Saturday, 31 October 2015

Denim Triangle Bag with Lining


  Isn't this just the cutest bag?   
I love the recycled denim incorporating the pockets.

Start by breaking your jeans down into full lengths.  Trim off the waistband and hem.  Trim off the thick seams. This bag can be made with 1 pair of jeans, but I have used 2 pairs to have variety in color.  You will require 2 pant legs with the back pockets and a bit of extra denim from the front of the pants. 

Square up the pant legs to have long rectangle pieces of denim.  Mine were 10" x 35" each.  Sew 2 legs together, alternating the pockets.  It is important to have a pocket at each end.  Add 2 extra strips of denim (one to the top and one to the bottom of your pant legs) to make a length of 47".  

The final dimensions of the denim panel are 19 1/2" x 47"
with a pocket at each end. 


Trim your denim panel to 19" x 44". 

Cut a piece of lining fabric 19" x 44". 

Pin the lining to the denim panel and stitch together all the way around using a 5/8" seam allowance leaving an opening for turning.  Keep the opening towards one end near the pocket.  

Tip: Mark using 2 pins at each end of your opening to easily see as you sew. 

Trim corners and turn right-side-out. 

Press the edges all the way around the panel and press the opening edges under.  It is not necessary to sew this together as it will get caught in a seam of the bag. 

Pin mark 15" from each end on THE POCKET SIDE.
This will be the fold line for your seam. 

Fold your panel right-sides together and sew 
with a 1/4" seam allowance.  

Note:  You are only sewing on one side of the panel
where the pocket is. 

Now turn up 15" at the other end of the panel.   Sew right-sides-together with a 1/4" seam allowance ON THE POCKET SIDE ONLY.  This side is a bit awkward to sew as your triangle bag develops. 

Turn your bag right-sides-out and you have an awesome bag!
Isn't it fun? 

I'm getting ahead of myself :)  There is one more step...

Lap the top corners of the bag over each other 
and sew together with a small square of stitching. 


It looks great hanging on my freshly painted walls :)  

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The "Wildflower Improvise" is Complete!

I love this quilt and am so pleased to have it finished!   I have had an amazing and busy summer and fall enjoying the outdoors and traveling in Canada and Europe.  I decided to spend this year saying "yes" to as many adventures as possible.   This included bike rides in Calgary, Kelowna, Germany, and Austria!  It has been wonderful these past few weeks to re-group in my studio, looking forward to my next travel time. 

Now complete is the Wildflower Improvise Quilt.

These photos contains details of the Free Motion Quilting  that  I did throughout this quilt top.  In this project I focused on one design that I call the "Lollipop" as it compliments the floral theme of the Wildflower Block

 For this project I used a  Pieced Batting.

Here is an edge detail with a binding join that I have developed called My 3 Pin Binding Method.
This method creates a perfect and accurate join everytime!

I hope you enjoy these techniques and are having a wonderful autumn season,