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This 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

The Cotton PAtchThis project is the third in 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. 


Cutting Mat Workshop Bag Project

Make a bag to transport your cutting mat to a workshop


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

Pins

Rotary cutter, ruler & cutting mat

Scissors

Sewing machine

Iron & ironing board

 

Notes 

1/4in seam allowance is used through out, unless otherwise stated.

 This 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.

 

 To Sew

Make a bag for carrying a cutting mat


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.
 

 Joining charm squares together


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.

 

Create an external pocket on a bag with mesh

 
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.

 

Sew a bag for carrying a cutting mat

 
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.

 

How to add KAM snaps to a sewing project


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.

 

How to make bag handles from fabric

 
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.

 

Learn how to sew bag handles to a bag

 
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.

 

Sew an interior bag pocket

 
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.

 

Free sewing projects for patchwork accessories

 
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.

 

Sew in the upper 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.

 

Make a mesh pocket for a bag

 
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.

 

How to make tabs for a bag

 
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.

 

Securing tabs for a bag project

 
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.

 

Finishing off a cutting mat bag project

 
14. Complete the 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.

 

Adding KAM snaps


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.

 

Finished cutting mat bag sewing project

 

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