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From: st13031
Date: 03-01-2007, 10:26 AM (1 of 4)
HI! I am wanting to make and find a good pattern to make a patchwork diaper (like a small simple tote bag) but use a little batting between the outside and inside layers for added softness....
I have searched on the internet some and haven't came up with anything... does it sound like something I could make up on my own? I am still a beginner and tend to think "I could do that!" but often find out it is harder than I think!
I also have no idea how to use/insert batting??
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for a good pattern or using batting?
User: st13031
Member since: 02-27-2007
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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-01-2007, 11:29 AM (2 of 4)
I use batting in almost all my bags and totes to give them a little more body. It's pretty easy to do -- just underline the outside fabric with the batting. You can even get an iron on batting but I'm not crazy about that stuff.
As for the patchwork -- just go ahead and make the patchwork before you cut -- I would guess. Or you could do it like a crazy quilt and sew the pieces down on a piece of fabric already cut to size. Maybe one of the quilters can help you more with that.
There are lots of free tote patterns on the web to use as a guideline to start with.
User: DorothyL
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-02-2007, 10:39 AM (3 of 4)
Here are some links to free tote bag patterns. I haven't made these specific ones but have made other quilted tote bags with batting. When I make mine, I cut the pieces a bit bigger than they indicate, put it together with backing and batting then quilt it. After quilted I cut each piece to the size they specify. I do this for all the pieces except the handles. But sometimes the seams are harder to sew since they are thicker due to the batting. Also, if you are going to add a patchwork block, you should make sure that it will fit between the handles. I made one once with a beautiful design and never thought about the handles covering part of it up :nc: .. For the handles I cut a piece double the finished width plus 1" (for turning under the two edges) and the length specified in the pattern. Then put a piece of batting the finished width and the full length of the handle strip. I turn the two sides under 1/2" and turn the long edges in to meet in the middle of the underside of the handle and sew down the middle (my explanation may be confusing?). Hope the links help. Good luck.

Diaper bag pattern ( cccbbb9d3)

Here's a site that has cute quilted bag patterns if you do want to purchase one.
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User: HeyJudee
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From: mozeyrn
Date: 03-03-2007, 11:21 PM (4 of 4)
I am in the process of making one now. I use pre-quilted fabric, cotton fabric and I use fusible fleece (ironed to the cotton fabric) so the bag won't collapse on itself - it stands up on its own even when empty.
I found out the hard way that you don't iron the fusible stuff onto the pre-quilted fabric; kind of defeats the purpose of being light & fluffy. Let me tell you I wasn't the happiest woman when I turned over the fabric from ironing on the fusible stuff and saw what it looked like! :bang: Luckily I had extra fabric because I had to do that whole side of the bag over again.
There's sooo many different ways to experiment - pockets on the inside/outside, nylon or fabric handles (takes a little longer but can look really nice), and a bunch of different type closures (magnet, zipper, ribbon).
My next project will be to make one with water-proof lining. I'm hoping to get around to that in the next decade.
I didn't know having kids/dogs could be so time
- Maureen.
Learning something new with every stitch!!
Kenmore 16231000
User: mozeyrn
Member since: 11-29-2005
Total posts: 349
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