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Heart-Felt Bag

This felt handbag is an adorable, easy-to-make accessory.

Heart-Felt Bag

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2009

materials

  • Wool felt

  • Rotary cutter and mat

  • Double-sided iron-on adhesive

  • Decorative quilting cotton

  • Sewing machine

  • Coordinating thread

  • Pins

  • Iron

  • Magnetic-snap closures

  • Scissors

  • Fabric glue

steps

  1. Cut a piece of 11-by-17-inch felt. Cut a piece of double-sided iron-on adhesive slightly larger.

  2. Iron adhesive onto decorative quilting cotton and trim around the paper-backed adhesive. Peel the paper backing away and iron the cotton onto the felt piece, following the adhesive manufacturer's instructions. Trim around the felt piece.

  3. Cut four 1/2-inch-wide 6-inch strips of felt. Match two together, pin, and sew down the center lengthwise with a zigzag stitch to create half of the bag handle. Repeat to create the other half.

  4. Lay the cotton-backed felt with the cotton side facing up. Fold 1 inch down on both short sides and press.

  5. Attach a magnet closure to the flap on each side. Pin a handle piece in place at the center of each short side.

  6. Using a zipper foot and less than a 1/8-inch seam allowance, stitch the folded sides down to create a hem at each short end, being sure to catch the strap piece in the seam.

  7. Fold the piece in half with felt sides facing. Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew up the sides of the bag. Create a 2-inch gusset at the bottom of each corner.

  8. Turn the bag right-side out and sew the bag handle pieces together in the center to form a heart shape.

  9. Print template and trace hearts onto different colors of felt. Cut hearts from felt and use fabric glue to attach to bag.

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