Quilted Tote Handbag TutorialJun 11, 2021
Hello, good morning everyone, I'm Jean, from True Love Quilts, for you on a very rainy and gray Sunday morning here in Pennsylvania, we are still at home of course, as the rest of the world is at home, and the week last I was I walked into my sewing room trying to understand this. I haven't left the house for six weeks in the home body, but it's getting to me, it's really getting to me, but anything to keep me safe, stay. stay home stay safe governor of pennsylvania we have been staying home with very strict rules besides non-essential ones like the rest of the world so anyway at this terrible time i went back into my room sewing, I didn't want to start a big project.
Although my last quilt, my Scrabble quote, was a pretty big project, but that just slipped through my fingers and even though I wanted to do it, I had seen a photo on Facebook, it was just a photo of a beautiful bag and I was looking at it . I tried to look for a pattern for it, but I couldn't find any pattern on the websites I was taken to, so I looked at the picture and figured it out. I made it myself in a
totebag. I made a prototype of this little guy.
handbagand here it is, it's like a small
handbag, this will be my
tutorial, not in this one, I'm going to show you this was my prototype.
I bought them, there are 35 squares with charms, 5 inch squares, that's all. padded and then what's the little magic of this bag here is that you can take this, you can make the loops bigger and then open the class. I show you how to do the closure and then it becomes a very, very large, fully lined
totebag. with a beautiful pocket clutch and then you can make these side tabs with the side ties to make it as big or as small as you want, so I show you in this, this is my
tutorial. I made that kind of modern graphic. black and yellow that had some hanging squares around Emma so I made it, it's very modern but look how it turned out on my little shabby chic fabric.
Here this is the tutorial I'm doing, completely acquitted, completely lined, no crude. sew a brooch a pocket a little too big or if you want to make the bows smaller the way they're constructed you make them smaller and then you can make them interesting like a purse size so I show you every step of the way. every step of the way, how to fold them and then make a little bag with my magnetic closure that I have, so this is my little tutorial. Like I said, I had seen a photograph, it didn't have the steering wheel.
I added the steering wheel. I show you how I make the ruffle on the top with this type of binding on the top and then like I said, this only takes 35 charm squares, so that's a pack of charm squares, that's what charm squares are. 45 inches. this little tutorial takes about 35 to make the body of the bag I put little gold feet on the bottom of my bag there now you don't need I was I'm explaining it of course I explained it in the tutorial I repeat myself a million times and if not you like it, then the tutorials are a little long, you don't have to watch me, but I go through them step by step, if you didn't want to use the lovely squares, putting them on. all together and then quilt them um you could just use one piece of fabric and I'm telling you I think it's a 34 inch piece of fabric 24 inches wide by 32 inches long you would need 24 wide and 32 long if you just making just one piece of fabric that we would then quilt.
I did this. I love the idea of lovely squares and the act of quilting is cited about every half inch away from the seams of my little bag here and it really gives it's dimension Li, it really does, these are mine, like I said, these are my prototypes, this one has this one has a white class and I haven't done it yet. I'm going to go hard like I do on My bags have hard bottom tips, so it's beautiful and um, it's beautiful and sturdy, so this is my tutorial for this step today. The handles and everything you need.
I give you. I tell you what you need. I used it with this. this bag here is fusible foam and you can use fleece, you can use batting, but I'll show you how I got the foam. I'm using it because it really works to make a bag if you're going to make it. any tote bag or handbag. I really recommend it. There is an idea: what is Valene's name? No, I don't do something like that. It is a sub-Saharan product that is difficult to make bags, so if you do it, if you are going to do it.
Join if you want to sell them or if you want to give them away. I think I love this. This is a lovely pattern and I show you again step by step how to find out how I made the handles and how I covered them. how I put on the zipper, how I put on my feet, so yeah, that and then the difference in how it's actually made up, you know, in the different fabrics, this is very modern, again, this sheet is very worn, I could be that I could do up, you can make it into a bigger tote bag, like I said, a bigger tote bag.
This, you know, turn it into a beach bag for Taos. It's a nice big tote bag, so that's my tutorial. I hope you like it, um again, stay safe. stay healthy we are just waiting for this murderous threat to pass we are just taking it day by day trying to stay positive many positives will come out of this if you want if you choose to watch it is that way I put it on my Facebook there is no school shootings um you're not paying for gas we have like what we have like 30 days per gallon our cars that my husband has only been out a few times back to our house that we're trying to sell or trying to prepare for the sale of our family house but everything came to a standstill.
I don't know, it came to a standstill when this happened, hopefully we were going to put up our family house in January. In the market that didn't happen, everything came to a standstill, we still have some little pieces that need carpeting upstairs. Ian and Maxwell went yesterday and mowed the lawn because we still have that property, it doesn't matter, one day at a time try to stay positive, we're with the family, I'm enjoying my time with my husband and Maxwell Max was fine, he finds it difficult to do any schoolwork online because you're not actually in a school program, you're in a program for adults with challenges.
He will turn 21 in October and the courses they have given him are difficult for him because when he was at the Universidad del Valle school where the program was taught, he was working in the cafeteria, he was working on campus doing things that are at home, he is playing a lot of games and we're keeping them busy and we're connecting with our friends through zoom, a lot, FaceTime, our family has a what's that family chat in the tree? I love family chat, we have our zoom. meetings for our congregation twice a week and then we do a ministry because we usually go door to door, obviously we won't be bothering, you are doing door to door preaching work, but we are writing letters to our neighbors. passing on good news that we know and yes we stay connected as much as possible so I hope you guys know enjoy my little tutorial if you don't have anything better for Can you hear me and this is probably going to be long?
Why might you end up making a bag like this? It's great. I think this is a really cute little gift to have. Oh, I have to do it. I have to do it. the bottom of this now though is holding up beautifully, so anyway that's my tutorial to follow. I hope you enjoy it. I took some still photos of the back at the end, so yes, it folds into a nice, neat place. package or a big package so I hope you like it friends again thanks again see you she's waiting so as I was showing you at the beginning here is my little
quiltedtote bag and I just wanted to share with you I had gotten this trend of these squares with charms, if you can see, I have an extra one but I have another one.
