OK, here is Part 2 (part 1 was published on 26th Dec 2013).
The humbug bag really is not a whole lot different to making a “regular” zipper bag.
You are going to start with pretty much the same as you did with the other zipper bag: outside of the bag fabric + batting + lining. I fuse these together as my favourite batting is double-sided fusible batting. The size of the sandwich is going to depend on the finished size of your humbug bag. Something around 9 or 10 inches square is going to give a smallish bag but if you wish to make a shoe bag (the humbug bag shape is perfect for shoe bags.). What you start with does not have to be square – it can be a rectangle. Experiment with sizes & shapes & see what you like best.
This is where you start: fabric sandwich + zipper.
2. The next thing is to quilt the sandwich. Please refer back to Part 1 published on 26th Dec 2013 for more info on this. You can use your walking foot or Acufeed Flex to quilt it; OR you could free motion quilt it OR you could quilt it in the SQ23 hoop letting the Acufil quilting on the JANOME MC12000 OR MC150000 do the work for you!
3. Next trim the sandwich to neat the edges – same as part 1
4. Then attach the zipper in exactly the same way as the zipper was attached in part 1.
Sewing the first side of the zipper to the top of the bag.
5. Now neaten the zipper seams inside as well as top stitching the zipper seam flat – same as Part 1
6. Next comes the side seam – again, exactly the same as Part 1. I like to use the overcasting stitch which is a combo of zig-zag with 2 rows of straight stitch.
7. All good so far. Now here is where it is different to the regular zipper bag. Instead of sewing the other side seam the same as the first, what you do is find the middle of the seam: fold in half and put a pin in the fold. This marks the center. Now fold over the one side of the bag to line the open zipper teeth with the pin. Pin in place. Do the same for the other side & pin.
8. Now sew a seam across the bag taking care not to break the needle on the pins or zipper teeth or little metal part at the end of the zipper. If desired, you can insert a loop into the seam right in the center which you marked with a pin. The ends of a ribbon or tape will line up with the edge of the bag & the loop will be inside the bag. After sewing, trim the ends of the zipper off.
9. Then simply turn the bag out to the right side and poke the corners gently with a chopstick or other suitable “pokey” stick.
completed humbug bag
Humbug bags – I am not lying when I say that I can make a humbug bag in under 10 mins (not counting the embellishment ) – they are really pretty simple to make.
More humbug bags – a really interesting shape for a bag and very practical & useful for all sorts of items. What about embroidering a monogram or person’s name along one side next to the zipper for a gift that will be greatly appreciated?? (do the embroidery after the quilting but before sewing the zipper – just easier in that order.
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