My granddaughter came over last week and I showed her how to make the Rag Bag Tote. She brought over the fabric she wanted to use and I asked her what size she wanted to make her tote and we figured out how many squares she needed to cut. After deciding the size, I showed her how to use my quilt ruler and cutter to cut the strips of fabric and how to run the fabric through the Big Shot with the Scallop Square Clear Die 9This die is on page 207 of Stampin' Up!'s 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog – #115950) and I told her if she needed help with this step to ask – no help needed!
When she finished cutting the squares (fabric and batting) I showed her that she needed to stritch an "X" on each square set (fabric outside, batting, fabric Lining) and how to sew continuously without cutting your thread between each square.
View of stacked squares waiting to be sewed.
After this step was completed, she arranged the squares in a pattern she liked for the front back and sides.
At this point we stopped for lunch. After lunch she began sewing the squares into rows, and then into the 3 main pieces, front, back, and side-bottom-side piece.
While Aimee was sewing the squares and strips, I cut the straps and closure. Straps are 3" x 30" – 2 are needed. and 1 1/2" x 8" for the closure.
Once these were completed, Amiee sewed embellishments to the front of her tote As you can see in the picture above.
Here are the three sections before sewing them together:
Aimee wanted me to sew the straps as she was not sure she could sew so close to the edge and straight. I did that for her, although I am sure she could have done it. We pinned the straps and button closure in place and she sewed the finishing seam.
The completed Rag Bag Tote! Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial. Thanks for stopping by my blog and come back soon.
Whether you have a closet full of fabric or want to try using fabric for the first time, Stampin' Up!'s Bigz dies can help you make pretty, quick, and easy projects. Here is a fabric pin I created with fabric purchase off the bargain racks at a fabric store. All you need is Your Big Shot (113439) $99.95, Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Flower Folds Die (115970) $42.95, and for this project I used Stampin' Up!'s Pretties kit (109114) $29.95 for the center flower (which I dyed with our reinkers) and the half-backed pearl.
Fabric Pincushion with Scalloped Circle Die
Another project made with leftover fabric from my closet! I used the Scallop Circle (113468) Die and cut 2 piecle of fabric and two pieces of Warn n Natural cotton batting (all at one time!). Then sewed partially, stuffed with poly fill and finished sewing. Time less than 10 minutes. How is that for quick and easy!
If you enjoyed these projects check out my Rag Bag Tote Here. Have a great day and try something new.
Well I finally took the plunge and made a "Rag Bag: tote! I used 27 stitched scalloped squares to creat the bag. They are very quick to make and the cutting couldn't be easier! Just use the Big Shot to cut up to 8 layers of quilting cottons at one time and I cut 4 layers of batting at a time. So pass the die through the Big Shot twice and you have enough material and batting cut for 4 squares. Each square consists of an outside layer, batting, and lining. Here is a picture of the finished product:
Here is a detail picture of the squares:
This is a picture to the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Die which is used to make the rag bag purses/totes, as well as pin cushions, coasters, etc. What can you make with this die?
I am working on a picture tutorial for my customers and hope to have that ready in a few weeks. I may have a class making the smaller version — Rag purse which uses only 19 squares. You can wash the purse/tote before use to get the "rag bag" effect, or do not wash and it will not have that softer raggy look.
HERE I used the die to cut this candy bar holder made from cardstock.
Did you know that you can cut many different materials with the Big Shot? Here is a list of 50 materials:
Big Shot Materials List for Bigz and Originals Dies
The following materials work well when creating die cuts with the Big Shot machine and Bigz and Originals dies. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. As a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.
Thick chipboard (59 mil)
Balsa wood (3/32")
Bass wood (1/16")
Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
Static cling vinyl
Clear acetate (20 mil)
Embossed metallic paper
Basketball embossed paper
Faux alligator textured paper
Self-adhesive glitter paper
Soft plush fabric
Warm & natural batting
Self-adhesive craft metal
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Pop up sponge
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)
Enjoy playing with your Big Shot! Another Big Shot class will be posted soon check my calendar in the upcoming weeks for updated schedule.