Thursday, October 9, 2014

PROJECT BAG AND TUTORIAL & GIVEAWAY

Do you have bags, totes, tubs or whatever to store your projects in?  I seem to have a smorgasbord of options to store my projects in but I have two favorites.  The first one is this one.  It's an Artbin and I can get them at Joann's or Hobby Lobby or Michaels for $19.99.  However, that's kind of pricey if you have as many projects as I do.  I can get them on sale for 40-50% off and then that makes them a little more affordable.

So I have this project bag that I make as my second choice.  It's about the same size, is lightweight, and see through.  They are quick and easy to make, even with the zipper.


Now let's get started and you too can make a quick project bag for yourself.

You will need:
1 fat quarter
1 piece of fiberglass screen material 18" x 24"
1 14" zipper
matching thread

Begin by cutting 4 - 3 1/2" x 18" strips from the fat quarter.


Cut the fiberglass screen fabric 18" x 24".  I buy mine at Walmart in the hardware department.  It comes in various widths and lengths but I like to buy the 36" width.  I can cut a piece 24" long by 36" wide and then cut it in half to have two pieces and no waste. 



The first step is to sew the zipper.  Take 2 strips, sandwich the zipper between them, centering the zipper length along the edge of the fat quarter.  Using your zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew through all 3 layers 1/4" from the edge down the right side.  I like to unzip my zipper about halfway, sew it, stop with my needle down in the fabric and carefully zip the zipper up and finish sewing the seam.  This way I don't have to worry about sewing around the zipper pull and getting a crocked seam. 



Now pull both strips wrong sides together and top stitch on the right side of the fabric.  This keeps the band from catching in the zipper teeth later.


Repeat the same process for the other two strips and the other side of the zipper tape.


Press under 1/2" on all 4 of the raw edges of the strips lengthwise.


Lay the 18" length side of the screen fabric between the two strips aligning the edge of the screen with the edge of 1/2" seam allowance you pressed under.  Pin in place and sew down the length.  I like using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine for this.






Unzip the zipper at this point.  It is important not to forget to do this.


Lay the unit down on a flat surface, right side of zipper down.  Now flip the band section over on top of the screen.  Bring the opposite edge of the screen up to the band section.  Align the screen with the 1/2" seam allowance you pressed under.



I like to place my 24" ruler in between the band and the bottom screen fabric so that I can pin without catching the bottom screen fabric.


Sew this side down with the decorative stitch as before.  If you zip it shut, you now have a tube of band/screen fabric.


Unzip the zipper again and lay the zipper along the edge of your cutting mat and square along the sides to  15 1/2" wide.


Sew 1/4" seam allowance down the side of the bag, starting at the top zipper band part and sewing down to the fold of the screen at the bottom.  Back stitch at both ends to secure your stitches.  


I like to sew an overcast stitch next to the seam line, such as a zig-zag or overlock stitch.  (I guess it's the seamstress in me).  Repeat for both sides.


Turn right side out and Tah Dah!  Your project bag is complete.  It is the perfect size for 12" finished blocks.



If your blocks are bigger, you can make the bag bigger by lengthening the 3 1/2" strips, the mesh, and a longer zipper.  I've also made them smaller for crayons, makeup bags, etc.  The possibilities are endless with them.  

So now, who would like to win one of these already made up?  Just leave me a comment and tell me how you store your projects.  I'll use random number generator to pick a winner next week and I'll ship anywhere.  Be sure you're not a no-reply commenter or leave me your email in your comment.  I can't give you something if I can't contact you.  

And don't forget about the next blog hop coming your way in just over a week.






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32 comments

  1. I am looking forward to the next blog hop. I store my projects in whatever I have available especially my fruit containers. It drives hubby crazy when he sees all the berry containers in my sewing room

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  2. I see storage potential in many things! I most frequently use Rubbermaid containers in a variety of sizes, hand made and store purchased baskets, and vinyl project bags similar to your bag made and sold by a local quilt shop. Of course there are lots of tote bags around for taking projects to sew ins with friends for a few hours and knitting, and...... You know the list is long!

