I bought a pattern the other day at the quilt shop. I don’t normally buy patterns for bags but these humbug bags looked really simple and it gave me a chance to use up the scrap fleece and extra zippers from my thrift store/garage sale finds.
The pattern is so easy. You simply quilt two scraps of fabric together (with batting in between of course) and then sew your zipper on and the ends shut. You can add a handle or a purse loop. You can also make humbug bags in all different sizes for makeup bags, dice bags, etc.
I didn’t add any extra handles on the first three I made. They were my prototypes to show to you and to test out the pattern.
I love the simplicity of these bags! Their shape just gives them a little bit of dimension that makes them pop.
First you cut out your outside fabric, lining fabric, and batting. I made the smallest sized bags so my pieces were about 10×8. I like to use up my scrap flannel and fleece for the batting. Then you make a sandwich with your inner and outer fabrics facing out. Pin in various places so it doesn’t slide around.
The foot on the right is a free-motion foot. You can find both of these at your local Joann Fabrics or online. Make sure you get the right kind for you machine brand. With free-motion quilting, you want to put your feed dogs down! You will be moving the fabric, not your machine.
Also make sure that if you have a speed control on your machine that it is set to the highest speed while free-motion quilting. Slow stitches will cause your bobbin thread to look funny and your stitches will look long and wonky.
When you have your piece quilted, you simply cut it down to the size you need. You sew your zipper onto one end- right sides together. The process is a little tricky but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it.
You can get the full pattern for the humbug bag as a download here.
For another way to add the zipper, Paula has a great tutorial over at Sew little Fabric.