Fat Quarter Bag Sewing Pattern
The fat quarter hobo bag is a stylish and roomy handbag made using a pack of fat quarters. If you haven't seen or made one yet, you NEED this pattern in your life.
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Carry around your quilting projects in this stylish Fat Quarter Bag. Follow this easy handbag tutorial to make one of these fun bags for yourself.
It's a fast project that can be made from a piece of fat quarter fabric. Simple knotted handles make it easy to sling over your shoulder on the way out the door.
This free bag pattern will show you step by step how to make a roomy and trendy fat quarter bag you'll absolutely love carrying around.
The best thing about this fat quarter idea is that it shows you how to create a bag you will actually use.
More often than not, free bag patterns are small or flimsy. This bag does the job no matter what you need to get done.
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Fat Quarter Bag Sewing Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Project Type: Make a Project
Time to Complete: In an evening
Sewn By: Machine
• 42"-wide fabric
• 1 packet of 6 fat quarters
• 2 1/8 yds. for lining and handles
• 1/4 yd. flannel for handles
• 22'' or 1'' wide non-roll elastic
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How to Make a Fat Quarter Bag:
Get your fat quarters ready because you're about to magically transform them into the most amazing bag. It's large yet elegant, which means it can hold whatever you need but go from day to night easily.
Fat Quarter Bag Cutting:
From each of the six fat quarters, cut:
• 1 rectangle, 17-1/2" x 19-1/2" (6 total)
From the lining fabric, cut:
• 1 rectangle, 38-1/2" x 51-1/2", for lining
• 4 strips, each 2-1/2" x 40", for handles*
From the flannel, cut:
• 2 Strips, each 2-1/2" x 40"**
*For longer handles, cut 8 strips
**For longer handles, cut 4 strips
Fat Quarter Bag Instructions:
- Arrange the 6 fat-quarter pieces as shown. Stitch or serge the pieces together. Press the seams to one side.
- Pin the lining and the joined fat quarters right sides together. Using a 1/4" -wide seam allowance, stitch or serge around the edges. Leave an 8" opening near the center at one short end. Turn the bag right side out.
- To make the handles, place 2 lining strips right sides together and place a strip of flannel on top. Stitch or serge around 3 sides, leaving 1 short end open for turning. Turn the handle right sides out. Slipstitch the end of the handle closed. Topstitch 1/4" from the edge all around both handles.
- Press around the edge of the bag. Topstitch along the edge, beginning at the opening and ending at the other side of the opening. Do not stitch across the opening.
Note: To make longer handles, join 2 strips of fabric end to end to make 1 long strip. Make 4 long strips. Repeat with pairs of flannel strips. Follow the directions in step 3 to make the handles.
Tip: It helps to pin the pressed edges before you topstitch. The pins hold the layers firmly in place as you sew.
- To make casings for the elastic, measure 7" from the short ends of the bag on both long edges and mark. Stitch from point to point, 1-1/4" from the topstitching.
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- Cut the elastic in half to yield 2 pieces, each 11" long. Working through the 8" opening, insert the elastic into both casings. Pin securely at both ends. Secure the ends of the elastic by stitching an X in a 1" square.
- Slipstitch the open end of the bag closed. Continue topstitching across the 8" span.
- To make the casing for the handles, fold 2" of both short ends toward the lining. Topstitch along the existing topstitching and 1/4" from the fold.
- Insert a handle into each casing. Holding handle pairs together, tie the ends in a knot.
- Make any additional adjustments if needed. Your new DIY bag is complete. Fill it and go!
PLUS! Fat Quarter Bag Sewing Pattern PDF
This PDF can be downloaded and printed for ease of use. Or just download and keep it on your desktop for when you need it.
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