This is a nice way to finish a Charlie bag with home-made bias tape and a straight stitch machine. You can make bias tape to match your Charlie bag, you can use store-bought fold-over bias, and/or you can use contrasting bias. Your choice! These instructions also explain sewing the Charlie bag with French Seams: all the raw edges are put away, making for an extra strong and pretty bag.

Technique Materials

Charlie pattern, 1 yard fabric, store-bought or homemade bias, thread

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    Sep 25, 2010, 02.33 AMby papayo-azul

    Me gustria conseguir el patron, sabes donde puedo conseguirlo?

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    Apr 7, 2010, 04.11 PMby fontophilic

    I’m nearly done sewing this, and I believe I’ve found a pretty big error. The pattern calls for 2 different widths of bias tape, 1.75 and 1 inch. The one inch tape is WAY too small, and doesn’t make sense if you want the edges of the handles to look even.

    I went through the effort of making my own tape just for this project, and now it’ll have to go in the trash/scraps.

    Ignore the directions, all of your tape needs to be 1.75 inches. Uggh.

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    Oct 15, 2009, 03.29 AMby Mi (なおみ)

    Thank you for sharing this … I really need this

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    Oct 15, 2009, 03.28 AMby Mi (なおみ)

    Thank you for sharing this … I really need this

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    Sep 22, 2008, 12.44 PMby nicknits

    I can’t see the what inch for the seam allowance. I see � instead of a fraction. HELP!

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    Jul 29, 2008, 01.03 PMby vvvvivian

    Where can I get these fantastic prints?!

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    Jun 28, 2008, 06.46 AMby pranamama

    Thanks for this – I’m always confused as to how to construct bags! LOVE the echino scroll!

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