Boutique Shopper

Hi! I’m so glad that I can finally post this tutorial! As you can see, from the above picture, that this bag was made during the sunny summertime. It is no longer summer where I live.
Have fun making this bag. It is a great Carry-all!
Hope you like it!

Layer Cake,
1 and 3/4 yards Moda Muslin
2 yards Large Cording,
16 Extra Large Eyelets / Grommets
1/3 yd Peltex 71 for bag bottom
Step 1– Choose 6 Layer Cake squares for the front of your bag, and 6 for the back of your bag. Don’t worry about the size of the bag just yet. It is a large bag, but not as large as the squares laid out make it seem.

Step 2- Sew your front pieces together, and your back pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to press your seams flat.

Step 3- Cut a 4 & 1/4″ square out of the bottom corners of the front and back pieces.

Step 4- Using your front piece as a pattern, cut 4 pieces of muslin. 2 will be a flat lining for the outside of the bag, and 2 will become the bag lining.

Step 5- Flat line the outer bag pieces by laying one bag piece (right side up) onto one of your muslin pieces. Sew around the entire outside of the piece at a scant 1/4″.
Step 6– Preparation for outside and inside pockets. Pick 4 more layer cake pieces.

A– Layer them in pairs.

B– Mark a line down the center of the square, and sew 1/4″ on each side of the line.
C– Cut on the drawn line and press. Take one of each pair and pair these together.
D- Mark a line down the center again, and stitch 1/4″ on each side of the line. Cut on the line, and press.

Repeat with other pair.

Step 7– Pocket Construction.

1– Select 2 of your mixed squares.

2– Place right sides together.

3– Sew around the square at 1/4″. Make sure you leave a 3″ opening for turning right side out. 4– Clip corners and turn right side out. Fold opening in 1/4″ and press seams flat.

Repeat with other set of mixed squares

Step 8- Center Pocket, on the bag front, 4″ down from top edge. Be sure to place the 3″ opening on the side, or the bottom of the pocket.
Step 9– Top Stitch down sides, and across the bottom at 1/8″ and 1/4″.
Step 10- Center the other pocket, on one of your Lining pieces, following the same process as you did for the outside pocket.

Step 11– Lining Construction. Place other lining piece on top of lining piece with pocket, right sides together. Sew down sides, and across the bottom. On the bottom, leave a 5″ opening in the center for turning right side out. (Leave cut out squares unsewn).
Step 12– Squaring bottom of bag. Match the bottom of side seam with the bottom seam.
Step 13– Sew across the opening, and do the same to the other side.
Repeat steps 11- 13 with outer bag pieces. (No need to leave an opening in the bottom of the outer bag)
Step 14– Lining the purse. Place the Bag (right side out), into the lining (wrong side out).
Line up the side seams, and the top edge.
Step 15-Sew around the top edge with a 2″ seam allowance. Turn the bag right side out and press top of bag.
Step 16– Edge stitch the top of the bag at 1/8″. Top stitch the bag at 1 & 1/2″.
Step 17- Eyelet/Grommet placement. Measure 2″ from side seam and mark the spot. Measure another 2″, mark. 2″, Mark. 2″, Mark. Do this on the opposiste side of the seam, and on the other side of the bag.
Install Grommets according to manufacturer’s directions
Step 18-Thread cording through the grommets. I have a special method of connecting the ends of the cording to each other. DUCT TAPE. It sounds strange, but it is the easiest way. REALLY!
Step 19- Now you are going to want to cover up the tape, so we’re adding some cute little Handle grips.
With another layer cake piece, Cut 4 pieces at 3″ x 5″.
With 2 pieces, right sides togetrher, sew short ends at 1/4″.
Turn right side out and press seams. Fold one end in 1/4″ and press.
Repeat with other pieces.

Step 20– Fold Handle grip around one handle. Tuck raw end into folded end, and handstitch it in place.

Step 21-If you want a more structured bottom to your bag-

1– Measure the bottom of your bag.

2- Cut 2 pieces of peltex to that measurement, and stitch them together.

3– Stuff the peltex pieces through the hole in the bottom of your bag, and sew the bag closed.

If you prefer it unstructured just sew the bottom of the lining closed with your sewing machine.

Load it up and go Shopping!!

