In July of 2019, after a subscriber asked me about the lining, I added a video I found that explained the lining a little better. It is included later in the tutorial.
In This TutorialHere are the steps for making a Mondo Bag:
- Gather your supplies and fabric
- Sew outer fabric panels
- Assemble outer shell
- Assemble lining shell
- Attach handles
- Stitch outer shell to lining shell
- Turn and topstitch
Before you start preparations for making your Mondo Bag, take about 10 minutes to watch this video from Quiltsmart. It’s a very good overview of the process.
A few things about the video:
The interfacing used in the video is By Annie’s Soft and Stable. As you saw in the video, it stands up on its own. You can choose that product if you like your bag to stand up. I used Fusible Fleece which is available in various thicknesses. Be sure you are purchasing a fleece or interfacing that is fusible. Choose the thickness that you like best. I use Pellon Fusible Fleece in a mid-weight loft. For more information about fusible fleece see the article --> Product Review: Fusible Fleece for Quilting and Sewing Projects.
The instructions include options for adding pockets to the lining and adding a key holder. These are not addressed in this tutorial. Follow the printed instructions if you wish to add these to your Mondo Bag.
For information on fusible fleece read the article, Fusible Fleece for Sewing and Quilting Projects .
Gather SuppliesYou will need instructions and interfacing panels to make a Mondo bag.
The Mondo Bag Fun Pack includes instructions along with enough panels to make one Mondo Bag.
The Mondo Bag Interfacing Set includes just the panels.
What You Need
Refer to the instructions that came with your Mondo Bag Kit for fabric and fleece requirements. In addition you will need the following:
Applique Pressing Sheet
Sewing Machine with 1/4″ foot and regular foot
Iron and ironing surface
Thread: Coordinating thread for sewing. Contrasting thread for top stitching.
Sew Outer Fabric PanelsThe next video describes all the information printed on the gridded interfacing.
Cut the fabric squares according to the Quiltsmart instructions. For each of the four panels you will do the following steps.
The gridded interfacing has two sides. The side with the bumps is the adhesive side. Lay the panel on your ironing board with the bumpy side up. With right sides up, center a fabric square inside each square in the grid.
Arrange the Fabric Squares
Fuse Fabric to InterfacingNext use the iron to fuse the fabric to the interfacing. The instructions tell you to use steam and press for 5 – 10 seconds. Instead of using steam, I use a spray bottle of starch alternative or plain water.
After the pressing, check that the fabrics are fused properly. Fold the panel along the long and short lines and check that the edges stay in place.
Sew Along Grid LinesNow it’s time to sew the grid. Start with the short lines.
Next, clip on the dots between squares.
Assemble Outer ShellIn this step you will sew the 4 panels into two “L” shapes.
Next, the two “L” shapes are sewn together to form the outer shell.
This is what the panels look like after stitching.
Sew the Side SeamsNext the side seams are sewn.
After all 4 side seams are sewn, you will have a square bottom and 4 points at the top.
HandlesFuse a 2-1/2″ strip of fabric to each of the two handle interfacings. I chose to piece a handle using 13 squares for each.
Assemble Lining ShellUpdate July 18, 2019 – I found this new video from QuiltSmart. It shows how to prepare the lining and the pocket.
The lining shell is made by fusing the fleece to the lining fabric then assembling as you did for the fabric panels. Please note: these instructions do not include the pocket stitched into the lining. If you wish to include pockets or a key ring holder in your bag, follow the instructions provided by Quiltsmart.
Fuse the Lining Pieces
- Following the instructions in Step 5 of the Quiltsmart instructions, cut the following:
- 4 panel pieces from lining fabric
- 4 panel pieces from fusible fleece.
- Cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece each 2-1/2″ x 24″.
- Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric each 2-1/2″ x 24″.
- Fuse all the lining pieces to all the fleece pieces.
Assemble the Lining ShellFollowing the same process for the outer shell, assemble the 4 lining/fleece panels into the lining shell.
- Place a lining/fleece handle right sides together with a fabric/interfacing handle.
- Stitch a 1/4″ seam on each long side.
- Turn the handle so the right sides are out.
- Top stitch on each long side.
- Baste the handles to the outer fabric as shown below.
Stitch Outer Shell to Lining Shell
- Turn the lining shell so the fabric is inside and the fleece outside.
- Turn the outer fabric shell so the fabric is outside and the interfacing is inside.
- Place the outer fabric shell into the lining shell, keeping right sides together. This will make it easier to stitch the two shells together.
- Pin along all the top edges as shown.
Stitching the Inside CornerStart stitching just before an inside corner. Backstitch.
Stitching the Top PointWhen you reach the top point with the handle, stop with the needle down.
Trim Corners and Top PointsBefore turning the bag, the inner corners and top points are trimmed.
Trim each top point to 1/4″ as shown.
TopstitchTurn the bag so the right sides of the fabric and lining are facing out. Arrange the bag so the lining is on the outside and the outer fabric is on the inside. This will make it easier to position it in the sewing machine as you top stitch.
Close the Side OpeningThe opening you left for turning needs to be closed. For each side of the opening, turn under the raw edge 1/4″. Pin the sides together as shown.
If desired, add another line of topstitching about 1/4″ from the edge.
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