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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Materials

Inspired by "Daisy Dazzler" from Designer M'Liss Rae Hawley
Project maker: Vicki DeGraaf

1/3 yard green-and-black print (bag, bag lining)
6x11" rectangle black floral (bag)
9-10" squares assorted prints in black, green, pink, and white (bag)
3/8 yard black stripe (bag)
1/8 yard black circle print (straps)
1 yard green floral (bag lining, pockets)
1-1/3 yards 1"-wide black webbing (bag straps)
3 yards lightweight fusible interfacing (such as Shape Flex)
1/4 yard stiff interfacing (such as Timtex or Peltex)
Magnetic snap closure

Finished bag: 13x12x10" (without straps)

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

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" for Corner Cutting Pattern.

From green-and-black print, cut:
2-2-1/4x22-1/2" E rectangles
2-5-3/4x7-1/2" A rectangles

From black floral, cut:
2-5-3/4x5-1/2" B rectangles

From assorted black, green, pink, and white prints, cut:
36-4" squares

From black stripe, cut:
2-10-1/2x13-3/4" D rectangles

From black circle print, cut:
2-1-1/2x24" rectangles

From green floral, cut:
2-15-3/4x22-1/2" F rectangles
2-9x13" pocket rectangles
4-1/2x1" strips

From black webbing, cut:
2-24"-long pieces

From lightweight fusible interfacing, cut:
2-1x24" strips
2-2-1/4x22-1/2" E rectangles
2-15-3/4x22-1/2" F rectangles
2-12-1/2" C squares
2-10-1/2x13-3/4" D rectangles
2-6-1/2x9" rectangles
2-5-3/4x7-1/2" A rectangles
2-5-3/4x5-1/2" B rectangles

From stiff interfacing, cut:
1-8-1/2x11-1/2" rectangle

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Assemble Bag Body

1. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse an A interfacing rectangle to wrong side of each green-and-black print A rectangle and an interfacing B rectangle to wrong side of each black floral B rectangle.

2. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together fused green-and-black print A rectangle and fused black floral B rectangle to make a bag unit; press seam toward green-and-black print rectangle. Topstitch 1/8" from seam line. Repeat to make a second bag unit.

3. Referring to Diagram 2, lay out 18 assorted print 4" squares in two rows of four squares and two rows of five squares. Join squares in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Offsetting rows as shown, join rows to make a pieced unit. Press seams in one direction. Trim pieced unit to 12-1/2" square to make a pieced C square (Diagram 3). Repeat to make a second pieced C square. Fuse an interfacing C square to wrong side of each pieced C square.

4. Sew a bag unit to a fused C square (Diagram 4); press seam toward fused square. (For clarity, a pieced C square is shown in gray beginning with Diagram 4.) Topstitch 1/8" from seam line to make a bag front. Repeat to make bag back.

5. Layer bag front and bag back right sides together. Sew together along short bottom edges to make bag center (Diagram 5). Using tip of iron, carefully press seam open.

6. Referring to Diagram 6, sew green floral 1/2x1" strips to corners of stiff interfacing 8-1/2x11-1/2" rectangle to make joining tabs; the tabs should extend 1/2"past the edges. (The tabs will hold interfacing in place, minimizing bulk in seams.) Center and baste interfacing rectangle over opened seam with tabs extending to long edges of bag center (Diagram 7). Working on the right side of bag center, topstitch 1/8" on either side of seam (Diagram 8) to secure interfacing.

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Add Bag Sides

1. Fuse an interfacing D rectangle to wrong side of each black stripe D rectangle.

2. Using Corner Cutting Pattern, mark curved cutting line on bottom corners of both interfaced D rectangles (Diagram 9). Trim along lines to round corners and make side panel pieces. Fold each side panel in half lengthwise; mark bottom center with a pin and unfold.

3. Matching bag center bottom seam and a side panel bottom center, join pieces, easing bag center around rounded corners of side panel and securing tabs on interfacing in seam (Diagram 10). Repeat with opposite bag center edges and remaining side panel to make bag body.

4. Turn and press top edge of bag body 1/2" to wrong side. Turn bag body right side out.

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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.

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Assemble Pockets and Lining

1. Fold green floral 9x13" rectangle in half with right side inside to form a 6-1/2x9" rectangle. Fuse a 6-1/2x9" interfacing rectangle to wrong side of half the folded rectangle.

2. Sew folded rectangle along three open edges, leaving a 3" opening in long edge (Diagram 13). Turn right side out through opening and press flat to make pocket piece. Turn under opening's raw edges; hand-stitch opening closed.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a second pocket piece.

4. Fuse an interfacing E rectangle to wrong side of each green-and-black print E rectangle and an interfacing F rectangle to wrong side of each green floral F rectangle.

5. Referring to Diagram 14, sew together a fused green-and-black print E rectangle and a fused green floral F rectangle along long edges; press seam toward green floral rectangle. Topstitch 1/8" from seam line to make a lining unit. Repeat to make a second lining unit.

6. Referring to Diagram 15, position pocket on right side of a lining unit; pin in place. Edgestitch pocket to lining unit along pocket's side and bottom edges; leave top edge open. Stitch pocket divider as marked. Repeat with second lining unit.

7. Join lining units along side and bottom edges to make lining body.

8. To shape flat bottom for lining, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 16). Measuring 4-1/4" from point of triangle, draw a line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric. Repeat with remaining bottom corner.

9. Turn and press top edge of bag lining 1/2" to wrong side. Do not turn right side out.

10. Referring to manufacturer's instructions, center and attach magnetic snap closure to right sides of bag lining 1" from folded edge.

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Assemble Bag

1. Mark top center of bag side edge. Fold 2" on both sides of center mark together to make an inverted box pleat (Diagram 17). Baste in place. Repeat to make pleat at opposite bag side.

2. Mark lining top edge 2-1/4" from a seam in both directions. Fold lining edge 1" at each mark to make a box pleat (Diagram 18). Baste in place. Repeat to make a box pleat at opposite side of lining.

3. Insert lining into bag body with wrong sides together. Align folded top edges and nest pleats.

4. Topstitch bag body and lining together 1/8" and 1/4" from top edge to complete bag.

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