Courage Bead Bag
Written by Amanda Pazak
Adapted from Beads of Courage bead bag instructions provided by Bettie Hammock
This tutorial is free and encouraged for the use of creating bead bags for Beads of Courage. DO NOT use or adapt this instructional document to create any documents to sell for profit.
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org/pages/quilters.beadsofcourage. Please read through this tutorial before you begin.Materials
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Fabric Thread Cutting and measuring tools Straight pins Iron Sewing Machine Small Safety Pin 1/8”-1/4” Cording or 1/8”-1/2” Ribbon Buttonhole Sewing Foot Fusible Interfacing Seam ripper Beads of Courage Labels (optional) but free. Seam allowance of ¼”
I suggest that you prewash your fabric to prevent shrinking and discoloration. You can find them here along with the original instructions: http://www.com Tenderfeetstitches.
blogspot. or 25 1” squares. or 100 1” squares. For 50 bags ( 40 large and 10 small) you will need: 5) 6 2/3 yards for your main fabric. You can get 4 large bags and 1 small bag from 1 1/3 yards of quilter’s cotton. 7) Approximately 50 yards or cording or ribbon 8) 50” x 50” of fusible interfacing. 24” (or 2/3) of each will give you 4 large bags and 1 small bag. or 15 1” squares.
You may choose to make your bags in two different sizes: 1) Large bag (fabric dimensions 12” x 9”) 2) Small bag (fabric dimensions of 10” x 7”) a. For 25 bags (20 large and 5 small) you will need: 1) 3 1/3 yards for your main fabric. or 75 1” squares. For 75 bags (60 large and 15 small) you will need: 9) 10 yards for your main fabric.Options and Tips!
This project is the perfect way to use up your scraps for a great cause! Please take time to read a bit about Beads of Courage. b. 10) 10 yards for your lining fabric. or 50 1” squares. 14) 13 1/3 yards for your lining fabric. For 100 bags ( 80 large and 20 small) you will need: 13) 13 1/3 yards for your main fabric. 6) 6 2/3 yards for your lining fabric.
. 4) 15” x 15” or fusible interfacing. 2) 3 1/3 yards for your lining fabric.com Tenderfeetstitches. For 15 bags (12 large and 3 small) you will need: 1) 2 yards for your main fabric. 15) Approximately 100 yards or cording or ribbon 16) 100” x 100” of fusible interfacing. 11) Approximately 75 yards or cording or ribbon 12) 75” x 75” of fusible interfacing. 2) 2 yards for your lining fabric. If you are using different fabrics for your main fabric and your lining. 3) Approximately 25 yards or cording or ribbon 4) 25” x 25” of fusible interfacing. 3) Approximately 15 yards of cording or ribbon.
Width is the measurement around the bag.com (4) (4)
One Courage Bead Bag
12” x 9” 12” x 9” 36” 1” x 1”
10” x 7” 10” x 7” 32” 1” x 1”
Cording or Ribbon
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail.Cutting the Pieces
All measurements in the chart are Length x Width and measured in inches.blogspot. Length is the measurement from the top to the bottom of the bag.com Tenderfeetstitches.
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.Cutting the Pieces continued
Two (2) main fabric pieces Two (2) lining fabric pieces One (1) length of cording or ribbon One (1) square of interfacing One (1) Beads of Courage Bead Bag label optional
your label and a few pins. and press a crease with your finger along this fold. d.com (6) (6)
. Place the lining piece in front of you with the short sides at the top and bottom and the right side of the fabric facing you. along the length.blogspot. centered on your crease.The Label optional
1) You will begin by attaching your label. The right side of the fabric and the label are facing up. Sew around all for sides of the label.com Tenderfeetstitches. Unfold. Fold the lining piece in half. Be sure you backstitch!
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. Grab one lining piece. a. Pin the label at the top of the lining piece ½” down from the top edge. very close to the edges. e. b. c.
blogspot. Place the second lining piece on top of the first with the right sides of the fabric facing inward.Joining the Lining Pieces
1) Grab both lining pieces. Align all of the edges. c. the length. d. Iron each seam flat. b. Sew down the two long sides.com Tenderfeetstitches.
