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Date: 4/10/12 12:08 PM

OK..so a rookie question. I have a pattern using fat quarters to make a lovely bag. The instructions do not specify the seam allowance. Should I assume 1/4 inch? Almost tempted to do sewing 5/8th or 1/2 inch for additional strength. Thanks!
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Date: 4/10/12 12:15 PM

If it is a pattern from a quilt company, I'd assume 1/4, from a fashion company, I'd assume 5/8.

I would worry 1/4" won't give enough strength to the seams- although, if you are quilting it, the quilting holds down the seams a bit.
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Date: 4/11/12 1:10 AM

I make a lot of bags...
Most bag patterns that I use actually have a 1/2" seam allowance. It's different from garments (5/8") but not so small as 1/4". If you're uncomfortable with 1/2", I'd go with 3/8".

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Date: 4/11/12 9:50 AM

Welcome to PR. We love having new people post and ask questions. We all have been new at the beginning. Ask all the questions you want. We like to answer them as best we can.

I would go for strength of seams first. Do the instructions have you doing any trimming of seams? How are the seams pressed? I am looking for clues. I am guessing it will be quilted somehow and not just a bag using fat quarters.

Or is it just a bag made with fat quarters? If just a bag made with fat quarters, a wider seam allowance is needed. At least 3/8 inch. I'd go with 1/2 inch right now, not knowing more of the pattern or the how it is put together.

What is the pattern name and company?

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Date: 4/11/12 9:53 AM

Most bags I've made use a 1/2 inch seam. I don't even look for the seam allowance on the patterns anymore. If I'm making a bag it's getting 1/2 inch seams.
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