Four Leaf Clover Bag Pattern
What You Will Need
1 FQ fabric for outer 1 FQ fabric for lining 1 FQ fusible fleece A small piece of co-ordinating fabric for a pocket (approx. 10” X 4 ½”) 1m ribbon (approx. 3/8”-1/2” thick) 1 magnetic snap closure (1/2” diameter) Usual sewing bits & pieces plus freezer paper & a stitch ripper
When sewing please remember to use ¼” seam allowance throughout (unless otherwise indicated) & backstitch at both ends
STEP 1: Cut your pieces
Trace the template onto the paper (not the waxy) side of your freezer paper With your lining fabric: _ Carefully fold into four & pin around the edge (this will help in a wee moment when you go to cut the fabric) _ Place your template waxy side down onto the folded fabric so that it edges the edge of the fold _ Iron the template onto the fabric (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE WAXY SIDE DOWN otherwise you will make a bit of a mess of your iron ) & cut out your petals _ Unfold the fabric once (so it is still folded over once) & you will see you should have about 4½” down one side. Cut this into two & you should have two strips measuring 2½” X 21” With your outer fabric: _ Repeat all these steps With your fusible fleece: _ Using your petal template as a guide (DO NOT IRON IT ON), cut out four pieces of fusible fleece & fuse to the back of the four outer petals D TIP: When you need to cut out fusible fleece:
Roughly cut out the shape you need Iron the fleece to the back of the fabric IN THE CENTRE ONLY Trim the excess fleece away from the edge of the fabric piece (ideally the fleece should be slightly smaller than the fabric piece) Press again to fuse the piece completely Well done! You now have 4 fantastically fused petals!
_ Cut two strips measuring ¾” X 21” Cut your ribbon in half so that you have two equal pieces Cut 2 pocket pieces from the co-ordinating scrap measuring 4 ¾” X 4 ¼”
STEP 2: Making the pocket
Pin two pocket pieces right sides together Starting approx. 3” in from the edge of a long side, stitch around the pocket & stop approx. 2” from where you started, so you have a 2” gap in one of the long sides of the pocket. (This side with the gap will be the bottom of your pocket, but you don’t need to worry about stitching it up just yet, as you will be stitching all around the pocket in a wee moment) Clip the corners, turn right side out & press.
Place your pocket piece on top of one of your lining petals (with the gap edge to the bottom of your petal) & position in the middle & 1¾”down from the top D TIP: To help you center your pocket
piece: Fold the pocket in half lengthwise & press along the fold Take one of your lining petals & fold in half lengthwise, press along the fold Now position your pocket piece making sure the crease line on the petal matches the crease line on the pocket You now have a perfectly centered pocket!
Pin in place & using an 1/8” seam (or as near as you can to the edge of the pocket piece), stitch around the two sides & bottom of your pocket piece Well done! You should now have a lovely pocket
STEP 3: Inserting the magnetic snap
On the FRONT of the lining petal piece which has the pocket on it, make a small mark 1” down from the top & in the centre Turn the petal over & fuse one of your small pieces of interfacing over the dot. Turn the fabric over so that it is right side up again Take the washer from the magnetic snap and place the center hole on the dot & make 2 marks in the slits on the sides of the washer (this is where the holes will need to be cut) Slit the holes open with the seam ripper (going through the fleece too) & place the prongs through the holes. Turn the fabric over, place the washer over the prongs & bend the prongs toward the middle of the magnet Take another small piece of fusible fleece & fuse on top of the folded prongs (just to protect your fabric a wee bit) Repeat with opposite side of magnetic snap on another piece of petal lining
Step 4: Making the lining of your bag
Pin two lining petals right sides together, carefully making sure the points match. One should have one of the metal snaps on it, the other shouldn’t
Starting at the point of the petal (at the bottom) stitch towards the top of the petal (the flat bit). Repeat for the other two lining petals (making sure that when you put all the petals together the magnetic snaps are opposite each other) Clip your seam allowance a little around the curves (careful not to cut into your stitch line) & press seam open With right sides together, carefully pin the two joined petals to the other two making sure the sewn seams are aligned Stitch all the way round so that your seams all intersect evenly Well done! You’re half way there!
Step 5: Making the outer layer of your bag
Pin two outer bag (& fleece) petals right sides together, carefully making sure the points match Starting at the point of the petal (at the bottom) stitch towards the top of the petal (the flat bit). Stop 1½” from the top & backstitch. Leave a gap of ½” & continue stitching to the top (again backstitching at both ends) Repeat for the other two outer bag petals Clip you seam allowance a little around the curves (careful not to cut into your stitch line) & press seam open With right sides together, carefully pin the two joined petals to the other two making sure the sewn seams are aligned Stitch the two pairs together again stopping 1½” from the top & backstitch, leave a gap of ½” & continue on to the top as you did with the other seams.
Step 6: Making the straps
Take lining fabric straps & fold in half lengthwise wrong sides together. Press along fold Open up and fold in ¼” at each side. Press along fold Open up & place fleece strap along the fabric centering over the middle fold crease. Fold the top edge over the wadding along the top ¼” crease line. Fold the bottom edge over the wadding along the bottom ¼” crease line. Fuse in place Repeat for the second strap
Take outer fabric straps & fold in half lengthwise wrong sides together. Press along fold Open up and fold in ¼” at each side. Press along fold Take one lining/fleece strap & place an outer strap carefully on top WRONG SIDES together. Pin in place Stitch down each side of the strap 1/8” from the edge With right sides together, pin straps to the outer bag centre petals (the one with the magnetic clasps) 1” in from the side seam line Stitch in place with 1/8” seam
Step 7: Putting it all together
Well done! We’re nearly there Thread the ribbon through the openings at the sides of the outer bag & tie a knot in each end Place bag outer (RIGHT SIDE OUT) inside the bag lining (WRONG SIDE OUT) & carefully match up all the seam lines, making sure your handles are tucked down & the ribbon is out of the way Stitch all the way around leaving a 3” gap at one of the side petals Pull the bag through the gap & press along the seam line which joins the lining & outer bag (this means you will be also pressing closed the turning opening) Push the lining into the bag &, starting at one of the side petals, topstitch around the bag edge with 1/8” seam, closing over the turning as you stitch Press the bag again & adjust your ribbons Sit back & admire your work!
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Template for petal
Cut Outer Fabric X 4 Lining Fabric X 4 Fusible Fleece X 4
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