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Sew Retro

Love those whimsical prints with a look from a bygone era? Use them to sew up bags that are just as good as the gifts inside!


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Designer: Cindy Taylor Oates



Lunch bag:

•    18×22" piece (fat quarter) print A (bag body, loop closure)

•    3⁄8 yard print B (lining, tie)


Wine bag:

•    18×22" piece (fat quarter) print A (bag body)

•    1⁄2 yard print B (lining, tie)


Small bag:

•    18×22" piece (fat quarter) print A (bag body)

•    18×22" piece (fat quarter) print B (lining)

•    2⁄3 yard each of 1⁄4"-diameter cotton cord, 1⁄2"-wide ribbon, and feather trim


Large bag:

•    1⁄2 yard print A (bag body)

•    1⁄2 yard print B (upper band, lining, handles, loop closure)

•    1-1⁄8"-diameter button to cover


Optional for all bags:

•    Heavyweight, non-fusible interfacing

•    Thin, stiff cardboard


Finished bags: 

Lunch bag: 2-3⁄4×5-3⁄4×8-1⁄2"
Wine bag: 3-3⁄4×3-3⁄4×12-1⁄2"
Small bag: 2-3⁄4×5-3⁄4×6"
Large bag: 4-1⁄4×8-1⁄4×8"


Quantities are for 44⁄45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. 

Unless otherwise specified, measurements include a 1⁄2" seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.