Do you buy fat quarters on impulse with no specific projects in mind? Over this and the next few posts I will be showing you how to make two reversible drawstring project bags, one "scrappy" reversible bag, and some zippered pouches.
Begin by selecting a set of six coordinating (or contrasting!) fat quarters. Feel free to use fabric from big box stores though the fabric is usually not the best quality. Higher quality fabrics have a closer weave which makes them more dense and less see through. These fabrics have a nicer finish and feel and the printing is better. This is really important if using a print with a strong geometric or striped design.
Press the fabrics well before cutting! I like using Mary Ellen's Best Press for this step because it removes the folds in the fabric while adding a light starch for crispness. It makes the fabric much easier to cut and sew.
Now that the fabric is pressed, select 4 fabrics - 2 for the first bag, and 2 for the second bag. The remaining two fabrics we will be using later. My fabric was just barely 21" wide and around 18" tall. This means that the bags can only be 10 1/2" wide. I want to reserve some excess fabrics to use later in the "scrappy" bag so I'm going to start with pieces cut to 10 1/2" wide by 12" high. I cut both pieces of fabric at the same time to ensure they were the same size. First I cut the fabric to 12" x 21" and but the 6" x 21" inch strips aside for the scrappy bag. Then I trimmed the bottom and sides to clean them up and make them straight. The resulting piece was still close to 12" x 21"which I cut into 2 pieces measuring 10 1/2" x 12" . Repeat this process with the other pair of fabrics.