Saturday, November 6, 2010

Crayon Bag Tutorial

Kara at Mine for the Making has asked for a tutorial on my crayon bag.
I thought I would share it with everyone.
First, I would like to apologize up front for the quality of some of my pictures; I am not a photographer.

Okay, here goes...

I like to use the pre-quilted fabric because it's sturdy and you don't need to add any stabilizer or lining.
You can make your bag any size you would like; below are the measurements I used.

Cut two pieces of your quilted fabric - 12 X 10 inches.

 You can see here, I use the quilted fabric that is finished on both sides.

Cut the fabric for your pockets 9 X 10 inches.

Fold your pocket fabric in half making it 4 1/2 X 10.

Lay your folded pocket piece on top of  your 12 X 10 piece of quilted fabric matching raw edges.
The fold will be at the top.

Begin in the middle and start marking 1 inch sections for your crayon pockets.

To mark my stitching lines, I use a water soluble marker like this one.

Here you can see some of  my 1 inch markings.

Again, start with the middle marking and sew from the top of your pocket down.
Make sure you back stitch at the top of the pocket to secure it.

All your pockets should be completed and look like this.

Serge or zig zag across the top of both quilted pieces.

With right sides together, stitch both sides and the bottom of your bag - leaving the top open.

Serge or zig zag both sides and bottom.

Turn right side out.
Measure down 1/2 inch from the top, fold, pin and press.

Now lay the bag aside and we will work on the handles.
I find this method of making the handles easier than turning and it makes them much stronger.

Cut a strip of fabric for the handles 15 X 3 inches.

Fold and press in half.

Unfold and press one side to meet the middle fold.

Fold the opposite side in the same way, press.

It should look like this.

Fold over again meeting folded edges and press.

You should now have something that looks like this.

Start by sewing down one side and then the other.

I usually stitch another seam down the middle for sturdiness but it's not necessary.

Cut the long strip in half (making two handles) and serge or zig zag the ends.

Measure 1 1/2 inches from each side of the bag for handle placement.

Place both handles on the inside of the bag and pin in place.

Stitch around the top of the bag catching the handles as you stitch.
The buttons are decoration only and not neccessary to attach the handles.

Add the crayons and...

Your done!

Pretty easy even for a beginner, huh?

If I have confused you with anything or you have any questions, please let me know.

If you DO make one, please send me a photo.
I would love to post it on my blog.

Here's mine with the matching dress.

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Terri said...

Thanks for posting the tutorial, Lucy! I think I may have to try this...of course it would be a lot cuter, if I could personalize it like you do, lol! Thanks for sharing your pattern~

Kara said...

YAY!! Im making one of these for Luci for Christmas FOR SURE!! I will send you a picture when it's finished :)

I'm going to be featuring this tutorial on my blog very soon! :)

Danise said...

I love how you use that word "easy" so losely. HAHA! Actually it doesn't seem as hard as I would think. My next task is an apron. Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

This is too cute...I, well my daughter needs one badly..I see a Christmas present in her future. Thanks for coming by 504 Main. I am a new follower here.

Jana said...

This is so cute! I may have to make one for my niece!

Link it up at my new linky party,

Oh Sew Addicted said...

Stopping by from Sew Cute Tuesday. I love your project. It is awesome!!!!
I will have to make one. I love the embroidery that you did for the name too!!! Thanks for sharing!
carla louise

Mare said...

hi lucy....
lovely lovely!.... great tutorial, even I might be able to do this.....
greeting from croatia:))....

Mychel said...

That is sooo cute! I really want to try it :) Thanks!

AllieMakes! said...

This is adorable! Absolutely adorable!
You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

Sandy said...

I love this! And your tutorial was great.... can't wait to give it a try!


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