Hi sewing friends! Today is a very exciting day for me because I am bringing to you a new sewing project with my very first PDF pattern. A while ago I made this lovely peg basket/bag while trying out a free motion embroidery on my sewing machine and though it would be nice to share the pattern with you. It took some time to create it as I had never done a digital pattern before, but here it is if you are interested. Be kind, because it is not perfect, but nevertheless I am happy to share it with you. I had taken few photos during the sewing process to give you a little guidance in case you are new to sewing or just like to follow an instruction.
What you need:
Main and lining fabric 70 x 40 cm
Interfacing / felt / batting (or similar) 70 x 40 cm
Bias binding 2 meters
Velcro tape 6 cm
Depending on fabric of your choice and how rigid you would like your bag to be you need to either interface the main fabric with same fusible interfacing or you can insert a felt or batting between the main fabric and the lining ad stitch it all together in a desired way. You can see my attempt at free motion embroidery looks a bit silly up close, but it also gives my bag some character.
TIP: it is easier to quilt through all layers of fabric in smaller chunks. I placed the individual pattern piece and roughly marked it on the fabric, next step is to embroider it following by cutting out each pattern piece on the end. This way you make sure that all pieces are nice and neat and the pattern does not shrink in case the fabric shift a bit.
Edge bind the top of front and back pieces.
Gather the front bag panel to match the width between notches on the side panel.
Facing wrong sides together pin front to the side panel using notches placement as a guideline.
Stitch it in place using 1 cm seam allowance starting and ending 1 cm at the ends.
Clip the side panel as close to the end of a stitch line (this helps with sewing around the corners).
Continue pinning the side panel around the front and stitch it together.
Bias bind together raw edge starting at one end of the side panel and ending on the other side.
Follow the same procedure (except gathering) for the back bag piece, pinning all around and stitching in place using 1 cm seam allowance.
Remember to clip it at the corners.
Bind the edge with bias tape as before.
Lastly finish of the short ends of side panel using bias binding. Attach binding onto one side, fold inwards both ends of bias tape, fold the tape over the raw edge, pin it and top stitch throughout all layers.
Cut Velcro into 3 cm wide strips and stitch it to both ends of side panel.
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you planning to make this bag . I had fun drafting this pattern and may do more in the future 🙂