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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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Quilt Bag Front and Back


1. Layer a multicolor stripe 18x22" rectangle with thin cotton batting and muslin 16x22" rectangles; baste.

2. Quilt as desired to make a quilted rectangle. The featured bag is machine-quilted with a narrow zigzag following several of the printed stripes.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a second quilted rectangle.

4. Using a water-soluble marking pen, trace around Bag Body Pattern on muslin side of a quilted rectangle (Diagram 1). Mark all dots and dart stitching lines. Trim along cutting lines to make bag front. Zigzag-stitch or serge raw edges. Repeat with remaining quilted rectangle make bag back.

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