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Easy-Sew Purse

All it takes to make this fun and easy bag is two fat quarters for the body and two fat quarters for the lining. Some of the stripes on the featured bag were machine-quilted with narrow zigzag stitching. To prevent warped areas from occurring between parallel rows of stitching, start the machine-quilting of all rows from the same edge. Fabrics are from Anchors Away collection by Dear Stella.


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Inspired by Bit by Bit from designer Laurie Simpson of Minick and Simpson

Wrap a tape measure around your handle to determine its circumference. If your handle is bigger than 1-3⁄4", add the difference to the top straight portion of the Bag Body Pattern (leave the Bag Lining Pattern as is). Depending on how much you add to the pattern top, you may need more fabric for the bag body.

2—18x22" pieces (fat quarters) multicolor stripe (bag body)
2—18x22" pieces (fat quarters) white print (bag lining, closures)
2⁄3 yard muslin
22x36" thin cotton batting
2—3⁄4"-diameter buttons: blue
2—5"- to 8"-diameter circular bag handles
Fabric glue stick (optional)
Water-soluble marking pen

Finished bag: Approximately 15x12"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.