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  3. Cool bag. I've limited myself to a dozen artbin boxes, although 3 more could fit on the shelf. The rest of my projects/ufos are in gallon or two gallon zip bags or packaging I've saved from new linen.

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  4. You know I told you when my birthday is, and I wanted the bag you made from Creepy Carol's pattern....the one Angela won...she gave it to me, !!!

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  5. I use whatever is handy, usually ziplock bags. I like your idea of using the screen.

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  6. I love this bag idea...thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I LOVE this idea. I store mine in ziplock bags.

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  8. I store mine in ziplock bags and unused pizza boxes

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  9. You name it, I store stuff in it! I have some boxes similar to the ArtBin purchased at Costco. They also have deeper boxes that I use. Thanks for the tutorial-- now I can use up my pet screen I never used when the screen bags were all the rage!

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  10. I use whatever is available to store my projects. I do like the scrapbooking boxes like yours from Michael's but as you point out they are very expensive unless you catch a sale or have a coupon. I also use zippered freezer and storage bags, too. Some online companies send your order in the nicest resealable bags. I love your mesh bag and I am going to find the polyester mesh screen we have leftover from repairing tent windows. I knew it had to have other uses than just for windows. Thanks for sharing the terrific idea.

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  11. Love your bag Doris! I use mostly small bins (easier for me to maneuver) and zip locks. I did get a pattern for a project bag using vinyl but like the screen idea better. It allows the fabric to breath.

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  12. That's a really cute idea. I like to store my projects in clear plastic bins like yours only I purchase the cheapo ones without the handles. I must say though, I really like the handles on yours.

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  13. I store my projects in Rubber Maid Totes, Or plastic shoeboxes, and plastic stack-able drawers. Fave thing for keepin Quilt Blocks nice are freash clean Pizza Boxes! Our pizza place will give me a few free when I ask. Have the small & X-Large pizza sized boxes! Work super! :)

    Would be delighted to have one of your storage bags! Sooo Cool!

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  14. I store my projects in totes. When I run out of those I use 2 gallon ziplock bags. Thanks so sharing this tutorial.

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  15. Great bag - thanks for the tutorial! I'm hoping I can find the screen fabric here in the UK!

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  16. My projects are stored in a variety of tote bags and ziplock baggies. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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  17. I use the art bins too, but I love your solution!

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  18. What an awesome idea. I would never have thought of sewing with screen material. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I store my projects in piles , in plastic tubs and drawers.

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  19. I store my projects in zip lock bags usually
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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  20. I use zip lock bags and plastic shoe boxes.

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  21. I store specific projects in bins similar to yours, also use the plastic bags you get sheets/comforters/blankets in or extra large ziploc bags.

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  22. Great little storage bag! I usually put my blocks on a pants hanger with the clamps and hang in the closet. But one edge always gets bunched up :( Thanks for the chance.

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  23. I store my projects in clear plastic boxes. However, they are a bit bulky to take on the go! This project bag would be PERFECT to solve that problem. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I use the bags that sheets come in the ones with zippers and clear totes..

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  25. I use Ziploc bags or the pile and stack method unfortunately.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  26. Hi, Doris - what a great idea so you can see what's actually in the bag! My projects are now in piles on my cutting table - reminds to get 'em done!

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  27. I have projects stored in a variety of things, large plastic grocery sacks, plastic bins, the extra large zip lock bags, boxes, plastic storage towers but nothing as pretty as your bag.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I love this bag. thanks for the tutorial. currently when I travel I use a plastic bag or a pencil bag

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  29. I usually use recycled plastic boxes - Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway!

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  30. I keep projects in clear plastic boxes so that I can tell at a glance what is inside.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  31. Great tutorial. Glad to find your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    non woven fabric bag making machine

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