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Thread: Quilted Bag/Purse For My Mom (with tute!)

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    Junior Member SemiSweet's Avatar
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    West Branch, Iowa

    Red face Quilted Bag/Purse For My Mom (with tute!)

    I took the scraps that I made while learning to FMQ to make a bag! I used no pattern on this one, so I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.

    Basically what I did was this:
    1.) FMQ'ed an 11" x 15" piece of scrap, two 13" x 15" pieces, two 11" x 13" pieces.

    2.) On the front 13" x 15" piece, I sewed on a pocket on the front (7" x 9" FMQ'ed) and a pocket on the inside of the front side (I used a piece from an old button-up men's shirt so I could have a smaller pocket on top of the bigger pocket that I sewed).

    3.) Next I sewed them all together in a box shape (minus the top) with zig-zags. Start with the bottom pieces, then stitch up the sides to make them look best.

    4.) Zig-zagged the top (to prevent fraying and make it sturdier) and added a binding to the top.

    5.) For the straps I cut two 3" x 24" pieces, folded a piece of batting to fit inside and carefully pinned and stitched it so no batting showed. These straps should be comfy for those that like to fill their bags a ton like my mom.

    6.) To attach the straps, I zig-zagged them, so the frayed edges were facing the top of the bag (only a quarter inch or so down from the top) then flipped it to face the right way to zig-zag a few more times for extra-sturdiness.

    7.) I sewed on a small "snap" type button on either side to allow for the bag to be expanded or look cute while small.

    8.) I added a small flap and button to the front to help hold the purse together. Cut a 10" x 3" piece, fold in half (right sides together, wrong sides out) and stitch a seam on each side (leave the top open and the bottom alone because it's the folded part). Flip it right side out and iron flat. Make a button hole on the folded side. Sew the unfinished edge onto the back like you did the straps (maybe 3" down from the top). Sew on your button.

    9.) I added embroidery for looks, but this isn't needed.

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    Super Member nanacc's Avatar
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    Great idea and a very good job! Mom will love it!

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    Super Member bepositive's Avatar
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    That's GREAT! Your mom will LOVE it! Thanks for the tute!

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    Bloomfield, New York
    Love it! great job!

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    Power Poster gabeway's Avatar
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    Very nicely done.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    Waste not want not - great way to recycle!
    Carolyn - Singer 1030 (slant needle, self winding bobbin from 1976, my everyday machine) , Singer Quantum Quilter (sits on shelf unloved), Tin Lizzie 18

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    Senior Member kareno's Avatar
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    great job - mom is going to love that and thanks for the tute!

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    Power Poster Mariposa's Avatar
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    Eastern Washington
    Terrific bag for mom!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Looks like it will hold a lot!


    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
    [John Newton (1725-1807)]


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    Upland CA
    Really great job!!! She is going to love it!!!!!

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