This cutting mat workshop bag project has been designed by Laura Strutt, a designer maker and the author of a number of craft books. For more details on Laura’s books visit Amazon Author Central.
This project is part of a series using pre-cut fabrics and is kindly sponsored by The Cotton Patch – a specialist patchwork and quilting shop with a large range of pre-cut fabrics.
This tote bag is created to make travelling with, or stowing cutting mats and rulers much easier and prettier! With clever placement on internal pockets, this can be used as a tote bag for travelling to classes and workshops, and can be un-clipped and hung up so that the internal pockets can be used to store your supplies in your sewing studio or class.
You will need…
Sew ’N’ Sew by Chloe’s Closet for Moda Check Charm Pack – from The Cotton Patch
White Mesh fabric x 1 sheet
Vlieseline 80/20 wadding 35in x 15in www.vlieseline.com/en/
Chambray fabric 1m
Vlieseline H250 Interfacing 50cm www.vlieseline.com/en/
Bias tape 2in wide – 80in
KAM Snaps x 4
Rotary cutter, ruler & cutting mat
Iron & ironing board
1/4in seam allowance is used through out, unless otherwise stated.
This cutting mat workshop bag has been made to store a selection of rulers and a cutting mat up to 10in x 16in – you can increase this pattern to accommodate larger mats as needed.
TIP: Allow the interfacing to fully cool before sewing, this allows the heat activated adhesive to cool and fully bond the fabrics together.
TIP: This bag features KAM snaps, which are easy to secure using a special tool, however you can replace these with sew on snap fasteners or even add buttons to the front and work buttonholes on the tabs.
1. Create Charm panel
From the charm pack select 12 squares in a range into four rows of three blocks. Working with a 1/4in seam allowance join the squares into rows of three. Press the seam to one side.
2. Complete Charm panel
Join the four rows neatly together with a 1/4in seam and press the seams neatly to one side. With a rotary cutter, ruler and mat, trim the block to neaten as required.
3. Create external pocket
Trim a piece of mesh to 8.5in x 13in and fold a 13in length of binding over one long edge and pin in place. Sew with a straight machine stitch along the length of the binding to secure to the top of the mesh and create the pocket.
4. Create the back panel of the bag exterior
Trim the chambray to create a panel 13.5in x 18in and fuse heavy weight interfacing to the wrong side of both the charm panel and the exterior back panel. Join the two pieces together along the lower edge – this will secure the base of the front pocket – with a straight seam.
5. Secure the front snaps
Mark out the position of the four snaps, these should be 1.25in from the sides and 1.75in from either the top to the bottom. Secure one part of the KAM snap into position at these four marked points.
6. Create the handles
Trim two pieces of chambray to 4.5in x 20in and fuse heavy weight interfacing to the wrong sides. Fold the two outer edges into the centre, and press to neaten. Pin a 20in length of bias tape with right side uppermost, down the centre to cover the raw edges. Topstitch in to secure in place.
7. Secure the handles
Carefully press the handles to make a central 6in horizontal fold. Pin the handles to the short edge of the charm panel on the right side of the bag front. Align the raw edges and position 3.5in from the outside edge. Secure in place with a line of stitching within the seam allowance. Repeat to secure the second handle to the short edge of the chambray bag exterior back panel. Set the completed exterior panel aside.
8. Create the upper interior pocket
Arrange 6 charm squares into 3 rows of 2 and join together with a 1/4in seam allowance. Press the seams to one side and fuse a piece of heavy weight interfacing to the wrong side of the panel.
9. Complete the upper interior pocket
Fold a 13in length of binding over one long edge of the charm panel pocket and pin in place. Sew with a straight machine stitch along the length of the binding to secure to the top of the panel and create the pocket.
10. Secure the upper pocket
Trim the remaining chambray to 34.5in x 13.5in, and fold in half aligning the two short edges to mark out the central line.
Fold under to the wrong side 0.5in along the bottom long edge of the pocket and position along the marked line, with the upper (biased edge) toward the top of the bag. Sew the bottom on the charm panel pocket to the chambray and press the pocket upwards – the sides seams will be secured later.
11. Create the lower mesh pocket
Trim a piece of mesh to 8.5in x 13in and fold a 13in length of binding over one long edge and pin in place. Sew with a straight machine stitch along the length of the binding to secure to the top of the mesh and create the pocket . Pin into place along the lower edge of the chambray panel with the mesh edge aligning with the lower edge and the bias edge pointed towards the top of the panel.
12. Create the snap tabs
Trim two charms into quarters – to give 8 x 2.5in squares. Fuse heavy weight interfacing to the back of four before placing right sides tougher and joining around three sides with a 1/4in seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn through the open end and press neatly.
13. Secure the snap tabs
Place the four snap tabs onto the front of the chambray panel, positioned so that the centre of the tabs should be 1.25in from the sides and 1.75in from either the top or the bottom and the raw edges aligning with the raw edges of the panel. Secure in place with a line of stitching within the seam allowance.
14. Complete the cutting mat workshop bag
Cut a panel of quilt wadding to 34.5in x 13.5in and position to the wrong side of the interior panel and treat as one piece. Place the two panel together with the right sides facing, ensuring the the handles are tucked inside. Join with a 1/4in seam allowance, leaving 4in to turn through. Clip the corners and turn through the gap. Press the seam allowance inwards and work a line of top stitching around the outer edge to neaten and secure the opening.
15. Secure the remaining snaps
Secure the remaining parts of the snaps to the tabs to correspond to the snaps on the exterior panel to finish. Now your cutting mat workshop bag is finished and ready to transport your sewing supplies to sewing workshops and groups.