Learn to sew quilted bags- if you are a quilter, then there is nothing easier than this!
These are cheaper versions of the bags made with interfacing (because you probably already have some batting scraps).
Learn a few tricks and sew quilted bags with a professional look and a long life!
You need to follow a pattern. This tutorial will show you how to prepare the pieces of your bag.
- quilt weight fabric from your stash
- lightweight (woven or non-woven) interfacing
- heavyweight fabric
Cut the fabric and interfacing 1” larger than your template; fuse the interfacing to the back of the fabric.
Layer the top fabric with a piece of batting and a heavyweight backing.
The best batting is cotton, but if you don’t have cotton to hand, any other type of batting works.
The backing must be a heavyweight fabric (I usually use the heavyweight cotton from Ikea): canvas (duck cloth), denim, heavy twill… Other home decor fabrics work too. It is not absolutely necessary to be cotton. Also, keep in mind that this fabric is not visible in the bag, you could use recycled fabrics too, or if you have small scraps, piece them to make a bigger piece.
Quilt the sandwich; a dense quilting is desired. I usually free motion quilt these pieces but you could quilt with the walking foot too.
Then use your template and cut the quilted piece to size.
Repeat for all your pieces then assemble your bag.
Here are my pieces.
And here is my very large quilted bag. It’s sturdy and has a beautiful texture and structure.
Piecing the front of the bag
If you are a quilter, you might want to piece the front of the bag. Depending on how many seam allowances you have, you can skip the first step of fusing interfacing to the back.
Heavyweight fabric versus quilt weight fabric
What if you use heavyweight fabric instead of quilt weight fabric? Depending on how heavy is your fabric, you might need a lightweight backing (or no backing at all) and/or lightweight batting.
Quilted bags for little girls
I can’t imagine a more beautiful gift for a little girl.
SOFT and LIGHTWEIGHT – Perfect for little fingers!
If you want to make it soft and lightweight, do not fuse interfacing to the back of the fabric and use a fluffy polyester batting.
NOTES for your success!
- Pre-wash all the fabrics used for bags.
- Because you will work with heavyweight quilted pieces, it is a good idea to make a test first and see how your sewing machine handles this.
- Jeans needles are required, the bigger the better (I use Schmetz #110/18 and #100/16).
I hope this helps and makes you want to sew some quilted bags soon.
Patterns for these bags are available in my shop.
This tutorial is included in the SEW BETTER BAGS ebook.
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