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Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags

with Tara Rebman
Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags
Add spontaneous piecing to your bag of quilting tricks and make a beautiful patchwork tote designed by Tara Rebman.
Learn the theory behind the quilt-as-you-go technique by working your way through a charming potholder before creating the “Tinker” patchwork bag from blocks you create on the fly. Tara shows you how to use scraps from your stash to build out from a single square using a freehanded approach that celebrates the uniqueness of each quilted bag. Whether you prefer straight-line or free-motion quilting, your extemporaneous blocks will blossom as your bag comes to life. Add a simple pocket or follow Tara’s instruction for a painless hidden zipper pocket. Learn how to add material to the bottom of your bag for extra durability and box corners for extra stability. Finish off your quilted bag with a magnetic closure and eye-catching bias binding. Or hand-sew an invisible binding for extra sophistication.
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet Tara and learn the quilt-as-you-go-technique on a potholder - the perfect project to get you started!


Lesson 2. Tinker Tote Preparation & Stitching

  • Prepare your pattern and begin stitching your patchwork bag.


Lesson 3. Creating the Bag Bottom

  • Add your bag's bottom and apply interfacing and leather.


Lesson 4. Pockets

  • Learn how to sew a basic and zippered pocket.


Lesson 5. Flaps

  • Learn multiple ways to add flaps to your bag, including magnetic snaps.


Lesson 6. Assembly

  • Assemble your bag, insert the lining and construct the bag bottom.


Lesson 7. Bias Binding

  • Learn how to create both a visible and hidden binding for your bag.


Lesson 8. Variations

  • Get inspiration on more quilt-as-you-go projects!

"I have never been good at bags, and I generally find the written instructions for bag patterns confusing and frustrating. This is not so with the QAYG Patchwork Bags class. Tara is such a wonderful instructor and she makes it easy to understand what she's talking about. I really enjoyed the video lessons and I made two potholders and a bag already. If you love making bags, or even if you've struggled with bags in the past, I recommend signing up for this class. Thank you Tara for sharing your talents with us!"
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Oklahoma City, OK

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