Are you still looking for ideas for Christmas gifts to handcraft? I wanted something a little different so I’ve made a camera bag using the cathedral windows quilting technique. I love the effect of cathedral windows quilting but there is quite a lot of hand sewing involved and I’m not sure that I have the patience to make a full size cathedral windows quilt. That makes a bag a good way to use the technique.
ten 6″ squares in a light coloured fabric, twenty seven 1.3/4″ squares in a contrasting fabric – these will be the glass of the cathedral window.
Making the cathedral windows quilt blocks
Fold and baste a 1/4″ hem round the edges of the 6″ square. Fold in half along the diagonals and press to mark creases. Fold in each corner of the square to the centre where the two crease lines cross.
That will give you the square on the right in the photo. Now fold in all the corners to the centre again so that you have the smaller square shown on the left in the photo. Sew a couple of stitches in the middle to hold all the corners together. This is the basic cathedral windows quilt block. Repeat with all ten 6″ squares.
Sew these cathedral windows blocks together in pairs by placing two blocks with smooth sides together and slipstitching along the edge. As you can see, a square shape now shows across the join between two squares. This is where the square of contrasting fabric will be placed with right side up.
With your thumb roll down the fold of the light coloured fabric to cover the raw edge of the pink square. Keep going round all the edges. This is where you get that curved shape for the cathedral window which is so lovely.
Join the cathedral windows quilt blocks
There are two triangle shapes on either side of the square. I filled these using a square folded in half so that the fold is in line with the outside edge of the light coloured square. There are two edges where you can roll down a curved edging and the third side is just slipstitched to the edge.
Join all the pairs of squares together by placing them with smooth sides together and slipstitching the join. You will see further square shapes forming as you join the pairs of squares. Sew red squares in all the square and triangle shapes formed in the cathedral windows blocks.
Sew the seams of the cathedral windows camera bag
I have shown the cathedral windows bag with the camera in place so that you can see how the cathedral windows quilted strip is folded. The bottom four squares form the front of the bag. The next four squares where the camera lies for the back of the bag and two two squares are the flap.
Slipstitch along the side edges of the bag – I used double thickness thread for this stage – and add a fastening. I think it’s a really pretty bag and the cathedral windows quilting makes it that bit different. It also means that there are several layers of fabric to protect the camera.
Here’s the video: