Waste not want not!! D1 and D2 are all into using up the scraps and left overs in my work cupboard. This book bag is made from the left overs from the" Cat in The Hat" cushion.You can of course purchase fabric specially for the job.If you choose to buy fabric you will need the following
2 fat quarters of chosen fabric and
5 cm of contrast fabric for draw string casing
2m of cord
If you are using the pictures from the panel you will need 50cm of fusible web
Scisssors, Rotary cutter, quilters ruler, Pencil, cutting mat, toning sewing thread,
if you are using left overs you will have 2 pieces of the green backing fabric approx 16" sq ( give or take a bit ) Trim to make them both the same size.From the remaining panel pictures choose two that you like and cut them out. Cut the two pieces of fusible web to the same size and iron onto the wrong side of the picture.Trim the edges and peel away the paper backing from the fusible web.
Fuse the pictures onto the fabric sq positioning them toward the bottom of the square so that the drawstring casoing wont cover the edge of the picture. I machine appliqued the pictures in place using black thread and a blanket stitch. You could do it by hand or use the satin stitch setting on your machine.
Using a ruler and a pencil draw a line alomg the top edge of the squares 1 1/2" from the edge.
Cut 2 pieces of striped fabric 15" x 2" turn under 1/4" on each end press , fold again to make a hem and stitch in place.
Fold the strip in half lengthways wrong side together and press . Open the strip out and press the raw edges in to meet the centre crease.The strip should now measure 1" wide.
With right sides of the bag together . Stitch a 1/4" seam around three sides leaving the top open. Use a zig zag around the edge of the seam to stop the fabric from fraying. Turn right side out. Press under a 1/4" fold at teh top of the bag. Fold the hem over again and press again pin in place and stitch.
Cut the cord into 2 x 1m pieces. Using a safety pin and starting at one side of the bag thread the cord , so that the ends come out on the same side of the bag. Using the remaining cord.start at the opposite side of the bag and thread the second piece of cord the same way. Knot the ends of the cord together on each side.
When you pull on the knotted ends of the cord , the top of the bag will draw clised and the bag can be carried by the cord loops.