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Rag Quilt Gift Bag

 

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.


Add a cozy, warm look to your gifts this Christmas with a rag quilt gift bag! The festive fabric gift bag is a fabulous way to add a homemade touch to your holiday gift-giving with its exposed seams, beautiful embroidery, and fun fabric choices. Adapt for birthdays and other occasions with different designs and fabric prints!


Project Needs & Notes

-
1/3 yard duck cloth (you can also use canvas or heavy weight denim)
- 1/3 yard cotton flannel fabric
-
Small pieces of print quilter's cotton
- Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Scissors or rag quilt snips
- Nylon monofilament thread
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

Designs in this project include:
-
F6491, Feliz Flutterby Holly Corner
- H8096, Christmas Butterfly 3
- H8098, Christmas Butterfly 4

Choose designs that are 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" or smaller to fit well in the block on the front of the bag. Designs shoud be 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" or smaller to fit well in the blocks on the bag of the bag.

Finished Size: 9" wide x 9" high x 3 3/4" deep

Project Tips:
Wash all fabric before sewing and embroidering to pre-shrink it.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Begin by preparing the fabric for the embroidered block for the front of the bag.

Draw a
6 3/4" x 6 3/4" square on the duck cloth.

Mark the center of each side of the shape. Draw lines connecting the marks. Where the lines meet is the exact center of the square.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool for positioning and placement.

Print a template of the design from embroidery software. If you do not have software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Place the template so that the center of the design is over the center of the square. Make sure there is at least 1" of space between the edges of the design and the edges of the square.


Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back of the fabric. Leave about 1/2" of stabilizer around the design.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Cut out the embroidered square and lay it on top of the flannel fabric, wrong sides together. Pin in place and cut out the shape.

To quilt the two pieces together, thread your machine with monofilament thread. Wind a bobbin with cotton thread that matches the color of the back fabric.

Quilt the blocks as desired, with free motion embroidery. I chose to quilt with a simple "X," sewing from corner to corner.

Sew with the top block facing up so that the monofilament will be on top, and the colored bobbin on the bottom.

Note: The embroidered blocks will have two layers.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

To assemble the print fabric blocks, cut 5 pieces of the print cotton fabric to 3 3/4" x 3 3/4".

Lay the fabric pieces on top of the canvas and cut out the shape around the outer edges of the print fabric.

Next, lay both pieces on top of the flannel, pin in place, and cut out the shape.

Note: The print cotton blocks will have three layers. Repeat this for each block, then quilt each block as you did the embroidered block.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Now that all the blocks are assembled, arrange them how you like. I arranged them with two blocks to the right of the large embroidered block, and with a row of three underneath the top blocks.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Align the two side blocks together, wrong sides together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edges only.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Align the assembled blocks with the right side of the embroidered block, wrong sides together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Assemble the bottom row just as you did the side blocks.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Align the top edge of the bottom row of blocks to the bottom edge of the assembled top blocks, wrong sides together.

Pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

On the back of the bag I'm using two embroidered blocks and two print cotton blocks.

For the embroidered squares, draw 5 1/4" squares on the duck cloth, then embroider as you did earlier.

Trim the excess stabilizer away from the back, leaving about 1/2" around the design.

Layer the embroidered fabric with one layer of flannel as you did earlier, then quilt the layers together.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Cut two pieces of print cotton fabric to  5 1/4" x  5 1/4". 

Layer the blocks together with the canvas and the flannel just as you did earlier, then quilt the layers together.

Now that all the blocks are assembled, arrange them how you want.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Assemble them together just as you did earlier.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

To prepare the sides and bottom of the bag, cut three pieces of canvas to 4 1/2" x 9 3/4".

Then, lay the pieces on top of the flannel, pin in place, and cut out the shapes. Quilt the pieces together.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Next, assemble the bag.

Lay the front panel flat with the wrong side facing up. Align the two side pieces on top, wrong sides together. Pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edges.

Then, align the side edges of the back panel with the open long edges of the side panels, wrong sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edges.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Align the bottom pieces with the bottom edges of the front, back, and side panels wrong sides together.

Pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Clip the seam allowances, which allows the fabric to fray. Make a small cut about every 1/2" along all of the seam allowances including the top edge of the bag. Be careful not to cut any of the seams. If you do accidentally cut a seam, simply sew it back in on your machine.

I prefer sharp, spring action scissors to cut the allowances. There are special rag quilt snips available on the market. Fiskars, for example, manufactures the special shears. They can be found at most fabric or craft stores


Now, to give your bag that special rag quilt effect, machine wash the bag. The agitation will fray the seams, giving a fuzzy and cozy look.

After washing the bag, take it outside and give it a good shake. This will lessen some of the lint and fabric waste that will end up in your dryer.

Next, machine dry the bag. Check the lint trap every 15 minutes or so to remove any build-up.

If necessary, press the bag with an iron set on a high setting; use a pressing cloth over the embroidered blocks to prevent scorching.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

To add the straps, cut two pieces of canvas to 10" x 3 1/2".

Fold the long sides in 1/2" and press. Fold the fabric again by bringing the long folded edges together.

Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along each long side.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

Pin the straps in place along the top edges of the inside of the bag about 2" in from each top corner.

Sew the straps in place.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt gift bag.

After giving the gift, this fun, homespun bag makes a wonderful lunch bag or reusable shopping bag, too!

The exposed seams are a classic characteristic of the rag quilt style. If you like this look, try our rag quilt tree skirt, rag quilt pillow, or rag quilt stocking projects.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project:

Feliz Flutterby Holly Corner $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.80" x 5.09" | 3.65" x 3.85"

A Feliz Flutterby Design Pack $14.97 - $24.97

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.89" x 9.41" | 4.88" x 6.00" | 3.89" x 3.90"

Christmas Butterfly 1 $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.86" x 3.70" | 2.54" x 2.44"

Christmas Butterfly 2 $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.88" x 3.85" | 2.48" x 2.45"

Christmas Butterfly 3 $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.86" x 3.81" | 2.48" x 2.45"

Christmas Butterfly 4 $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.85" x 3.80" | 2.47" x 2.44"