Sunday, April 11, 2010

Easie-Peasie Project Bag (part 2)

and the secret ingredient is.
a one gallon size freezer bag with zip top. mine measures 10-1/2 in. x 11 in. now before you run out and go buy a new ones. look around and see if you have an old one. you know you do. but let's get on with making some handles. if using 1 fat quarter. you will only need half of it. cut 2 pieces which are 5 in. x 18 in. if using 2-3 layer squares. cut each layer square in half. 2 halves make a handle. 4 halves will make both. if using 9-12 charms. cut 1 or 2 charms in half. 4-1/2 charms make a handle. 9 charms will make both. if using 3-4 jelly strips. cut 5 in. pieces. each strip should give you 6-8 pieces. you will need a total of 18 to make both handles. i will be using an assortment of scraps which are 5 in. wide.lay out your pieces in a pleasing arrangement. now take off that 1/4 in. pressure foot. and put on the regular one. because we will be doing some zig-zagging. it helps to sew the small strips together and then decide how much of the large strips you want to use. sew them together using the edge of your regular pressure foot as a guide. this will give you more than a 1/4 in. seam allowance. press to whichever side you prefer. that's the side you will be zig zagging over. now trim to 5 in. x 18 in. and zig-zag next to each seam catching the seam allowance you have pressed. this will make it stronger.fold in half lengthwise and iron. fold top and bottom long edges towards center and iron fold short ends over. and also corners. pin and press.then fold short end up again. and fold long edges towards each other. pin and pin long edges together. pin. press. and zig-zag along the long edge make another one.come back in a couple of hours click to part 3 and i will guide you in sewing on the handles.

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