I have another pack of charm squares. In fact I think I bought them at a store called Tuesday morning and look at the price $5.99 $6 for 42 5 inch squares oh my goodness but Of course this little bag can be made with just one piece of fabric, you don't have to worry about putting the charm squares together, obviously what I'm going to do is I didn't quite do that when I made this. I didn't check the measurements for how much, if you just wanted you to use one piece of fabric, I'm going to address that when I cut my when I show you my lining or something and then the material for my ruffle I'm not really sure what it is right now , but I will give you the measurements.
I'm not going to make another bag with the same one with these um charm scores, but that's why they come and I wanted to show you again, this is my little bag and I put its little ruffle on the top and then what you're going to do need, which I quite like, is that I put a magnetic closure on the inside and I'll show you. How to do that now again like I was showing you at the beginning? I like the fact that it's a smallish bag but rather, but then when you go to untie the ties on the side, which I did very generously.
They made them really nice and long, if you undo them on both sides you can see how absolutely roomy this bag is. See, look, how big that luggage is. I mean, it's a large tote bag suitable for a beach bag, but then. I like the fact that it kind of shrinks, it shrinks down to that size, but I put in a pocket like I showed you. I put a pocket in the nice inside pocket and also like I always do in all my bags. I put a card, a piece of cardstock with some leftover fabric in there, um, and took it right into the corners so the bottom was nice and firm, that's how I like to make my bags like that.
So at that point, my handles, so I'll show you now the fabrics that I've chosen again. They can make them very tight or looser, it depends on the style they have and how they fit. to actually use your bag, this is made, it looks like my cutter, it's very tight and two cute loops on the side, or it's made a little looser so you can put it in your bag like this. so that's my little bag there are my things that I'm not going to use that although I'm going to look I'm going to make a different look that I love I think I think I've already made several quilts with this with this them this law is Maywood Studios Heather for Jennifer Bosworth I've done a few quotes of this with fat quarters and yardage, but I just pulled out this charming square package from Maywood Studios, it's on Heather and It's my typical shabby chic florals, pretty, pink, green, so this will make this be a modern and quite graphic looking bag.
I'm using it as my lovely squares here and then what I've taken out is for my little ruffle at the top here. I have drawn this line here. I think it looks very nice. This is just a cotton fabric, a light cotton. It looks really pretty there so I'm going to put that stripe on the floral and then my lining my um oh yeah I pulled this out and I'm going to use this I actually pulled out this fabric for my lining and it's so pretty this is like love all kinds of pretty scripts for my inner lining to make it pop, but then I had, I actually had for this lining here for this bag here, I had put an iron on the interfacing and it was fine, but I didn't do it.
I don't really need it because the bag had the gusset and why I'll address that it was a flexible foam that I used so I was going to interface my liner but then I found this and it's like a ticking mattress. It's not much heavier if anyone, even you, knows that a mattress ticks is heavier, so I'm just going to use it for my liner. I can change it up and maybe put it in the pocket to give it a little color. From the inside to the outside of that line the pocket, but I think I'm just going to use this with this and then I have the foam that I'm going to show you and I'm going to start by showing you below exactly how much I'm going to cut.
From this fabric that I have thrown away to make my bag, here I think I am going to make the handles. I will probably make the handles from this fabric and I might also make the handles from this. I did it. interfacing an iron over the interfacing just to make the handles a little more substantial so I think I'll probably interfacing them but I think this would be really nice so the lining can be a pocket and my and my um , my ruffle will be there and my ties, maybe I'll make the ties with this to give it a little bit of color, but the next thing I'm going to do is show you exactly what I cut, so this is a preliminary of what you'll need.
I know I haven't cut my parts 100% right now because I'll show you as we go what we need, but this is what you'll need to do this project here, of course you'll need it. a pack of charm squares, now we are only using 35 5 inch squares. Alright, we're only using 35 5-inch squares. We are going to make a piece of fabric consisting of five blocks, five squares in seven rows down in a configuration that is The pretty Borrero will only need 35, but that is for the body of the bag, a pack of squares with charms and a little plenty for our steering wheel at the top.
I have cut two pieces of fabric the width of the fabrics I want 40 42 44 inches wide. of fabric by 4 inches wide, we won't use all of that, we'll put it together but again, as we go through the tutorial, I'll show you what we're going to do with this ruffle,so that it is two four inches wide with the fabric. Next, for our lining, I haven't cut it out yet, but I would like you to get about a yard and a half of lining fabric. you're lining your handles on your ties a yard and a half and I'll cut it off later and then I've decided that I showed you at the beginning I showed you the previous video where I came into our life I interfaced my lining with my other bag I'm not going to interface it with a lining, but I'm going to do it.
I'm going to quilt all three layers, the charm squares, the flex, the faith, leave the flexible foam and interlining together, so again I'll show it. As we move forward, you will need about a yard of interlining. I just put this out. I just pulled out a piece of white voter fabric, it's just a plain fabric, it won't be seen, but it will be We'll give our body and our bag even more body because I'm not going to interlock the lining, so this will be an interleaved unit of three here again when we get to that, so you'll need about a yard of that and Again I'll show you where you'll be.
I'm going to make an inside pocket. You're going to cut a six inch by 18 inch piece of fabric that's going to be for our little inside pocket, which is a pretty good sized pocket, and then what you're going to need for this project or you're going to use a fusible fleece which is going to be a much lighter bag. I like this Pellon Flexible Foam Double-Sided Fusible Stabilizer. It's charming. It's charming. foam just for bags or for things that you really need you need the UM for what you need it for like um great for home decor perfect for making bags blah blah blah.
I really like that is pellon ff7 9f2 stabilizer made of two sides of flexible foam and then because this is not as wide as we want for our explosion I have to put I have to put my I have to put a um I have to put two pieces together and I have you can you can zigzag them together by all means. I'll show you as we go. I use this tape, it's called heat press tape. It's a bleeder tape that I just put on this foot and then I'll put the two edges together again. I'll show you and I just fuse a batting or a stabilizer.
