Fun Swing Bags
Use fat eighth and fat quarter fabrics to create an easy Four-Patch bag. Change the fabric, straps, and embellishments to alter the look and suit your style.
• 9×22″ piece (fat eighth) dot print
• 9×22″ piece (fat eighth) circle print
• 1/3 yard or 18×22″ piece (fat quarter) colored print (lining)
• 1/3 yard batting
• 2—2″ squares fusible interfacing
• 1 3/4 yards 1″-wide colored cotton webbing
• 1/3 yard 1/2″-diameter colored ball fringe trim
• 2—1 3/8″-diameter metal rings
• Magnetic snap closure
Finished Bag: 9×10″
Quantities are for 44/45″-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances. Sew with right sides
together unless otherwise stated.
Cut pieces in the following order.
From dot print, cut:
• 4—5 1/2×5″ rectangles
From circle print, cut:
• 4—5 1/2×5″ rectangles
From colored print, cut:
• 1—9 1/2×19″ rectangle for lining
From batting, cut:
• 2—9 1/2×10 1/2″ rectangles
From webbing, cut:
• 1—1×53″ piece
• 2—1×3″ pieces
Assemble Outer Bag
1. Referring to Diagram 1, lay out two dot 51/2×5″ rectangles and two circle print 51/2×5″ rectangles in pairs. Join long edges of rectangles in each pair. Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make a Four-Patch unit. Press seam in one direction. The unit should be 91/2×10 1/2″ including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second Four-Patch unit.
2. Layer a Four-Patch unit and a 91/2×101/2″ batting rectangle; baste together 1/4″ from outer edges. Repeat with remaining Four-Patch unit and batting rectangle.
3. Referring to Diagram 2, align edge of ball fringe trim along one short edge of a Four-Patch unit; baste along basting line.
4. Join Four-Patch units along side and lower edges, being careful not to catch fringe balls in seam (Diagram 3). Clip corners; turn right side out and press to make outer bag.
5. Thread one 3″-long webbing piece through one metal ring. Align cut ends of webbing; baste to make a tab. Repeat with remaining 3″-long webbing piece
and metal ring.
6. Matching raw edges, position one tab at top left-hand edge of outer bag and the second tab on the opposite side (Diagram 4); baste.
1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, center and fuse an interfacing 2″ square to wrong side of colored print bag lining 1/2″ from short edges (Diagram 5).
2. Attach magnetic snap closure to right side of bag lining 3/4″ from
short edges (Diagram 6).
3. Fold bag lining in half crosswise with right sides together. Join side edges, leaving a 4″ opening along one side for turning (Diagram 7). Clip corners and
press to make bag lining.
1. Insert outer bag into bag lining right sides together, matching seams; pin. Sew together along top edges (Diagram 8).
2. Turn bag to right side through opening in lining. Slip-stitch opening closed. Insert lining into bag; press.
3. Turn under 1/2″ at one end of 53″-long webbing and thread an additional 11/2″ through one metal ring. Referring to Diagram 9, enclose ring and stitch folded edge to secure end of webbing. Repeat with remaining ring and end of
webbing on opposite side to make the strap and complete bag.
Skill Level: easy
Crafting Time: 2 hours
Experience: No experience needed
You’ve got them covered — school books that is! Simply sew up a little
learning-inspired medium-weight cotton fabric to create long-lasting
cover that won’t easily tear when crammed into your child’s backpack.
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
• 1 yd light- to medium-weight cotton fabric
• Novelty buttons
• Marking pen
• Basic sewing supplies
• Sewing machine
• Iron & ironing surface
Measurements include 1/2″ seam allowance. Measurements for 81⁄2″x11″x5/8″ book.
1. Cut 2 pieces 181⁄2″x121⁄4″ for front/back and front/back lining.
2. Cut 4 pieces 5″x121⁄4″ for book flaps.
3. With right sides together and raw edges even, pin and stitch front/back and front/back lining. Leave 4″
opening on 1 shorter side.
4. Clip corners. Turn right side out and press.
5. With right sides together and raw edges even, pin and stitch book flaps. Leave 4″ opening on 1 long side of
6. Clip corners. Turn right side out and press.
7. Lay book cover so front/back lining is facing up. With edges even, pin flaps to each side of front/back lining
book cover. Make sure flap openings are along outer edge of cover. Edge stitch top, bottom and outer edge of
flaps. Inside edge will remain open.
8. Embellish book cover with buttons.