Sew Along – Work Bag (week1)

Welcome to the very first Sew Along!

We are making a Work Bag. In case you are just joining us, be sure to read the Shopping List post for the materials you will need. There are two versions of a Work Bag people are making – One is a cotton versionOne is a silk version. (You may also notice password protected posts for GVHSA which are for a different local sew along.)

Let’s get started…. This week, we are cutting out fabrics.

Cotton Work Bag (example)

Work bag templateThis is the template for the center of the cotton work bag. The solid line is for cutting the paste board. The dotted line is for cutting the outer fabric and the lining fabric. (The image will open a PDF. The line is 1″. The small version is for those making doll work bags.)

  • Cut 6 paste board
  • Cut 4 outer fabrics
  • Cut 2 lining fabrics (save the rest of the lining for later)
  • Cut (and piece as needed) 1 6.5″x 45″ strip either on the grain or on the bias.

This is my recommendation for cutting your outer fabric. For the length that will become the balloony part of the bag, you want a strip 6.5″x 45″. This can be on the grain or on the bias. If working with a fat quarter, place the first bias cut directly across the square. 

Suggested cotton layout

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Silk Work Bag (example)

As the silk bag uses just a circle, we don’t have a template. You will need a 3″ diameter circle and a 3.5″ diameter circle. 

  • Cut 4 3″ circles in pasteboard
  • Cut 2 3″ circles in batting
  • Cut 2 silk 3.5″ circles
  • Cut 2 cotton 3.5″ circles
  • Cut (and piece as needed) 1 4.5″x 45″ strip either on the grain or on the bias.
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Published in: on January 3, 2016 at 6:00 am  Comments (3)  
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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Is there still going to be a Facebook group? I’ve looked but have not found one. Thanks!

  2. There is. It is called Fanciful Utility Sew Along.

  3. Thank you! I’ve sent a request to join. 🙂


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