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Mini Log Cabin Bag

You can create this scrappy Log Cabin tote from 5” squares in a weekend’s time! Fabrics are from the Vintage Shirting & Dress Prints 1880–1910 collection by Barbara J. Eikmeier for Paintbrush Studio.

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Assemble Handles

1.    Join blue print 5" squares to form a 5×9-1⁄2" rectangle (Diagram 6). Cut rectangle in half lengthwise to form two 2-1⁄2×9-1⁄2" strips for handles.

2.    With right side inside, sew together long raw edges of a Step 1 strip (Diagram 7). Turn strip right side out and press, centering seam on underside.

3.    Sew four rows of stitching 1⁄4" apart on Step 2 strip to make a handle. 

4.    Repeat steps 1–3 to make a second handle. 

 

Assemble Bag Body

1.    Referring to Diagram 8, lay out blocks in six horizontal rows, paying attention to the position of the dark halves of the Log Cabin blocks. 

2.    Sew together blocks to make bag body; press seams in one direction. The bag body should be 11×21-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

3.    Referring to Diagram 9, position ends of one handle along one short edge of bag body, 3-1⁄2" from each long edge. Baste in place. Repeat with remaining handle on remaining short edge.

4.    With right sides together, position bag body 11×21-1⁄2" lining rectangle on top of 11×21-1⁄2" batting rectangle. Referring to Diagram 10, sew layers together, leaving a 5" opening for turning. 

5.    Turn bag body right side out through opening. Slip-stitch opening closed. 

6.    Quilt the bag body as desired. Designer Barbara J. Eikmeier stitched between each Log Cabin block, then topstitched around the bag body. 

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