September Project of the Month - Bag

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Hi everyone, we have a free project for you using our new fabric scraps pack, you can view the pack here.

Step 1: I took a 100gm fabric scraps pack and I sorted the long pieces and cut them if needed to make them even and then arranged them into 'light & dark' tones and machined the strips together.   I made sure I always started from the same edge, and then when I had finished I trimmed the bottom of my fabric with a rotary cutter, to make it even, the overall size was 12 inch x 30 inch.    I folded the fabric in half and sewed the side seam, so now I have a tube of fabric.

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Step 2: I then cut out a circle of fabric approx 4inch across, I marked the quarters with pins, I also marked the bag into 4 sections.  Start by matching the pin quarters on the bag with the pins on the base, and pleating the fabric between the pins. take care with machining the fabric as ther are a lot of pins.

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The bottom of the bag will look like this:

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Step 3: Cut the lining the same size and another circle, however when joinging the side seam of the lining, leave a 3 " gap FOR TURNING later on in the project.

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Step 4: Make sure both parts of the bags are inside out, and pin the top edge together and sew. I found sewing the fabric easier if the 'lining' was on the bottom and the 'seams' are on the top and all the fabric lays the same way.

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Step 5: Turn your bag the right way out, and push the lining back into the bag, your bag should stand up on it's own.

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Step 6: I machined around the bag close to the top.   Then I made a channel for my ribbon, by machining 2 rows of stitches, take care that these are wide enough for your ribbon / cord. U using a seam ripper or being careful with a pair of scissors, lay your bag flat , so you can find 'half' and make a small hole  in the channel just in the outer fabric to insert your ribbon.

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After you've put your ribbon in, your bag is finished!

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For alternatives why not use brass eyelets instead of making a channel and use a thick CORD for a different look, try making the bag taller, mine was 12 x 30 and then just adjust the base circle, makes an ideal sewing bag , why not make one for a christmas present and filll it with a few basic sewing items.

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