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    The “Hawaiian” bag

    It’s spring, at last, the sun comes out more and more frequently and twinkles between the tree branches. Soon, the emerald-green verdure will appear and nature will dress in the rainbow colors. Time has come to sew a new vibrant-colored bag for the spring-summer season. Read this step-by-step tutorial to know how.

    Black bag with red, yellow, green and blue embroidery

    For this job, you’ll need:

    • ScanNCut – an electronic cutting machine
    • Iron-on contact sheet for the appliqué
    • A piece of black fabric 82 x 50 cm
    • Two brightly colored zippers, each 18°cm long
    • Hot melt glue voluminous adhesive for making the bag harder
    • 4 pieces of bright sole-colored fabrics 15 x 15 cm each
    • 4 appliqué printouts, 13 x 13 cm
    • You can download them on the Web
    • Black and colored sewing threads

    The “Hawaiian” bag: cutting out the panels

    Cut the panels of the future bag out of the black fabric:

    • 4 pieces,15 x 15 cm each, for the appliqué
    • 2 pieces, 62 x8 cm each, for the bag's top and bottom
    • 1 piece, 23 x11 cm, 1 piece, 23 x 8 cm, 1 piece, 23 x12 cm, for the insert on the back side
    • 4 pieces, 23 x 12 cm each, for the pockets
    • 1 piece, 82 x5 cm, for the top of the bag
    • 2 pieces, 70 x 10 cm each, for the handles

    The “Hawaiian” bag: preparing the fabric for ScanNCut

    Take an iron and press the hot melt glue backing to the wrong side of the 15 x 15 cm piece of fabric; the sticker with a picture of an iron should be facing up.

    Contact sheet with an iron

    Contact sheet manual

    After the fabric has cooled, peel off the protective paper from the wrong side of the fabric. Secure the fabric on the cutting mat and do the test cut (blade length 5, pressure 3). If the test cut was successful (the fabric was cut and the mat wasn’t), proceed to the next step.

    Contact sheet and fabric

    Brother cutting mat

    Stick the printout onto your mat. Select Direct Cut. The machine will scan the surface of the mat and the image will appear on the screen. Select the image No 3 and save it.

    Brother ScanNCut scanning mat

    Brother ScanNCut screen

    Now go to the Saved Objects and open the saved file on your screen. Check if the image was scanned correctly. Sometimes the machine adds extra dashes and lines while scanning. Select them and press Del.

    Secure the fabric and scan the surface of the mat. Place the image so that it doesn't cross the edges of the fabric. Cut.

    ScanNCut fabric on scanning mat

    Brother ScanNCut screen

    Black fabric on ScunNCut scanning mat

    Using a spatula, designed specifically for this purpose, detach the fabric from the mat. You can make two appliqué pieces from this cutout. I used the outer side for my bag. Put the appliqué piece on top of the bright sole-colored fabric and iron it. In the same fashion, cut the rest of the appliqué pieces and press them with the iron to the fabric.

    Black cutout for applique

    Cutout for applique

    Yellow applique with iron

    Position all four pieces edge-to-edge. This will get you a rectangle 60 x 15 cm in size. Cover the edges with a black strip of fabric 1 cm wide. Iron the strip.

    Four-colored applique

    The “Hawaiian” bag: appliqué

    Select the quilting mode on your machine. Choose the buttonhole stitch or something similar. Stitch the appliqué with black threads perimeter-wise.

    Red and blue applique pieces

    Yellow and red applique pieces

    Press it with the iron and trim the edges.

    Blue and red applique

    The “Hawaiian” bag: sewing the bag

    Prepare the back panel. Sew the patches and zippers to it. On the wrong side, sew the pockets to the zippers.

    Red and blue zippers

    Red and blue zippers on black fabric

    Two pieces of black fabric with padding

    Panels of the bag

    Sew two strips of black fabric, 62x8 cm each, to the top and bottom of the appliqué. Attach the inset with the pockets to the bag and draw the lines for stitching 1 cm apart.

    Semi-finished bag

    Stitch with colored threads as marked. Fold the panel so that it makes a circle and stitch.

    Almost finished bag

    Part of the Hawaiian bag

    Hawaiian bag wrong side

    Pin the handles to the top edge. Sew the border, stitching along the edge on the right side of the bag.

    Hawaiian bag with red and blue zippers

    Hawaiian bag with red and blue zippers and handle

    Prepare the bottom of the bag. You can sew it from the appliqué leftovers. Sew the bottom to the bag.

    Many-colored bag bottom

    Hawaiian bag padding

    Add the lining and the bag is ready.

    Hawaiian bag ready for use

    Original text by Olga Milovanova 

    Edited by Irina

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