Easter time is a great time to sew for fun! The shops are full of Easter items to buy - but so much more individual to make your own! This Eggcellent Easter Gift Bag will be used, long after the chocolate has been eaten.



Eggcellent Easter Gift Bag

Posted by Christine Flood

Easter time is a great time to sew for fun! The shops are full of Easter items to buy - but so much more individual to make your own!

This Eggcellent Easter Gift Bag will be used, long after the chocolate has been eaten.

Machine Requirements

  1. Pfaff Sewing Machine A B C D E F G H J K L
  2. Perfect 1/4” foot with guide for IDT. P8210630-96
  3. Standard OA foot


  1. 2 x 30cm patchwork fabric in coordinating colours.
  2. 25cm fine iron-on stabiliser.
  3. 25cm iron-on lightweight Pellon.
  4. Construction thread to match fabric.
  5. Rotary mat, cutter and ruler.
  6. Scissors, and general sewing requirements.

Cutting Instructions

*All instructions will now be in Imperial measurements as per standard patchwork and quilting measurements.

1. From patchwork fabric 1:

a. Cut (32 ½” strip by width of fabric (WOF) 

i. Crosscut (1) strip into (2) 2 ½” x 22” for bag.

ii. Crosscut (1) strip into (1) 13” strips for handles.

iii.Crosscut (1) strip into (1) 2 ½” x 22 ½” for binding.

2. From patchwork fabric 2:

a. Cut (1) 2 ½” strip WOF.  

i. Crosscut to (2) 2 ½” x 22” for bag.

b. Cut (1) 8 ½” strip WOF.

ii. Crosscut to (2) 11 x 8 ½” rectangles for lining.

3. From iron-on stabiliser:

a. Cut (211 x 8 ½” for lining.

b. Cut (1) 2 ½” x 13” strips for handles.

4. From pellon:

a. Cut (2) 11 x 8 ½” for bag.

Sewing Instructions

*All seams are ¼” (6mm) unless otherwise stated.

1. Attach Perfect ¼” Foot with Guide for IDT to your machine. Sew the 4 long strips together, alternating colours. Use your guide to run along edge of fabric to create an even seamSee Figure 1.  Press seam to dark side.

2. Cut into 2 equal pieces, 11 x 8 ½”. See Figure 2.


Text Box

3. Iron Pellon onto wrong side of each piece, as per manufacturers instructions. See Figure 3.

4. Leaving Perfect 1/4” Foot with Guide for IDT on, place pieced units, right sides together. Sew along the two sides and bottom, making sure you match side seams.

5. With right side still together, pinch and pull apart the corner. An apex will form at the corner as you match the side seam to the bottom seam. Align the seams and pin matched seam to hold them together.

6. Align apex with a line on your cutting mat. Using your ruler, measure down 2” from top of apex, and mark with water soluble pen. Refer to Figure 4. Repeat with other side. Attach OA foot to machine. Sew on marked lines with straight stitch, stitch length 3.0. Turn right side out. Set aside.

7. Attach stabiliser onto wrong side of (2) lining pieces as per manufacturer’s instructionsRepeat steps 4 and 5. Trim excess fabric from corners.

8. Place lining inside main bag, wrong sides together. Pin around top edge. Using a 3/8” seam and stitch length 3.5, sew around the top of the bag.

9. To make straps: iron stabiliser onto wrong side of fabric. Cut in half, so each piece is 6 ½” long.

10. Press these in half lengthwise. Fold outer edges into center fold as pictured in Figure 5.  Press. 

11. Attach Perfect 1/4” Foot with Guide for IDT. Move needle position to 0.8 and use metal guide to sew down both edges of straps using a stitch length of 2.5.

12. Taking bag, find center of each side of bag. Mark ½” on either side of center. Place straps on outer edge of bag, on either side of this mark, with raw edges matching top edge. Pin. Attach OA foot and stitch on place.

13. Using binding strip, sew short ends together with a ¼” seam. Press seam open.  

14. Fold in half lengthwise, press. Align the raw edge of strip with top raw edge of basket, right sides together. Attach OA foot, and sew with a 3/8” seam.   

15. Turn fabric over to wrong side of fabric basket, pin from right side. From the right side, stitch in the ditch, catching the binding on wrong side.    

16. Bend handles upwards and sew into place onto binding.


Congratulations on finishing your project!

We can’t wait to see what you create! Don’t forget to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @pfaff_sewing_australia and using the hashtags #pfaffingaround or our Facebook page Pfaff Australia


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