Saturday, 28 June 2014

Pants Bag casing tutorial ...

I've been making Pants Bags for my special blogging friends and recently made this one for the lovely Amy @ A Quilting Sheep - she wrote a super post about it :)

Amy really liked my casing and wondered how I did it. I was about to reply, 'see my tutorial' when I realised that because the bag in the tutorial was a mini Christmas bag, I had only attached single casing.

So here is a 'double folded casing mini tutorial' especially for Amy but also for anyone else who may like to use it (please note, my technique has evolved over 4 years of making my Pants Bags so I'm not meaning to take credit for this from anyone or am I saying this is the only way to make casing ... just that this is the way I now make it.)

1) Firstly, choose your fabrics - new FQs or scraps (or even use up your orphan blocks). This bag is going to be for my friend Jennie (aqua and yellow are her colours, I read on her blog this week): 

2) Make your outer and lining bags (leaving a 5" gap in the bottom of your lining bag for pulling the outer bag through later) to the size of your choice - I like mine around 14" x 14" - and I make both bags exactly the same size:

3) Cut 2 strips of casing fabric - 5" by the width of your sewn bag - in my case here, it's 5" x 14". The width is chosen depending on what size cord / ribbon you'll be pulling through, so I do vary this. Fold over at the ends and press then fold in half and press again:

4) Pin to both sides of the outer bag like so and stitch just under a 1/4" all around:

5) Turn the bag inside out. Drop in the lining bag and pin and again stich just under a 1/4" all around:

6) Pull the outer bag through the lining gap, press the lining and stitch up the gap with matching thread:

7) I have two ways of finishing to catch those ends where the outer bag and lining bag don't meet: I either top stitch around the whole bag or, using invisible thread, I hand sew the ends together. For this bag, I'm going to top stitch - so I pin:

8) And sew:

9) I've chosen yellow ribbon for the cord:

And voila:

Hope that helps, Amy :)

And here she is with my other finishes this week:

(Linking up with Amanda Jean and Sarah)


  1. Great tutorial, and I LOVE the bag made with charm squares!

  2. What a clever tutorial... And two lovely bags! Thanks for sharing your methods with us!

  3. Your pants bag tutorials are a cinch to follow and fun to make. You have the techniques down to perfection and are so sweet to share your knowledge. I really like the patchwork bag with its wavy quilting. Beautiful work, sweets.

  4. Ah, isn't Amy sweet? Love the patchwork design you chose for this pants bag.

  5. Great tutorial. Love the aqua and yellow block.

  6. I love the colours - such a fresh spring / summery look. I can vouch for Jen's tutorial. I made a bag awhile back using her tutorial - it turned out terrific!!

  7. How did I miss this post!!?? Ack! Thanks for sharing so I can make pants bags for my friends!! You are THE best!


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