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The Mondo Bag

Make it a Mondo!  This is  a simple bag, but what a bag! It’s huge, it’s sturdy and yet it’s lightweight.  This bag is just perfect for a shopping trip, you could pack a picnic in it, fill it up with quilting supplies and I imagine you'll come up with about 100 other things this bag is great for!

This is a great bag for beginners, but intermediates will love that you can finish this project during class, if you have pre-cut your fabric squares. The actual piecing goes extremely quickly.  Be
 sure to look at the supply list for fabric requirements .We know once you make this bag, you'll want to make more!  Margaret has the special Mondo Bag interfacing panels available for you to purchase.

Supply list:

Mondo Bag pattern


If you would like your bag less "scrappy" you can create very pretty horizontal diamonds.  You will need to purchase  6 fat quarters. Pick ones that have a lot of contrast – 2 dark ones (we’ll put them on the bottom so your bag doesn’t show dirt!), at least 1 light one and medium tones for the rest. You can also use 2 ½” squares from your stash – you need 208 squares total.

A Jelly Roll or Pre-cut Strips are perfect!  If you would like to use 2-1/2" strips - you will need 15 (by width of fabric).  

Lining & Handles:

1 1/4 yards for both.
If you would  lining and handle different colors – you need 3/8 yard for the handles and 3/4 yard for the lining.

1 ¼ yards Pellon Fusible Fleece


Thread – 50 wt sewing thread in a neutral color or one that goes with your fabric.

Sewing machine with all the usual supplies, including a quarter inch foot and a walking foot if you have one.  I recommend using a size 90 needle for this project.

Rotary cutter & quilter’s ruler – bring the longest one you have.

Pins – I recommend bring long flexible pins such as the ones with flowers, butterflies or buttons as heads.

All your favorite sewing notions such as scissors, tweezers, seam ripper, and an applique pressing sheet (if you have one).

We will be taking a lunch break; you can either bring a lunch or Subway is just down the sidewalk.


Please cut your 2-1/2in squares before class. If you have them cut out, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to finish the project during class! The good news is that this pattern has an easy way to do the piecing – your cutting does not need to be as precise as you’d normally need for traditional patchwork.  TIP:  A Stripology ruler makes QUICK work out of cutting the squares!

If you would like to make your bag using the horizontal diamond stripes , choose the 2 darkest fat quarters and cut 48 - 2-1/2in squares from each of them. From each of the other 4 fat quarters, cut 32 squares that measure 2 ½” x 2 ½”. This will give you more squares than you need, but you’ll have options on how to arrange the colors but you won’t have to do more cutting in class.  

If you’re not using fat quarters but using scrappy fabrics or Pre-Cut 2-1/2in strips instead, cut out 208 squares measuring 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Also cut and have read for class:

Handles: 2 strips of 2 colors (inner and outer) 2.5in x 26in
Lining: cut 4 pieces 8.5 in x 24.5 in
Fusible Fleece: Cut 4 pieces 8.5 in x 24.5 in, plus 2 pieces 2 in x 26in  for handles 

Cut your fusble grid into 4 units.  Trim away excess fusible (there is a small dashed line with scissors on it as your guide. Be careful to leave the seam allowance). 

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Margaret Chair
Instructor Bio: aka Aunt Mag, has a passion for sharing quilting with others.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.