The latest addition to our ‘Covid 19 warrior projects’ is this decorative up-cycled stash bag, made with fabrics from our stash or clothing cast-offs that we can cut up into workable pieces . Garments such as old jeans, cotton dresses and shirts are ideal!
Other projects have included our ‘fitted face mask’, ‘reversible peg bag’, ‘circular bag project’ and our ‘simple six pocket bag project’; all designed to bring us together with a common goal in mind.
With a deep main compartment and six exterior pockets, you won’t be short on storage. The pockets of the simply sewn bag are cleverly formed when the straps are attached—no additional sewing necessary. This time however we are going to add some decorative elements in the form of cathedral windows and diamond pin-tucks to each pocket. This sewing project will stretch the adventurous beginner, becoming as eye-catching as it is practical.
Equipment you will need
- Ironing board
- Quilter’s pins
- Mini clips – (these are similar to small bulldog clips and are used to hold multiple layers together)
- Sewing machine
- 6” (15 cm) sewing gauge
- Fabric shears or scissors
- Tape measure
- Heat erasable marker pen
- 36” (90 cm ) Fusible web (optional)
Fabric requirements for decorative bag pockets
Fabric A – Cut four 9” x 12” ( 23cm x 30 cm) rectangles; these will make the diamond pin-tucks for the side pockets.
Fabric B – Cut four 9” x 6” ( 23cm x 15cm) bias pieces; these will make both front and back cathedral windows. )
Fabric C – Cut two 9” x 6” ( 23cm x 15cm) rectangles; these will peep through the windows.
Pocket lining fabric – Cut four 18” x 9″ ( 45cm x 23cm) rectangles for pocket base and linings. (These will replace the 18” x 17” pocket pieces from the original simple six pocket bag.)
Remaining Fabric requirements
Fabric C – Cut two 18” x 21” ( 45cm x 53 cm) main bag fabric / lining; label each piece
Straps – cut two 34 – 36” x 4” (85cm – 90 cm x 10 cm ) lengths in contrast of your choice or use two co-ordinating fabrics for a two tone handle ; label each piece
Decovil light or Decovil 1- Cut two 10.5” x 18” for the interlining. These are both fusible and will give a firmer shape than the Thermolam we used in the simple six pocket bag, although more of a challenge to turn through and work with in general.
Before you begin
- Bag size: 8” x 14” x 4” (21cm x 35.5 cm x 10cm)
- Measurements include 1/2” (12 mm) seam allowances.
- Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Make a bias pattern piece
Most of the pattern pieces are cut with the straight edges parallel to the selvage. However, the pieces we need to create the panels for the cathedral windows need to be cut on the bias or diagonal grain.
- Draw out a rectangle on an A4 sheet of paper, 6″ x 9″ (23cm x 15 cm)
- Fold the paper diagonally across so that the bottom edge lines up to the side edge; crease in this fold so that it ends in a point. That crease line will be your bias line so use a ruler to aid marking this on to your pattern.
Diamond pin tucks
Using your 9” x 12” ( 23cm x 30 cm) rectangles, draw out twelve 1″ divisions lengthwise. Mark 1/2″ allowances at top and bottom edges and four 2″ divisions across the width. Plain fabric has been used for clarity. Use a heat erasable marker pen for this.
Pocket construction details
Take one of your pocket linings; place the diamond pin tucks at each end, ensuring they match up to the base below. Then place the cathedral window panel in the centre. Pin in position and sew around all the edges using a narrow seam. Use a zigzag stitch of 4 width and 4 length to anchor each panel to the base below.
Once the pocket has been completed and lined. Assemble the bag following the instructions for the simple six pocket bag. Pics that follow are detailing features and tips to help you to work with layers of fabrics.
I hope you enjoy the challenge of putting this bag together. Let us have your pics of completed projects by mailing so that we can include them in our Covid warrior gallery!