I use it, if you don't have it, you can just zig zag it together or whip it together because it's not wide enough for our project, so I'm going to Then I'm going to show you exactly what I'm going to do now, so what I'm going to do next Next is to open my pack of charm squares and start placing five. blocks five squares wide I'm going to take this out. I'm going to draw it out at random because there's pale green and pale blue and weights, so I'm going to do five blocks across and seven rows down and as you can see, they're all of them, they all coordinate beautifully and I'm going to put some thought into this. .
I'm going to have some kind of thought when I'm putting my blocks together because it has beautiful pinks, reds, plaids and creams. and polka dots and I love it, so I'm going to do what I said, five in all, very pretty, very pretty, it's a plaid cream color, tan color, with little florals, so 1 2 3 4 5 and then a beautiful green there and a red to highlight. in the middle there is beautiful I love the red and Aqua together. Beautiful. This is a beautiful line of fabric. I have used it. I've done this. If you've seen me, you'll know I've used this before.
I just think it's just beautiful, just lovely, really very pretty, so now I'll do it again, no rhyme or reason, just pulling it, everything goes very well, as you can see, it's more pink down here, oh, so charming, very pretty, I think. I'm going to put this down here and I'm going to put more pink in the middle, beautiful now and we're going to put this pink here, so one, two, three, four, five, six. I'm going to continue, we're going to continue to build on this and then I see and then I'm literally just going to go over.
I'm not going to bore you. I'm going to go over and start putting all the rows of my blocks together and again, I'm not going to finish that. one two three four five six it's not, um, it's not rocket science, you've done this before, it's just um, put a rose, sell our rose, there's a nice gray, isn't it so lovely, oh, so pretty and done with a green, and there is my, there is my. bag, that's the design of my bag right there, right in front of your eyes, very very quickly now, so what I'm going to do is I'm just going to take a row, I'm just going to pull my row, I'm going to take over from this.
I'm going to start sewing my rows together, nice sides together, a quarter inch seam there, they're all the way down and then I'll do each row and then I'll just turn and pin. the rows together until we have a piece of fabric like a little patchwork quilt sewn together and then I'll show you I'll finish that and then I'll show you what I do from there and what I've done. At this point, I have sewn every row, all of my parts, all of my equipment together. I haven't pressed anything as they came out of the sewing machine because I just wanted to address one thing I had taken out willingly or not. my charm spur, which was fine because they are all very beautiful, but if you want to remember that this part here, this row here or say that these two rows were these three rows and these three rows here will be the top edges of your bag that's fine , this row, sir, and the middle of this row here will be the bottom, they will not be shown now.
I love this square pack with charms as you know the fabric line is beautiful however I just rearranged a few things because I really want to show off these beautiful flowers on the body of my bag which will be up here my little ruffles will go on this border and my little ruffles will go on this border, so I changed a few things that I love. the checkered pattern, but there are little dots here and there, but they're a little less floral, like I want on the body, my back, so I'm putting them in like three rows, they won't show up as much. like the ones above, one more thing, if you have a directional fabric, you suddenly realize, oh no, it has a top and a bottom, you want to be sure that this is again the top of your bag and this is the top of your bag, we're folding it over on itself, so if you have a directional print, you want to make sure that the directional print is facing down on your bag, so if you have a little puppy and here's his feet and here's your head down here you want this you want these rows the top of your head is here and the feet are here the feet are here on the top of your head the feet and the feet are here on the top of your head so when put the bag together, your directional print will be the correct shape, so that's just if you have a directional print, but again pull your charm squares, if you're using charm squares again, this is just a piece of fabric, now it what I am going to do. what to do I'm going to go I'm going to place my seams here I'm going to take my time to place my seams in my rows and then I'm going to press like I do it like you do when you want to nest your rows together I'm going to press these seams up there it is my phone I'm going to press these seams one way and these seams another way, you gotta excuse that and then I'm just going to put the right sides together, pretty sides together and then sew my ruse after I set up my smooth Oh, I just finished selling my bag and I wanted to show you my next step.
Are we saying at the beginning that this is a friend on the double-sided flexible phone? Two-sided fuse stabilizer. Now why? why do I have to get I have to make a piece, this is as you can see coming off the roll, it is also too narrow for me, if you can see here, it is too narrow for my piece, now I am NOT going to make it from edge to edge I'm not going to do it edge to edge like there. I'm not perfect because I don't want this in the seam allowance, but for now I'll do it because I don't want it.
I want it in the seam allowance and I don't want it up here either. I hope you can see that I don't want it here, so I'm going to cut it off about a half inch. I'm going to stretch it about an inch. this way maybe a little over an inch there so there's my border which is about an inch and about an inch on top because when we're going to sew this I don't want that in my seam allowance so yeah I throw it in there so I'll have about a half inch, maybe a little over an inch, so I straighten it out under there and then I can cut this out and then I know it's a little bit smaller, there are smaller pieces, let me show you. you when I, when I divide that difference there, as you can see, I'm not going to have that in my seam allowance when I go to sew and I might even trim it a little bit more actually, but because because this is just this is this is this wide I need to make another piece down here so what I'm going to do is I'm going to cut a cut another piece comes off the roll like this I say I'm going to cut another piece exactly the same size probably, uh, probably just straighten this out with a ruler here, but for now I'm just going to cut it like this so roughly I have to choose two sides through the sizes so I'm just going to straighten the sides even a little bit less because this gets tight and tends to grow a little bit so I'm going to take it off .
I just don't want those people in the seam allowance and that straightens out nicely and then comes back. here I am looking at it but now it is a little smaller than my top as you can see I have two large pieces and if I bring this here bring my fabric here you will see that I have to join it and as I said For you, at the beginning you can see that I have to join it. I have a lot left, right, I have a lot left, so what am I going to do before I cut it off?