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. a. You now have a tube.com (7) (7)
. Place one lining piece in front of you with the right side of the fabric facing upward.
a buttonhole sewing foot. along the length. Place the main fabric piece in front of you with the short sides at the top and bottom and the WRONG side of the fabric facing you. a measuring device and your seam ripper. Fold the piece in half. c. Unfold. along the center crease. centered along the center crease the appropriate distance: Large bag. a. b. your square of interfacing. along the center crease. center your interfacing 2” from the top edge.5” from the top edge.com (8) (8)
. over the interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the back of your fabric. center your interfacing 2. just left and right of center.
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. 2) You will now sew two ½” buttonholes on the front side of your fabric.Sewing the Buttonholes
1) Grab one of your main fabric pieces. a.blogspot.com Tenderfeetstitches. Small bag. Use your seam ripper to carefully open your buttonholes. and press a crease with your finger along this fold.
Sew down the two long sides. h. f. Place one piece in front of you with the right side of the fabric facing upward. the length.com (9) (9)
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail.Joining the Main Pieces
2) Grab both main pieces. g.com Tenderfeetstitches. Align all of the edges.blogspot. You now have a tube. Iron each seam flat. Place the second lining piece on top of the first with the right sides of the fabric facing inward. e.
Your main fabric tube should still be in-side-out. b. the top. Be sure the piece with the buttonholes is not touching the piece with the label attached.com Tenderfeetstitches. h.blogspot. Turn the piece in-side-out and iron the seam flat. f. d.
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. Align your side seams. Turn your lining fabric tube right-side-out. Slide the lining tube completely inside the main fabric tube.com (10) (10)
. Sew around the top edge. c. e. a. Align the top edges. g. The buttonholes and the label should be at the same end.Joining the Main Fabric and the Lining
1) You will now join the main fabric to the lining by attaching them along the top edge. One should be to the back and the other to the front. i.
a. be sure to finish this seam. g. Sew the bottom edges of your main fabric pieces together. Tuck the lining into your bag. Clip the corners slightly. e. c. Iron your seam.com (11) (11)
. Be sure your bag is in-side-out. Turn your bag right-side-out and gently push out the corners.blogspot.
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. This will give you nice square corners when you turn the bag right-side-out. For more information on finishing seams please visit my blog. but do not compromise your stitch. Iron if needed. b.Sewing the Bottom Edges
1) You will now close the bottom of your bag. d. f. Sew the bottom edges of your lining fabric together.com Tenderfeetstitches.
This stitch is optional. c.com (12) (12)
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. Be sure you backstitch. Be sure you backstitch.Sewing the Casing
1) You will now create a casing for your cording or ribbon.com Tenderfeetstitches. a. b. This ensures that the top edges stay aligned. Sew one continuous stitch all the way around your bag about ¼” above your buttonholes. about ¼” from the edge. Sew one continuous stitch all the way around your bag about ¼” below your buttonholes. but I like to topstitch around the top edge of the bag.blogspot.
Pull the ribbon to close the bag. Insert the safety pin into one of the buttonholes. f. Work the safety pin around and out the second buttonhole. your cording or ribbon and a small safety pin. Unclip the safety pin and adjust your ribbon until each end is of equal length. Wrap the longer tail around the neck of the bag twice and then tie a knot or a bow. Clip the ends to about the length of the bag and tie a knot near the end of each. starting at the stitch at the top of the casing and continuing to the stitch at the bottom of the casing. Congratulations. Backstitch along this stitch. g. h.com (13) (13)
. Sew a stitch along one of the seams.com Tenderfeetstitches. you’re done!
Tenderfeetstitches@gmail. This seam secures your ribbon so that it cannot be pulled out.blogspot. c. d. e. a. Clip the safety pin to one end of your ribbon. b.Inserting the Cording or Ribbon
1) Grab your bag.