Posted 6th Apr 2017
Make an appliqué shopping bag, perfect for trips to the market to stock up on fresh spring veg.
To make the bag, measure and cut a 100cm x 40cm piece of fabric. Fold it in half lengthways, right sides out and press the fold at. To make the appliqué design, rst measure and cut one 22cm x 15cm piece of khaki or muted green fabric, then measure and cut a 12cm x 15cm piece of lighter green fabric. Iron a piece of fusible Bondaweb onto the back of each fabric.
Download our ‘Runner Bean Bag’ template by clicking here.
Cut out the three template pieces that make up the long runner bean pods and pin them onto the khaki green fabric. Cut them out and remove the pins and templates. Cut out the templates for the three leaves and the stalk and then cut the three beans from the longest runner bean template. Remove the backing paper from the reverse of the long runner bean pods, the leaves and stalk and place them onto the centre of one side of the folded fabric that will make up the bag. Iron all the pieces in place. Stitch around the edge of each runner bean pod with black straight stitch and, if you wish, you can add a few details with black thread using the printed template as a guide.
Next, iron the three pale green beans directly on top of the longest pod, stitch in place with black straight stitches. Use the template as a guide for placing the pieces. Stitch around the edges of the pale green leaves and stalk with a zigzag stitch. You can stitch a few tendrils to the design here if you wish. For a neat nish use a needle to thread and stitch any loose strands of cotton back through to the underside of the fabric, tie them closed with a knot and trim. Unfold the bag and refold so the right sides face together. Pin and stitch the two long sides of the bag closed. Turn the bag right side out and fold the top of the bag over using a 1cm deep double hem inside the bag. Iron and pin closed. Next, make the handles by cutting two 80cm x 9cm long strips of printed fabric. Lay the handles print side down. Fold over 1cm of each side edge and press at.
Next, fold a third of the strip over the top and repeat on the other side so the folds overlap slightly. Press at and stitch closed down the centre of each handle. Pin the handles inside at the top of the bag. Stitch the around the top hem of the bag, stitching the bag handles in place as you go.
Sallskap green and white fabric, £9 per pre-cut 150cm x 300cm length, Ikea.