I'm going to go iron. This board is nice and straight and I'm going to use what's called heat and pressure tape. I showed you this at the beginning and it's a tape stuck right here. I have to be very careful because it's a two-sided fuse and This is not, there's no glue here, so I'm going to polish them together better, but bat this thing together like this, it's really nice and I really have it, but together, so I don't see any air and then just with the tip of my iron I'm going to put it on.
I'm going to melt that glue right there, as you can see, then I do this with batting. This is a wonderful product. This code Keaton press, take. I think I don't know 15 yards or something for six bucks and it's amazing. I used to zigzag my batting with a whip point. This is wonderful and as you can see, it becomes really nice when you compare it. between each other they need a nice, clean line there, so I'm going to do that and then I'm going to trim this to the size that's a little bit smaller at the top and bottom.
I'm going to crop this out and then my top. Now as you can see I've cut my smaller stabilizer on each side of my top of my pan bag after I've attached it with my tape, it's one piece, now what I'm going to do is attach it. my microphone my kind of interlining this is just a piece of fabric I just took a piece of white fabric that I'm now going to cut exactly the same size as the top of my bag here I'm going to cut this exactly the same size okay, because what we're going to do now is all we're going to do and there you have it, there's my top, my inner lining, what we're going to do is us. we're going to make a sandwich we're going to make a sandwich this is just a piece of white fabric it's not going to show up anywhere where it's like a tone on tone okay I haven't even pressed it but it's okay because what we're going to do What to do is now we are going to insert the backing that was the inside of the lining here that will not be seen and now we are going to quilt our piece, our little bag here.
We're going to quilt this piece of fabric so that the batting or the stabilizer is on the inside and since it's a fuse, I'm going to check it and press it from the beginning from the inside. I'll take it out and get it really nice and straight. I'm going to do that on both sides. I think it is fuse on both sides. I think this is two-sided, so I'll turn it around and do it again, but what then? What I'm going to do is take my clips here. I'll take my clips. These two are exactly the same width here.
My butt. I'm going to wall that up and not declare it. I'm going to go and Quilt this after it's all nice and straight. I'm going to quilt about a quarter inch or half an inch from each line. I will do it this way and not this way. I'm going to quote it in the ditch, I'm just going to quote it on either side of this line and then I'm going to go down there and in my prototype here you can see how it turned out, it really puffs up beautifully, it really becomes dimensional. in these, these lovely squares really come to life with just a straight stitch from top to bottom, so again, if you want, just do it, if you just wanted to make one piece of fabric, of course, eliminate all of this, you can quilt it. however you want, you can free motion quilt it, you can quilt it straight, but right now I'm going to stabilize this, I'm going to pin it down and then I'm going to quilt it on either side of my lines and then up, so I just wanted to show you how this came off from my ironing board.
Sort of three pieces on the front of a bag, okay and I have yet to quote that and as you can see I have ironed it now. I'm going to iron it a little more because in some places the glue hasn't melted, but mostly. I started in the middle with this with the fusible glued on and I went out and ironed this and as you can see it's really, really pretty and then I sandwiched the inside there with the fusible fleece, I mean. the fusible wadding and then, yesthere's a little crease okay and then I put this back end on it and again I ironed that part okay so now I'm going to go and quilt this and it really becomes textured but before I do that what I did was put my lining on the table here and I'm going to cut it, if you remember, I was going to tell you what to cut.
I'm going to cut off my wish. my siding piece is 24 inches wide, this is the width of this, maybe it did, maybe it says this is about 23 and a half. I'm going to cut my siding to about 24 inches and then I'm going to cut my siding to 36 inches, now this. piece of fabric here the size of our bag this measures from top to bottom about the third hem about 33 32 33 um I'm going to cut my lining a little bit bigger and tell you maybe yeah wrong about 36 inches I can I always do it smaller, but what I'm going to do is cut the lining a little bit bigger because let me show you my prototype here when we go to when I turn this over when I put the delete the one on the steering wheel here, as you can see, I turned it around to the lining and then I sewed it on top to make a sort of top edge, so I needed a little more fabric to do that, so I'm allowing for a Now, for that rotation, you may not have to have it as big, but I can always cut it off, so here's the bottom of my bag and then I'll make it a couple of inches longer and sneak it in there like that and then I'm going to cut it just the size of the top of the bag, so I did that match that edge now so my lining is cut out and again that's about 24 by 36 inches for my lining, but I'm going to put my lining aside right now and I'm going to iron it real good and I'm going to go quilt my I just wanted to show you how I'm in the process of Quilting this only takes me a few minutes because again, it's just straight lines how the taps draw this quilt is when it's when it's done in this, this foam here, the seams, I'm not sewing in the seam and those seams really pop.
I suppose it would have the same texture if you used a piece of fabric instead of UM's Fatly Charm squares, but I think the stitching really emphasizes the quilting itself, so again, very, as you can see, I have no way of walk. foot I based it like it was this little quilt which is basically what a top and a backing is, where I fused it, so maybe this is where a really nice fusible fleece would come in or a fusible interfacing or even a sub R a basting , if you're just using a batting, I've never used a spray based a lot of people do, but as you can see, I worked from the middle out and the squid is right on my, what will be my bag.
I don't want any type of loose fabric. I really wanted this sandwich here to become one and with the glue and then this with a fuse and then the backing stitch, as you can see, it's not moving at all. I don't even have a foot to walk in there and it's just beautiful padding, really very textured. I love it and like I said you can do this with just one piece of fabric, of course it gets a little awkward but I just have to fold this and then hold it in front of you again. I'm sitting right in front of the machine.
I'm making this over a quarter inch because I like the look of quilting, maybe even half an inch. an inch and then just right and then I just have a few more lines to do and look how beautiful it rises and gives it a lot of texture so here's my finished little bag my bag front and back and as you can see there's the made of the innards and the inner lining to have made this little quilt sandwich now let's just go to what we're going to do is we're going to go out what I did is I just did a little stitch on the top and along the bottom along each end I should say whatever your top and bottom is, I'm not on the long side because now what we're going to do is just stabilize that fabric there because then we're going to put the ruffle on. if you remember, but what we're going to do now is you're going to fold this in half, you're going to fold it in half and it's folded in half, it's going to be between a lovely square, but what we're going to do. you're going to pull the fabric out nicely and as you can see here, your lovely squares go beautifully with your side seam, we're doing two side seams from the top to the bottom here and you're kind of splitting the difference on this bottom, this bottom, but if you see, I'm going to go in and I'm going to trim this out and my seams and my quilting and my seams match up beautifully. so I'm going to review starting from the top.
