Monday, February 22, 2010

A Penchant for Bags

Making bags is so addicting. 


There is no fitting involved, so it's a very forgiving construction process. If you can measure and sew squares and rectangles together, you can make a nice bag. The color and fabric selection that is available to create a bag seems endless.  You can choose a fabric that you wouldn't necessarily wear or use to decorate your home.

Also, they are so quick to make and require such little yardage that if you get tired of your bag you can just make a new one!


I made a few this past weekend. I would have sewn more, but a cold virus weaseled its way in and sapped a bit of my energy.

The grid on my cutting board gives you an idea of the size of these bags. I used a 22" zipper for the top opening on the large one. Next in size is the lunch bag like I made here. And finally a small pouch that uses a 7" zipper. The small pouch is made with the same fabric as the bag lining.


I have enough photos to put together a tutorial for the large bag. It is the perfect size for many uses: gym tote, diaper bag, carryon flight bag. 


Tutorial to be posted soon!

Be sure to visit  Sew & Tell Fridays. I'm not the only one making bags!

25 comments:

Pokey said...

Wow, they are such pretty ones, too! I'll be looking for the tutorial...thanks!

Chris said...

Nice work. I've been thinking of making some bags as Christmas gifts for 2010. Maybe if I start now they'll actually be done in time. Hope you feel all better real soon. :)

ivoryspring said...

Sue,

These bags are absolutely beautiful -- you did a great job! :)

Yes, I am quite excited about being in Fons & Porter...! :)

Sew It UP! said...

Love how you have made the extra little bags to match.

concretenprimroses said...

Very pretty! I want to make a bag because I want an outside pen holder (among other things that I just can't find!) Yours are a real inspiration!
Kathy

Kathy said...

Hi, Sue!

I love the polka dots on this bag--and I love the colors, too. Do you sell them online? Kathy

Dee said...

Sue, I love the new header! You're so creative and clever with the pictures! Sew pretty.

The bags are just too much! They look awesome and I love that you are willing to put together a tutorial to share! How thoughtful and generous of you! You're super sweet!

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for your kind words on my blog!

See ya later!

Kristen said...

These look great. I like the addition of the extra bags for the bags! Would love a tutorial!

Alyssa said...

Love the bags and the polka dots. Can't wait to see the tutorial.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Love the polka dots, and can't wait for teh tutorial! I have a diaper bag to make soon.

Diane said...

Love your bags! My mon just asked me today about a bag patern. I am going to send her a link so she can check out yours and be inspired :)

Michelle said...

Very cute!

Rene' said...

I'll be on the look out for your tutorial. You say making bags is easy, but it doesn't look that way to me! I really like this bag and the coordinating accessories. Thanks for sharing!

The Tripp Family said...

I love the matching set! I keep meaning to try a bag. I'll have to learn how to sew a zipper first I guess :)

Leslie said...

yeah i can not wait for the tutorial. these bags look great.

Mary said...

Yes, making bags is VERY addicting (and satisfying!) I have so many more than I could ever use. Your bags look great!

Karen said...

Way to go. They are great bags. Not so good on the zipper thing myself.

KQuiltyBee said...

These are great--can't get up the gumption work on bags very often myself. All of you are inspiration!

Mrs Moen said...

I really like your bags and am looking forward to the tutorial!

Nina... said...

I love making bags...they ALWAYS fit!! Your new blog header is fabulous. How did you make it?

trish said...

Beautiful bags. I don't know how to make bags yet. I am really looking forward to when I learn. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Aunt Spicy said...

You MUST put together the tutorial!

ktquilts said...

The dotty one is my favorite!!! I will be watching for the tutorial.
Blessings,
KT

amylouwho said...

as you know, I have a penchant for bags too!! And everyone I make becomes my favorite! These are adorable. I need to get better at making zipper pouches. They are so cute and handy!

Rita E said...

Lovely bags ... I love these, but have never tried making one ... I guess I need to get out of my comfort zone.

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