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bag series: the orbit bag

Join Mandy in our studio for a 4-week series to make the newly released Orbit Bag by Helen's Closet.  Orbit is the new hot bag amongst quilters and bag lovers and it's a great design for you to be able to show your creative style!

The Orbit Bag is the perfect everyday grab-and-go bag.  With its trendy circular shape, it can hold your wallet, phone, keys and everything else you need. The Orbit Bag offers two views - View A features a quilted star on the front and stripes on the back or keep it classic with View B and make it with one solid fabric.  Both views are quilted to add structure and texture, and include an exterior pocket, an interior pocket, a zipper closure, along fabric strap and optional strap hardware. This bag is a great project to use up your fabric scraps and try out quilting on a small scale, while giving you the confidence to build up your sewing skills. 

The finished bag dimensions are 9.25" in diameter, 30" in circumference, 49" strap length, 12" bag opening, and 2" in depth.

During this 4-week class, students will learn the techniques of quilt piecing, sewing a circular bag, attaching bias tape to finish the seams, and inserting a zipper. This class is suitable for intermediate students who have completed our Quilting 101 or have an equivalent experience level.   Students must be able to confidently thread and operate a sewing machine independently.

Required Materials:

- (1) Pattern: Orbit Bag by Helen's Closet (PDF download)
12" zipper or longer
- Pellon SF101: 1/2 yd
- batting: 1/2 yd
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the interior bias binding
- (1) spool of thread
- optional hardware: (1) 1" wide bag slider and (2) 1" wide D-rings

- fabric - see fabric requirements below:
- If making View A, you will need:
   - fabric A (includes sides and straps): 1/2 yd
   - fabric B: 1/4 yd
   - fabric C: 1/8 yd
   - fabric D: 1/4 yd
   - lining fabric: 1/2 yd
- If making View B, you will need:
   - exterior fabric: 2/3 yd
   - lining fabric: 1/2 yd

Recommended Fabric:
- View A: we suggest using quilting cotton for the exterior and lining fabrics.
- View B: we suggest using quilting cotton or canvas for the exterior, and quilting cotton for the lining fabric.

Required Tools:
rotary cutter
fabric scissors
thread scissors
seam ripper
chalk or frixion marker
pins and/or clips

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email, there is a waitlist for class, and we are able to fill your spot. Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Intermediate Students
Requirements: Students must be able to confidently thread and operate a sewing machine independently.
Instructor: Mandy Richards

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090