I'm going to sew about a half inch in and again, I'm not really catching any of that junk that's in there, which I don't want. I don't want all that. bulge in my seam, so I'm going to do about a half inch on each side, matching these up after I've put them together, they match beautifully as you can see and then I'm going to make sure that this is folded over and then I'm going to reinforce that seam. I'm going to go over that maybe three times because that's what I do and that's what I do, so make sure it's tucked in right there, your side seam, your fabric is tucked in really well, so I've got a nice side seam. top to one side, so my side seams and I triple stitched them and I actually have these seams open and now what we have to do is there's my beautiful bag, what we're going to do is we're going to box the corners in, like this that what you have is your beautiful bag right in front of you.
What you want to do is lift it up and then put your hand where this seam is. You can see what you want. that at the bottom of your bag you want that charm square that you want to appear to be right at the bottom right in the middle of that charm square you'll see when you look in your bag what I've done is I've made a good point here and then I took my ruler and I'm going to pump about two inches and it's sick, so with a marker what I did was I just made a line right there. the a two and NH two and a quarter inches, this is the size your bottom bag will be.
I want a nice bottom, but I want a nice wide bottom, so I've done it like this and it's exactly divided into the difference that I'll make a nice seam right there for the bottom of my bag, so I put my clips there and I did it exactly the same way on each side of my bag. Now I'm going to go over and on that line there. I'm going to sew, sew, sew, of course, a million million million times, sew it and then I'll cut this out here. I still have this. I'll cut it out right there.
I have sewn the box pleat to the bottom of my bag and as you can see I am very happy that this side seam here the side seam there is exactly in the middle of that bottom square which is the bottom of my bag and as you see I cut it out and sewed it stitch by stitch. I cut it and cut it. I have two pretty identical pieces that I cut out, so that's my box, the bottom of my bag and it looks beautiful, very, very pretty and then when we do that, you can start to see my bag come together and fold. on these side seams here it folds like I was showing you at the beginning and there it's like a little bag like that, but now what we're going to do and then it opens up into a big tote bag.
What I'm going to do now is put this aside and I'm going to do my where is it? I'm going to make my ruffles, actually make my ruffle, which is, I've used this fabric here now, I know there's a Method for making ruffles where you gather it up and then pick up the gathered stitch. I don't mind that and I literally just pulled this and I'm not really sure. I guess I'm not quite sure what, yeah, this isn't it. It's going to be nice, what I'm going to do is I'm going to know these two pieces of fabric, which are the width of the fabric, but it doesn't matter how wide it is or this is quite long, yeah, there's about 45, so I'm going to take these four inches by 45 or 40 inches and I'm going to sew the two ends together and I'm going to make a loop I'm going to make the loop I'm going to sew these two ends together right there and right there and then I'm going to make this loop and then I'm going to iron it in half to have a loop like that, okay? and then I'll show you on my machine how I make my ruffles when I'm making a ruffle I like a pretty full ruffle at least double the amount and this is just double the amount so yeah this is just double the amount quantity, so it may not even be as full as I want, but it will be okay, because I don't have a method, I just squish it under my presser foot, but next I'll show you how I make that net, so now I'm going to iron both ends, make a tube and then I'm going to press it in the middle really good and then I'm going to place it on the top of my bag like you see here.
I have made my continuous loop of ruffles with two equal ones on each end. Now what I'm not very scientific about, but What I do is because my ruffles are facing down, I'm going to gather the raw edges of course, I'm going to find the seam that I just sewed and I'm going to find the side seam and there's no real slowness. , this is how I do it, it's not a real science and I'm going to pin that on that open side seam, okay, I'm just going to pin that side there and I'm going to find it and then I'm going to find this other side. the other seam of my loop I'm going to find that side seam there.
I'm just going to match that side of my loop to the side seam of my bag. I'm just going to put two pins on either side of that now again no. a real science I pulled this out, you could measure it I pick it up and I find the exact I find the exact middle I find the exact middle of my steering wheel well, which is over there and I go to the exact middle of my bag that is there and I place it now I realize that when I do this I put it right there so I realize that now I'm going to have to get this I'm going to have to ruffle this piece from that side seam to the middle, so I'm going to go to my machine and then now I'm going to gather this piece, this fabric on that piece and everything will be even that way, I'm going to turn it inside out. and do exactly the same thing that's the front or the back whatever I'm going to find the middle here is the middle of my bag I'm going to find the middle the middle of my steering wheel which is more or less over there fix it on the middle of my bag, so now I have all these kind of quarters that I'm going to start just on a side seam and push in this area here so all of this fabric has to go there and I'll show you on my machine now, like You can see, I've already made a quarter of my flyer and in fact I've only duplicated it.
I should have tripled it because it is not as complete a steering wheel as I would like. I'm just measuring it. How do I do it now? If I started on a side seam, it's a pretty decent ruffle, okay, but my other ruffle was a little bit white, but it was a little fuller, but this one was double, maybe you could fold it in half. or triple it now that I've gotten to the middle of the front of my bag and as you can see there's my mark so I'm going to take my pins in I know that's the middle of my bag and all I do is Because I've been doing this for a while, I just rough it out, just UM fabric under the presser foot, there's no real rhyme or reason, I'm keeping my raw edge lovely with the top of the raw edge of the bag and figuring out how much fabric I have to use before I get to my next sub scene because it just doubled, it's not much, so I'm going to push it down little by little making a quote flyer. eh, it's a ruffle, it's okay to combine that scene, keeping it so that you don't get it all, so it's not like that, just holding it with your thumb and making the ruffle yourself by all means if you wanted to put it together with a gathering thread by Of course, if you have a shirring attachment on your machine, you could make a beautiful shirring.
