Good evening everyone! Welcome to my new page~~ I know I enjoy seeing how others put things together and decided to share some of the things I do with all of you. I hope you will be able to gain a little insight into the way I put things together from the tutorials I am going to post periodically. Please leave messages and suggestions on my "Life" page under the notification post I will set up there for each of my tutes. Thank you for visiting my blog and Happy Stitching, Sharon

APRIL 29, 2001

For my first tutorial I am going to post about a 'So Sew Easy Schlep Bag' by Gay Bomers and Clutch from Sentimental Stitches (tm). Gay and Clutch were very generous in allowing me to post this tutorial and hope you will visit their site for other great patterns and ideas. 

I picked this bag to make for our next bag swap at My Quilting Buddies this month. I really like the simplicity of this pattern and the versatility of using different sized squares to make different sized bags. 

Here are the 3 I have made so far.

Various Florals
Orange and Pink
  Here is how I made these bags. 

I started with a package of 8 fat quarters (FQ's) Cut 3 colors "A-B-C" into 8 inch squares. Color "D" is 8 1/2 inch.

 Got my nifty 'Ms Gem' all set up to help with this project.

 Sewed the bottom 4 together. This is the block labeled "C". Note the arrows.

 Stop the seams 1/4 inch from the outside edge. This is the arrows above.

Sew blocks "B" and "C" together.

Cut color "D" into triangles.

Sew "D" to "AB" to match this picture. You should have 4 of these.

Now sew "B-A-D" unit onto "C". See the picture on page 2 of the instructions for the placement of each "B-A-D" unit. 

You need to stop 1/4 of an inch from the center seam. 

Now you will sew the side seams of the bag. Notice on the left the "C" component is folded out into a triangle. This makes the seam you are going to sew next lay flat without folds. 

I removed my pressure foot so you can see where to start stitching the side seams. Start the seam where the other seams stop.

  Here is the first seam sewn. Continue sewing the side seams as above 2 pictures. 

Here is 2 seams sewn. 

 Here is the right side of the bag with all seams sewn. 

 Here is the outside of the bag. See how the side seams are on the diagonal? 

The lining is 22 1/4 inch square with a 1/2 inch seam. If your material isn't quite wide enough like mine was, I just used a narrower seam allowance. The next part of the directions were a little confusing for me at first. You will be sewing the lining together on 3 sides and on one of the sides you are going to leave a 5 inch opening for turning the bag right side out. See the arrow? That is the opening. 

You can see in this photo the 5 inch opening and the other side seam. 

Now you need to mark 7 3/8 inch to box your corners on your lining. To do this match your side seam to your bottom seam and mark on the fold 7 3/8 inch from the corner. Do this on each fold and each corner. 

Now connect the marks on the fold.

Sew along the line. 

Here is what the right side of the lining should look like. Note the arrow. This is the 5 inch opening for turning. 

Now the handles.
 I used the same width of fabric and pellon instead of the stated width of the pellon in the pattern. On one of the bags I used the scraps of the FQ's. The fabric on that one started out 4 3/4 X 23 inches and the pellon was 1/2 that  width.

Fold in half and press.

Open and press each side into the center. 

For this one I had 4 layers of fabric and Pellon. If you use 1/2 the width of fabric for the pellon you will have 4 layers of fabric and 2 layers of pellon

I used the edge of my pressure foot to sew a consistent distance from the edge. 

It makes a nicer handle if you add more rows of stitching. I used the edge of the pressure foot to do my spacing. 

Space the handles in the center of the triangles. Make sure you don't twist the handles.  

Match side seams to the points on the outside of the bag. Match the circled areas. 

Divide the lining evenly around the outer shell. 

 Here is the bag being turned right side out. 

Here is the finished product. I sure hope you like this bag as much as I do!

If you make this pattern, please let Gay and Clutch know how much you like it and let me know if my tute helped in any way.

Until next time, Sharon