- 1 charm pack (I used Love U by Deb Strain)
- 1/2 yard of two different coordinating fabrics (one for each bag)
- 1 magnetic snap
- small piece of medium weight interfacing (4 inches by 15 inches is plenty)
- very small piece of heavyweight interfacing (2 x 4)
There are lots of good ways to dress up these bags: buttons, ricrac, ribbon, lace, felt appliques, etc. However, this fabric is so cute, I felt no embellishment was needed.
Unless otherwise noted, all seams are 1/4 inch and all topstitching is a scant 1/8 inch.
1. Sort your charm pack into two groups, one for each bag. You will need 21 squares for each bag. If you use Love U by Deb Strain, you can make a very boyish and a very girly bag.
3. Using a 1/4" seam, sew two large nine-patch blocks with the squares you've chosen for the front and the back of the bag. Go ahead and sew the two pieces for the outside pocket together as well. The pocket will be horizontal, so if your fabric is directional, make sure to place it correctly.
- 2 - 14 x 14 inch pieces for the bag lining
- 1 - 5 x 5 for inside pocket
- 1 - 5 x 9.5 for outside pocket
- 1- 5.75 x 15 for crayon pocket
- 2 - 4 x 14 for bag handles
8. Starting 1 1/2" from an end, sew little lines across the pocket, creating pockets to hold crayons. I have found that the best distance between lines is 5/8". Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam. Tips:
- It works best to start at the bottom seam that you already made and work up to the top of the pocket.
- Make your lines as straight and as evenly spaced as possible, but don't worry if you get off. Once the crayons are in the pockets, they cover many mistakes.
- Make sure to snip all your threads.
You did it! Fill your bag with goodies: games, little toys, crayons and coloring books. Make your child's day with something bright to fill those winter hours. Then come visit me at Lilac Lane for even more great ideas!