Last night I worked on a sample for a new class I want to teach. This is the smaller version of the Mondo bag I made a while back. The Mondo bag required 208 squares of fabric and the Midi version shown here only requires 108.
I love that the kit comes with enough interfacing to make two bags. Another neat thing about Quiltsmart kits is once you order a kit with instructions you can order the individual interfacing panels at a discount and just keep the instructions to use on future projects. So if you really like an item you can save money making multiples of that item by not having to purchase a full kit!
I used an Ombre Simply Color Junior Jelly Roll for my squares and handles. The inside lining fabrics were pulled from my stash to coordinate with the outside.
The first task was to cut up all my squares. Thankfully the Oscar pre-shows were on so I had something to watch!
The fun part for me is fusing and sewing the seams on the interfacing.
I think the trickiest part for me is making sure I’m folding the correct edges together and lining up the seams so they nest when you sew. It becomes kind of unwieldy and I poked myself with pins several times while leaning over the sewing table.
Inserting and pinning the lining to match seams takes a bit of fiddling and adjusting.
By the time the Oscars was over I was nearly finished with the bag. When I get home tonight I just have to topstitch around the top edge and press the inside lining seams a bit to get it straight. Only took about six hours start to finish and that was with a few breaks. The little bag was even more fun to make than the big one! I’ll take more photos when it’s done so you can see the inside.
Now to figure out how to break this down into a class so I can teach it. 🙂