Welcome back to our Paper Pieced Apple Project. In Part One, guest artisan Trina Gallop showed us how to piece a pattern. Today she shows us one way to finish off a project with a lunch tote. Sew on….
This lunch bag features a lined bag with an elastic button closure.
For the exterior of the bag, I finished off front by first squaring off the apple section that you just paper pieced, and then sewing white fabric to the sides, bottom and top of the apple to make a section that was 13 inches high by 10 inches wide.
I sewed two white pieces of fabric 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 to the sides of the apple. A white piece of fabric 10 x 4 ¼ to the bottom of the apple. And a white piece of fabric 10 x 5 ½ to the top of the apple. I used a ¼ inch seam allowance on all sides. Press all your seams towards the centre. Trim to 13 x 10 if necessary.
Then cut a corresponding back piece of fabric and two pieces of cotton quilting 13 inches high by 10 inches wide.
For the interior of the bag cut two pieces of fabric 15 inches high by 10 inches wide.
For the outside of the bag, iron each piece of the exterior fabric to the quilt backing. Then, pin right sides together and sew three sides of the bag (leaving the top open). I used a generous ¼ inch seam.
Place the interior fabrics right sides together and also sew three sides together (leaving the top open).
To create a flat bottom for your bag, in each corner of the exterior and interior of the bag, mark a 2 inch square. Do this on both the front and back of each piece.
Open the squares so there is a diagonal line across the corner. Stitch across this line.
Trim off the excess so there is just a quarter inch. Turn both the interior and exterior right sides out. Take the interior and place inside the exterior.
You will have extra length on the interior. Fold over the edge once to meet the edge of the exterior fabric (approximately a ½ inch) and then fold over interior fabric again so it covers approximately a ½ inch of the exterior fabric and creates a binding.
Using a thin piece of elastic, centre it to the back of the bag. Tuck under the top trim and pin in place.
Centre a button on the front of the bag about an inch above the apple pattern.
Hand sew the button in place.
Finish the top binding on the bag. You can stitch this with a machine just above the bottom of the binding. I chose to hand stitch using an invisible stitch, and at the same time used very small stitches around the elastic in the back to secure it in place.
Make your lunch, fill bag, and enjoy!