I’m really excited to introduce my 2nd bag pattern, the Accordion Bag! This pattern is available in my pattern shop. This confident beginner-friendly bag features a pleated flap with magnetic snap closure. It is a soft, structured purse that has plenty of room for all the essentials! You can use fabric scraps to make the flap patchwork like I did, or a flap made out of the same fabric would be great too!
Supplies Needed to Make this Bag:
- 1/2 yard for the exterior
- 11 scraps, each 3” x 9”, for the flap (if you would prefer a flap that is all in one fabric, you will need a piece 27” x 9”)
- 9” x 9” square of fabric for the piping on the flap
- 1/2 yard for the lining
- 1-1/2 yards Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex® fusible woven interfacing
- 1/2 yard of By Annie’s Soft and Stable™, available at local quilt shops or on-line (Soft and Stable is a thin, foam sew-in interfacing; one of my testers also recommends automotive headliner fabric in place of the Soft and Stable Helpful Hint: Pellon #987F Thermolam Fusible Interfacing(a needled fusible fleece) may also be used as a substitution for the Soft and Stable.
I made two versions of this bag…the first was made using Michael Miller Mirror Ball Dot fabrics (which are metallic!), and the second version I made using ‘Asbury’ by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics. Thomas is an extremely talented fabric designer, and he is also a wonderful speaker about all things design (he taught a class at Sewing Summit, and is also lecturing at QuiltCon). These beautiful fabrics just hit stores, and feature amusement park nostalgia…for the flap, I used his Jellybeans, which are available throughout several of his lines and are a perfect blender fabric! I just adore this bag!
And I could not have finished out the pattern with the help of my lovely testers! Thank you ladies so much for giving your time and brain thought to assembling the bags and giving me your feedback! Here are the bags from my testers: