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Please read all instructions completely before cutting any materials or beginning the project.
Finished bag – approximate measurements:
Top width – 14″ // Height – 16″ // Boxed Bottom – 10″ wide x 4″ deep
Materials needed for 2 color bag:
Materials needed for single color bag:
Additional Materials required to complete BOTH versions:
Step 1 – Piece the Mesh Strips
*If making single color bag, skip to Step 2
Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to piece together your strips, see pictures below – click images for larger pictures:
Step 2 – Mark bag and Apply the Zipper
Helpful hints – refer to the blog tips on using coil zipper
Measure and mark with chalk or other NON-permanent marker 4 1/2″ down from top edge on both sides of the bag, as shown in picture below. NOTE: These marks are where the bag will fold over to form the top edge of the finished bag. Use this information to determine which direction you prefer your zipper to zip — it’s your bag and the choice is yours.
If you have one, change your machine presser foot to a zipper foot. A zipper foot does make it easier but it is NOT necessary to put in a zipper.
Make sure zipper pull is extended past the edge of mesh and out of the way of your presser foot. Sew first side of zipper on as shown.
Un-pin safety pin from one side of top of zipper, close and leave in place on the other side of zipper. Carefully slide zipper back open. Finger press seam allowance toward bag (away from zipper).
Re-secure safety pin to both sides of zipper tape and carefully pull zipper closed.
Pin other side of zipper to the other edge of vinyl mesh, right sides together.
Un-pin safety pin from one side of top of zipper tape. Move zipper pull backward, unzipping until you are past the edge of mesh, resting against the safety pin at the bottom of the zipper.
Finger press seam, pressing seam allowance away from the zipper, toward the bag.
Step 3 – Side Seams
Re-secure safety pin at zipper top. With bag right sides together (wrong side facing you), close the zipper only 1/2 way across the bag as shown.
Pin sides of the bag through mesh and zipper ends to prevent slipping or shifting as shown above.
With bag inside out and pinned at zipper ends in seam allowance, make sure zipper is at least 6″ open. Use 1/2″ seam allowance. Back stitch at beginning and end of seams to secure. Stitch each side of the bag. Use a wide zigzag to finish each side seam and provide additional security.
Step 4 – Box Bottom
Pinch and press side seam into bottom crease until they line up perfectly. Flatten down as shown below.
Pin to secure. Repeat on other side/bottom of bag.
Backstitch to secure at beginning and ending — stitch across each marked line.
Trim corners off to form 1/2″ edge. Zigzag to finish and secure each seam allowance.
Reach in through zipper, turn bag right side out. Work corners gently with fingers until they are crisp & sharp looking. Smooth and flatten top of bag.
Step 5 – Set Grommet
Measure to center top of bag, mark center with a straight pin.
Take out one side of the grommet pieces and lay at center top of bag. Move it to the position you want it. I like the top edge of the grommet to be about an inch or so from the top edge of the bag.
Follow grommet package instructions to apply grommet — it’s a SNAP!
Test to see if grommet fits by placing raised center grommet piece into hole–you want a snug fit. If circle is not quite big enough for grommet to fit, trim carefully with craft scissors until you have it just right…you want a snug fit. The package directions are good, so be sure to keep and follow them.
Now just snap on your jumbo carabiner and you are DONE!!
UPDATE: This free pattern/project is no longer available. The designer has removed it due to abuse of usage.
Check out this beauty! Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs has very graciously given the gorgeous Noriko Bag pattern –FOR FREE– on her blog. If you’ve never tried Lazy Girl patterns, here’s your chance to do it FOR FREE! See for yourself why Joan has a HUGE and very loyal fan club. UPDATE: This free pattern/project is no longer available. The designer has removed it due to abuse of usage.
What a lovely gift this bag would make! You probably have everything you need to make it already in your stash. THANKS Joan!
I admit it, I love, love, LOVE Shiva Paintstiks. I mean, what’s not to love about color and texture on fabric? The options are virtually endless! And the new Bosa Nova Bag pattern samples were exquisite!
Here are a few pics for you to enjoy from the Cedar Canyon Textiles Booth at Houston Quilt Market 2008.
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Here are some of the stunning Bosa Nova Bag samples all stitched up and pretty!
I’m so excited about the NEW Bosa Nova Bag pattern by Shelly Stokes for Cedar Canyon Textiles — of Shiva Paintstik fame.
Bosa Nova Bags is a gift bag pattern in 3 sizes. These adorable and absolutely delightful bags are featured on the back
cover of the October Quilting Arts.
Full color fold-out pattern has step-by-step photos and instructions for bags in 3 sizes as well as tips for making custom-size bags.
The pattern uses LazyGirl HandyTabs to create a unique carrier for the bag’s ties. This is an exceptionally ingenious idea!
Receiving a gift wrapped in a Bosa Nova Bag is like getting a double-gift. The beautiful bag can be re-used for years and keeps paper out of landfills.