Welcome to Part 2 of LoveQuilting.com’s 4 part series on bag making basics. If you missed Part 1, Size, Bottom Reinforcement and Boxing the Corners, click here.
Part 2 is about the pockets on our tote. As with most things in quilting and sewing, there is more than one way to achieve a finished product. Our instructions below are for a patch pocket made with 2 fabrics. The inside fabric will continue to the outside to create an accent band at the top of the pocket. Our bag includes a pocket on the outside of the bag as well as the inside of the bag. You can never have too many pockets!
We will review placement of the pockets in Part 4 – Assembling the Bag.
PART 2 – POCKETS
Our finished pocket size will be 5-1/4″ H x 7-1/4″ W, which is large enough to hold a cel phone similar to an iphone 6 Plus, but can certainly be used for any special items. You will need 2 contrasting fabrics and a small piece of fusible fleece. The fusible fleece provides some body to the pocket so that it doesn’t flop when you put something in it.
Our fabrics for this tote are from the Dance of the Dragonfly collection by Benartex Fabrics.
Identify the fabric that will be the accent band, (this will also be the inside of the pocket), and which fabric will be the main pocket.
Cut Main Pocket 5″ x 8″
Cut Pocket Lining/Accent Band 7″ x 8″
Cut Fusible Fleece 5-1/2″ x 8″.
We made 2 pockets for our tote, one inside and one outside, both with the same fabrics.
With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the inside fabric to the main fabric. Press the seam towards the darker of the fabrics.
Press the pocket in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Open the pocket and place fusible fleece right at the pressed line on the main fabric side of the pocket. Following the instructions with your fusible fleece, press the fusible fleece into place.
Fold the pocket right sides together and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance down each side of the pocket.
Turn right side out and carefully poke the corners so they are crisp corners. Press. Top stitch the top edge of the pocket 1/4” from the top. Repeat for as many pockets as you desire for your bag. Set the pockets aside until we are ready to attach them to the bag outside and lining.
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