The Quilt Market Shopper was designed by our very own Angie, and it was tested by members of our Facebook Group. This pattern is also FREE for members of the group.
The Market Shopper can be made out of leather/vinyl or cloth, or a combination of both. For this sew-a-long, I am making an all-cloth version. If you have any questions during this sew-a-long, feel free to ask in the comments, and I will answer as quickly as possible. If your preference is to sew one with leather/vinyl, post a comment with your question, and I will have one of our other admins address it.
Good afternoon, I hope your bags are progressing and you are able to understand my instructions. Today we are going to assemble both interior pockets and the bag lining. If you are just joining us, you can catch up reading Post #1 – Tools, Supplies, & Cutting, and Post #2 – Bag Exterior & Connectors.
Interior Zipper Pocket
With right sides together, pin or clip pocket panels together leaving a 3″ opening for turning. Stitch all the way around the panels leaving the 3″ opening.
Clip corners, turn right side out, and press. The opening will be stitched closed during the top stitching step a little further on.
Place end of pocket down on right side of zipper tape, approximately 1/4″ away from zipper teeth. Stitch at 1/8″ from edge of pocket panel.
Unzip the zipper and repeat on the opposite side, but be sure the pocket is not twisted and the zipper is facing right side up.
Close the zipper halfway and position one edge of the fabric so there is 1-1/2″ fabric above the zipper. Press. Clip or pin sides of pocket, be sure to fold the extra zipper ends to the back side and pin in place. Stitch along sides and bottom of pocket, reinforcing stitching over zipper teeth.
Cut excess zipper tape.
To attach the pocket to the interior panel, find the center of both and mark with pins. From the center point on the panel, measure 3″ down and place a mark (mine is circled in yellow because it’s hard to see). Place the center of the zippered pocket on the mark and pin in place. Make sure both top corners of the pocket are also 3″ from the top of the panel and pin in place.
Stitch the pocket to the panel along the top edge at 1/8″, reinforcing stitching at each end.
This panel is now complete.
Interior Slip Pocket
Assembly of the interior slip pocket pieces is identical to the interior zip pocket pieces. With right sides together, pin or clip pocket panels together leaving a 3″ opening for turning. Stitch all the way around the panels leaving the 3″ opening. Clip corners, turn right side out, and press. The opening will be stitched closed during the top stitching step a little further on.
Mark the slip pocket stitch lines by finding the center and drawing a line with a fabric marker. Instead of having just two pockets, I decided I wanted to include pen and pencil pockets on mine, as well, so I marked two lines each 1″ away from the center line.
To attach the slip pocket to the interior panel, find the center of the lining panel and mark with a pin. From the center point on the panel, measure 3″ down and place a mark. Place the center of the slip pocket (marked with a line) on the mark and pin in place. Make sure both top corners of the pocket are also 3″ from the top of the panel and pin in place. NOTE: Be sure that the 3″ turning opening is on the bottom/closed edge of the slip pocket so it gets sewn closed in the top stitching step.
Top stitch the pocket to the panel along both sides and the bottom. Then, stitch the pocket dividing lines.
Now that both interior pockets and the panels are finished, it’s time to put our lining together!
Assemble Lining Panels
Clip or pin lining bag panels along shorter sides with right sides together. Measure and mark 1-1/2″ from the top of the bag panel on both sides. On one side, measure and mark a 3″ space which will be left opening for turning later on. Stitch sides. Reinforce stitching at marks.
Create “V” Seam
I am thrilled that I remembered to take pictures of this process at least on the lining. Once the side seams are complete, fold top corners over so the folded edge is 2-1/2″. Topstitch a continuous line starting at one edge, pivoting at the side seam, and continuing to the other edge. Repeat for other side seam “V”.
Attaching the lining bottom is again identical to the exterior bottom. Find the center of the bottom piece both lengthwise and crosswise. Mark with pins. Match the center marks of the crosswise pins with the side seams, and the center lengthwise pins with the center of the lining panel.
Pin remainder of bottom to exterior bag panels and stitch at a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn bag right side out using a point turner to make sure seams are crisp. Press.
Your lining is finished! Congratulations!
I will see you back here tomorrow for Post #4, which will cover attaching the lining to the bag, handles, straps, and finishing details.
Again, please comment with any questions if you have them.