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Written by Christine Flood on October 28, 2021

Foot of the Month Project: Snappy Happy Bag

This is the cutest little bag EVER! And it is so quick to make, you will make heaps for your friends, and a great project for the classroom. Our interchangeable Dual feed Foot is just so perfect for this project, from beginning to end. With the zig-zag foot, and straight sew foot being able to be clicked on and off, it makes the job so much easier. And I do love the 2 quilting guides for sewing in either direction, which is great when you’re handling large items to fit in the C section of your machine.

Machine Requirements:

1. Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine 5, 6, 7

2. Husqvarna Viking Interchangeable Dual Feed, part # H9202190-96

Requirements:

1. Three different patterns of patchwork fabric – just scraps from the stash in minimum following sizes:

a. 33cm x 18cm (13” x 7”)

b. 23 cm x 18cm (9” x 7”)

c. 20cm x 10cm (8” x 4”)

2. 25cm x 20cm (10” x 8”) Lightweight wadding or Pellon.

3. Metal measuring tape from the hardware store (or pinch one from your husband’s workshop like I did! He has 3! Mind you, if he pinched a pair of my scissors, I wouldn’t be happy!).

4. Construction thread for quilting and construction.

5. Rotary mat, cutter and ruler.

6. Old scissors to cut metal tape.

7. Sticky tape to cover ends of metal tape.

8. General sewing tools.

Cutting Instructions:

*All instruction will now be in Imperial measurements as per standard patchwork and quilting measurements.

1. Cut one piece of fabric 13” x 7”

2. Cut one piece of fabric 9” x 7”

3. Cut 2 squares of fabric 4” x 4”

4. Cut one piece of wadding 14” x 8”

5. Cut 2 pieces of metal tape 6” long. (Make sure you use old scissors!)

Sewing Instructions:

1. Lay your 9” x 7” piece of fabric on top of your wadding.

2. Remove ankle from your machine and attach the Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot, using the metal screw provided in the pack. Click the Changeable Straight Stitch Foot into place and slide the right-hand quilting guide into the slot at the back of the foot, as per instruction.

3. Thread the machine, top and bottom, with the chosen thread for quilting.

4. Decide on the distance apart you would like your quilting lines on a small project like this. I chose to move the guide to the 20mm mark. Sew across the diagonal, or the straight grain if you prefer, to quilt all the fabric. Once you have sewn the first line, use the guide to keep your distancing even. No need to measure or draw lines!

5. When the piece is completely quilted, trim back to the required measurement of 9” x 7”. Set aside.

6. Using your (2) 4” x 4” squares, take to the ironing board. Fold in half, with wrong sides together and press. Open this up, and place press seams together. Slip the folded edge upwards and inward to meet the pressed lines. Press firmly and repeat for second side. This will give you two little pleats on either side of your prairie points- quite cute! (Of course, you can use the conventional method of prairie points if you wish)

7. Centre these triangles on the short ends of your quilted piece. Pin. Sew in place with a ¼” seam.

8. Place your lining, wrong side up, under the quilted top, so that you have 2” overlapping at each end. Pin. Turn raw edge end under ¼” and press.

9. Turn this pressed edge over onto the previously sewn line and sew closely to the edge, to make a band. Set aside.

10. Take your metal tape and trim a smidge off each corner of the cut edge. This will remove the sharp edges. Place a small amount of sticky tape on the edge, to prevent the metal from cutting fabric.

11. Thread the tape through the band making sure the outer curve of the tape is on the outer side of the band. (The inner curve is on the inside). Repeat for the other end.

12. Fold the bag in half, right sides together, matching the stitching on the band. Pin. Makes sure the tape is evenly spaced so you don’t sew over it. Sew with a straight stitch ¼” seam, starting from the bottom, sewing to the top. Reverse to reinforce strongly.

13. Clip the Changeable Zig Zag foot into place and select zig zag on your machine. Set stitch width to 4.0 and stitch length 3.0. Neaten the two edges.

14. You may like to leave it like this, resulting in a flat bag, or box the corners as I have done. To do this, place the side seams upwards towards you and from a triangle. Place this triangle on your cutting board, at a grid line on the board. Lay your ruler at the ¾” mark and draw a line at this point.

15. Pin and sew across. Repeat for the second corner.

Congratulations on finishing your project!

We can’t wait to see what you create! Don’t forget to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @husqvarna_viking_australia and using the hashtags #keepingtheworldsewing or our Facebook page Husqvarna Viking Australia.

Article written by Christine Flood

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