By now, you probably all know how much I love a good bag. When Annie’s Craft Store got in touch to see if I wanted to try out a free bag pattern they’re offering, of course I said yes!
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From now through July 14th, you can get the free pattern too! Click over to Annie’s Facebook page, and find the bag that looks like the one below:
Once you join the Annie’s Quilting Group, you’ll be able to download the pattern. All you need to complete it is a charm pack, lining fabric, muslin, and batting. The charm pack and yardage I used to make mine is a line called Orchard by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for Moda. It was perfect for a market bag, but I’ll admit, there were LOTS of other fabrics I loved for it too. I might have to make another one! 😉
I found the pattern easy to follow, but I do have some tips of my own to share, in case it helps you when you’re putting yours together:
Lay out your squares before sewing so you can choose placement.
Don’t forget the straps.
The lower three squares are the bottom of the bag, so place your least favorite or duplicate squares there.
Press your seams in opposite directions every other row. That will make it easier to match up your corners when you sew the rows together.
Place the lower three squares by matching the seams. The raw edges will overlap the seams by 1/4” on each side.
Since this is a small project, have fun with the quilting. I used an asterisk pattern. I also like the meander on the example.
After you turn the bag right side out, press the folds to help the bag have the correct shape (two seams on each side, the four sides on the bottom).
Be sure to leave the full 4” for turning right side out. I accidentally shorted myself by 3/4”, and it was a tight squeeze.
I don’t often baste, but I did baste the straps in place. You have to put them under the bunched up bag, so they really need to be held in place well.
I cheated a little when I was sewing the straps. Rather than turn the edges under 1/4”, I stitched them with right sides together and turned right side out. Either way will work just fine.
I really like the size of this bag. It’s big enough to hold plenty of market goods, but not so big it’s unwieldy to carry.
Make sure to click over and get your free pattern before July 14th. If you make one I’d love to see it! In addition to playing along using #marketbagadventures, tag me @craftystaci too!