Happy Friday, everyone! It’s a gorgeous spring morning here, and I’m putting the finishing touches on a new collection for fall (peeks coming soon!). While I paint, Heidi from Fabric Mutt is back to share a tutorial for her Scooter Bag, using the Havana collection. Hello, Heidi!
The Scooter Bag
This soft, floppy bag is the perfect size for the reading mat along with some books, toys, or any other items you want to pack for the trip. The velcro closure is easy for little hands to open and close, and the long padded strap allows for comfortable crossbody wear.
(2) 22 x 13” fabric for main exterior panel
(2) 22 x 4.5” coordinating fabric for strip along bottom of exterior
(2) 22 x 17” fabric for the interior
(2) 22 x 17” batting for the sides of the bag
(1) 2.5 x 40” fabric strip for binding the top of the bag
(2) 44 x 2.75” fabric for the strap
(1) 44 x 2.75” fusible batting for strap
(2) 6.5 x 12.5” fabric for interior pocket
(1) 6.5 x 12.5” batting for interior pocket
(2) 8 x 12” fabric for flap
(1) 8 x 12” fusible batting for flap
(1) 1 x 10” strip of sew-in velcro
fabric glue stick
1. Sew exterior pieces together with narrower strip on the bottom of each resulting rectangle.
2. Sew the interior pocket pieces together in this order from bottom to top: batting, fabric piece (right side up), fabric piece (right side down) — be sure to leave one long end open. Turn the piece inside out so the batting is in the middle with both fabric pieces facing right side out.
Tuck in the edges of the open side and sew ¼” from both long edges.
Quilt vertical lines one inch apart across the entire pocket. Center it on one interior panel, five inches from the top and both sides. Sew ¼” around the sides and bottom, backstitching at both ends.
3. Make the “quilt sandwich” for each side of the bag in this order from bottom to top: interior panel (right side down), batting, and exterior panel (right side up).
Quilt as desired. Stack the two sides of the bag with the interior panels together.
Sew ½” around the sides and bottom of the bag, backstitching at both ends and trimming the corners and edges as much as possible.
Turn the bag inside out and sew ¾” around the sides and bottom of the bag, again backstitching at both ends.
Turn the bag right side out and press.
Fold the 2.5 x 40” strip of fabric in half lengthwise and press. Line the raw edge of the binding up with the top raw edge of the bag along the outside.
Use the strip to bind the top unfinished edge of the bag as you would a quilt (see the Links page on my blog if you need more information on how to make and apply binding).
4. Make the handle. Fuse the batting to one strip. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, press, then unfold and fold the long edges so they meet in the middle and press them again.
Stack the strips with the folded in sides together.
Sew ¼” from the edge along each long side of the strap. Fold each short end in about ½-1” and stitch ½” from the folded end.
Place the end of the strap next to one of the side seams on the inside of the bag about two inches from the top. Stitch a square with an inner cross to securely fasten the strap to the bag. Repeat with the other end of the strap on the other side of the bag.
5. Make the flap. Fuse the batting to the wrong side of one piece of fabric for the flap. Place both pieces of fabric for the flap right sides together. Stitch ¼” from the edge along three sides, leaving one long side open. Clip the corners and turn the flap right side out.
Center one side of the velcro strip along a long edge of the flap, about an inch from the edge, attach it with the fabric glue stick, and then sew all around the edge of the velcro. Now place the side of the flap without velcro, velcro end down, against the outside of the bag (the side with the interior pocket) even with the top edge. Sew ½” from where the top of the flap and the top edge of the bag meet, backstitching at both ends. Place the other half of the velcro on the outside of the other side of the bag, centering it an inch or two from the top — check how it fits with the flap before sewing it down as you did the other half.
Check back next week for the Love Bird Pillow tutorial!