The cutest Easter bags sewing pattern… free pattern

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Ingrid Alteneder

Ingrid Alteneder

Ingrid is a master in FPP and many forms of quilting. Welcome to her blog!

Don’t these just look as if Mr. Bunny painted them himself?
This is a free pattern and step by step tutorial for adorable Easter bags… this cute little project was made especially for Riley Blake Designs.

Easter bags
quilted easter bags with bunnies

Finished bag size :  8.5″ wide, 9.5″ high and 4″ deep at the bottom

Fabric/ Materials needed: (all measurements are width x height)
>   1 FPP quilt block 8.5″ x 8.5″ (bunny pattern pattern shop here or the bunny on the pink bag is from my book ‘Adorable Animal Quilting‘ )
>   2 strips of fabric on each side of the FPP block 2.5″x 8.5″
>   2 strips of fabric for bottom panel 12.5″x 3″
>   2 strips of fabric for top panel 12.5″x 2″
>   1 piece of fabric for back 12.5″x 8.5″
>   2 pieces of fabric for lining 12.5″x 12″
>   Fusible interfacing 2 pieces 12.5″x 12″
>   2 strips of fabric for handles 2,5″x 12″
  2 strips of fusible interfacing 2″x 12″

Instructions:
-Sew your Foundation paper pieced quilt block – like the little bunnies here .
the block will measure 8.5″x 8.5″ unfinished.
(unfinished – meaning not sewn into a project yet).
-Cut out all the fabric, lining and fusible interfacing pieces.
-Attach the side strips to the quilt block. Then attach the bottom and top panel to the quilt block ( see pictures below).
– Do the same for the back, attach top and bottom panel to the piece of fabric for the back.

-Interfacing gives your bag more structure and stand.
-Iron on the fusible interfacing to your front and back exterior main pieces of your bag.

Sewing the handles:
– iron on fusible interfacing on fabric strips of handles, center to width of fabric,
leaving 1/4″ seam allowance on both long sides of the fabric strips.
– Fold over 1/4″ seam allowance on each side of the fabric strips and clip or pin in place .
– Now fold the strip in half and clip in place again. Then sew along the clipped edge and the opposite long edge with a  small seam allowance to finish off the handle strip.
– Repeat for second handle.

– Quilt your exterior pieces to your liking.
– First I started with some hand quilting around the bunnies
– And then I did some diagonal and some straight line machine quilting.
– I drew the lines with a washable fabric marker ( this one can actually just be dusted off,
it’s a dressmaking chalk pen, that comes with several different color refills)
– Then I machine quilted the front and back exterior fabric pieces with straight lines or
some diagonal 1″ squares.

Picture

Attach the handles at 3″ from the outer edge to the top of exterior front and back fabric pieces. And clip in place.

– Lay lining fabric, right sides together, on top of outer bag pieces and clip in place at top edge. Handles are now sandwiched between lining and outer piece.
– stitch along top edge with 1/4″ seam allowance.
– fold exterior and lining pieces open.

– lay both Easter bag pieces on top of each other, right sides together
– Clip or pin the raw edges in place, matching up each seam and clipping or
pinning the matched up seams.
– Leave a 3″- 4″ space at the center of the bottom end of the lining, this is your opening
for turning the bag later.
– Then sew along the four open sides.  Do not sew the 4″ opening at the end of the lining pieces.

For a  flat bottom of your bag, you need to box all four corners.
Two corners of the lining and two corners of the exterior fabric.
Starting with flattening the corner, the seams, bottom seam and side seam should be on top of each other. Then measure 2″ from the top corner with an acrylic ruler and draw a line across with your fabric marker or a water soluble pen.Stitch along that line and  trim off the corner, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.
(Repeat this for all four corners)

Picture

Turn your Easter bag by turning the pieces right sides out, pulling through the opening in the lining. Push out the corners nicely. Press the lining opening under 1/4″ and
stitch closed with a small 1/8″ seam allowance.

– Fold lining into bag and stitch along top edge of bag to secure handles and lining.
TADAAA all done, HAPPY-EASTER-EGG-hunt. Thank you so much to Riley Blake Designs for supplying the absolutely adorable ‘Easter-Egg-Hunt‘ fabric series designed by Natàlia Juan Abelló that I used
in this super cute Easter bag project.

What do you think? Ready for Easter?

Ingrid x

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