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Nifty Knot Bag

 

Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
This bag is so cute and unique - it's definitely "knot" your average bag!

A knotted handle offers an easy way to carry your essentials while being in fine style.

Mix and match your favorite embroidery designs and fabrics to create a bag as unique as you are!
 

Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!


Supplies Needed:

**
1 yard sturdy cotton fabric
  (for outer shell and handles
  - I used lightweight canvas)


**
1 yard print cotton fabric
  (for handles and inner lining
  of bag - I used quilter's
  cotton)


**
1 yard fusible interfacing
  (for medium-weight to
  heavy-weight fabrics
  -I used Pellon 931TD)

 
Supplies Continued: 

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil (for marking and placement)

**Needle and thread for some hand sewing

**Scotch tape
 



Designs Used:

I used the medium size of the Mehndi Butterfly Urana, Mehndi Medallion Visvasa, and Mehndi Medallion Iska designs.

Finished Size:  6 1/2" wide by 10 1/2" high by 4" deep

 


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 


To begin I will prepare the first panel for the main pouch of the bag. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, draw a 12" wide by 14" high rectangle on the sturdy cotton fabric (I used lightweight canvas). Also, mark 2 1/2" up along each side edge starting at each bottom corner. Draw a line connecting the marks. The area above this line will be the embroidered area.

 



Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 

Create paper templates of the design by printing them at full size using embroidery software.
If you haven't used software to make templates before, these
handy instructions show the steps.

Arrange the templates inside the embroidered area how you want them. Leave at least one inch of space in between the outer edges of the designs and the edges of the shape. I decided to overlap the designs slightly - this works well with light stitching designs. Poke a hole in the center of the templates and mark the fabric.



Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 

Remove all but one of the templates (I left the bottom template in place) and mark the horizontal and vertical axis point. Draw lines connecting the marks. Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the first design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
When the design has finished, unhoop the fabric and realign the next design's template back onto the fabric using the center point mark. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis points, remove the template, and rehoop the fabric.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, move the hoop to align the needle with the center point, and embroider the design.

Repeat the fabric marking, hooping, and embroidering process for remaining designs. Prepare a total of two panels (one for each side of the bag).

To give the bag more support, I added one piece of fusible interfacing to the backside of each panel. To do this, follow the instructions on the interfacing packaging.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
Now it's time to assemble the outer shell. Align the panels together, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges only - leave the top edge open for turning.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
To square off the bottom, align the bottom seam with the side seams and pin in place. Measure and mark 2 1/2" in along the side seams. Draw a line across the mark, perpendicular to the seam. Sew a seam along the line and trim the corner leaving 1/2" excess. Turn the outer shell right side out.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
To prepare the handles, print the pattern pieces by first downloading a .PDF file. The pattern pieces will print a total of five pieces on 8 1/2" wide by 11" high paper (the short handle pieces will print on 2 pieces of paper and the long handle pieces will print on 3 pieces).


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
Cut out the pattern pieces and tape them together following the instructions on each piece.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
To create the outer shells of the handles, lay the pattern pieces on top of the print fabric (with the fabric facing right side up), pin in place, trace the shapes, and cut them out.

To prepare the inner linings of the handles, lay the pattern pieces on top of the sturdy cotton fabric (with the right side facing up), pin in place, trace the shapes, and cut them out.

I also added fusible interfacing to the backside of the inner lining pieces.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
Align the outer shell and inner lining pieces together, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the long side edges only - leave both short ends open. Turn the fabric right side out, press the seams with an iron, and top stitch a 1/4" seam along the outer edges of the handle pieces.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
To add the handles, first measure and mark the center of the bag along the top edge of each side of the outer shell portion. Do this by measuring in between the side seams and dividing by two.

Place the outer shell in front of you with one of the side seams facing you. With the inner lining side facing up (print side facing down), align the top left corner of the short handle with the center top mark on the left side of the bag (the curved edge of the short handle should face to the right). Allow 3/4" of the handle to extend up past the top edge of the outer shell - pin in place.

With the inner lining side facing up, align the top right corner of the long handle with the center top mark on the right side of the bag (curved edge of the handle faces to the left) - allow 3/4" of the handle to extend up past the top edge of the outer shell, pin in place.

Note: the inner edges of the handles will overlap over the side seam.
 



Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
Turn the outer shell so the seam on the opposite side is facing you. Bring the opposite end of each handle up to the opposite side creating loops in the handles in the front and back of the outer shell. Pin them in place just as you did for the first side. Sew a 1/4" seam along the entire top edge of the outer shell to tack the handles in place.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
To add the inner lining, cut two pieces of the print cotton fabric to 12" wide by 14" high. Assemble the inner lining just as you did the outer shell, including squaring off the corners.

Insert the outer shell/handle portion inside the inner lining, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge of the bag leaving about 5" open along one side for turning.


Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!
 
Turn the fabric right side out and insert the inner lining inside the outer shell. Press the seam and using needle and thread, hand sew the opening closed.

Free project instructions to make a nifty knot bag!

Insert the long handle through the short handle and you are ready to go!


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Products used in this Project:

Mehndi Butterfly Caru $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

8.76" x 6.90" | 7.43" x 5.85" | 6.16" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.03"