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Bag Making Dies - A Step By Step Guide On How To Use Them

Bag making has been made easy with our new die sets.

These are ideal for anyone new to sewing as there is no need to cut a paper pattern, simply follow our step-by-step instructions.

Made deeper than traditional dies, our multi media cutting dies can be used with a broader variety of materials, such as thick leather, denim, glitter fabrics, wadding and many more.

These dies are also ideal for cutting through multiple layers of fabric all in one cut.

1) Select the choice of fabrics you’ll use for the outer section of the bag and the lining. You will also need wadding/batting.

2) To create this bag you will need to cut the following:

Two main bag panels from the lining fabric
Two main bag panels from the outer fabric
Two main bag panels from wadding/batting
A bag flap from the outer fabric
A bag flap from the lining fabric
A bag flap from wadding/batting
Embellishments (optional)

3) Fold your fabric and wadding/batting together and place it onto your die-cutting plate. Lay the open end of the dies on the folded edge of the fabric. Leave the embellishment die for now.

4) Layer the plastic shim and cutting plate on top and pass it through the die-cutting machine.

5) Now your panels are cut, fuse or baste your wadding/batting to the reverse side of the outer two panels and bag flap.

6) Take your outer main bag panels and place them right sides together. Stitch around the edge of the bag using a ¼” seam allowance, leaving the top straight edge open as this will become the opening of your bag.

7) Take both bag flap panels and place them right sides together. Leaving the top straight edge open, and stitch around the remaining edges using a ¼” seam allowance.

8) Turn your bag flap so the right sides are now facing. Edge stitch around the edge of the flap to create a professional-looking finish.

9) To create your bag lining place both main bag lining panels right sides together. Leave the top straight edge open, and stitch around the remaining edges using a ¼” seam allowance.

10) Place the lining bag inside your outer bag, ensuring that the right sides of the outer bag and lining bag are positioned right sides together. You now need to sandwich the bag flap between the bag lining and outer bag, ensuring that it aligns centrally between the back bag panels.

11) Stitch around the top of the bag securing all the layers together. Ensure that you leave a gap for turning.

12) To finish, turn bag through the gap left in Step 11 so the right sides are now facing. Stitch the gap closed by hand. To add a crisp finish, edge stitch around the opening of bag.

13) If desired, die-cut the co-ordinating embellishments and use them to decorate your bag to finish.

You can find our new bag making dies here

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