This is a fun project to make using scraps, jelly rolls, or the leftovers you saved from following the previous Fun with Fat Quarters blog post and the free Reversible Drawstring Top Bag pattern. After making your two bags from the six fat quarters, you should have the pieces shown below (two full size pieces, and four pieces approximately 6" by 21".)
In this instance, the pink full fat quarter is about one inch narrower than the rest of the pieces so it will be reserved for the lining of the zippered pouches we will do next time. The other piece, the green with the circles, will form the inside of the bag and the outside of the bag will be made by piecing strips together.
The four strips of fabric should be approximately 6" by 21". It doesn't matter for this project if they are bigger or smaller. Cut two 2 1/2" strips from each of these four fabrics. If your remaining bits of fabric are at least 1", put them aside to play with next time.
Cut two 2 1/2" by 21" strips from each of the two remaining fat quarters. Select two groups of three fabrics and arrange them however you please. I like to see how the groupings will look in the finished project by laying the groups out as shown below.
Once you have an arrangement that is pleasing, sew the strips together into the groups of three and press both seams to one side. One set of fabrics will be called group A and the other group B.
Cut three pieces measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" from one of the Group A fabrics and one piece the same size from the remaining Group A fabric. Hold the remaining large piece (approximately 6 1/2" by 14") in reserve for the zippered pouches. Repeat this with the Group B fabrics.
Using two fabric squares from Group A and two from Group B, arrange the fabrics as shown below (think of a pinwheel as you arrange them).
Sew the upper two blocks together using 1/4" seam allowance and press the seam towards the fabric with no seams as shown to the right. Repeat for the lower two blocks.
Now you will sew the upper section to the lower section. Notice how the seams you pressed are pointing in opposite directions? This is a GOOD thing! You can use the bulk from these seams to your advantage in lining up the centers so that the seams match in the middle. Using your fingers, scootch the fabrics together - you can feel when the seams match up. Clip or pin in place here, then continue clipping or pinning to the outside edges. Sew these seams and press them open this time.
Now we are going to follow the pattern for the Reversible Drawstring Bag. Cut one of the remaining large pieces of fabric into two pieces approximately 10 1/2" x 12" (or larger if you have enough fabric). The piece of the fabric with green circles that I have remaining measures 13" x 21" and my scrappy square is 12 1/2" X 12 1/2", so I cut my green circle fabric into two pieces measuring 10 1/2" x 12 1/2".
Then I trimmed the scrappy square (that is already 12 1/2" tall) to 10 1/2" wide. I lined up the center seam and measured out 5 1/4" from that seam and trimmed the right side and repeated the process on the left side.
Assemble the bag following the pattern directions, beginning at Step 2. Before you know it, you are done! I love using these bags for small knitting project such as hats, socks and shawls. How will you use yours?