MAKE SOMETHING QUILTED

The theme for this week’s make along is “something quilted”. The obvious thing would be making a mini-quilt, or a table runner, or placemats or even a quilted tea cosy. But I have decided to do something a bit different. This is one of the courses at The Old School Club (we were the first ones to have this course!), it is a lovely handbag that could be used for all the Christmas parties coming soon, or if you are late on your Make Along projects you could make one for the Spring wedding season or you can use it as a make-up bag (make lots of little pockets inside!).

What you need:

  • 45cm or 1FQ of cotton fabric for the exterior. We are going to use some interfacing like the one we used for the applique on week 1, so if you want to use a thin-ish fabric is also fine. You can also use a sequined, sparkled, satin, silk, etc fabric if you want to use it for the party season!
  • 45cm  or 1FQ of thicker matching fabric for the interior and pocket
  • 45 cm of medium weight interfacing (double sided)
  • 45 cm (1FQ) of wadding/padding (see the full post for more suggestions)
  • 10cm of 1cm wide ribbon to match the fabric
  • All purpose thread to match fabrics
  • Button 

Wadding, padding or batting is the middle component of the quilt sandwich. It comes in different thickness, composition and texture. There is a variety of batting available: cotton, for beginners and small projects; Polyester, lightweight and cheap; wool, very warm and lovely at touch, but it also needs much more care.

 If you cannot buy any wadding, these are some recycling suggestions that you could use instead:

– An old baby blanket or the inside of a baby quilt or sleeping bag
– A fabric placemat (they usually have some wadding to protect against heat)
– An old wool jumper, wash it in a very hot program in the washing machine before you cut it so it becomes like a felted wool
– A piece of felt

1. Pattern & Cutting: From the exterior fabric, cut ONE 30cm wide x 40cm high rectangle.  From the interior fabric, cut the following:
ONE 30cm  wide x 40cm high rectangle (interior)
ONE 22cm wide x 18cm high rectangle  (pocket)

From the interface & wadding, cut ONE 28cm wide x 38 high rectangle.




2. Wadding and Interfacing:   Following the interfacing manufacturer’s instructions, place your interfacing to the wrong side of the interior fabric, iron-on and remove the protection.
Now place your wadding on the sticky side of the interfacing so there is 2cm of fabric showing on all your sides, iron on. Your wadding should be now fused to the interior fabric.  Press well from both sides and set aside.
3. Pocket:  Fold the small rectangle in half right sides together so it is now 9 cm high, pin, leaving an approximately 6 cm opening along the bottom for turning.  Stitch along both sides and across the bottom, remembering to leave that 6 cm opening along the bottom for turning. Make sure you reverse stitch the seam at both sides of the opening.
Cut the corners at a diagonal, being careful not to cut into your seam. Trim the seam back to 0.5 cm except at the opening; leave the full seam allowance at the opening.

Turn right side out through the opening. Use a long, blunt-end tool, like a chopstick/knitting needle, to square the corners.
Press well and place the finished pocket on the right side of the  interior piece, centring the pocket in the middle. Pin the pocket in place along both sides and across the bottom.

 Using your chalk, draw a vertical line through the centre of the pocket panel. Edge stitch the pocket in place along both sides and across the bottom. This will close the opening used for turning. Using the drawn line as your guide, stitch through the centre of the pocket panel to create two pockets of equal size (or you can make a few little pockets instead). You can then add a little label, the embroidery from last week’s project or small appliqué with your name J to the pocket!.

Ribbon:  Cut the ribbon to a 8 cm length.  Fold in half, wrong sides together and raw edges aligned. Place the loop along the left side, just above the corner of the pocket (2 cm from the top of the pocket). The raw edges of the ribbon and the fabric are flush and the ribbon loop is facing in towards the middle of the pockets. Pin in place and then machine/hand baste in place. 

Finishing off: Place the finished interior piece right sides together with the exterior piece. Pin all around, leaving an approximately 6 cm wide opening along the centre of one side for turning.

NOTE: The position of the opening for turning is important. It has to be in the middle of one side in order to be secured later when you make the side seams.

 Using a 1.5 cm seam allowance, stitch along both sides and across the bottom, remembering to leave that 6 cm opening along the side for turning. Make sure you reverse stitch the seam at both sides of the opening. 
Cut the corners at a diagonal, being careful not to cut into your seam.  Turn right side out through the opening. Use a long, blunt-end tool to square the corners.  Press well, turning in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam.  Make sure the ribbon stays outside the fabrics.  

You have now completed (except for the button and buttonhole) your quilted project. This tutorial doesn’t pretend to teach you how to make a quilt .. There is MUCH more to quilting than this! but I hope this has been a good practice to learn how to prepare and to sew the layers. A proper quilt should be now finished by hand or machine quilting. Even if it is just a simple running stitch following (or not following!) the pattern. If you would like to learn how to make a proper quilt please come to one of our courses! 🙂 

Fold the quilt in 3 parts, so the top fold is a little bit shorter when the bag is closed. Edge stitch both sides, starting beyond the top fold by about 0.5 cm and reverse stitch to secure.

Buttonhole and button: select where you would like the buttonhole and button to be sewn on.  My buttonhole is located about 1.5 cm from the top (centred), which places the button around 5 cm from the bottom of the bag. 


 

I hope you liked it .. any questions please add a comment to the post!

x
Inma. 

 

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