Use the "Quilt as You Go" method to make bag parts by Deena Bailarina

Use the "Quilt as You Go" method to make bag parts

A fun and easy way to use up remnants AND make beautiful, unique bags!

Materials Needed

  • Bag pattern of your choice. (I'm making the So-Sew-Easy small backpack FREE pattern!)
  • Fabric Scraps and remnants (large and small). If you don't have the stash for it, pick up a "scrap pack" or remnant bundle for an insta-stash!

OPTION 1:  Cotton quilt batting 
  • If you're using quilt batting and want LESS structure - use muslin or white/natural quilting cotton as a backing fabric.
  • If you're using quilt batting and want MORE structure - use CANVAS as a backing fabric.

OPTION 2:  Cotton flannel fabric (no need for backing fabric. This will give you the least structured and most "slouchy" finished piece)


OPTION 3: I'm afraid that the Lazy Girl Stiff Stuff interfacing that I use and recommend in the video is no longer available. The interfacing has changed and is now more like Peltex which is NOT suitable for QAYG. For extra structure, you could use By Annie's Soft & Stable or Pellon Flex Foam (these will also make your quilting POP!). 

** For all of your batting/backing/interfacing materials, you'll need a little MORE than the fabric requirements for the bag parts. Remember: You don't have to make your entire bag this way! For the example used in the tutorial, I make only the main front & back panels with QAYG. I explain in the video how I do the other parts! :)

Notions
  • Size 12 or 14 machine needles (depending on the fabric and batting/interfacing you're using)
  • All purpose polyester or cotton thread in a color or colors you want to see in your quilting (piecing & quilting are done with the same thread unless you switch machines)
  • Cutting tools
  • Quilt basting spray (optional but useful if you're using quilt batting and want to spray baste the backing fabric to the batting)

** The back of the bag is a simple diagonal stripey pattern. You can find the method I used on the front of the bag (the "Bloomin' Quilt as You Go") on the "Hey Let's Make Stuff" blog! Definitely browse her other posts on the topic as well as she has lots of good advice and tips, not to mention tutorials for doing other designs with QAYG!

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FAQ

What fabrics did you use in your example?

I used Alison Glass Sun Prints (many years accumulation) and a bit of Echino (the rhino)! 

I make my bags from canvas. Can I use that with this method?

You can! You'll just want to use fairly large pieces and a fussier method (like the stripes I use on the back of the example bag) so that you won't have layer upon layer of fabric overlapping and building up. You'll also need to use something relatively light as the backing fabric so your pieces don't end up ridiculously thick!

Can I embroider a design onto my bag?

Absolutely! That will look amazing! Just keep in mind that, with the method used on the front (the "Bloomin' Quilt as You Go"), you'll end up covering large parts of your pieces, so if you want your design on a specific spot and only on one fabric, plan accordingly and wait until you're finished with that section to be sure you have the space you want/need! 

Did you invent this method?

Not at ALL! I first learned it 6 or 7 years ago from online tutorials! You can find the method I used on the front of the bag (the "Bloomin' Quilt as You Go") on the "Hey Let's Make Stuff" blog! Definitely browse her other posts on the topic as well as she has lots of good advice and tips, not to mention tutorials for doing other designs with QAYG!