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Hidden Wells

I’ve been wanting a quilted jacket, that fits – emphasis on “fits”. I’ve made several in the past and there’s always something off – too short, too long, too tight. I found a jacket pattern I liked and decided on the quilt block: Hidden Wells. This is the same one I used for my first quilt in 1992 – Hidden Wells by Mary Ellen Hopkins. Not finding it in the Suitcase of Curious Patterns, I looked online and came across an excellent tutorial by Alena Diamon. From her description of the original 1989 ‘folder’, I remembered where I’d stored mine! In the Binder of Eventually Useful Ideas!

Using Alena’s shortcuts and Mary Ellen’s tips, I made a test unit of Hidden Wells. It worked. (This is where I got sidetracked on the bag patterns in the two most recent posts, as I also made a lined bag out of the first test unit.) After some tweaks to fabric selections and an evaluation of how many units I need, I bought fabric and started on blocks for the jacket.

Meanwhile, to address ‘fit’, I made a prototype from an old quilt. It worked well despite the bulk and I identified one alteration – cut sleeves shorter. I finished the seams on the inside and the next one might be reversible… Off to finish the Hidden Wells units!

 

 

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Lined Bag Pattern

Here’s the pattern for a lined bag! I’d forgotten exactly how I did this, so now I’ve got it written down! If you have questions, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Step numbers correspond to the photos shown above.

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric, each 6”x17”, and a third piece 6”x3”. These are the bag, the lining for the bag, and the casing, respectively.
  2. On the short sides of the casing piece, fold ¼” to the wrong side, and stitch.
  3. Cut the casing piece in half, lengthwise. This gives you the two casings.
  4. Fold the casings in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press.
  5. Matching raw edges, place a casing at each of the short ends of the bag fabric. Lay the lining piece on top of the bag and the casings as shown in the photo. Stitch both ends, thru lining, casing, and bag outside.
  6. Match seams with bag on one side and lining on the other.
  7. Stitch side seams of bag with a ¼” seam, leaving a 3” gap in one of the seams of the lining. Be careful not to catch the casings in the seams.
  8. Turn the bag thru the opening in the lining.
  9. Tuck the lining inside the bag.
  10. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough for both ties. Slip a safety pin to the middle of the ribbon and thread the ribbon thru both casings. Snip the ribbon at the safety pin and set the pin aside. Pull one of the ribbons to identify the other end that ribbon and then knot them together. Repeat with the second ribbon. Slip one of the knots thru the casing until it’s on the other side of the bag.

Enjoy!

 

 

Unlined Drawstring Bag

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I was going to write up and post a pattern for a lined drawstring bag, and as I was drafting the instructions I remembered this pattern for a simple, unlined drawstring version. That’s a better place to start! So here it is for your practice! The photo at the top shows an unlined bag on the left, and a lined bag on the right. If you have questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Drawstring Bag

pattern
1 ½ yards of ribbon for ties
safety pin for threading ribbon

1. Using pattern, cut and mark two pieces of fabric, 8”x10”
2. Iron down on folds lines, then open back up
3. Place pieces right sides together and stitch ½” seam around three sides, from mark 1” down on long side to corresponding mark on other long side, back stitching to secure.
4. Turn right sides out and press seams and unstitched 1” near top open.
5. Stitch both sides of the unstitched 1” at top of the side seam, pivoting at bottom of opening, thru all thicknesses.
6. Fold over top on pressed fold lines and stitch close to edge of lower fold to form casing.
7. Pin safety pin at middle of ribbon and thread thru both sides of casing. Remove safety pin and cut ribbon. Tie matching ends.