I’m back with the finishing steps to my little quilted bags for my knitting projects, but first I want to share some more pictures of my stitching exercises with WonderFil’s Accent and Spagetti and Fruitti.
Spagetti and Fruitti are 12wt Egyptian cotton threads that have been double-gassed and are free of wax or coatings that can build up in your sewing machine. Spagetti is available in a total of 60 saturated solid colors. Fruitti is available in 41 fun and playful variegated colors.
Spagetti and Fruitti are available in 437yd [400m] spools and 1093yd [1000m] cones.
These threads give a bold and dramatic effect that are ideal for showing off your beautiful stitching!
Quilt bag piece
Yesterday I showed you how to cut your fabrics and batting pieces and gave some ideas for quilting with WonderFil’s thicker 12wt threads.
When the stitching is finished,
- I trim my quilted pieces to 10″ squares
- cut 2 lining pieces 10″ x 9½”
- cut 2 pieces 12″ x 3″ for the handles
Fold the handle strips in half wrong sides together and press. Open and fold the raw edges into the 1st fold and press. Before switching out the threads for bag construction, top stitch along both edges of the handles using the 12wt thread.
Find the center of the top edges of the quilted bag pieces. Measure 1½” either side of center and pin straps in place with the right side of the straps facing the quilted bag.
Position the lining fabric over the top edge of the quilted bag and strap pieces. Stitch across the top edge. I usually back stitch over the straps for added strength.
Press the seam allowances to the lining fabric.
Place both bag pieces right sides facing and stitch around all 4 sides leaving a 3″ – 4″ opening along the bottom edge of the lining.
Measure 1″ from the seam lines and cut away all 4 corners.
Fold the corners and bring the seams together. Stitch across the corners.
Turn the bag right side out and stitch the opening in the lining closed.
Press the lining to the inside of the bag. Switch back to the heavier thread and stitch along the top edge of the bag.
You can easily change the size of these bags and the length of the handles to meet your needs. The lining sits much better in the bottom of the bag when I cut my lining ½” shorter.
Tomorrow I’ll share another small project that I make while I enjoy playing with WonderFil’s thick threads; Accent, Spagetti and Fruitti.
This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: 5 essential tips for free motion quilting using thicker threads