Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Class on May 7, 2015 Supplies needed

At our May 7, 2015 meeting Judy A. will be presenting a class on constructing the Fat Quarter Gypsy Bag. Here is the supply list and parts to prepare: This list also appears under the Upcoming Classes Tab:

YOU WILL NEED
FOR THE TOP (outside)
6 fat quarters YOU WILL NOT BE USING THE FULL FAT QUARTER – from each fat quarter (doesn’t have to be a fat quarter either) cut one rectangle   17 ½  x 19 1/2 inches  YOU WILL NEED  6  (when you sew them together you should have a piece of fabric  38 ½  x 51 ½ " )   
                                                Fat Quarter Gypsy Bag 
OR
ONE SOLID or PIECED OF ANY  FABRIC (you can also use a ufo, do diagonal strips,  make a scrappy patchwork – anything you want as long as it is the same size as your lining- 38 ½ x51 ½
- if you are going to use directional fabric  you will need to cut it in half – turn one side upside down and sew back together -  cut it wide enough to allow for the extra seam ( if you are using a half inch seam you will need to add 1" so your fabric will start out 39 ½  x 51 ½ " ). 

FOR THE LINING
A  PIECE OF FABRIC 38 ½  x 51 ½"   (THERE IS NO BATTING)

PLEASE CUT/SEW YOUR TOP AND CUT OUT YOUR LINING BEFORE CLASS

FOR THE HANDLES – you will be making two handles - ~ 1" WIDE x 40 - 72" LONG.
1/3 yd.  Coordinating fabric
thin batting or flannel for handles – aprox 2” wide and desired length
22" of 1" wide non-roll elastic cut into two 11” pieces
Couple of BIG safety pins   ( I WILL SUPPLY THE ELASTIC AND PINS)

WE WILL BE MAKING THE HANDLES IN CLASS
HANDLES - This pattern calls for cutting 2  2 ½ " x 40" of fabric and one of batt or flannel sandwiching and sewing down both sides – this requires turning – if you want to do it this way you will need a turning tool.

ALTERNATE METHOD -  cut 2 strips  4x as wide as you want your finished handle  - I use 5"  and as long as you want your handle (44" is good )  
Cut your  batt or flannel  TWICE  the finished width ( ~ two inches) x desired length
FOLD YOUR FABRIC IN HALF LENGTHWISE AND THEN FOLD EACH SIDE TOWARDS THE CENTER – PRESS – OPEN (you will have four sections)   PLACE YOUR BATTING IN THE CENTER (over the middle two sections) –  FOLD THE TWO SIDES IN AND FOLD IN HALF.  You should have no raw edges and a handle about 1" wide – SEW THE OPEN SIDE WITH A STRAIGHT OR ZIG ZAG STITCH  (can sew both sides for  esthetics or use decorative stitches – whatever you like)

YOU WILL ALSO NEED

Your sewing machine with accessories and coordinating thread (throw in your zipper and walking foot)
Sewing scissors
A ruler
A fabric marker – if you don’t have one – don’t buy one – we will be marking two lines – you can borrow or use a piece of masking tape
A rotary cutter and mat to cut the handles  (you can certainly use a pair of scissors instead )
An iron – I will be setting up the thimbleweeds irons but some like to bring their own
pins


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