Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My First Tutorial - Easter Basket Bag

This is my first official tutorial on my blog and I am so excited! If you have any questions as you work through it, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me for help.

Finished Size: 8 1/2" tall by 12 1/2" at its widest point.  This may seem small but it really turns out to be a nice size. 

Use 1/2" seam allowances throughout the entire project unless otherwise indicated. And don't forget to reverse at the beginning and end of all your seams!

Here is what you will need:

  • 1/2 yard cotton print for the outside of the bag
  • 1/2 yard cotton print for the lining of the bag and the handle
  • 1 yard of fusible interfacing for medium weight fabric
Cutting your Fabric:

First, cut your outside and lining fabrics. Cut 2 rectangles from each print that are 12" tall by 14" wide. Note: Cut your piece 12" tall first so that you can use the leftover long strip for your handle. If you forget to do this, you can piece together the two leftover pieces to make your handle.

Then using your rotary cutter and mat, take the two pieces from your first print and measure 1 1/2" from each of the bottom edges. Using your ruler, cut from the bottom mark up to the top edge which will taper your bag slightly giving it a nice shape.

Do the same thing to the other side:

Also cut your lining pieces the same way so now you have four tapered bag piecesThe bottom of your bag should measure about 11" across and the top of your bag 14".

Next cut your handle piece. From the fabric that you are using for lining, cut a 6" x 21" strip of fabric.

Preparing and Sewing your handle:

Take your handle piece to the ironing board.  To make your handle, with the wrong side up, fold in the long edges so they just meet in the middle and iron well.  Then fold our handle in half again and matching the edges and iron.

Next, sew down the long edges of your handle using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Note: Sew the open side of your handle first.

Put your handle aside. 

Preparing and sewing your Easter bag:

 It is at this point that I embroider names onto the Easter bags so remember that if you plan on doing this.  The embroidery needs to be done BEFORE you sew the bag together.

Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing that match the outside pieces of your bag by laying your fabric on top of your interfacing and just cut around them.

With the glue side (this is normally the shiny or bumpy side) of the interfacing facing the wrong side of your fabric pieces, iron the interfacing onto your fabric.

Next, place your outside bag pieces on top of each other with the right sides (or pretty sides) together and pin.  Sew the sides and the bottom of the bag leaving the top of the bag open.

Sew your lining pieces the same way but leave a 4" opening at the bottom to turn your bag right side out in the end.  Remember to leave the top of your bag lining open as well.

Next you will square off the bottom of your bag and lining pieces.  To do this, take the outside of your bag and make a triangle at the bottom corners of your bag.  Make sure your seams are lying right on top of each other.  Next measure across the triangle 4" and draw a line with your fabric marker/pencil.  Pin your corner in place.

Next you will sew across that line and don't forget to reverse stitch at the beginning and the end.

Trim off the excess fabric and then do the same for the other corner and for your lining corners.

Next, turn the outside (not your lining) of your bag, right side out.   Pin the ends of your handle to the top edge of your bag making sure the raw edges are together.  I pinned the end of my straps right on top of my side seams.

Sew the ends of your handle to the bag using 3/8" seam allowance.

Place your bag inside of your lining which is still turned wrong side out (make sure the strap is inside as well).

Pin your bag to your lining matching the top raw edges and side seams.  Pin all the way around the top.

Sew around the top of your bag with a 1/2" seam allowance using the free arm of your sewing machine.

Turn your bag right side out through the hole that you left in the bottom of the lining.

Sew the hole in the lining closed once everything is turn right side out by turning in the edges of the fabric and sewing close to the edge.

Iron the top edge of your bag so that the lining is facing the inside and the outside is, well, on the outside. =)  Ironing it well will help with sewing it in the last step.

Sew along the top of your bag using 1/4" seam allowance.  This will hold the lining in place so that it does not roll out.

And you are done!  Fill with goodies for Easter morning or take to your next Easter Egg Hunt. =)

1 comment:

Alely L. said...

i was looking for sewing classes in the matthews, nc area and found your website! i will be signing up for your advanced beginner class when it comes available. great tutorials here!