- 32 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (this is a great pattern for using up mini charm collections.)
- 1/2 yard of heavier-weight fabric for bag exterior
- cut one strip 2 3/4” x 33”
- cut one strip 15 1/4” x width of fabric and sub cut into two pieces 6” x 15 1/4” and two pieces 8” x 15 1/4”
- 1/2 yard fabric lining
- cut into two pieces 16″ x 15 1/4”
- cut 1 1/2” x 10” piece (optional for swivel hook attachment)
- 1/6 yard contrast fabric for shoulder strap and draw-string
- cut one strip 2 3/4” x 33”
- cut one strip 2 1/2” x 42”
- Fat Quarter for pocket
- cut pocket 14 1/2” x 11 1/2” (or two if desired)
- Two 18″ x 16″ pieces of batting
- 8 Dritz grommets + grommet tools
- 1 Dritz swivel hook (optional)
The quilting is optional, but here’s a contrast showing off the great texture that the quilting creates. Also, I suggest using a thread color that contrasts with your bag exterior color. I originally started by using the same color as the linen, but it didn’t show up or look nearly as interesting.
Place the exterior sides of the bag right-sides-together and sew sides and bottom together, leaving top open.
To make the bottom gusset (or square bottom) of your bag: after sewing exterior pieces together, cut a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” square notch out of the bottom of both corners. Pinch open corner edges together, matching up the bottom and side seams and sew them together. Repeat with other side. Press seams open.
Now time for the grommets. Can I just say here that grommets have always intimidated me? Thanks again to the Dritz challenge for finally getting me to take the plunge, because they were SO much easier than I imagined!
I used the 3/8” Dritz Grommets that come in a package of 8. To atatch them you’ll also need the simple Grommet Tools and a hammer. (Again, all of these notions are available widely where ever notions are found.) First mark on your bag where you’d like the grommets to end up. I marked mine starting 1 1/2” inches from the top of the bag and 2” from the side seams, then spread 3 1/2” apart so that the fourth grommet is again roughly 2” away from the seam. You’ll need to make a hole through both layers of fabric. I used a sharp dowel to start the hole and then carefully widened it using the grommet openings. Check out the Dritz website for a tutorial using the grommets and grommets tools.
Shoulder strap. Match the two right sides together of the 2 3/4” x 32” exterior strap and the 2 3/4” x 32” lining piece and sew then together with two side seams. (Optional – I quilted my exterior piece with a piece of batting, similar to the bag exterior and to give the strap some extra thickness. Do this before you sew the exterior piece to the lining piece.)
Turn strap right-sides out and press. Turn ends 1/4” inside both ends. Topstich about 1/4” away from the side seams – to look nice and to keep the strap pieces from shifting.
Crease each strap end in half vertically to find the center. Center the strap by placing the crease on the side seam and about 2” down.
Thread drawstring through the grommets and you’re ready to go! (Doesn’t that sunshine look nice this time of year?)
For this bag I used mini charms of Carolyn Friedlander prints at quilt market. While I was there I saw Lee Chappell’s amazing bag she made with a similar palette and was inspired to make something like it. (While we used similar colors, our styles and construction techniques are very different. Lee’s bag is amazing. You can find the pattern here.)
If you decide to make one yourself, I’d love to see your version! Share it on the Flickr group or tag it with #DOQpouchbag on twitter or Instagram!