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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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Windmill Bag

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Windmill Bag
Windmill Bag
Windmill Bag
Windmill Bag
Windmill Bag
Windmill Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • you should feel competent using your sewing machine, and creating your own patchwork design, to work with the given template sizes.
  • The following skills are illustrated and explained carefully with step by step photographs: using freezer paper templates; cutting them out with a 1/4" seam allowance; making a simple tassel; boxing the corners to make a roomy bag; pulling the top of the bag together, using a pleat and button method.

Pattern Description:

I really like to make "useful bags". This one is great to take shopping or to sit and sew groups, as it is capacious, and has a generous internal and external pocket.

I have shown two variations of patchwork which illustrate that your own choice of patchwork designs can be adapted, whether you are a traditionalist, or prefer a more contemporary style.

I really like the fact that the detail of the piecing carries through into the strap, and that the shape of the bag is maintained by the interesting use of buttons, even though the boxed corners mean that there is a generous "gusset" shape to the bag.


  • Fabric: 3/4 metre for main fabric. 1/4 metre of 2-3 different fabrics for the patchwork or scraps from your stash for the patchwork.
  • Wadding: 17" x 17" (twice) and a piece 12" x 10".
  • Lining: 2 squares; one for the front and one for back of the bag, (Approx 16" sq.) This can be measured and cut when required. Pocket lining; approximately 12 x 10. This can be measured and cut when required.
  • Interlining for straps: A strong, medium-heavy weight fabric, such as cotton canvas or upholstery calico (muslin), to inter-line the shoulder straps; (49" x 1") twice.
  • Internal pocket. This is totally optional: 16" square of fabric; one poppa, and one button

You Will Also Need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutting equipment
  • Rotary cutting equipment
  • 16 small buttons (optional)
  • Embroidery threads (floss) for tassel, plus a small bead and a button, for embellishment.