Organize your Crochet or Knitting projects in this easy-to-make bag. There are pockets for storing yarn,
needles and your favorite patterns. The 20" bag folds out to 40", making it easy to access your materials,
and the handles make it convenient to carry from room to room or to your next knitting or crochet class.
16" x 40" outer fabric (pre-quilted)
16" x 40" lining fabric
Two 8" x 16" extra heavy weight tear-away interfacing
One 12" x 16" clear vinyl (medium weight)
One 19½" x 12" clear vinyl
Two strips 12" x 1½" lining fabric
Two strips 19½" x 2" of lining fabric
Four 8½" x 9" fabric for handle tabs
Two 8½" x 4"" Fabric for side tabs
Four 1" buttons
Two 14" x ¼" pieces of elastic
Two 15" dowels for handles
One spool thread to match fabric
One water-soluble fabric marker
Medium weight tear-away stablizer
Fabric spray adhesive
Embroidery thread for the embroidery design (see color chart file)
- Using a ruler and a water-soluble fabric pen, mark the center of the lining and outer fabric on the wrong side of the fabrics.
- Also, mark the center of both pieces of interfacing.
- Pin one piece of the interfacing to wrong sides of both fabrics, matching
the center lines. Then, sew the interfacing in place, stitching 1/8" from
the edge of the interfacing on all inside edges.
- Fold down one edge of each of the 19½" x 2" strips of lining fabric ¼" and press in place.
- Place the strips of fabric onto the 19½" piece of the vinyl, matching the raw edges, right side of the fabric to the vinyl.
Secure in place using tape or paper clips. This will prevent making holes in the vinyl from pinning. Stitch ¼" seam along the edges.
- Fold the fabric back over the raw edges of the seams. Pin in place. Stitch close to the pressed edge,
forming a casing over the edge of the vinyl.
- Insert the elastic into the casings, easing the fullness evenly. Allow the
ends of the elastic to extend from the casing. Make sure the finished cased
edge of vinyl measures 16". Stitch across the ends of the elastic close to
the edge of the casing to secure in place. Trim off the excess ends of the
elastic, thus forming the first inside pocket.
- On the right side of the lining fabric, using a water-soluble marker, draw
a line across the fabric 4" from the center of the fabric, on both side from
center. Place the vinyl pocket on one of these lines, pin in place and stitch
¼" from each outside edges and across the bottom of the pocket, securing the
pocket in place.
- Fold and press ¼" of fabric on one of the 16" sides of each of the 16" x 2" strips of fabric.
- Place the raw edges of these strips to the edges of 16" x 12" vinyl. Pin the fabric in place
on the 16" edge of vinyl, with the right side of fabric facing the vinyl.
- Stitch ¼" from the edges across both sides. Open seam and fold the fabric over the raw edge.
Pin in place. Stitch close to the pressed edge of the fabric, thus forming the second pocket.
- Secure the vinyl pocket in place on the right side of the lining, using tape or paper clips,
aligning one of the finished edges to the 4" mark on the lining.
- Stitch along the outside edges ¼" from the edge.
- Stitch across the bottom of the 12" x 16" vinyl close to the edge of the fabric.
- Embroidering the Design: On the right side of the fabric, measure 16" from each end.
Using a water-soluble fabric marker, draw a horizontal line across the fabric. From this line towards
each end of the fabric, measure 8" and draw another horizontal line across the fabric.
- From the side of the fabric measure to the center 8" and draw a line vertically across the center
of the fabric. Lines should intersect in the center of the fabric.
- Using the large hoop, place a piece of medium weight tear-away stablizer in the hoop. Now spray the stablizer with
fabric spray adhesive.
- Position the fabric on top of the hooped stablizer, so that the intersecting lines (drawn on fabric) are in the center
of the hoop, with the 16" end of the fabric towards the top of the hoop (see illustration from Step 16).
- Place the hoop on the machine and stitch the Kitten design onto the fabric.
- When design is finished, remove fabric from the hoop and tear away excess stabilizer. Trim all threads.
- From the Yarn Ball image file, print a picture of the Yarn Ball design.
- Cut the Ball image from the paper to use as a template.
- Position the template on the fabric below the Kitten design as desired. Trace around the template with the water-soluble fabric
- Place the medium weight stablizer into the hoop. Now, spray the stablizer with the fabric spray adhesive.
Position the fabric on top of the hooped stablizer to stitch the Ball design.
- Remove fabric from the hoop and trip stabilizer and threads.
- Repeat steps 24 and 25 until each Ball is stitched. (Next step, bag contruction
- To make the tabs for the handles, fold the 9" x 8½" fabrics together with the 8½" edges together.
Stitch along this edge ¼" from edge on all four pieces. Turn right side out and press.
- Fold the tabs in half matching raw edges. Press.
- Stitch across the folded end of tabs 1¼" from the folded edges, backstitching at the beginning and end of seam.
- Place a tab on each corner of the outer fabric with the folded edge facing center of the fabric.
- Stitch in place ¼" from edge.
- Fold tabs to outside, folding the raw edges of the fabric ½" to the inside of the bag. Press.
- Fold and press lining edges ½" to the inside of the bag. Pin the
open edges together. Stitch 1/8" from the edge, closing the ends of the bag.
- Topstitch the bag on the outer edges with lining side upward, ¼" from each side. Begin stitching at the top of the tab,
backstitching at the beginning and end of each seam.
- To form the tabs for the sides of the bag, fold in half the 4½" squares of fabric. Stitch ¼" across each side and one end
of each square. Turn and press.
- Fold the edges of the open end to the inside ¼". Stitch across this edge closing the end.
- Stitch a button hole on each end of the tabs, large enough to fit the 1" button through the hole.
- Sew buttons on each side of the bag 5" from the top of the bag and 1" from the side of the bag.
Bring the ends of the bag together and button the tabs onto the bag.
- Place the dowels into the tabs, forming the handles.
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