My trip to the North East always means I visit PANICO’s in Stockton-on-Tees so I can top up my fabric stash. They always have an excellent range of reasonably priced fabric to suit all pockets whether you are a quilter or dress maker. Like all fabric retailers PANICO’s have been keeping their customers going via mail order and welcomed the relaxation of restrictions allowing customers back in the shop. For all you fabric enthusiasts out there, like me, I’m sure you will agree that there is something magic about actually going into the fabric store and being able to see and check the quality of the fabric you are buying. PANCICO’s gives you just that – the fabric is always of good quality and they won’t stock anything less!

I haven’t reviewed any fabric for a while so, this time, PANICO’s gave me this pack of JOMIL JUNIOR STRIPS to make something with. I’ve never heard of JOMIL or Junior Strips before so a little research was in order. Carl at PANICO’s described Junior Strips as a ‘deconstructed Jelly Roll’ of batik fabric and that’s exactly what they are. There are 20 strips of batik fabric, each strip being 2.5” x 44”/45” and this pack had 20 assorted batik fabric designs, pre-washed 100% cotton and ready for use. The Junior Strips are available in Plain and Assorted designs to retailers, they also sell Batik fabric Jelly Rolls, Fat Quarters and yardage. Price is comparable to Jelly Roll packs of the same size.

JOMIL are a wholesaler to the industry, a family firm, established 40 years ago. Their website says, ‘At Jomil, we search the country and beyond for the best products at the right price and continue to innovate and create our own successful brands. We have stood firm with our selection of quality products with a large proportion of our stock sourced from UK firms.’

Next time you are in a fabric shop see if you can spot any of their products! Here is the logo you might see on their merchandise.

I’ve never used Batik fabric before so I was really pleased with PANICO’s choice of fabric for review, but what to make? I could have made a simple strip quilt but as I have made several quilts for previous fabric reviews, I decided to make something different. This time I chose a BAG and adapted a free pattern for personal use – the Madeline Bag. I’ve tried the link for the pattern from @imaginegnats but it gives a warning about privacy connections and downloading. It’s possible that the site is no longer available via that link.

Here are some photo’s of the Batik strips, 20 different designs, all so beautiful.

For the Bag:

You will need:

Back: 14” x 12” – 7 strips laid vertical

Front: 16” x 8” – 4 strips laid horizontal 1 strip 2.5” x 16”

Front Yoke:  1 strip 1.5” x 16” batik, 2 strips of black cotton fabric 2” x 16”

Contrasting Side Insert: 1.75” x 44” (WOF) strip of black fabric and same size strip of white interlining fabric.

Inner Pocket: – finished size 8” wide x 6.5” deep. I used a mix of batik and black cotton for this bag.

Interlining: 2 ~ 14” x 12” pieces. I used some white stiff fabric but you can use a medium weight iron on interlining.

Lining for Bag: 2 pieces 16” x 12” of black cotton fabric

Straps: 2.5” x 28” – 1 strip batik – plus I strip of black cotton the same size and 2 strips of white interlining 1.75” x 28”

Optional: Use a strip of batik, interlining and black fabric for the Button fastener flap (2.5” x 6”).

Use either batik or contrasting fabric for the key ring holder (1.5” x 6”). Large button and a D ring clip. Alternatively, you could use a magnetic clasp. 2 x D rings or hoops for the bag strap.

Here’s how I constructed the BAG:

Lay out your chosen strips in the colourway of choice.

Sew together all the strips using a 0.25” (¼”) seam for the Front, Back and Front Yoke. PRESS.

Pin the pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut at least 0.25” away from the top, sides and bottom of the pattern (or follow your own pattern instructions). When positioning the yoke pattern piece, centre it across the batik strip as shown below.

The Front piece has 5 pleats marked on the pattern so remember to pin these before sewing the yoke in place, again using a 0.25” seam. PRESS.

Pin the Front and Back pieces to the fabric interlining and sew into place. I simply used stitch in the ditch down the seams of each strip.

I decided to add a Contrasting SIDE INSERT strip in the black fabric to create some depth to the bag and to help keep its curved sides. I began by sewing the black fabric strip and the white interlining together.

Find the centre of the back piece and the side insert strip and pin Right Sides (RS) together. Don’t worry about the overlap at either end – you will use this later as part of the straps.

Sew using either a 0.25” or 0.5” (½”) seam. PRESS.

Trim the curves of the seam allowance to reduce bulk.

Repeat for attaching the Front piece of the bag. Trim the curves and PRESS.

Remember the extra length of the Side Insert? I made these into a feature for the straps by threading a small curtain pole ring though the centre and sewing the loop on the inner side of the bag before adding the lining. I used hand stitching to sew the side of the strap loop.

Lining the BAG

Use the back pattern piece and pin to the black fabric. Cut out 2 pieces at least 0.75” (¾”) larger at the sides and bottom and 0.5” at the top. You don’t need to add a side strip as the extra width will be sufficient.

Make and attach a POCKET

I used strips of batik and the black fabric, turned under the seam allowance and stitched around all four sides before attaching to the back piece of the inner lining. Finished size of the pocket is 8” x 6.5” but you can make it smaller if you wish. When sewing it to the lining remember to place the wrong side (WS) of the pocket to the RS of the lining fabric. Stitch around the three sides of the pocket, leaving the opening at the top. PRESS.

Next: Place the LINING pieces RS together. Sew around the sides and bottom using a 0.25″ seam and  leave a 3 to 4” gap at the bottom.

Before sewing around the top of the lining and outer bag make the bag fastening flap using a strip of batik, some interlining and contrasting fabric. Make the buttonhole using your preferred method.

Make the Button Fastener flap and tack it into place remembering to place RS of the flap to the RS of the bag. If you are adding a Key Ring holder tack it into place as above. Make sure the side straps are also tacked down against the RS of the bag too.

Place the RS of the lining fabric and the RS of the bag together (the wrong side of the inner lining black fabric should be facing you. Sew around the top using a 0.5” seam. Trim out the excess bulk where the side strap and button flaps are. Turn the bag inside out through the narrow gap at the bottom. PRESS.

Pull the button flap upwards then sew 0.25” away from the top edge.

Make the BAG STRAPS

Take a strip of batik and a strip of lining fabric and place RS together. Sew down each side using a 0.25” seam and turn RS out. PRESS.

Using two strips of fabric interlining (1.75” x 28”) sew them together using 3 or 4 lines of stitching down the length of the strips. PRESS. Thread this through the centre of the bag strap to strengthen it.

Sew down each side of the strengthened strap 0.25” away from the edge. PRESS. Loop the end through the ‘black’ side straps and sew into place.

All that’s left is to sew on a big button and here is the finished bag. Doesn’t it look great? I love this bag and my daughter has already hinted on several occasions how much she loves it as its quirky style is just her!

I’ve loved working with the Batiks, and I can see why so many people adore using them in their quilt making. Now to start thinking of something else to make with what’s left of the JOMIL JUNIOR STRIPS courtesy of PANICO’s.

Finally, a huge thank you to PANICO’s for giving me the opportunity to review more fabric and to ukqu.co.uk for linking us up together. Don’t forget to pop along to the shop and support them, it’s only a short walk from Wellington Square Car Park or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/panicosfabrics

If you are a retailer and want more information about JOMIL products you can find them at https://jomil.co.uk/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jomil.felts

Happy Sewing Everyone

Carol L

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