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Divide and Conquer Bag

Learn techniques on how to add zippers. Make pockets with vinyl and mesh fabric. Add purse hardware. Create covered straps.

*This is an ADVANCED bag. It may take several classes to complete, anywhere from three to six (or more) depending on how much work you complete on your own at home. To accommodate for this, you can sign up for any of the Divide & Conquer classes no matter where your progress is on the bag. To aid in your work at home, please view the videos that come with your pattern. 

Small bag finishes at 9.5" x 13.5" x 6.5" 

Have your fabric panels quilted before class.
Cut and layer main fabric, lining fabric, and Soft and Stable together and quilt for Quilted Sets A, B, and C according to page 2 in the pattern. 

Supplies needed:
You will need to bring your sewing machine, regular sewing supplies, thread, and fabric. 
A zipper foot and walking foot are handy for this project.
Binding clips
Marking pencil
You will need to have or purchase the Divide and Conquer pattern.

The pattern calls for:
(Small size bag) 
Main fabric - 1 yard
Lining fabric - 1 yard
Coordinating fabric - 1 yard
Soft and Stable - 36" x 58"
Fusible interfacing - 1/8 yard
Lightweight mesh fabric - 1/2 yard
Handbag zippers - ByAnnie's Zippers by the Yard
Polypro 1" strapping - 4.5 yards
Hardware - Four 1" rings
                 Two 1" sliders

You are welcome to bring your own lunch or you can bring cash as we usually order in lunch.

Class fee is $15 (each day) cash or check payable to Sandy

Skill Level: Advanced
Skill Details: Very advanced skill level. Previous bag making experience is a must.
Instructor: Sandy Dess
Instructor Bio: Sandy is a lifetime quilter and long-time associate at The Quilt A Way. She loves fussy-cutting, paper piecing, and small projects, and she regularly participates in online quilting swaps. Her vast knowledge and easy-going teaching style make her a continual favorite with students.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
Contact Info
  • The Quilt Away
  • (406) 453-2788
  • 222 13th Street South
    Great Falls, MT 59405
  • Hours:
    Mon-Wed: 10am - 6pm
    Thursday: 10am - 9pm
    Friday: 10am - 6pm
    Saturday 10am - 5pm
    Sunday 11am - 4pm
  • Please note:
    A 25% restocking fee will be applied to all returns. All returns must be preauthorized.
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