This is how I make my ruffles. Now I see that I have a lot left, so I'm pretty good getting back to the side seam. I've been doing this, I was making ruffles for our daughter Malia for her clothes forever and this is how I used to do it. I'm a frilly girl, it doesn't look like it, but I just push that under, you can see. and I'll get there by making sure you don't get caught underneath. I should have removed the mic stand to have more free arm, but as you can see now, all of my ruffles will be pretty uniform because I more or less did that. that's dividing it into quarters, so just push it down.
I have enough to get in there and then again hopefully you can see I'm just putting it together carefully pushing it under the presser foot and then that section is done. That's the section done so I know I have the exact amount in each section of my ruffles at the top of my bag, so I'm going to end up around my ruffles, there's my ruffled bag, which I'm very happy with. the way it turned out by all means I was thinking by all means you could pin it, you know, but you could pin it in those corner sections of the rooms.
He didn't have to do that now. What I want to do before. Before power. proceed is that I wanted to wear them. I didn't mention this at the beginning. I wanted to get some feet for my from my um my bag here and how they come these are these are small ones in brass color. that come and you put them in the bottom of your bag only if you leave your bag it prevents the bottom from getting too dirty. These are called everything, happy gold bag legs. There is a set of four and yes, you can get them anywherecraft. save now what I have done this before what is it is a little bit you there is this little like a little closure like that you can see so this little closure goes to the inside and then you have you have this on the I mean on the outside so wherever you want them and then you put this on the inside and then what I would do, I take these, I'll take it off the card and you, what you do is I have a sharp seam ripper, put them together, what?
I'll do it, I'll just do it, I can do it visually myself or if you want, no, let me do it, no, actually, I don't want to do that, I'm just going to mark, I've got four of them here, I'm just. I'm going to mark I think I don't want right in the middle I want one one here one two three four one two three four so what you do is I have a very sharp little seam ripper so what I do is I put my hand in there my fingers right there right there and I'm just going to do it with my seam ripper be brave I'm going to take I'm going to go right there let me go right in I can feel it underneath I'm going to make a little Cut just a small cut in the three layers, just a small one and then I'm going to leave .
I might have to make it a little bit bigger and then I'll have to make it a little bit bigger. I can feel it. It's on the inside now I'm going to put the ones with the two points right in there and then on the inside I don't know if you can see this on the inside so there's what I'm going to take My little thing, I'm going to put it right in the middle and then I'll open those ends and make it really nice and tight, really nice and tight, and again you won't come out, you won't see this. all because it's on the inside of the lining, but there's my little foot there, nice and safe, it's not going anywhere, so I'll do exactly the same thing.
I want a good one to see, that's there. I just thought about the eyeball. I'll make my hole there. I can feel it inside. A small indentation. A small hole. A small opening. I'll take the next one with those tips tight and here we go, it's just a few minutes and then it makes your bag, there are my inner tips, I put them right in the middle, open them up a little bit and then squeeze them, squeeze them down, squeeze them down so that you can see, look how much, look what kind of professional he looks again.
I will put my hand. in my bag and I want one right there that matches. I can feel that hole. I can feel the seam ripper making that hole. Squeeze my tips together. Squeeze them in there. I have to make that hole a little bit bigger because you're going to go through how many layers you're going through the foam you're going through the inner lining there you go and then where it is here we go this is that one and then in the oops and then um hold it there hard and then in the inside, do that to finish my feet and then I'll show you what I'm going to do next, so I'm not my ironing board and I just wanted to show you that now I'm working on my handles of my bag and what I did was remove the lining fabric that I cut because it's a little more substantial.
I have two pieces of fabric that are four inches by 23 inches long, okay now what I found in my In my belongings here I just wanted to make them a little stiffer and go without the fusible interfacing so I found this as some fusible fleece , so I already fused that piece in a little less than half a knot in the seam allowance is something like that, so I'm going to fuse this piece of fusible fleece. It has the glue side down. This is not the stabilizer I just used. Is not a. This is not the foam stabilizer.
This is some fusible fleece. It has glue on one side so with the glue side down, I don't like ironing on anything fusible even though the glue is underneath so what I've done is placed it so it doesn't reach the ends. on my tie and what I'm going to do is because of that. I'm going to turn it over and see. I can feel it's right where I want it to be and this is it. Again, where I really press hard according to the manufacturer's guidelines, I really press hard to melt that glue on any fuse, but I don't like it, I don't like it even though the glues on the bottom I try whenever may be possible. with appliqué to fuse it on the side of the fabric that's just me so I just finished these are my handles they measure about 4 inches by 23 inches and then what I'm going to do is I'm going to continue with that a little bit more I want making sure it's really one with the fabric, what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn it inside out, right sides together, nice sides together and I'm going to sew about a quarter of an inch along the length. the edge here right from the top down.
I'm going to do that twice because I want my handles to be nice and sturdy, but then I'm going to turn them over and then I'm going to sew them on top. which I'll show you, so I did, I'm making my handles and what I did is I showed you on my ironing board. I put the right sides of my four inch strip together and I sewed them together and I said and I sewed it and there's the seam in the middle. I've already finished one and I've already finished the stitch so the seam is right there, you can't even tell it's sewn with a smooth top on each side.
I've done that and maybe you guys don't have this, but I have what's called a loop spinner. You just put it in, thread it all the way to the top, hook this little crochet hook on it and it does the same thing as a The safety pin would just serve to turn something inside out, it's just an easy way to twist tubes or anything, so now I've done it. ironed very well and what I'm going to do is just sew one side of my handle to make it look pretty, sew it a quarter inch apart. I'm going to go around there, he shouts, all these threads stop at about a quarter of an inch and then they'll go down the other side.
