Collect 2 pieces of scrap fabric and a ruler & follow this decor

Scrap fabric bin overflowing? Turn a few fat quarters into an adorable, all-purpose bag. This quilted pouch with zipper closure is a pretty and practical way to wrangle makeup, charger cords or other small items. Make one to organize your tote bag, one for your travel toiletries and one to give to a friend.
One of the joys of this project is playing around with quilting techniques without having to invest in a big, expensive machine. Simply freehand the design on the fabric using the standard presser foot on your sewing machine. It also doesn’t matter what size fabric scraps you use, as this project easily adapts to whatever material you have available.
- 2 pieces scrap fabric
- Cotton batting
- Rotary cutter
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Ruler
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Thread
- Scissors
- Zipper
- Marking pencil
- Serger (optional)
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1. Fold a piece of fabric in half, and place it on the cutting mat.
2. Using a ruler as a straight edge, trim the raw edges of the fabric with a rotary cutter. Repeat for the second piece of fabric and the cotton batting, cutting both pieces the same size as the first piece.
3. Pin together the fabric with the cotton batting in the middle. Baste all four sides to hold the three pieces together.
4. Quilt the fabric in a free-form pattern or simply sew straight lines across the fabric with a few inches of space between each line.
5. Place the fabric on the mat. Using a ruler as a straight edge, trim the edges of the fabric with a rotary cutter to square up all the edges.
6. Cut the fabric in half, and baste the cut edges.
7. Turn the zipper upside down. Pin one edge of the zipper to the top edge of a piece of fabric, with the right side of the fabric facing up.
8. Sew the zipper in place using the sewing machine's zipper presser foot.
9. Trim the seam allowance on the fabric. Fold back the zipper so it’s facing right side up, and topstitch through the fabric and zipper using a standard presser foot. Repeat with the second piece of fabric.
10. Cut a square out of the bottom corner of each side of the bag. The size depends on the size of the bag. The larger the bag, the larger the squares should be. The video tutorial shows squares that are 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
11. Make sure the zipper is at least partially open. Fold the right sides of the bag together, and pin the sides and the bottom edge together.
12. Sew the sides and bottom edge, but not the corners you cut in step 10. Serge or use a zigzag stitch on the sides and bottom edge.
13. Flatten the corners and pin them together to give the bag a more defined shape and a flat bottom.
14. Sew the corners of the bag together. Serge or use a zigzag stitch on the corners.
15. Turn the bag right side out through the open zipper.

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