Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jelly Roll Tote Bag- Love those precuts!

I have been digging through my PTBF (Projects to be Finished) basket in the hopes of finishing up some "left undone" projects.  So far, I finished Placemats for my daughter; A Feed Sack Towel Pillow; and finished Binding a Quilt.

Today I found a pattern that I received at a quilt club last year.  The pattern uses precut 2 1/2" strips.
As you can see, the sample was made using Kaffe Fassett fabric.


The pattern is free and available HERE at the Make it Coats website. I made a few changes to the pattern so I will fill you in as we go along. Under supplies, the pattern lists all of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics used in the sample.  If you are not using those fabrics, you will need 12- 2 1/2"x WOF strips.  The 1/3 yard called for is for the handles (I used 6-  2 1/2"strips) and the 5/8 yard piece is for the lining(I used fat quarters).   I loved the look of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics used in the sample but I wanted to use something from my stash.  Imagine how delighted I was to find a jelly roll of tropical brights.

                                                                    
  I'm not sure when I bought this but I am glad that I found it.  I won't have to cut strips from yardage that I have and I won't have to make a trip to the fabric store on a 12 degree day!  That's what I call a win win!

I started by laying out the strips in a design that I liked.

The pattern suggests cutting each of your strips down to 36 1/2" and then sewing them together.  I sewed mine together as they were (width of fabric).  I then cut it to size: 21"x 36 1/2".  While we are on the subject of fusible fleece, the pattern calls for 1 1/4 yds. but I only used 1 yd. and I used fleece in my handles instead of the interfacing that is recommended.  Another note:  When sewing strips together, be sure to alternate the direction in which you sew.  If you sew them all in the same direction, the piece will begin to arc...don't ask me why because I do not know. 

The pattern tells you to quilt as desired.  I quilted in straight lines along each side of the long seams.

I followed the pattern as written until it came to making the tab and lining.  I knew that I wanted to used a thick layered button on my bag so I chose to add an elastic loop (I used an elastic hair tie)
instead of a tab with a buttonhole.  Here's a close up...


I didn't have yardage of this fabric so I sewed three leftover 2 1/2" strips together to make each of the straps.  When I sewed these, the resulting width was 6 1/2" so I had to trim them to 6".  I also didn't want my straps too long so I cut the length to 32".


The pattern calls for interfacing in the straps but I wanted mine to be "beefy" so I applied fusible fleece  (6"x 32") to the wrong sides of the straps before I folded as instructed in the pattern.  One more note:  the pattern uses the word "interfacing" but I think it should read fusible fleece. I quilted the straps with multiple rows of stitching to improve the strength.  This is a large bag so I didn't want wimpy straps!

As I mentioned earlier, I didn't have yardage of this fabric but I did have some fat quarters so I decided to piece the lining.  I think it turned out quite cute...


Assembly was easy for this bag.  I left an opening in the bottom for turning.  If you are using a single piece of fabric, you could leave an opening in the side seam for turning.  I am happy with how this bag turned out and I am especially happy to have another project moved from the unfinished pile!




4 comments:

Kei  February 16, 2016 at 6:15 AM  

Came here from the Show and Tell link party on Flamingo Toes. Your bag turned out really cute! I would never have thought to use a hair tie for the elastic loop--will have to file that idea away for future use! :)

Ginny W  October 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM  

Loved the bag, but did you sew a band onto top of bag (stripes) ? Thanks for sharing.

Marcia Matos  January 25, 2017 at 1:16 PM  

Quais as medidas desta bolsa?

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