Sassy Convertible Bag

Sassy Convertible Bag

Crafting Time:
  • Over 5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Advanced
Project Courtesy of: Fabric Editions
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Additional Information



  • 30-pc Fabric Central Sassy Charms
  • Fabric Central Sassy By-the-Yard fabrics:
    • 1/2 yd Brown Paisley: Fabric A
    • 1/2 yd Pink Large Dots: Fabric B
  • 1/2 yd fusible fleece
  • Small safety pins or basting spray
  • Masking tape
  • Snap or magnetic closure, optional
  • Decorative button or bead, optional
  • Thread
  • Rotary cutter, mat, acrylic ruler
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine: walking or even-feed foot
  • Iron, pressing surface

WOF=Width of Fabric. WS=Wrong Side(s).
RS=Right Sides.

DIRECTIONS: Includes 1/4" seam allowances. Stitch RS together, unless instructed. See PDF for Diagrams referenced.

CUTTING: (Diagram 1).

  • From Brown Paisley Fabric A cut: 6"xWOF piece for shoulder strap; Three 2-1/4"xWOF strips for binding; 1-1/2" x7" strip for strap loops
  • From Pink Large Dots Fabric B cut: 15"x33" piece for bag lining From fusible fleece cut: 13"x29" rectangle


  1. Lay out twenty-one 5" squares from the charm pack to create the pieced bag (Diagram 2). Stitch squares together in rows. Press seams as shown by arrows. Stitch rows together. Press seams in 1 direction. Trim sides. Square off the end of bag (Diagram 3 ).
  2. Lay fleece with fusible side up. Lay pieced bag on top of fleece. Pin around the edges. Trim fleece to be even with edges. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse fleece to back of pieced bag. Do not touch iron to fusible side. Place 15"x33" lining piece WS up on firm surface. Attach edges tautly to surface with masking tape. Center bag & fleece unit RS up on backing; attach the 3 layers with safety pins or use basting spray. If using pins place them near the center of the squares to make quilting easier. Quilt in ditch between the squares with even-feed/walking foot, using a straight or serpentine stitch. Baste 1/8" inside bag edges to secure layers. Remove pins; trim lining to be even with edges of bag.
  3. Fold the 1-1/2"x7" strip of Fabric A in half lengthwise, WS together. Press (Diagram 4). Open loop flat. Fold raw edges to the center fold line. Press. Fold strip in half again, enclosing raw edges. Press. Edge stitch along open side to close. Cut strip in half to form two 3/8"x3-1/2" loops. Fold each loop in half to form two 3/8"x1-3/4" loops & align raw ends with the raw edges of lining side, 1/2" down from the corners at the pointed end of the bag (Diagram 5). Looped ends will be pointing toward inside of bag. Stitch in place.
  4. To make double-fold binding, trim off selvages of the 3 Fabric A 2-1/4"xWOF strips; sew the short ends together to form one continuous length. Press seams open (Diagram 6). On 1 short end of strip, fold 1/4" to the WS. Press. Fold length of binding in half lengthwise WS together with raw edges even. Press.
  5. Diagram 7 shows there are 2 angles to bind in this bag, 90° angle & 45° angle. Two right angles at the bag bottom will be stitched first. With the walking/even-feed foot attached & the pieced side of bag facing up, find the center of the long edge on the right edge of bag (Diagram 7). Using the folded short end, leave 4" of the binding loose, pin the raw edges of the binding to the pieced side of the bag. Align binding with right side of the bag. Mark the length to the bottom right corner. Measure & mark 1/4" up from the corner mark (Diagram 8). Sew through layers; stop at 1/4" mark with the needle in the fabric. Pivot fabric so next edge of the bag is on the right; stitch backward off the fabric (Diagram 9). Remove the bag from the sewing machine. Re-orient it with the stitch at the top. Fold binding upward so raw edges are even with the next side of the bag to form a 45° angle (Diagram 10). Fold the binding downward so fold is even with the top edge of the bag & raw edges of both binding & bag are aligned (Diagram 11). Pin in position; repeat steps to create another mitered corner in the binding.
  6. To create the miters at the 45° angles at the top corners of the bag, mark 1/4" from the corner & stitching (Diagram 12). Remove bag from sewing machine; place next edge to be bound vertically in front of you. Fold the binding (Diagram 13) with its raw edges aligned with the raw edge of the bag. Fold down binding so the raw edges of the binding & bag align, and the fold is even with the outside corner of the bag (Diagram 14). Pin in place. Begin stitching at the folded edge. Repeat for the next 90° & 45° angles. Stop stitching a few inches before reaching the loose tail at the beginning of the binding. Tuck raw end inside folded end of loose binding tail. Trim any excess binding; pin, & complete stitching. Turn folded edge of binding to back side of bag (Diagram 15). Fold in corner miters (Diagram 16). Pin in place; overlap the stitching line. Machine-stitch along the ditch of binding fold on front of bag to attach binding's folded edge to the lining while enclosing raw edges of the quilted bag. All folded edges of the binding should be securely stitched down. Shoulder strap loops should be open & loose.
  7. Fold up the straight edge of bag 10-3/4" with lining sides together (Diagram 17). Pin sides together carefully, aligning the folded binding edges. Stitch in the ditch next to the binding from the front side of the bag, through layers to create the pocket of the bag.
  8. To craft the strap, fold 1/2" to the WS of both short ends (Diagram 18). Fold strap in half lengthwise, WS together. Press. Open strap flat; fold the raw edges to the center fold line. Press edges. Fold strap in half again to enclose the raw edges. Press & topstitch all sides. Thread ends of the strap through the strap loops & tie knots in the ends to secure. Optional: use bag as a clutch or portfolio without the strap.
  9. Cut a 5" circle from a charm square that coordinates with square at the flap point. Fold under 1/8" toward the WS of the circle. Use knotted double thread in a hand sewing needle to stitch long, even running stitches through layers along the circle's outside edge (Diagram 19). Pull the thread to gather the outside edge; secure the gather with several small stitches on top of each other, concealed in one of the pleats. The side with the gathers is the front of the yo-yo. Sew or glue a button or bead to the center of the yo-yo, if desired. Optional: add snap or magnetic closure to the inside front flap of bag, centering it in the point square of the flap. Pin yo-yo to center point square of the flap, covering stitching or hardware & sew securely.