This is another fun project using the oh so versatile jelly roll strips. The Jelly Glee tote is a charming slouch tote with quite wide base hence looking bucket-ish. To make the most of the patchwork fabric, I also include a cute matching zipper pouch that is perfect to put your cellphone, case, cards, etc.
4 Jelly roll strips (2 1/2" strips)
3/4 yard main fabric
Fusible woven interfacing (I use Pellon shape flex 101)
Fusible Fleece (I use thermolam Pellon TP971F)
1 set of magnetic snap
Nylon zipper (at least 7") - For the zipper pocket
Nylon zipper at least 9" (for the pouch)
Basic sewing notions
Exterior Shell : See pictures below
Interfacing : Cut two 18 1/2" x 17" (fusible woven interfacing)
Cut two 18 1/2" x 16 1/2" (fusible fleece)
Lining : Cut two 18 1/2" x 17"
Slip Pockets : Cut two 10" x 7"
Zipper pocket : Cut two 10" x 9"
For the zipper pouch
Exterior main : measure 5" from the left over jelly roll fabric and cut 2" (your fabric should measure 8 1/2" x 5")
Exterior accent strip : 8 1/2" x 1 1/2" (cut two)
Lining : 8 1/2" x 5" (cut two)
First thing first you will need to sew your Jelly roll strips together. I recommend to alternate the darker color from the lighter color, and of course you will need to sew them with 1/4" of seam allowance.
Measure 4 1/2" and cut, make 6x and you will end up with 6 rectangles measuring 8 1/2" x 4 1/2"
For the accent fabric you will need to cut as shown below
Then lay out the patchwork of the front and back exterior shell.
Piece your patchwork with 1/4" of seam allowance, and once you've done that go ahead and continue with the rest of the bag construction as shown in thevideo tutorial.
Once your bag is finished, you may go ahead and sew the zipper pouch.
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This adorable Japanese knot bag will surely brighten up your day. Great for daily errands, coffee date, walk at the park, although this type of bag is pretty well known as the project bag.
The front exterior is made out of 14 pcs of charm packs (5" squares). Below is the diagram
I quilted this bag with left over quilt batting, and pretty pleased with the result, it gave enough body so my bag isn't too flimsy, yet still light weight to allow it to drape nicely.
You may watch the full tutorial on my Youtube channel (consider subscribing so you won't miss any upload ;)
Supplies and tools
14 x Charm Packs 5" squares
1/2 yard cotton fabric for the back exterior
5/6 yard cotton fabric for the lining
Quilt Batting or lightweight interfacing or fusible fleece
Basic sewing/quilting notions
Curve Ruller (optional)
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If you are a quilter, the term "quilt as you go" might sound pretty familiar, and you probably have made a few project with that particular method, which simply means piecing the patchwork directly on the piece of batting.
I love using this technique to make small projects such as coaster (mug rug), placemat, table topper, and of course this adorable tote bag that I made using my favorite scraps.
I posted the full tutorial of this project on my Youtube Channel, that you may watch below :
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- Assorted strips of fabric scraps
- 2 x scraps of quilt batting (at least 13" x 13")
- Backing fabric (optional)
- 1/8 yard quilt weight fabric for the gusset
- 1/4 yard quilt weight fabric for the handles and binding
- Fusible fleece
- 1/2 yard fabric for the bag interior (lining, lining gusset, and pocket)
- 1 set of magnetic snap
- Nylon Zipper (at least 6")
Front and back exterior :
Make two blocks measuring 12" x 12"
Cut a strip of fabric 4" wide, and the length should be the same (or a bit longer) then the perimeter of the side and bottom exterior shell)
Cut a fusible fleece measuring 3" wide, the length should be the same as your gusset
Cut two 24" x 4"
Strap interfacing :
Cut two from the fusible fleece 23" x 2"
Front and back interior :
Cut two pieces the exact same as the front and back interior
Cut one strip the exact same measurement as the exterior gusset
Slip pockets :
Cut two 12" x 8"
ZIpper Pocket :
Cut two 9" x 7"
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below.
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