Make quilted bags for gift bags, small purses or miniature storage bags using your scrap fabric. One-of-a-kind bags can be constructed by mixing and matching a variety of fabric leftovers to create new fabric pieces. Simple enough for a novice to sewing, a quilted bag can be completed in an hour. Make several to have on hand for packaging your holiday gifts or organizing hair or fashion accessories.
1/3-yard prequilted fabric
2/3-yard, 1/2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon
Hand-sewing needle and matching thread
Cut a 3-inch wide by 20-inch long strip from each of five different fabric scraps. Lay the strips side-by-side and horizontal. Place the top two strips together with the right sides facing. Pin one long edge. Sew the long edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press the seam open. Attach each of the remaining three strips to the first two in the same way to create a 13-inch wide by 20-inch long rectangle of fabric.
Fold the fabric rectangle in half, matching the two short ends. Press the folded edge to crease. Open the fabric. Cut the fabric in half using the crease as a cutting guide. You now have two, 10-inch wide by 13-inch long pieces. These are the outer sides to your quilted bag. Cut two, 10-inch wide by 13-inch long rectangles from prequilted fabric for the lining. Cut two, 12-inch lengths of 1/2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon. These are your bag’s handles.
Place the two outer sides of your bag together with the right sides facing. Pin the two, 13-inch edges and one, 10-inch edge. These are the side and bottom edges of the bag. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Place the two quilted lining pieces together and sew in the same way. Leave a 4-inch opening along the bottom edge. Trim the seams of the quilted lining bag to 1/8 inch.
Turn the outer bag right side out and lay flat on your work surface. Center the ends of one ribbon handle on the center-top-edge of the bag. Separate the ribbon ends by 5-inches. Pin the ends of the ribbon to the bag edge. The ribbon will be shaped like a “U” and laying on the bag’s side. Turn the bag over and pin the remaining ribbon handle in the same way.
Place the right-side-out outer bag inside the wrong-side-out lining bag, sandwiching the handles in between. Pin the matching top edges of the bags together. Sew the pinned edge all the way around the top opening using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Sew the opening in the lining closed using a hand-sewing needle and matching thread. Press the bag.