Kulling, Monica. In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up. Illustrated by David Parkins. Tundra, 2011.
McCully, Emily Arnold. Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2006.
And if you want more check out Famous Women Inventors: Margaret Knight. Online at http://www.women-inventors.com/Margaret-Knight.asp.
So how does Margaret Knight fit into this sewing hack. It's really quite simple. A few weeks ago I went to a blow-out sale at a quilt shop and found some banners (on sale) featuring Laura - and The Little House on the Prairie. The shop had a bag made up using part of the banner as the featured masthead for the top of the bag. I thought it was very clever and thinking that I surely needed the pattern I purchased one for $10 -- turns out it was a waste of money as in the meantime - before I got the bag started I went to a 2 hour workshop to learn how to make a gift bag. Lo and behold - no pattern necessary as all one needs to do is cut into one of Margaret Knight's flat bottomed sacks - and the pattern is right there. (and besides the pattern I purchased really did not have a pattern per se), just provided dimensions for the various strips. If you have sewn at all it is fairly easy. Take a look at the following pictures and if you are having trouble figuring it out ... take a look at this 2015 video from Sew Very Easy: DIY: Fabric Gift Bags.
The technique for the bag is the same. Smaller bags are easier to handle than the larger ones but be creative and inventive in terms of the fabric you use. I discussed the making of a smaller bag at a blog entry at - < https://greenfroggifts.blogspot.com/2017/10/gift-bag-or-small-ditty-bag-for-car-or.html >
|A large grocery bag was actually the very same size as the one described in the pattern. The only thing the pattern did was to give the dimensions. This one ends up being 20 inches wide and as tall as you want it. Straps are 31 inches.|
|Simply cut out the unneeded stablizer to make a notch in the "bottom" |
section of the fabric pattern.
|Top stitch the finished fabric piece to the stabilizer. Stitch inside (narrower) what would normally be the seam line. Then use the top stitched layer as a template to cut the lining from the inside material. I used another banner. I did not worry about which way anything was inside as it would not really be read but rather just provide a glimpse of the pioneer fabric. While the lining is still flat sew any pockets or zippers that you wish to have inside the bag. Then stitch down the sides of the outside of the bag, and across the top - joining the outside and the lining. Be sure to leave an open seam to turn the bag. Before seaming the top put in the handles - I made mine out of the fabric left from the first banner. I was able to get the handles and a large ipad pocket for inside the bag from the parts not used for the outside of the bag. The video referenced above will explain how the sides and bottom are joined together. Sew Very Easy: DIY: Fabric Gift Bags.|