Monday, December 28, 2009

Modified Markt Bag

A couple of International Festivals ago I learned how to make a Japanese Market Bag. In October of this year the Saturday Strippers made a wonderful variation. Instead of using two pieces of fabric, this variation uses an exterior of pieced, pre-cut 2 1/2" strips, an interior of plain fabric and an interlining of batting.

I chose a Jelly Roll made from the Cotton Blossom fabric line from Moda, a lining of flannel and an interlining of Warm 'n' Natural batting. Here's how mine came out:
This bag is huge... about 38" wide by about 50" long. The picture above has a queen size quilt in the bag and there is plenty of room for at least one or two more.

I used flannel for the interior so that the bag, when unfolded could be used for a design wall in a pinch.
I did use the same construction as the original Market Bag while the others in the Saturday group used magnetic snaps to close the top and straps that went all the way around the bag in one continuous loop to carry the bag. Both techniques work equally well.
Once you see the bag all flat it inspires other uses for ths type of bag. How about it made up as a nap mat for an infant, or as a play surface for a toddler or as a beach bag? There are lots of possibilities.

Another UFO off the pile so now its time to do my Chrstmas sewing that I didn't even start until after the holiday. I hope the recipients don't mind!

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