How to Make a Simple Shopping Bag from ONE PACK of Minions Fat Quarters
Updated: Jul 12
Project by Emma Taylor
Now I don’t know about you but I have a massive stash of fat quarters. They are all beautiful and I love each one. But it got me to thinking of all the possibilities with them. So this blog makes one hell of a cute bag if I do say so myself. I hope you try to make one to, it is really simple and if you are trying to build your confidence sewing this is a project for you.
Now on with the project.
Things you will need :
One pack of fat quarters
Basic sewing kit
Buttons & Ribbon (If you wish to embellish)
How to construct the bag
Step One – Making the handles:
Cut two 4” x 18” pieces.
Fold and iron the pieces longways, then open up and iron the edges of the fabric to the crease line. Then fold and press so that the seams are enclosed. After a good press stitch down the side of handle. If you wish to give the handle a little more strength then stitch down the other side too.
Step two – Cutting the pieces for the bag:
Cut two 11” x 18” pieces one will be the lining one will be the outside of the bag.
Step three – Constructing the bag:
Pin both handles onto the lining of the fabric, I like to place them about 2”-3” from the seams.
Lay the outer fabric right side down onto the bag and sew down the short sides with a 1/4” seam.
Press the seams open from the short side. Now move your fabric so the seams are in the middle of your project. Sew all down the long sides of the bag leaving one 3” gap on one side.
Pull the bag through the gap. Then top stitch the 3” opening.
Neatly press the bag and top stitch the opening of the bag.
Step four – Boxing the corners (this is an optional stage):
Turn the bag inside-out and line up the side seams perpendicular to the bottom edge, creating two triangles at either end of the bag.
Measure down 1″ from the point and draw a line perpendicular to the side seam.
Sew directly on the line, back stitching at both ends. Repeat the same process with the bottom corner on the other side of the bag. You could hand-tack down the gusset flaps if you’re picky, but don’t have to worry if you’re not as they will be hidden in the bag.
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Made by Emma Taylor for The Craft Cotton Co 2023.