To make these bags, I used strips from Pure by Sweetwater. Each 3 strips will make 2 bags. I am making 8 bags as Christmas gifts so I have an assemble line going!
Step 1: Cut your jelly roll strips in half (roughly 22 inches long) and put together combinations that you find pleasing. I made each bag so the top strip had the words.
Step 2: For each bag, sew together 3 of the 22 inch strips. Then cut in half to form the front and back of the back. Each piece is now roughly 6 1/2 in by 11 inch. Press. Layer for quilting. I used solids for the back which will become the inside of the bag.
Step 3: Quilt! I did loops on some, basic stipple on the other. These make for good free motion practice opportunities so have some fun! Trim excess.
Step 4: Prepare the zipper. You could choose to connect the zipper directly but I decided to make a casing for the zipper to make the finished bag look more professional. To do this, I cut another jelly roll strip in half lengthwise and then sewed a 1 1/4 in x 7 in strip of fabric (right sides together) to the zipper sides
When that was done, I sewed a small rectangle to the top and the bottom. See my pretty stack of zippers!
Step 5: Attach the zipper to each side of the bag by sewing right sides together. Shown below is a front and back view.
Step 6: Right sides together, lining up the seams of your 3 strips, sew around the bag on 3 sides. Important tip- OPEN THE ZIPPER a bit before you sew the 3 sides! I finish off the edges with a zigzag stitch all around.
One bag all done - only 7 more to go!!!
I am making these as holiday gifts for each of my sisters and sister in law.
I'd love to hear from you - please comment and let me know what you think of my very first tutorial. I also posted this at Sew and Tell.