And it's because our letter is Q…….. What else can we say about the letter Q (No, really what can we say?). Let's see…. we have a lot of Fat Quarters….. Quesadillas are always great….. We've never eaten a quince…... We have even known a few Quarterbacks…..
Of course, there are always Quilts. Quilts to make. Quilts to give. Quilts to collect. Quilts! That's all I have to say about the letter Q. Except for this - our block. Here is the link to the block directions.
This is our block - made into a zippered bag. And this is the back.
There are many, many ways to make a bag like this. If you don't believe me go to this Pinterest link for zippered bag tutorials. You can pick any style or size you like. How I made mine was to sort of wing it (wish there was a word for totally making things up that begins with a Q). As I mentioned in a previous post, I looked at all my Japanese books with their beautiful hand made bags and looked at the graphics. I had to only look at the graphics since I cannot read Japanese. It was kind of liberating, though. Just Wing It!
I made another bag yesterday. I've taken a few more pictures to show you my process.
Next, I cut two rectangles for the zipper stops. I cut these 2" x 3".
Press 1/4" all the way around….
And then in half. Make 2.
Sew one around the end of the zipper and then cut your zipper, if needed, to the correct length of your bag and sew the other just above the zipper thingy. (Yes, you can cut a zipper! Who knew? No really, I didn't know. I never learned to sew clothing because I couldn't work a sewing machine when I was younger. Just ask my old home-ec teacher or my Girl Scout leader.)
Taking a tip from my Japanese books - I sewed each side of the zipper onto the back side of the teeny quilts using a herringbone stitch. Use whatever stitch you like.
This is what it looks like on the front side. Now, open the zipper. This is IMPORTANT. Take it from me who had to learn the hard way. Open the zipper and then put the right sides of the bag together and whip stitch the edges.
I am whip stitching the edges together, making sure to sew the lighter edges (this will be the outside of your bag when you turn it inside out).
Because you were smart and had your bag unzipped, now you can turn the bag right side out. Now it's ready for all your treasures.
Oooh, looky at that fabric in the background. More about that later.
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