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Paisley & Print Patchwork Bag

For a stylish, roomy bag choose small- and medium-scale prints for the front and back and a playful stripe for the sides. Two pockets inside give you easy access to your keys and cell phone. Project maker Vicki DeGraaf used paisleys and prints from M'Liss's Expressions line for Jo-Ann Stores.


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Assemble and Attach Straps

1. Center a 1x24" interfacing strip on wrong side of a black circle print 1-1/2x24" strip; fuse.

2. Fold long edges of fused strip under 1/4"; press.

3. Position fused strip atop 24"-long webbing piece; pin. Topstitch 1/8" from outer edges to make a strap (Diagram 11).

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

5. Referring to Diagram 12, center and pin one end of a strap under bag side seam. Stitch in the ditch to secure strap to bag. Repeat with opposite strap end at remaining seam on same side of bag. Repeat with second strap on opposite side of bag.