Workshop 2: Easy Fat Quarter Shoulder Bag

Today I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon sewing with two terrific young ladies, McKenna and Ellie.  Sewing with friends is so much fun, and the enthusiasm these young sewists brought to my house still has me feeling bubbly.  This was officially the second Carried Away Quilting workshop, as McKenna, my daughter Haley and I had a pillow case making workshop a few weeks ago. Today\’s project, the Easy Fat Quarter Shoulder Bag, is a free tutorial on my blog.

McKenna is jumping right into this hobby with both feet. She is collecting fat quarters and purchasing sewing supplies, and she has lots of ideas for projects she\’d like to tackle.  Ellie has already pieced beautiful quilts for both grandmothers and her brother! I was so impressed with the fact that she also did her own hand binding, and it was AWESOME!  The future is bright for both of these funny, smart, motivated young ladies!

When we completed the pillow cases in August, McKenna suggested that our next workshop project should be a shoulder bag . . . something with a long handle that you could wear across your chest with the bag landing near your hip.  The challenge for Taunja was on . . . come up with a pattern that is straight forward, teaches some basic bag making and sewing techniques, and can be accomplished in a couple of hours.  To keep things simple, I settled on a concept that would use just three fat quarters.  The girls had their assignments:  purchase three coordinating fat quarters, pack up their sewing supplies and meet at my house on  September 13, ready to roll.  I had my assignment: write the pattern, test it myself, and get ready for my sewing day with  young friends. Woo hoo!

We had a great afternoon and I think their Easy Fat Quarter Shoulder Bags turned out great. Check out the pictures below.  I am so proud of these girls.  I\’ve included a free tutorial on my blog if you would like to make your own bag.  If you are on Instagram, be sure to post your bag using this hashtag:  #easyfatquartershoulderbag

Thanks for reading!  Here\’s hoping you get carried away quilting, often! 


Lots of pinning because Taunja is nuts about pinning!

McKenna working on the outer bag piece.

Ellie getting her outer bag pieces joined.

My favorite part . . . turning the bag out and seeing the finished product!


Three happy girls (well 2 happy girls and 1 happy \”older\” girl).

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