I just had to dedicate a post to the HOTTEST new trend in Big Shotting--did you know that Big Shot is a verb now?--TEXTILES!!! That's right, fabric. Now, you probably knew that the Big Shot can cut over 70 different materials besides just paper and cardstock, but I bet you never knew it could be used in quilting!
My friend and upline Jessica made this adorable bag, and Ginger took some great photos and overlaid the EASY instructions on them, so without further ado--here's your next done-in-an-afternoon project!
The bag shown is three panels long on each side and bottom, and two panels high on all four sides, one panel wide accross the bottom. It is a perfect purse size. You can add or subtract panels as desired.
You can either choose several coordinating fabrics, like this bag, or one pattern. Any fabric works, though of course it will be the sturdiest if you choose a heavier one with a tight weave. The Big Shot can cut through eight layers of any light fabric like a breeze--heavier fabrics, you will need to experiment. Remember never to force anything through the Big Shot that feels like too tight of a "sandwich."
So for each square, cut two Scallop Squares from your fabric and one slightly smaller square from batting, felt, or some sort of stiffening fabric. I'm making a baby quilt right now with polar fleece inside the squares for extra coziness.
Even a complete sewing novice can do this! It's all straight lines! Once you have all your squares X'ed, start sewing them together in strips and then in squares. The only trick here is to make sure the raggedly scalloped edges are all on the same side. They will naturally fray and you will have an adorable shabby chic kind of look.
You can have a closure or not, as desired. Jessica put a button hole clasp on hers with a cute button. You can also just sew a loop of ribbon to go over the button, or just two ribbon ties, too. Or you can get fancy and do a snap, magnetic closure or velcro. Don't forget to make coordinating handles!
Here's a sweet one Jessica made for her daughter, which would be an adorable and quick, reusable Easter basket. It's just two panels wide and two high and just as cute as can be. You can embellish your bag with felt flowers, rhinestone brads, the Crop A Dile and eyelets--anything you desire! Have a ball with it!