.

From raw edges in 7" towards center and 2 1/2" down all the way to top of where fabric and Vinyl attach.

I attach with a simple square around the bottom of the handle and then a Crisscross to secure.

Turn bag RST and stitch 1/2" seam allowance down the sides of the bag.

Turn bag and shape the corners and the sides of the bag .

Your 1st Bag is complete...

This bag is LARGE enough to hold the LAP TOP bag I just made for my Mom's Birthday...SMILES...And with ROOM TO SPARE!!!!

I have the measurements for 2 other sizes if you would like them...drop me a line...

I am making good use of mine...SMILES!!!

Glad you stopped by...Until next Time...
Stitch a little each day....

"A Touch of Hink"

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