This bag was going to be a rectangular bag sitting on its small side, but it just evolved into a much smarter, wider opening, rectangular bag sitting on its long side. Flying geese can go sideways or up and down, right?
Here's what you will need:
24 2.5" squares
fabric for 4 2.5X4.5" unfinished flying geese, amount dependent upon your method
2 rectangles 2.5X8.5" for end strips (or 8 more 2.5" squares if you prefer)
2 lining pieces 8.5X10.5"
1 rectangle 5.5X7.5" for inside pocket, if desired
30" length of pre-made (or make your own like I did) piping, corded or flat (mine was flat)
a 12" zipper (so you can apply zipper tabs)
Here's what I did:
For the first side, I made one 16-patch using 2.5" squares, and for the second side, I substituted four flying geese units measuring 2.5X4.5" unfinished. I like Eleanor Burns' no waste method, but if your scraps are small you can make them with a rectangle and two squares, or even one large triangle and two small ones. Here is a link to a well-written tutorial for the no waste method. There are YouTube videos out there too.
To make the bag a rectangle, add a strip measuring 2.5X8.5" to one end. You could add 4 more 2.5" squares if you like. I grabbed a couple of leftover batting pieces, hit them with a little quilt basting spray, and went to town quilting!
And forgot to take a picture...for the 16-patch side, I did Cumulus out of Christina Cameli's new book, Step by Step Free Motion Quilting (terrific book!). For the second side I did some Dot to Dot à la Angela Walters in the geese, wrote my initials, did a little feathering, and Leafy, a variation of a design I've done for over a decade on a lot of my quilts. I love quilting leaves, as they're so forgiving. It goes to show, however, that (IMHO) no one "owns" a quilting motif, unless it's McTavishing, or Angela's Dot to Dot or "signature" motif... :-)
|Interesting, the colour difference in these two photos. This is in daylight, under my huge window|
Trimmed up to 8.5X10.5"; you'll never know the batting is pieced! Do this to both your sides.
|And this is under my Ott Lite. This is the true colour!|
Take your lining fabric that is 5.5X7.5". Fold it in half, wrong sides together, so you now have a 5.5X 3.25" rectangle. Stitch around 3 sides, leaving an opening in the edge opposite the fold for turning. Turn right side out and press.
You could write on the label at this point if you like; I am a HUGE proponent for labelling all quilts! Centre the pocket on one piece of lining fabric so the top edge of the pocket is 2" down from the top edge of the lining. Topstitch around 3 sides (I did this about 1/8" in from the edge.)
I ordered a set of 25 14" multi-colored zippers from Zipit Zipper Supply (awesome prices and service) and she even threw in a zipper pull, how cute!
Here, at Pug Mom Quilts, is a great tutorial that I always refer to when I put mine on.
|Voilà! Perfect size and no bulk at the ends|
|Here you can see Cumulus quilting motif. Fun!|
Open up and you should have a unit like that in the above picture. Repeat this process for the other side of the zipper, and you will have the following:
|You can topstitch along the zipper at this point, or you can do this after the bag is assembled|
To make the flat piping as I did, cut bias strips 1" wide and join them to make a continuous piece that is about 30" in length. Fold in half and carefully press. Remember bias edges are very stretchy. Here's what you will have. Well, minus the cat maybe!
Yep, she's claiming this as her own new cat mat. Is that a hint, Bella?! If you look closely, you can see that 2 edges are rounded, and the ones closest to me are still square. That is just fine.
|See how I "fade out" the piping at beginning and end?|
Now we can assemble this bag! Very important! Open the zipper about half way or more. Place the two bag body pieces right sides together, and the two lining pieces right sides together. Pin. You will not see the strap if you applied one, nor will you see the piping.
|Hmm! The Cumulus quilting shows up better here!|
When you get to the zipper tabs, push the bulk towards the lining. I have struggled with what to do with this area and I think I have it figured out!
Reach in, through the opening left by the open zipper (you remembered to do that, right?!) and grab the bag body, and pull it carefully through the opening in the lining. Smooth everything out, turn the edges of the opening in the lining in 1/4" and topstitch or hand-stitch them closed. Push the lining back into the bag body. Topstitch the zipper edge at this point if you didn't before. Sometimes I think you get a better finish on the zipper tab ends if you do it at this point. Will get back to you on that...but of course there's another bag, or ten, in my future...
Here is how it compares to my Itty Bitty bag:
I used a Gutermann sparkly thread in the bobbin on the Itty Bitty Bag. I took a full sunlight photo to try to catch the shimmer of this thread,
I'm linking this up with Pink Doxies Pet Project #14, and Oh Scrap! See the buttons on the side bar.
Update! This post was a featured tutorial on Totally Tutorials April 19, 2014! Eeek!