Once your bag is quilted, it's time for the finishing touches. See how to close the sides, add a strap and sew the inner pocket using ladder stitches. Finally, close your bag with a sew-in snap to complete it. Now you're ready to show it off!
Learn clever ways to mark quilting patterns and set yourself up for smooth stitching. Start with grid-based designs, from basic sawtooth to curvy clamshell, and see how to mark using chalk or water-soluble pens. Afterwards, find out how to use transfer paper and a tracing wheel to mark diamond and fan designs.
Discover two smart ways to thread your needle as you explore the mechanics of big-stitch quilting. See how to pop your knots to the inside as you finish each thread. Jessica shares tips for efficient stitching in multiple passes, allowing you to find your flow as you go.
Jessica guides you to sew the three sections of the bag together to form a color-blocked outer clutch. After that, assemble the top, quilt batting and lining to create the clutch. Topstitch in a few key spots to simplify construction later.
Start by choosing the fabrics for your project, keeping in mind the quilting designs you'll select later. Pick one of three flap shapes: envelope, curved or straight. Then prepare and cut your fabric pieces.
Learn the basics of big-stitch hand-quilting as you create a cute clutch handbag (with optional strap), which makes a great beginner project. Fiber artist Jessica Marquez walks you through the process,. Choose from a variety of flap shapes, stitch patterns and fabrics for a one-of-a-kind quilted creation.
Jessica  Marquez
Jessica Marquez
Fact: sewing your quilt (or a smaller project, like pillow tops and table runners) by hand provides a soft finish that really can’t be achieved by machines. Not to mention there isn't anything that beats the zen of sewing something with needle and thread. If you're interested in trying the craft, these tips — along with the right supplies — can help you get started.
Sherri McConnell
By manipulating the fabric to compress some portions of it, you'll change the drying time and hence the depth of color in different sections.
Simple table salt will draw pigment away from the fabric as it dries to create unique patterns.
When your printed fabric doesn't look as you expected, review Jane's suggestions for what to try differently.
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