Patchwork tote bag with recessed zipper – Giana Log Cabin Patchwork Bag


hi everyone how is it going in today’s
episode we’re going to make this lovely patchwork tote bag the block itself is the log cabin block and this bag has that recessed zipper closure with a couple of
slip pockets inside the construction of this bag is almost similar to the Bianca
tote bag that I posted a few months back only difference is the size this bag is
a little smaller than the Bianca tote and of course the zipper itself also is
different because in the bianca tote we use polyester zipper
while in this bag we use the fancy metal zipper so we’re gonna get started sewing
very soon so I hope you enjoy this whole tutorial let me know in the comment
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weekly fun sewing and quilting project so yeah without further ado let’s get
started to make the block for the front exterior
fabric you’re gonna need to prepare a rectangular fabric measuring 3″ x 2″
and a bunch of strips of fabric measuring 1 1/2″ you need
16 strips and the lengths should vary starting from 2″ up to 18 inches”
so we’re gonna start off with this rectangle obviously and then one of your
strip you want to sew this strip on this side of your rectangle which is the shorter
side so you want to lay them right side together just like so and then sew with
1/4″ of seam allowance once you’ve done that if you got extra strip as I do
here you want to trim that off and of course you want to make sure that you’re
trimming this evenly now you want to take another strip and
we’re going to work on the other side so this side right here so again you wanna
lay the strip right side together and sew with 1/4″ of seam allowance
and once you’ve done sewing you wanna again trim off that excess fabric evenly now we’re going to work on this side
here so take another strip and again place them right side together and sew
with 1/4″ of seam allowance basically you’re going to make your way
around this rectangle so our first round is done now we’re
going to work on the second layer so you want to start this from the same side
where you started your first round so you want to take your strip and sew this
with 1/4″ of seam allowance and again trim those excess fabric so you
want to pretty much do the same thing and build this block until you’ve got
four layers of strips so you’re going to end up with something
like this you will have four layers of strips if everything lays flat you
should end up with a 10″ x 11″ rectangle then you want to go ahead and
give this a quick press prepare your main fabric this is going to be the
border and the back exterior of your purse you want to cut two 3″ strips
trips from one selvage end to another now we’re going to sew the strip on the
block here starting off from the same side where we started our very first
round so you want to lay them right side together and sew with 1/4″ of
seam allowance then you want to trim off that excess fabric now we’re going to work on this side so
lay the strip right side together and then sew again with 1/4″ of seam
allowance all right so your front exterior block
is done you want to go ahead and give this a quick press you should end up
with a 15″ x 16″ rectangle then you want to cut the back piece out of the
main fabric obviously it should be the exact same size as the front piece then
you want to go ahead and sandwich this with the quilt batting and quilt backing
and quilt these two pieces or you may also use the fusible fleece instead if
you want to omit the quilting so here I’ve got my pieces already quilted with
the classic diamond shape quilt design for the backing fabric use your least
favorite fabric the one that you really wanted to get rid of and you question
yourself why you ever bought it in the first place if you know what I mean
since that isn’t gonna be exposed to your final project anyway now we’re
going to work on the zipper so we’re going to use the metal zipper here
you’re going to need to use a 12″ metal zipper so when I say 12″ it’s
referring to the length of the teeth of your zipper while the actual total
length of your zipper should be about thirteen and a half inch means obviously
this zipper is shorter than your bag pieces we’re going to lengthen it up by
adding zipper tabs on both ends of the zipper cut a 3″ long strip the
width of the strip should be the same as the width of your zipper which usually
about 1″ now you want to fold this strip in half and you wanna place it
here right by your zipper end so the fold line of your strip should be
sitting right by the zipper end, secure them in place with a pin then you want
to sew right on the edge with about an eighth of an inch of seam allowance so
you’re going to end up with something like this
then you want to work on the other side of the zipper so you want to cut another
identical strip and fold it in half right by your zipper top stop
and then you’re gonna go ahead and sew this right on the edge as well all right
so here I’ve got my zipper tabs already attached to the zipper the length of the
zipper with the tabs should be about 15″ or the same as your exterior
piece so you can double check again I think mine is a little bit longer so I’m
just gonna trim off whatever I have access it’s about an eighth of an inch I
know it’s not a big deal but it’s always good to have the exact
measurement prepare your zipper panels you should cut four strips measuring
3″ wide and 15″ long now you want to open up your zipper pull a
little bit you want to have one of your zipper panel right-side up
then lay your zipper right side down just like so then you want to take the
second zipper panel and then lay that right side down you want to make sure
that all the edges are aligned then you want to secure them in place using these
sewing clips once you’ve done that you want to go ahead and sew all along the
edges here with about 1/4″ of seam allowance I’m using normal presser
foot here however I move my needle all the way to the left just to have extra
