Goin’ Green Shopping Bag Workshop Questions? Contact Deb Figved firstname.lastname@example.org 630‐338‐7415 (cell) 630‐837‐6393 (home) About the project: Quilters are a creative group and can have tons of fun making and sharing ideas on creating bags. I suggest, for the first project that you make a basic bag (non‐quilted). So, all you really need is 1 yd of fabric and your choice of thread for this project. This is a project where you are free to use your own creativity in designing a bag to suit your need: groceries, books, shopping at the mall, beach bag, sewing, knitting, etc. The intention of the workshop is to provide you with a basic bag design which you can play with. You will decide if you want the handles long or short, handle fabric sewn down to both sides of the bag, or sewn only to the top. You can add your own personal touches (size of bag, pockets, zippers, ….and more). The basic bag is designed from a typical brown paper grocery bag. By adding a heavyweight interfacing layer to the bottom of the bag, you may even make a foldable storage layer for the bag (purse‐like for carrying). Deb’s original reversible bag design, left‐most picture above, a Fons & Porter’s “Made in One” winning entry, can be viewed in the Quilt and Sewing Expo this fall at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Supply List: • Fabric: You will need 1 yd of the main outer fabric (allow extra if quilting. You should have, when finished quilting two pieces of 19‐1/2” (wide) by 22” long) ‐‐1 yd* for outer bag (*dependent on width of fabric). ‐‐19‐1/2” (wide) by 22” long fabric* for bag lining (*optional for quilted bag. Size is dependent on width of fabric and your design.) ‐‐lightweight batting (optional, used for quilted bag) • Sewing machine, thread, needles. cutting mat, rulers, rotary cutter, scissors, pins • I’ll have the following options available for purchase at the workshop, or you may bring: ‐‐Heavy‐weight interfacing (7‐1/4”x12‐14”) fusible on one side is ideal but not essential) (used for purse‐like bag) ‐‐Velcro (small amount used for making a purse‐like bag, or fabric closures if you desire) Suggested fabric choices for non‐quilted bag: Home Dec Fabrics, denim, rip‐stop nylon, light upholstery fabric, heavy cotton blends, and many others. Quilted/personalized bag This bag is also ideal for using UFOs to create a bag design. Suggestion: Use the workshop time to assemble your bag. Have your 19‐1/2x22 fabric pre‐cut and embellished before coming to the workshop. If you are making a personalized bag with embroidery, appliqué or quilting, I suggest you complete this at home before the workshop. We will cut the bottom, and straps during the workshop after we discuss the options.
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