Colorful Patchwork Bags & Baskets
Once you learn how to make these bags, you won't want to stop. Popular SewCanShe blogger Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield shares quick and easy techniques that can be used to stitch any size of bag or pouch you wish. These beauties make sought-after gifts, and because they're so simple to make, you won't mind whipping one up for everyone in your life!
Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield is one of the bloggers behind SewCanShe and the co-author of "Just For You: Selfish Sewing Projects from your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers." Her work is also featured in publications such as Stitch Magazine, Quiltmania and One-Yard Wonders.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and learn about the three projects you'll make during class. You'll see how each is customizable, then discover how to create and use gridded interfacing. You'll also get tips for laying out your selected fabric.
Caroline shows you how to fuse patchwork units with speed and accuracy. Then sew, press and trim your units to prepare for project assembly.
Learn how to add stability to your projects by choosing the right interfacing every time. Then, sew and shape your piece before adding handles and completing your beautiful basket.
Prepare each part of your tote or pouch by using easily customizable pattern pieces you can make yourself. Caroline shows you how to mark and sew darts for a professional finish. Then, sew and assemble the sides of your bag.
Customize the lining of your bag with a pocket and a magnetic snap. Then, stitch handles to the exterior of your bag before finishing it in a few simple steps.
Find out how to prepare a metal zipper with fabric tabs on each end. Caroline shows you how to insert the zipper in your pouch and finish your project with ease.