I'm going to iron this good, very, very good, and there are my two handles and now I'm going to show you how I put them on my bag, so I just put a set of handles on my bag and what I did was I made a ball about three quarters about half an inch apart. of this seam on this block here both ways both ways to the right and then I just attached it being careful not to catch it on the tip of the toe on the back. I attached it right where the seam of my steering wheel is so when my handle goes like this, my steering wheel goes down and then my handle goes up and it's tucked right under that steering wheel, so now what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn my bag inside out. and you must be careful when you are. putting on the handles, that your handle is not like that, you want it, oh no, it's crooked, so when you put it on, you want to make sure that your handle is in a loop like that and both ends are in a loop like that.
I'm going to find this seam here again, making sure it's so pretty, my soul, my top seam is lovely and I'm going to trim it right there and sew it right there and I'm going to make sure my handle and then I'm going to get to this edge right there and I'm going to take it and then I'm going to sew that handle on and again keeping it nice and square and straight with the top and reinforce reinforce reinforce and then we're going to do the lining here's our little purse, it comes through our nice purse.
You can leave it like this. It's a nice big bag, but let's put the lining on it right now. Put the handles on it. I put my feet on it. It is enough. Beautiful, now what I have here is our piece of lining that we cut. Remember that we have it a little bigger. I put it here on my table. I'm going to remove it. I won't need anything. Border here. It's a little bigger, but I'll show you why I did that. Now I folded it in half, nice right sides together and everything is nice and square, so what I am now because I just need a little bit bigger.
There's only one reason for me to do it. I'm going to put this right on the edge of that fold there and I'm going to cut it in half, just cut that little fold, just cut that little piece of fabric, so now. we have two pieces of lining fabric, okay, we'll get to that in a minute, so here's my lining piece and what I've made and haven't shown you. I would leave a small pocket and everything I did. It was making the sides together, just a little piece of fabric that I cut, putting the front on each side and I actually put a little bit of foam, a little bit of stabilizer foam keeping this end open.
I just pressed it open, I mean I just pressed it closed, so here in front of me is my pocket, so what I'm going to do is find, just press it with my finger, I'm going to find the center of my lining fabric and then I'm just going to look, it's on that line, I'm going to buy the ball, the center of my pocket, this is again in front of me and it has a design that says love, it's about, I'll do it, let me see. in my little prototype here I'm doing it about three inches down three three and a half inches down from the center there it's right in the center and what I'm going to make is a nice finished edge.
I'm going to go ahead and sew it down there, making my butt right and then up the side and I'm going to double stitch it and finish it off, reinforce it on the top pocket. It's pretty, it has nice padding. pocket for the cell phone or for the keys or for a nice wallet. Now what I'm going to do is put the nice sides of my lining together. I'm going to do exactly the same thing we did with the bag, but if you remember with the bag we just folded. We cut it in half, we had no bottom seam.
I have to keep a bottom seam here. I have to keep this open from here to here by sewing all the way around like this from here to there on the sides and then we are. We're going to box the corners exactly like we did with the bag, so what I'm going to do is what I do when I have to have an opening. I start here and instead of just starting. my sewing that way and going up and that way and going up what I do is I start over here and I do a little back stitch, back stitch, back stitch and then I go out like this, back stitch, back stitch, stitch back, stitch back in the scene and then I do it because that way the fabric, when you go through all that, this whole bag, there's a lot of tension in this opening seam here and if you just sew it back here, that already it becomes beautiful it becomes beautiful and then and and and there's not and then there's not a lot of tension in that seam because you've actually sewn that well from the bottom of the fabric and then you go and do the seam so I'm probably going to go.
I'm going to leave a decent sized opening from here to about there, so I'm going to sew from there up, up, up, up, up. I have sewn my side seams and sewn my area. up there and up there and now is a really good time to take your bag, just leave the lining like that and take your bag because what we're going to do is make sure that the the top of our bag from seam to seam matches the top of our tote bag here from seam to seam so as you can see we've done it very well there's a seam there and I'll match it and there's the seam there that I'll be matching so I'll be when I go to put the bag inside, when you sew this top seam.
I know my liner will fit my bag perfectly, so now what I'm going to do I won't do. I'm going to bore you again. I've bored you quite a bit. We're going to do one of two things: we're going to box the corners again exactly like we boxed the corners of our bag. You are going to do this so that your triangles are the same size. On each side, you're going to go in about two inches, make your mark and sew and then trim that stitch, sew and then trim it. I've boxed the corners of my bag, my lining and now what I'm going to do.
I'm going to do it wrong side out. I haven't turned it around yet. I'm going to thread the right side into my bag. I'm just going to push it into the lining. I'm going to push. that right on the lining, straightening it out at the bottom making sure my handles are tucked in and then I'm going to join my side seams with the ruffles there. I'm going to join that side seam to that side seam and then I'm going to start trimming properly making sure my handles are tucked in and not in this seam. I'm going to sew around the top edge and as you can see my lining fits my bag really well.
The seams are here, my side seams are there, so I'm going to go and trim this along and I'm going to sew it, I'm going to make sure all my ruffles are tucked in nice and straight, and then I'm going to go right under that seam, I'm just going to run down under the steering wheel seam and I'm going to go around it twice and when I get to my handles here, I'm going to reinforce my handles where they are there, being very, very careful, I'm going to be very careful not to get caught underneath , so I'm going to sew all the way around.
I have sewn the lining of my bag and remember we have this big opening. I quite like this big opening here because then without much trouble, because I have a big pile of
quiltedbag there, I can just thread my lining through very, very easily and then what I can do is sew, I'll go and sew, see how it comes together. that bag, that seam, I can just pull, see that seam come together and I would do it. just sew that seam over there you'll never know it's in, but what I'm going to do now is push this into the lining of the bag, really lovely, straighten it all out and just through, but just through the seam, how I did the seams, you'll see here that the lining, the lining on the top here of this bag, wants to be proud of that seam.
You see? Now do you rememberwhen we made the the lining is a little bit bigger, so take this little trim, so to speak, it's taking up, that is, ISM is not taking up the lining on the inside, so our lining still fits our bag beautiful and loose way. You don't want the liner to be smaller than yours. bag or your bag won't hang well when you put things in, if you want the lining to be a little bit bigger than your bag, so now what I'm going to do is see that I'm going to go over and over there, just press with your finger this top edge, so to speak, there's my pocket, just move forward, there's my pocket, beautiful.