1 Layer Cake will make 2 Large bags

I had so much fun with this tutorial. I love to make bags. I can never have too many bags. They always fit…no matter how many cookies I eat!!

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Love~ Lola

Rose Lantern

Hello! It’s Lola….again!! I know that it hasn’t been very long since my last Bake Shop,but I just had to hurry and get a few ahead. These next few weeks/months are going to be crazy with Quilt Market rapidly approaching……yikes!! I hope you like it!

10″ Chinese lantern
11 Fat quarters or 1-Jelly Roll
Adjustfabric quantity if you are using a different size lantern.

Step 1-Cut fat quarters into 2.5” x 22″ strips. If you are using a jelly roll cut the strips in half so they are 22-ish inches long.

Step 2-Fold each strip in half, and run a gathering stitch along the bottom, securing at one end. You can use a machine, or do it by hand.
I did it by hand so that I could make the rosettes while I was waiting for kids at soccer, dentist, football, etc.

Step 3-Pull gathering threads, and curl strip into a rose.

Step 4- Apply Hot Glue to the back of a rose and randomly stick it onto the Chinese lantern
Step 5- Keep gluing them on until the lantern is FULL.
Step 6– Hang, and adore!

1 lovely Be-rosed Lantern. Wouldn’t this be great in a girls room?

I’m putting mine in my studio because it makes my heart go pitter-pat!
These roses would also be fabulous on a pillow!! (Thanks for the idea Angela!)
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Binder Cover

Wow! This is my first Moda Bakeshop tutorial!

Since it is the beginning of the School year, I decided to do a School type project!

I hope you enjoy this SIMPLE pattern that I use to cover my Inspiration journals.


Feel free to email me if you have any questions:

-8 Simple Abundance Layer Cake Pieces

-1 Fat Quarter of Moda Muslin or Simple Abundance

1/2″ Seam Allowance unless otherwise stated in instructions.

Step 1- You will need one of those cheap 1″ binders. This one is a nasty shade of blue that refused to take a good photograph! When opened flat, it will measure about 12″ x 22″

Step 2- Pick out 8 coordinating Layer Cake pieces for this project.

(put the rest of them away until you are finished—to avoid confusion..believe me.)

Select three to become the outside cover, and cut them in half. Set them aside for a minute.

Step 3- Get another of your Layer Cake pieces to use for the spine of the Binder. Cut it into 2 pieces that are 4″ x 6 1/2″. Sew them, RST, at one end. Press seam flat.

Step 4- Get the Front and Back cuts, and sew them together as pictured below. After you have pressed the seams, sew the spine pieces in the center.

Step 5– We are going to make the inside flaps out of the remaining 4 pieces. Take one of the layer cake pieces and cut two 3″ x 10″ pieces. Sew these to the tops of 2 Layer Cake pieces.

Step 6- Choose one of these inside flap pieces to be on the left flap. (The flap that is inside the front cover.) We are going to make a pocket out of the last Layer Cake piece by folding it in half, and pressing it on the fold. Place the raw edges along the bottom.

Step 7- Fold the right edge, of this whole flap piece, under 1/2″ and press. Take the other flap piece, and fold the left edge under 1/2″ and press.

Step 8- Top stitch down these folded edges at 1/8″ and 1/4″. I sewed a pencil/scissors section into the pocket. You can sew as many sections as you need.

Step 9– Lay the outside piece on top of your muslin, and cut it to size.

Step 10- Make a sandwich. Lay the Outside face up, with the flap pieces face down and seams towards the center.

Step 11- Lay the Moda Muslin on top of it all, and sew around the edges with a

1/4″ seam allowance.

Leave a 3″ opening, at the spine fabric, for turning right side out.

Step 12- Clip the corners close to the stitching line, and turn right side out. Press the opening in 1/4″ so that it matches the rest of your seam line. Edge Stitch it closed.

Step 13– Put the cover on your ugly….uninspiring binder.

You will have to bend your binder backwards to get it on both sides.

Step 14– Ta-Dah!!! Look how cute it is! If it is too big, you can top stitch the edges to make it tighter. ( If it is too small….uhhhhh….cram it in there really hard!)

You can get 5 binder covers out of a Layer Cake.
I think these would be great for your Inspiration Journals, Recipe Books, Scrap Books, etc.

Mine is already full!

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