Today, Fat Quarter Shop is releasing a new pattern that’s simple, fast, and easy. I know you will love this pattern because it uses scraps and one Mini Charm Pack.
The bag is very useful and ideal for holding sewing supplies, EPP pieces, electronics, pens, or anything you can dream up. The flat shape allows it to slip into a drawer, tote bag, or suitcase. Of course, I had to make a slight change to the pattern. The photo above is an image of the bag I made. It includes a simple alteration to the pattern which I explain below.
The image below is what the Fat Quarter Shop Pattern should look like. The pattern is so easy and includes instructions for either a large or small bag. I consider this an excellent project for those of you with time or space challenges.
When I was asked to participate in this project I knew I wanted to incorporate the Tea Time Appliqué Set into my bag. Because of the simple grid design I was easily able to insert a piece suitable for a small appliqué design. Even though I used my Tea Time Appliqué designs to embellish my bag, a lot of other simple appliqué designs would work equally as well. Think about the bag’s purpose and then take it from there.
The Simple Sew Along Zipper Bag starts with a Mini Charm Pack which is a fabric bundle cut into 2.5″ x 2.5″ pre-cut squares. I had this one in my stash and I’ve been waiting for the perfect project.
First, I followed the video directions and laid out all of my front panel pieces. In order to make a panel for the teacup appliqués I eliminated the two rows on the left and replaced them with one 6″ x 11″ panel. The panel size gave me plenty of room to trim down once I had sewn it to my blocks and then quilted.
I stitched together all of the individual pieces before attaching my appliqué panel. Then I did the quilting according to the video. Once all of the quilting was complete, I added my teacup appliqué. Note: If you need to learn more about appliqué I have an eBook called Appliqué Made Easy.
Here’s a short video demonstration:
For the teacup appliqué I used the small teacup and saucer from the Tea Time Appliqué Set. If you are careful you can cut out all of the appliqué pieces on a few the remaining Mini Charm Pack pieces ~ which is what I did.
After that, I finished the bag according to the easy-to-follow video directions.
Here’s my final bag AND I have enough left over from my Mini Charm Pack squares to make the small bag, too. Even with the appliqué, this project was completed very fast. I’m guessing around 2 hours total, including the appliqué.
In the video Sherri and Kimberly recommend a zipper by Annie, something I wish I had done. I used a regular zipper that was in my stash. I think the zippers by Annie come in prettier colors and have a large opening on the metal pull, making it ideal for adding a matching fabric zipper pull. My zipper opening was too small and I had to scrounge around to find a piece of ribbon that would work.
If you’re interested, Fat Quarter Shop is having a Simple Zipper Bag sew along using the hashtag #simplezipperbag
I would love to see all of your variations. If you decide to participate, be sure to post to both Instagram and the new Facebook Group Simple Sewing with The Seasoned Homemaker.
I can’t wait to see all of your creations.