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Di Wells on craftsy.com
South West UK

I am passionate about stitching, and an experienced teacher of quilting, design and crafts. I love supporting and helping students to share my passion.

When I was growing up, there was always ...

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The Essential Little Bag

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : The Essential Little Bag
The Essential Little Bag
The Essential Little Bag
The Essential Little Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should be competent using a sewing machine and using rotary cutting equipment.

Pattern Description:

This is another simple, cross body, zipped denim bag. Interest and detail is provided by the lines of hand stitching, on the front and back of the bag. A denim pocket on the back is a useful addition. The bag is fully lined, and this fabric has also been used for appliqued hearts on the front and back.. The brightly coloured zip adds a final flourish, echoing the colour of the lining.

Techniques taught include needle turn applique using freezer paper, on top; sewing the zip and lining in at the same time, and boxing the corners to give a nice shape.

The little bag will enable you to take just the bare essentials out with you: credit cards; purse; phone; notebook and pencil. I love to be able to carry as little as possible, and when it is in such a stylish bag what more could you ask for!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The finished size is 7 1/2" by 8 1/2 when it is stood on its base


  • Three or four different coloured blue pieces of denim from old jeans.
  • A back pocket from recycled jeans
  • I have a small supply of purchased softer denim which I like to use for the straps.
  • Two pieces of lining
  • Two pieces of soft cotton to make a two layer quilting sandwich
  • Threads for quilting the front and back of the bag
  • Chalk fabric marker
  • Sewing machine, 1/4" patchwork foot; zipper foot and walking foot.
  • 12" zip