I finally finished the scrappy project, and it became a travel bag. It has a wonderful snap frame closure that I purchased from Ghees. After I finalized the design and ordered the frame, I contacted Linda McGhee and she generously has provided both a coupon for all my readers and a giveaway prize! Read all the way to the end of the post for details.
I like to carry books with me when I travel, and I designed this bag to have pockets inside and out that will hold a large book, or two! Or your laptop!
You may remember that I started with a mess of scraps, orphan blocks, half-square triangles and odd ball pieces. You can see the piecing and quilting of these elements in my posts -Scrappy Projects Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. I decided on the project design in general, and it was going to require all the elements to be finished before assembly. So, when we left off, I had made the binding and was working on doing the finishing work by hand. Here’s what you need to do this project.
Body of bag – 24 x 36 inches, bound and finished
Straps – 2 straps 2 x 15 inches each, bound and finished
Pockets – 2 pocket pieces 10 x 16 inches each, bound and finished
Straight Hex Frame 18-inch length
Begin by turning down one 24-inch edge of the body 2 inches and pin in place.
Stitch down in the ditch on the binding.
Put another line of stitching at the top, about 1/2 inch in, creating a channel for the frame. Repeat for the opposite side.
Stop stitching at the binding, it is too hard to stitch across that many layers and it isn’t needed.
Next, place the straps below the channel, allowing about 2 inches for stitching, about 7 inches in from either side.
Top stitch in place in the ditch, and across the strap, taking care not to stitch the channel. I usually place an X in stitching through the stitched ‘square’ on the strap for extra strength. Repeat for both ends of both straps.
On the outside, place one pocket piece below the straps and stitch the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.
On the opposite end, on the inside, place the pocket below the stitching for the handles.
Topstitch in the ditch on the sides and across the bottom, leaving the top open.
Because all the edges are finished, the bag is assembled with the seam allowance on the outside, creating a piping look. So, fold the body in half, meeting the top edges, WRONG sides together. Pin generously so the binding/piping stays aligned, and stitch in the ditch from the bottom of the bag to just below the channel. Be careful not to stitch the channel.
Now, you are ready to insert the frame.
On the frame, you’ll notice that the ends of the pieces are not the same.
Match up one two-prong end with a one-prong end, and insert the pin. A pair of pliers is useful to squeeze the pieces aligning the loops for the pin.
Now, insert the frame into the channels, making sure the pin is pointing to the bottom.
Gather the purse body onto the frame.
Using a pair of pliers, align the other end and insert the pin pointing to the bottom.
Redistribute the fullness. The backing fabric has become contrast detailing.
You can stop here if you like, the snap frame will hold the bag open when you want it to do so.
And keep it closed when you need it to stay closed.
If you like boxed corners, measure two inches in on the corners, aligning the binding seam in the middle.
Sew across at the 2-inch mark. I added a button for a little detail. Then, tack the corner up by hand.
Now for the exciting part, you can get a discount at Ghee’s until the end of the month! Take a 20% discount off your entire order of $20.00 or more! The discount code is mch316 and is case sensitive. See the new website at www.ghees.com. Code is good through March 31, 2016. I am not receiving any compensation from Ghees, I am just a satisfied customer.
PLUS, one lucky reader will receive a $25 gift certificate to Ghees, so you can get this frame, or anything else you like! Just visit the Ghee’s website, and then come back and leave a comment here. I’ll draw for a winner late Thursday evening, then announce the winner on Friday’s Scrap Dance Tango step 3 post. Update – The winner of the gift certificate is Kathy in WV! Congratulations, Kathy!!
Have you ever used a snap frame like this? What might you get with a gift certificate?
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