Hot Hues Summer Bags

Colorful coordinates come together to create two versions of a fun summer bag.

What You Need:


  • 9/7-inch-square pieces of assorted green and turquoise prints for pieced inset
  • 1/8 yard of solid lime green for covered cording
  • 1/3 yard of mottled turquoise for bag body and strap
  • 5/8 yard of blue floral for lining
  • 5/8 yard of 22-inch-wide heavyweight fusible interfacing
  • 1-1/4 yards of 1/8-inch-diameter cotton cording
  • 5 inches of 1/8-inch-diameter green elastic cord
  • 7/8-inch-diameter button

Finished bag: 12 x 8-1/2 x 3 inches (without strap) Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Select the Fabrics

The following instructions are to make the turquoise/lime green bag. To make the pink/orange bag, use the instructions given, but substitute mottled pink for mottled turquoise, solid orange for solid lime green, pink and orange prints for the green and turquoise prints, and pink floral for blue floral.

Fusible interfacing comes in a variety of weights. For bag making, look for the heaviest weight, designed for home decorating or craft uses. If you want more body, consider using two layers of interfacing.

Cut the Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows.


  • From assorted green and turquoise prints, cut:
    20 1-1/2 x 6-inch strips
  • From solid lime green, cut:
    1 1-1/2 x 42-inch strip
  • From mottled turquoise, cut:
    1 3-1/2 x 35-inch strip
    2 5-1/2 x 20-1/2-inch rectangles
  • From blue floral, cut:
    1 3-1/2 x 35-inch strip
    1 15-1/2 x 20-1/2-inch rectangle
  • From heavyweight fusible interfacing, cut:
    1 15-1/2 x 20-1/2-inch rectangle
    2 2-7/8 x 22-inch strips

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