Try our patchwork project using either scraps or charm packs. The bag is best suited to a more experienced sewer

Sew a patchwork bag

Follow Esme Clemo’s steps and you’ll have a chic patchwork bag in 3 hours.

Time to make: 3 hours

You will need:

✤ Packet of Bosal In-R-Form single-sided fusible foam stabiliser
✤ 50cm navy cotton
✤ 50cm green cotton
✤ 42 square Moda charm pack or fabric scraps cut into 12.5 x 12.5cm squares
✤ 12mm tape maker
✤ Matching sewing thread
✤ Cutting mat
✤ Rotary cutter
✤ Quilter’s ruler
✤ Sewing needle

Cutting out

From the fusible foam:

Cut two rectangles measuring 45 x 55cm for the bag front and back. Cut two strips measuring 6 x 90cm for the handles. If necessary, cut shorter strips for the handles and join with a wide zigzag stitch.

From the charm squares:

Rotary cut nine charm squares in half along the diagonal and cut one charm square into quarters along the diagonal.

From the navy cotton:

Cut eight strips measuring 2.5 x 105cm. Pass each strip through a 12mm tape maker and press to make folded tape. From the remaining fabric, cut two strips each 6 x 93cm.

From the green cotton:

Cut two rectangles measuring 45 x 55cm for the bag lining.

Making the patchwork bag

1. Arrange 10 whole charm squares, nine half charm squares and two quarter charm squares on to the fusible side of the foam bag front, making sure the edges of each charm square are just touching. Fuse the fabric patches in place with an iron following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Repeat for the foam bag back.

2. Place the folded navy tape strips over the top of where the charm squares meet, working in one direction first. Pin and stitch in place close to the edges and then repeat working in the opposite direction.

3. Pin and sew the bag front and back together along the two short and bottom edges with right sides facing and 5mm seam allowances. To box the corners, open out the bottom of the bag and fold the corners flat so the side and bottom seams are aligned.

Mark a line 5cm in from the tip of each corner and sew across the lines.

Clip off corners and turn right sides out.

4. Repeat the previous step with the green cotton to create the bag lining, using 1cm seam allowances and leaving a gap for turning through along the bottom edge.

5. To make the handles, sew eight charm squares together in a long strip with right sides facing and 5mm seam allowances. Press the seam allowances in the same direction. Rotary cut the strip in half to make two handles measuring 6 x 93cm.

6. Pin the pieced handles to the navy strips with right sides facing and foam stabiliser strips layered on top. Stitch down the long sides with a 5mm seam allowance. Turn the handles right sides out and press. Topstitch along the long edges.

7. Pin and tack the handles to the front and back of the outer bag. Place the outer bag inside the bag lining with right sides facing. Match the side seams of the bags and pin the top edge. Stitch the bags together all the way around the top with a 1cm seam allowance.

8. Turn the bag through the gap in the lining and then slipstitch the opening closed. Topstitch around the top edge for a neat finish.