A couple of months ago I got an overlocker for my birthday. (My US readers will call this as a serger.) I’m still learning how to use it but I have it set up on my table next to my sewing machine. When I went to my first class I noticed one of the many extras they wanted to sell me was a plastic bag to hang at the front of the machine to catch the threads that get trimmed as you sew. I immediately decided I would make something cute for mine. So I have and here’s the tutorial so you can make one too.
What You Need
- 6 charm squares (5″ x 5″ each) or one piece 14″ x 9.5″ (35.5 x 24cm)
- backing piece – 14″ x 9.5″ (35.5 x 24cm)
- iron-on pellon – 13.5″ x 9″ (34.5 x 23cm)
- iron, sewing machine and general sewing supplies
What To Do
1. Join the 6 charm squares using quarter inch seams to form a panel, pressing seams flat as you go. I pressed my seams alternately so that they fitted together as explained in here: Quilting Tip: Nesting Seams.
2. Iron the pellon onto the back of the charm square panel.
3. Lay the backing piece right side up. Then lay the charm square piece right side down on top of it so that the pellon is on top. Pin it all in place.
4. Join these two piece by sewing a quarter inch seam around the outer edge, leaving a gap of about 3″ (7.5cm) for turning through.
5. Turn through and press, carefully tucking the opening seams in.
6. Top stitch about an eighth of an inch from the outer edge, which will give a neat finish and close the opening as well.
7. Quilt as desired. I quilted straight lines back and forth on mine – super simple!
What You Need
- 12 charm squares (5″ x 5″ each) or one piece 27.5″ x 9.5″ (70 x 24cm) (for the sides of the bag)
- 2 charm squares (for the base of the bag) or one piece 5″ x 9.5″ (12.5 x 24cm)
- lining fabric: 9.5″ x 27.5″ piece for the sides (24 x 70cm)
- lining fabric: 5″ x 9.5″ piece for the base (12.5 x 24cm)
- length of plastic tubing about 18″ (46cm)
What To Do
1. Join the 12 charm squares into a panel that is 2 rows of 6 squares. Press seams flat. Again use quarter inch seams.
2. Join the short ends together to form a circle. This is now the outer walls of the bag.
3. Join the two base charm squares together.
4. Carefully pin the base section to the wall section with right sides together, matching the seams of the charm squares.
5. Join the base to the walls – it is fiddly so take your time. Pivot the needle at each corner. This will now be the outer bag piece
6. Construct another bag from the lining pieces using the same method. It is a little trickier without the charm square seams to match up when you join the base, but remember this will be the lining so it won’t be seen in the end.
7. Next we will join the lining or inner bag to the outer bag. You need the outer bag to be inside out and the inner bag to be right sides out. Put the inner bag into the outer bag and line up the top edges. The right sides of the two bags will be together. Pin then sew around the top, leaving a gap of about 3″ (7.5cm) for turning through.
8. Turn through the bags so that you can see the right sides, then tuck the lining inside the outer bag.
9. Top stitch around the top edge to close the gap.
10. Fold the top edge down into the bag about 1″ (2.5cm). This will be the casing for the plastic tubing which will hold the bag open. Stitch this down, leaving a gap of an inch to insert the plastic.
11. Join the bag to the underneath front edge of the mat.
12. Insert the plastic tubing. My piece of tubing is only at the front of the bag, not along the flat edge of the mat, but you may prefer it to go all the way around. Just trim it to the size you want.