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You will need for the Halloween Patchwork Bag:
Multi-coloured Halloween Print Fabric for the bag lining -
1. Cut the fabrics the size required [Rotary Cutting~ #F].
2. Make the template [Cardboard Templates] for the Jack-o-lantern shapes.
3. Lay out 35 orange & 1 green small squares for the Jack-o-lantern into a pleasing arrangement, with 6 squares across and 6 squares down. Use the picture below to place your green square.
4. When you are happy with the arrangement, collect the patches into 4 Patch sets, taking them from the left to the right & top to bottom and stacking them with the most left patch on top.
Tip: Number the sets (I have small cardboards with numbers I keep for this) and hold the sets together with a clothespin.
5. Sew [Machine Piecing] the patches into 4 Patch units by sewing the patches into pairs first.
Tip: Before placing two squares right sides together, place a pin in the top left corner of left patch of the pair. Keep these pins in until the corner is joined to the next patch. This helps you keep track of which is the 'top left' of the pairs/sets of pairs, keeping things straight while you chain piece your patches.
6. Press [Pressing #1] the seams open.
7. Sew the pairs together into 4 Patches, matching the seams (*See the pinning tip below).
Pinning Tip: Place a pin in each seam of both the
rows you are joining. Don't anchor them. Hold the pin perpendicular
(90*) with your first two fingers (underneath) and your thumb on top.
Now place an anchor pin (going in at an angle) beside it. Remove the
perpendicular pin after you've anchored it. Do the same for the other
seams along the row, aligning the raw edges at the top.
When joining 4 Patch blocks, adding an extra pin through the center of both blocks, before you add the anchor pin, is also helpful.
8. Press the seams open.
9. Sew the 4 Patch units together into rows, matching the seams.
Sew the rows together into a block, matching the seams.
10. Press [Pressing #3] the patchwork block.
11. Lay out the remaining orange & black small squares (for the checkerboard band at the top of the bag), into a pleasing arrangement. Use the pictures below as your guide.
Front & Back Bands
12. Sew them into units, and then together into rows, matching the seams, as before. Press the seams open.
13. Sew the bands to the ends of the large black tone-on-tone bag fabric, and to one end of each of the side panels.
14. Fold the front/back bag fabric in half.
15. Center the pumpkin
template on the right side of the bag front, leaving 3¾"
between the bottom of the pumpkin and the folded edge.
Tip: Placing the fabric on a sheet of sandpaper taped to cardboard, will help hold it in place, for a neater finish.
16. Cut out the inside of the pumpkin shape, about ¼" from the chalk line, using pinking shears.
17. Finger press the seam allowance over to the back of the shape and baste in place [Stitches-#3c].
18. Pin the patchwork
block behind and covering the pumpkin shaped opening.
19. Draw the face
shapes onto black tone-on-tone fabric with a chalk pencil.
20. Using two strands of the black embroidery floss, Blanket Stitch [Decorative Stitches·#1] around the pumpkin shape to the patchwork block.
Sew the face shapes onto the background with long running stitches [Stitches-#3a], along the chalk line.
21. On the wrong-side of the jack-o-lantern, trim the extra patchwork fabric around the pumpkin shape.
22. With a chalk pencil draw the words Trick or Treat where shown in the picture below. Stem Stitch the words with orange embroidery floss. The how to & lettering guide are included with the templates.
23. On both the bag and the liner, stitch the side panels along the front, stopping ¼" from the bottom edge of the side panels. Match the seams of the patchwork band units, when you join the side panels to the bag.
24. Stitch the side panels to the back of both the bag & liner, as you did in step #23.
Press the seams open.
25. Align the bottom
edge of each side panel* with the bottom edge of the bag, and sew
from one stopping point, across to the other. Finger press the seams
26. Fold the long
edges of the handle patches toward the center back, and then fold
in half again, pinning along the folded edge. Top stitch the edge
27. Turn the outer
bag right-side out and tuck it into the liner bag, which should still
be wrong-side out. The two bags should be right-sides together.
28. Sew around the top edge, double stitching across, where the the raw edges of the handles are.
Turn the bags right-side out, going through the opening you left, in the bottom of the liner bag. Top stitch the liner opening closed.
29. Using black thread, top stitch ¼" in, across the top and bottom edge of the patchwork band
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