3 Embellished Fabric Bags

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Choose one or all three of these original patterns from Rami Kim and whip up tote bags that reflect your creativity. Make a Two Fat Quarter tote, a Lotus Blossom tote, or a Doo Roo Mah Gey tote and learn how to embellish with delicate but easy-to-do fabric folding. You’ll be surprised at how quickly these lovely bags come together. Hesitant about getting that zipper sewn in the correct way? Rami’s method is fast, stress free, and doesn’t even require a zipper foot! Along the way, learn how to make a lining that stays put and a box pleat pocket that will keep those small essentials from getting lost in the bottom of the bag. Speaking of the bottom of the bag, Rami will show how to create a flat bottom so your bag will hold its form. Add the special touch of leather handles and your bag is complete. After making one of these bags, you’ll be eager to make the next—whether for yourself or for a friend!

Course Curriculum

3 Embellished Fabric Bags by Rami Kim - 1hr 59min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05
Lesson 2. Folding Squares & Hexagons 0 Hours 18 Minutes00:18
Lesson 3. Two Fat Quarter Bag: Assembly 0 Hours 20 Minutes00:20
Lesson 4. Two Fat Quarter Bag: Zipper and Lining 0 Hours 23 Minutes00:23
Lesson 5. Folding the Lotus Blossom 0 Hours 21 Minutes00:21
Lesson 6. Lotus Blossom Bag Assembly 0 Hours 39 Minutes00:39
Lesson 7. Folding the Doo Roo Mah Gey 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11
Lesson 8. Doo Roo Mah Gey Bag 0 Hours 22 Minutes00:22

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Two Fat Quarter Tote Bag

Fabric:

  • Body: (2) fat quarters, coordinating or contrasting
  • Square Chopkey ribbon: (1) 1" x 15" strip
  • Square and hexagon Chopkeys: tone-on-tone scraps
  • Raw edges of Chopkeys: (2) 1" x 15" strips
  • Lining: (2) fat quarters
  • Batting: (4) fat quarters Hobbs Heirloom® Fusible Cotton Batting
  • Muslin: ¼ yd.

Thread:

  • Decorative rayon or cotton for quilting

Sewing Foot:

  • Presser foot, ¼"
  • Walking foot

Other Supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing surface
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Zipper, 22"
  • Beads for embellishment
  • Pilot® FriXion® erasable marker or chalk pencil
  • Hard cardboard or floral or template plastic for bottom of tote

Fabric:

  • Front and back outer border: ½ yd.
  • Chopkey hexagon borders: ⅛ to ¼ yd. assorted solids or tone on tone
  • Zipper insert strips: (2) 3" x 20"
  • Lotus blossom background: (2) 9" x 9" squares
  • Lotus blossom: (2) fabrics ¼ yd. each
  • Inner border: (1) fat quarter (18" x 22")
  • Lining: ½ yd.
  • Batting: 1 yd. Hobbs Heirloom® Fusible Cotton Batting
  • Muslin: ⅛ yd.

Thread:

  • Rayon for quilting

Sewing Foot:

  • Presser foot, ¼"
  • Walking foot

Other Supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Zipper, 20"
  • Beads, 24 each for embellishment
  • Pilot® FriXion® erasable marker or chalk pencil
  • Hard cardboard or floral or template plastic for bottom of tote

Doo Roo Mah Gey Tote Bag

Fabric:

  • Tote back: ½ yd.
  • Background: (1) fat quarter (18" x 22")
  • Border and center sashing: ¼ yd.
  • Zipper insert strips: (2) 3" x 17"
  • Lining: ½ yd.
  • Two bodices: (2) 9" x 16" rectangles in two different fabrics
  • Two sleeves: (2) 9" x 16" rectangles in two contrasting fabrics
  • 1st lapel: (2) 2" x 9" rectangles in one color
  • 2nd lapel: (2) 2" x 9" rectangles in another color
  • Batting: ¾ yd. Hobbs Heirloom® Fusible Cotton Batting

Thread:

  • Rayon for quilting
  • Hand stitching thread

Sewing Foot:

  • Presser foot, ¼"
  • Walking foot

Other Supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing surface
  • Zipper, 20"
  • Charms, 4 each for embellishment
  • Needle for hand stitching
  • Hard cardboard or floral or template plastic for bottom of tote
  1. What is the meaning of Chopkey?
    Chopkey is the Korean word for folding. In this class, you will learn how to fold fabric to add dimension to the finished product. No special fabrics or ribbons are used. On the supply list, Chopkey ribbon or Chopkey fabric amounts simply refer to fabrics or ribbons that will be folded, thus making it Chopkey fabric or Chopkey ribbon—fabric or ribbon that will be folded and used to embellish the bag. When you see how easy it is to do and what a lovely accent it adds to fabric projects, you’ll be glad you purchased the class!
  2. What is included in the course?
    Rami shows how to make three bags: Two Fat Quarter Tote Bag, Lotus Blossom Tote Bag, and Doo Roo Mah Gey Tote Bag. The directions are so clear and straight seams are used throughout. Rami has a special section about adding leather handles to the tote bags and even how to add new life to a purse that shows some wear and tear. The best part is that making these totes can be great stash busters!
  3. Is fabric folding complicated?
    Not at all! Although it gives your tote bag a look of elegance, Rami explains everything in a step-by-step manner that will have you thinking about how to add these features to other quilts and crafts.
  4. If I’ve never made a purse or tote, much less sewn a zipper into anything, will I be able to make one of these bags?
    You’ll be amazed at how quickly these tote bags come together! Don’t worry about the zipper because Rami will have you attaching zippers in no time flat. Her method doesn’t even require a zipper foot. Rami gives super-clear instructions and you can pat yourself on the back when you are carrying one of these stylish bags or giving them as gifts.
  5. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Rami will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  6. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

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  1. Carolyn Skog

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    I am really pleased with this purchased class. She is so informative and neat. It is worth every penny.
  2. Raja Merza

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    Really wonderful ideas. Explanation is really detailed. Love her work.
  3. Veda Morris

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    Rami does a great job of explaining all the details involved in constructing the purses. I had never inserted a zipper before using the quilting foot but it really was easy. I enjoyed the fact that the whole bag was made with the quilting foot. Mine turned out very nice and I entered it into my local fair. Keep the courses coming. A great instructor. Loved the fabric orgami technique.
  4. Elizabeth Walters

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    Rami is an amazing instructor, this course is like having her come over for a visit. The instructions are very clear and the demonstrations are very precise. Rami has such a flare for using fabic in so many creative ways. I just love the folded fabric techniques that she shows! A wonderful course!!! Elizabeth Walters

Course Reviews

  1. Profile photo of Carolyn Skog Carolyn Skog says:

    I am really pleased with this purchased class. She is so informative and neat. It is worth every penny.

  2. Profile photo of Raja Merza Raja Merza says:

    Really wonderful ideas. Explanation is really detailed. Love her work.

  3. Profile photo of Veda Morris Veda Morris says:

    Rami does a great job of explaining all the details involved in constructing the purses. I had never inserted a zipper before using the quilting foot but it really was easy. I enjoyed the fact that the whole bag was made with the quilting foot. Mine turned out very nice and I entered it into my local fair. Keep the courses coming. A great instructor. Loved the fabric orgami technique.

  4. Rami is an amazing instructor, this course is like having her come over for a visit. The instructions are very clear and the demonstrations are very precise. Rami has such a flare for using fabic in so many creative ways. I just love the folded fabric techniques that she shows! A wonderful course!!! Elizabeth Walters

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