Monday, December 27, 2010

Bug Bags

Bug Bags
Design by Anna Mae Schack
Project Specification
Bag Size: Approximately 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Fabric & Batting
  • 1 piece main fabric 10" x 19", 2 pieces 2" x 12" for handles and 2 pieces for pockets 6" x 9"
  • 1 piece lining fabric 10" x 18"
  • Scraps for appliqué designs
  • 2 pieces batting 10" x 19"
Supplies & Tools
  • All-purpose threads to match fabrics
  • Accent beads or buttons for bug eyes
  • Rug yarn or 1/2" cording
  • Small notebook, pencil and magnifying glass
  • 6 1/2" square contact paper
  • Basic sewing and quilting supplies, loop turner or large tapestry needle
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1. Trace appliqué designs onto chosen fabric scraps, adding seam allowance when cutting for hand appliqué.
2. Center appliqué pieces on the upper half of the 10" x 19" main fabric piece.
3. Using matching thread and a small slipstitch, appliqué pieces in place by hand, turning under seam allowance as you stitch. Note: Pieces may be machine-appliquéd.
4. Trace the quilting design given onto the back of the 6 1/2" square of contact paper; cut out. Center on the bottom half of the 10" x 19" main section after peeling off the paper backing.
5. Place both pieces of batting under the appliquéd piece. Pin or baste layers together to hold flat.
6. Quilt on the marked lines on bag bottom. Quilt around the appliqué shapes. Add quilting as needed to accent the design.
7. Choose interesting buttons or beads for bug eyes. To attach beads, add a seed bead after going through the bead hole. Return the needle and thread back through the bead hole to attach.
8. Remove the basting threads when finished with the quilting. Trim batting even with top, if necessary.
9. To make pockets for lining, fold each 6" x 9" pocket piece in half to make 4 1/2" x 6" pieces. Stitch along two short sides. Turn right side out; press. Turn under 1/4" on bottom raw edges; press. Center one pocket on the 10" x 18" lining piece 3" down from each end with folded edge facing top edge of lining.
10. Stitch pockets to lining, leaving top folded edge open. Stitch a line down 1" from the edge of one pocket to make a pencil slot as shown in Figure 1.
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11. To make handles, fold each 2" x 12" strip in half along length with right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from the lengthwise edge.
12. Turn handle strips right side out; press with seam at center back.
13. Cut four 15" strands of rug yarn or a 15" length of 1/2" cording. Thread through fabric tubes with loop turner orlarger needle to fill. Stitch across ends; trim excess filling.
14. Place handle ends on the top of the main bag, loops down and centered with a 2" space between the handles as shown in Figure 2. Stitch 1/4" down to hold in place; repeat for opposite end.
15. Place lining right sides together with main bag. Pin, matching ends to hold. Note: The lining is 1" shorter than the top and will fold within the bag when finished.
16. Stitch across each end with a 1/2" seam. Turn so that the lining section and the main section are each right sides together; match the sides; pin to hold.
17. Stitch one side lengthwise through all layers using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat on other side, leaving about a 4" opening at the lining bottom area. Fold the main bag section at each bottom corner to form a triangle as shown in Figure 3. Stitch across the corner about 1" from point to make a box bottom on the bag.
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18. Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Press lining, turning in the open area seam allowance. Stitch the opening closed by hand or machine.
19. Fold the lining area inside the main section. The lining will be about 1/2" below the main section. Using a machine decorative stitch and matching thread, sew across each handle at the bag top seam line to hold. Press the bag lightly to shape.
20. Place a pencil, notebook and magnifying glass in the lining pockets to finish.
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1 comment:

  1. The above pattern is from
    I made quite a few of these for nieces and grandchildren a few Christmases ago. You can see one of them in my photos, the butterfly one.