I'm going to press with my finger and as I go to the machine, I'm going to sew right next to that seam or in the seam right there, I love, what's about a half inch of edge, so to speak, see that and it just fills in what seemed to be the seam there. it just fills that edge beautifully, you can see that, so the way we did it it has kind of an automatic edge with the handles up and the fredley wheel down, so I'm going to sew right there, you'll see. inside is fine and I just finish it and then the next thing I'm going to do is put the magnetic closure on which I'll show you how I do it, tucked under this steering wheel here and then.
I'm going to put the ties on my bag. It's almost finished except for the bows, bows on the side, and the clasp for my tie. Oh, I just sewed on the top here, as you can see, and I already made my kind of lovely self-adhesive on that top edge, so pretty, so what I'm going to do now again I'm not going to bore you. I just cut two strips about two inches and what I'm going to do, what about the width of the fabric I'm just going to sew this I turn it inside out I'm going to cut this in half because we need four of them I'm just going to cut this in half half I have so much and I'm going to be like we need four of these two for each side so that's the bad thing about 20 inches or so and I'm just going to sew the right sides together right sides together and I'm going to finish off a extreme.
I'm going to sew through here. I'm going to turn it inside out and sew it. I'm going to flip it over so we have a finished edge and then I'm not going to show you how I'm going to do it. I'm just going to sew these. I'll take pictures of exactly where I sewed them to tie, so I'm going to do that now, you should make my bows for the side of my bag and, um, I finished the edges here a month before Downs. one side and I have a meat and a nice edge here, so what I'm going to do is make them all the same length and to make sure there are no trailing edges, I'm just going to cut off about an inch or so and that's a edge raw and we're going to attach it to the side of our bag on these teeth, on these two there's a side seam and these two squares with charms here, so what do we do?
What we're going to do is take our tie going in that direction and going in that direction and then one at a time making sure that the lining is nice and see that it's smooth on the inside because we're going to sew it across the seam . I'm sure your lining is nice, nice and straight with that clear side seam. I can feel that it's not all wrinkled, it's nice and square. I'm going to take my tie and I'm going to sew it right between that fact. between that lovely square, right, I'm not going to sew there, yeah, this is a raw edge.
I'm going to sew it a quarter inch back and then I'm going to sew it very, very, very, very close to that raw edge, very close from front to back. Back and forth now, when you send something with a raw edge, I could tuck it in if I wanted to, but hey, if you sew something and reinforce it, it's only going to fray up to that seam, so if I put that seam really close, it'll be fine, so I'm going to do a lot of stitches next to each other and then my tights are tied like this and you'll never see the raw edge in the middle, so I'm going to do that on all four sides. see that here is my center here is my side seam this one is going to go here so that later when they are there they tie they make a beautiful tie on the side of our bag here is my almost finished bag it is not it is pretty - shabby chic bag.
I put the bows on it and it comes in the middle, as you can see, then it has a lovely bottom with my feet on there and my bows that I add a little bit of color to - and I put these Where are we saying on each side of the seam side of those two lovely squares? You can make them as loose or as tight as you want, so now I'm going to loosen them up because the last thing I'm going to do is The second to last thing I'm going to do is I'm going to put it I'm going to put the clasp on the inside of my bag there's my lining there's my pocket it's nice, nice and straight lovely oh, I did a little a little bit of top stitching on the top band of that top of that top, a little bit over there, so now what I have of again you will need a sharp seam ripper and again this is the same thing all mary-3 magnetically fits each yellow, pink and white, I use the white ones on the other one so now what I'm going to do is use the pink one and I'll remove them from the back of the cardboard.
Wow, I'm lining to use the. pink, I took out the yellow one, I'm going to use the pink one and you have two sections of clasps for your bag, okay, we have them like the others, like the feet, but these come with two prongs and a magnetic back, now the reason why the one I'm doing, and I like doing it on this because it's hidden under my steering wheel. If you would like to put the plugin in another application, you have to do it before building everything because this goes. to show, but I don't mind it showing on the outside here because of my ruffle, as you'll see when I do it, because the brooch goes on the inside, it goes from the inside to the inside, so what am I going to do? is, I'm going to make sure I see exactly the center of my bag, which is right there in this square with charms, and I'm going to make them on the outside, I'm going to make them to make sure that This is going to go on the inside like this, but I'm going to cut it .
I'm going to cut these little slits so it's hidden on the outside, so I cut one there, across the right, through all the layers. Brave, there's my cut and then right next to it. Now this is going to go on the inside, but you'll see what I'm doing, so right there I've centered it, a slit, hold it together and then inside. I insert them, I hit that metal through you, you say my slotted metal feels very easy and then I just put it in and again I push them down, I push it down very hard, very, very hard and then it's hidden in this application and there it is. the inside of my bag right now, so now what I want to do is make sure that when it's closed up there, my opposite side is right where it should be, so I'm going to measure, I'm kind of realizing that's I want that be I want to match my my top they are my I'm one of my complements to be right there and that's pretty much okay again see how it's right in the middle so I'm going to do it on the inside here, making sure that my ruffles are far away.
I'm going to make a slot there, make a slot there and then I can see where my slot is there and there and then I'll turn it over and here it is. this beats this one turn that over and put that right there and squeeze that squeeze that down very very very very well and again it's hidden there's a door next door oh that was for my yellow it's hidden right in the middle and then there's my snap, there's my snap, so now my bag is ready, if I want it big, this is what it looks like, this is what it looks like with part of the back unfinished or if I want it small, I put it in with my ties. and there it is all finished, so there is my lovely little bag.
I hope you like it. It has both sides, a nice shabby chic style, so you can turn it into a clutch or a large bag with a magnetic closure, so I hope you like this little tutorial. What I'm going to do and I want to show you is I'm going to cover a piece of cardboard and maybe some foam to make it fit snugly in there, so that's my bags, it's really pretty even though it's flat now in the box. with my corners. I'm going to make it really nice and boxy there, so I hope you like my bag.
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