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Ok so by now you should have two pieces of carrier fabric that have a strip of patchwork attached to their top halves. Turn them over and repeat the process, pressing the patchwork fabric towards the bottom half this time.

Both sides now have patchwork attached

Both sides now have patchwork attached

The next post will give instructions for the final assembly.
Then you need one of your 2.5″ strips. Cut it to around 13″ long. Fold it in half lengthwise and press. Then open it out and fold each edge towards the centre and press again.

Fold strip in half and press

Fold strip in half and press

Open out, fold each edge towards the centre and press again

Open out, fold each edge towards the centre and press again

Take one of your carrier fabric pieces and fold the piping over the raw edges of the bottom patchwork piece. Pin and sew.

Pin the piping on

Pin the piping on

Sew the piping

Sew the piping

Once the piping is on stitch across the flap to anchor the patchwork to the carrier fabric. Please note at this stage you have not folded the carrier fabric at all. That comes next

Quilting the pocket flap

Quilting the pocket flap

Repeat for the other piece. Fold your patchwork flap up so that now you have both patchwork sections on the same side of the carrier fabric and you have formed the basis of the pocket. You should now have two pieces ready for the final assembly of the bag.

Two sides ready for assembly.

Two sides ready for assembly.

The next post will show the final steps of how to assemble the bag.

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