Needlework or Jewelry Bag
My hostess at a workshop in Angleton, Texas taught me the basics for this little bag.
Please read all directions before starting this project.
Fabric ~ 2 coordinating fat quarters
2 yards of ¼ inch ribbon or cord
Disappearing marking pen or chalk
Basic sewing supplies
Yarn needle or safety pin
Cut a 14” and 7” square from each fat quarter. Place the two 14” squares right sides together. Sew ¼” from outside edge on both leaving about 3” open on one side.
Clip corners and turn right side out. Turn the open edge in ¼” and press all edges flat. Stitch close to the edges around the whole block. If you have an edge stitch foot it helps to keep the stitching straight.
The top stitching will close the openings. Repeat for the 7” squares. Use a chalk wheel or disappearing marking pen to mark a line corner to corner in both directions on the top side of the small square. Fold the large square in half and finger press in both directions to find the center. Place the small square in the center of the large square. The fabric that will be the inside of the bag should be facing up with the contrasting side of the small square facing up.
Sew on the marked lines in both directions, backstitching at the corners. Turn the squares over and measure 5” in from each corner. Fold the corners back.
Mark a line ½” from the corner edges and stitch on the lines backstitching at the beginning and ending.
Cut the ribbon into two pieces. Thread ribbon into yarn needle or safety pin and weave it through the channels created by the stitching.
Leave tails of ribbon on one side and tie the ends together with a knot. Run the other ribbon through leaving tails on the opposite side.
Pull the knots on both sides to draw up the square to form a small bag. The square inside will make small pockets to organize contents.
The little pouch looks like a flower when viewed from the top.
The fabric used in the bag is a new line coming out in October 2008 by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. It is called Bistro