I couldn't imagine that sewing shopping bags is so much fun!
I have now one more reason to look for beautiful home decor fabric.
And of course I had to make some bags from quilt weight cotton too. They don't have lining, so you can't use them for things that weight too much. I LOVE them because they don't take much space in a bag.
One more bag (out of faux leather) on the list!
Pattern coming next week.
Print the design in the original size. A test square is included on the first page.
Measure it to make sure that you print the pattern at the proper
3. Assemble the paper pattern
Tape the pages together. To easily tape one page to another, remove
the right margin of the first page (cut on the red dashed line) and tape
the first page to the second page, and so on across the row. Use a similar
method to tape the rows together.
4. Transfer the design onto the background fabric
Tape the paper pattern to a window and transfer the design onto the background fabric, keeping it centered. Use the water soluble pen.
If you use a light color background, you are able to see the design through fabric, without the help of a window.
5. Prepare the applique pieces
From the paper pattern, cut out the heart templates.
Turn the templates wrong side up and place them on the wrong side of the red fabric. Trace around the templates and cut out the fabric hearts.
Handling the pieces carefully (it's easy to distort them), glue them in place on the background fabric.
Place the trapunto batting underneath the fabric; make sure it covers the heart applique design.
Below is the view from the back. Applique the heart design, stitching through all the layers. I used the walking foot, a narrow zig zag stitch and red thread (that matches the heart fabric) in the needle.
I stitched the lettering with free motion quilting and a darning foot. You could use the walking and straight stitching too.
I used white thread for lettering, you could use a contrasting thread.
Cut away the batting around the heart design and lettering.
If you need more information about trapunto, see the trapunto tutorial.
Now the top is ready for quilting. Add batting (I used two layers) and backing and quilt as desired.
If you have a helper like mine, you should quilt it in no time!!
First I outlined the trapunto design (the hearts and lettering) and then I did a very dense quilting around the lettering.
Then I stitched the red hearts outside the applique design with the walking foot. Then I filled the space between the red hearts with feathers.
Everything was quilted with Aurifil. I love this kind of trapunto that doesn't require water soluble thread!
After finishing the quilting, the piece must be washed, to get rid of the marking lines. Until it's washed, you can't say too much about how it turned out - the marking lines are very annoying!
I outlined the letters 4-5 times. They are small, the whole space taken by lettering isn't bigger than 2.5'' x 4''.
I hope you like it.
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I am using polka dots again, just different polka dots...
I have even white on white polka dots...
If you remember, I am not fond of turned edge appliques.
That's why I chose to turn the Dresden Fan block into an octagon...
then into a square. Who doesn't love piecing squares?
Even if this process is explained in my free tutorial here, I still have requests for a complete pattern. Which I am finally doing.
I already filled pages with instructions and tips. Maybe because I am not a perfectionist when it comes to piecing and I needed some tricks!
Life is easier when you know the right trick!
This is definitely a fun block! I still need 2-3 days of work to finish the top.
Last year I stitched more quilts than bags, now I have more bags than quilts on the "to do" list.
These shopping bags are addictive! But I don't worry that I sew too many!
This fabric from Ikea is to die for! I don't know for how long they will manufacture it, I think I need to stock a few (or many) yards!
I took pictures for the pattern (which, by the way, is so quick and easy) and I needed a fabric that clearly shows the right and wrong side of it. I searched in my stash and I ended up making a faux suede shopping bag. It's so precious that my mom didn't want it!!
At first I made it flat (I love this shape and the fact that when it is folded, it doesn't take too much space in a bag) then I boxed the bottom (more practical).
I still have to write the instructions for the shopping bags, but for the bag below, the pattern is done.
Last year I made so many bags using this pattern. They are so comfortable and spacious - my sisters don't want to use other bags anymore.
As I plan to release more patterns this year, I need a few more testers for bags and quilts too! Would you like to become a tester?
For the shopping bags you need two different decorator fabrics.
For the tote bag, quilt fabric is great and you need a medium to heavyweight interfacing. If you don't have it, you could make a quilted bag.
If you think you could sew the pattern in about two weeks and send me some constructive feedback and a few good pictures of your work, please let me know.
Unfortunately, I can't pay you for this - only with the updated pattern and many thanks!
Edited to add:
Thank you so much for your quick response, I have now a long list of bag and quilt testers.
Valentine's Day Quilt Design
This will be my new free pattern/tutorial for you.
I am not sure how I will continue it...but I will finish it in about one week.
The design measures 16'' - I think I will make a pillow.
Anyone willing to sew this design on the next week? Wouldn't be great to see a few different interpretations of the same design? To give some more ideas to quilters anxious to sew something for Valentine's day?
If you want to try it, please send me a message. I will send the design right away to you. But no instructions - you make it on your own! Deadline- January 26.