room you can also use your zipper foot if you’ve got one and once you’ve done
sewing you want to open this up finger press that a little bit you may also go
ahead and press this with an iron but just make sure that your iron is set on
low setting so it’s not going to distort the zipper then you want to go
ahead and top stitch all the way on the edge here now we are going to work on the other
side of the zipper lay the zipper panel right side up then place the zipper on
top of it right side down you want to take the other panel and place it right
side down you’re gonna again sew this with 1/4″ of seam allowance and then top stitch that as well then you’re gonna
end up with something like this now you want to fold this in half width wise
right sides together so what we’re gonna do actually is to sew the sides together
I’m gonna start from this one so place a couple of pins to keep this in place and
then so with 1/2″ of seam allowance then you want to go ahead and
do the same with the other side and once you’ve done that you wanna take a
pinking shears then you wanna trim off from the seam allowance here and you
want to be careful not to cut through the stitches so just trim like a quarter
inch away the reason we use pinking shears is so the raw edges here wouldn’t fray
you may also use a serger and serge the edges instead if you have one now if you
turn this piece to the right side you can see how the zipper already forming
awesome now we’re going to set this aside and work on the pockets take your
pocket piece fold this in 1/2 right side together width wise then you want to
solve this with half an inch of seam allowance once you’ve done that you
wanna turn the space inside out and then give it a quick press so you want to go ahead and sew these
from the bottom to the top and back to the bottom and that’s pretty much it for the
packets don’t worry about these it’s gonna get enclosed anyway when you sew
the side seams now we’re gonna start assembling the bag, draw a 2″ square
on both bottom corners of your front and back piece then you wanna go ahead and
cut them with a scissors so you wanna do the same for both of your lining pieces
as well lay your front and back pieces right side together secure them with
some sewing clips and you want to go ahead and sew the side seams and the
bottom as well with 1/2″ of seam allowance
once you’ve done sewing we’re gonna work on the bottom corners here so you want
to open this up match the seam or nest it together
secure that in place with a sewing clip and then you want to go ahead and sew
this with 1/2″ of seam allowance then you want to do the same with the
other side now you may turn this bag inside out alright I think it’s looking
awesome now we’re gonna work on the strap anchors you want to cut two
rectangles measuring 6″ x 4″ then you want to go to your ironing
board fold the strip in half width wise and then press and once you’ve done that
you wanna open it up and then fold the edges here towards the center fold just
like so and then you want to give it a quick press then you want to fold that
again in half and press so basically you are going to make a 1″ strip and you’re
gonna end up with something like this if you see here the fold lines so just like
so alright so now you want to go ahead and sew this all around with 1/8 of an
inch of seam allowance and once you’ve got both strips so go ahead and cut them
in halves so you’re gonna end up with 4 3 inch strips, next you’re gonna prepare
your tote bag handles I’ve got mine from Jo-ann in black color here now you want
to take your back piece and measure in with a ruler three inch from this
side and put a little mark there and you want to do the same with the other side
take one of your strap anchor and feed that through one of the ring lay that on
where you put the mark and secure it in place with the fabric clip and you want
to do the same with the other side then you want to go ahead and sew this with
1/4″ of seam allowance and this is how it’s gonna turn out and you want
to do the same with the other side next assemble the lining pieces exactly the
same way you did the exterior shell now that we’ve got our exterior piece and
the lining piece ready to go it’s time to assemble them so turn your lining
piece to the wrong side then insert that into the exterior piece and now you want
to take your zipper piece and you want to unzip that now the zipper should be
still on the wrong side and I’m holding the bottom stop with my right hand on my
right side while the top stop on my left side because I’m a right-handed so I
want to be able to pull my zipper with my right hand if you’re left-handed you
may want to do the opposite now you want to insert these to the top of the back
through your zipper teeth just like what I’m showing you here you want to make
sure that the raw edges of your zipper panel and the raw edges of your back are
aligned so you want to start off by matching the side seams and put a fabric
clip to keep this in place and you want to do the same on the other side and
make your way around once you’ve done that you want to sew all around with
1/2″ of seam allowance so you want to remove the arm of your sewing
machine here and I recommend changing your needle to a size larger I suggest
to use the denim size or jeans size needle since we are going to sew through some bulky
area once you’ve done sewing you’re gonna
take a scissor and trim these seam allowance about a quarter inch away and
of course you want to be careful not to cut through the stitches once you’ve
done that you want to turn this zipper in to the inside of the bag and I’m
going to use my Hera marker to neaten the edges here you can also use like
coin or spatula or simply press it with an iron then we’re gonna top stitch this
all around with 3/8″ of seam allowance this is to make sure that all
the raw edges underneath will be enclosed and that’s all I have for you today guys
thumbs up if you like this video and I shall see you next time with another fun
sewing project goodbye