- Scrap fabrics
- Scrap batting
- Coordinating thread
- 10" long zipper
Step 1: Using scrap fabrics, make the following: Two 8"x9" rectangles (outer fabric) and two 7"x9" rectangles (inner fabric). Also, cut two 7"x9" rectangles from thin batting.
Step 2: Make two quilt sandwiches: Sandwich the batting in between the outer fabric and inner fabric; the wrong sides of the outer and inner fabric should be facing the batting. Quilt the two sandwiches however you like. As shown below, the extra 1 inch of fabric from the outer fabric should be at the top of each panel.
Step 3: Create a seam with the extra inch of fabric: Fold the extra inch of fabric in half lengthwise, then press with an iron. Then fold it over again onto the inner fabric; press again. As shown below, sew the seam down with a straight stitch.
When you're done with steps 2 and 3, you should have two quilted panels with a finished top seam:
Step 4: Attach the zipper by lining up the finished seam along the length of the zipper. Stitch the quilted panel to the zipper using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Repeat with the other panel on the other side of the zipper:
Step 5: Unzip the zipper at least half way down. With the outer fabric facing together (the inner fabric should be facing you), stitch a 1/4" seam allowance around the perimeter (except where the zipper is).
Step 6: Create the base of the bag by puffing out the bottom of the bag, then pinching the corner together as shown below (it's kind of hard to explain, but hopefully this picture helps).
As shown below, from the corner that you pinched measure 1.5" and mark a line.
Then, sew a straight stitch along the line. Repeat on the other corner.
Your bag should have two little triangle 'wings' at the bottom:
Step 7: Clip the corner 'wings' off. And trim off any other unnecessary bulky fabrics, and extra zipper from the ends. Lastly, from the zipper opening (this is why you need to make sure it's at least half way unzipped from step 5), turn it inside out!
That's it :) I told you it was easy. How cute is that?! I know it's only February, but I think I know what all my girlfriends are getting for Christmas ;)