All in a Flap Bag – fold over bag pattern POTM

All in a Flap fold over clutch bag with options for shoulder or wrist strap. Easy to sew, uses very little fabric, instructions for using vinyl/suede etc too.

Introducing a new easy bag pattern this month.  A smart fold over bag that can be used as a clutch bag or with an optional handbag/shoulder strap too, or even make a wrist strap.  It’s very versatile.  Fashionable and practical, fold over for your essentials, but shop too much and unfold for extra space. It doesn’t use too much fabric so if you want to splurge on something really special, this could be the ideal pattern.  Make it in a regular cotton, home decor fabric etc and instructions are also included if you want to use a vinyl/faux leather/thicker suede etc. Features of the All in a Flap fold over bag pattern: Fold over top forms the flap Make in all the same or contrasting fabrics Outer zipper pocket in the back – optional Detachable strap – optional Instructions for … Continue reading

Such a Sweetie gate-fold bag pattern

This is adorable! Use a beaded or glamorous fabric for an evening bag or a pretty print and lace or beads for a little girls purse.

I’m a sucker for shiny bag hardware.  Any time I see something new, my mind starts to turn over with the possibilities for how to use it and this unusual little piece was no exception.  It’s called an expandable gate-fold purse frame and lends itself perfectly to making a cute little round bag. I started out by making one for the little daughter of a friend, decorated it with lace and ric-rac, and it was so pretty.  When we asked what she was going to keep in her little bag, she replied “All my sweeties” and so the name “Such a Sweetie” bag came about.  It truly is a sweetie too, and looks great as an evening bag, fabulous in a sequin, beaded or embroidered fabric too. Make one in a luxurious silk  with hand beading perhaps? I’ll be delighted to … Continue reading

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags. I use mine to keep fabric, thread, pattern and zipper together for planned projects, but these are good for lots of things. Think first aid kit!

Did you see the earlier article about the clear project and storage bags I made with the snap tops?  These have been very handy for sorting and storing my small sewing supplies.  I can quickly see what is in all of the bags without having to open them. Hubby even had me make him a couple for his work bag, so that he can keep stuff organised in this great big backpack he lugs around at work.  It really helps him that they are vinyl because he works as a scuba diving instructor and often puts damp stuff into his bag and the vinyl pouches keeps the damp off whatever else he is carrying, paperwork, money, phone etc. But I needed more bags, bigger bags and ones with a totally closed top so I gave it a try with a zipper … Continue reading

Clear vinyl project pouches

Quick and easy to make clear vinyl bags and pouches with snap tops for storage. Kids love these for their small toys. Make them any size.

Do you have a lot of supplies that need storing? Or kids that have small toys or cars to keep tidy? Or even Unfinished Works in Progress that need to be organised? Or want to keep a pattern, zipper, fabric, thread etc all together for a planned project. ME TOO! I love anything that helps me to stay tidy and organised so I’ve been making up whole bunch of clear bags and pouches to do just that. I like these because I can see at a glance what’s inside. I made a couple of different types. Small and medium flat pouches with snap tops and then some larger ones with a zipper top too. Now I have plenty of variety and just the right bag to store all my goodies in. If you want to have a go, here’s how you … Continue reading

The Trinity Bag Pattern 3-in-1 – POTM

The Trinity Bag is a triple zipper pouch all joined together and closed with a flap and with a removable strap. I've never seen a pattern for a bag like this before - I need one!

I have a great new bag pattern released today for you as the Pattern of the Month for September.  A friend had one similar that I just loved and it took me a while to work out how to sew it, so the bags would all be joined, but now it’s become my new favorite for running around town and doing all my errands. Why settle for one bag when you can have three-in-one.  The Trinity bag has three zipper pouches, each with slip pockets in the lining, to keep all of your bits and pieces organized. Use it as a clutch, or make an adjustable and removable strap to wear it on your shoulder or as a cross-body bag. Features: Optional detachable and adjustable strap Finished size 9.5” wide x 6.5 ” high x 1” deep Three zipper pouches … Continue reading

The Envelope Clutch Bag – free bag pattern

At last a bag pattern and tutorial for how to sew a bag that looks like you bought it. And its a free pattern too.

As much as I love fabric bags, sometimes I need something that looks, well, more plain I suppose you could say. Most of my bags are made from quilting cottons and as much as I love the designs of them all, sometimes I need a bag that can go with anything. So I set about using some new materials and playing around with a few designs to see what I could come up with The Envelope Clutch Bag is the result. It’s made from vinyl with a cotton lining, and don’t worry if you’ve heard horror stories about sewing with vinyl, it’s really not that bad.  I’ll give you a few tips to help out.  Or you can make this bag in a regular quilting cotton, or something like a micro-suede would be very cool too. Features of the Envelope … Continue reading

The Pockets A-Plenty Purse – POTM

I love this flat bottom bag pattern. Takes a bit more time to sew, but totally worth the extra effort for such a great bag.

I’ve got a very special pattern for you this month.  It’s another bag, but this one is just a little bit different, with some new techniques for you to try out and a different look to most that have come before. You’ll need accurate cutting and sewing skills for this one and there is a little hand-sewing involved.  It’s worth the extra effort though to make such a pretty end result, and a bag that can be used in lots of different ways. This pouch wristlet is a must have.  It is perfect for everything you need to carry around. It’s fully lined and roomy enough for your long wallet, your smartphone etc.  The strap is optional, and this bag also makes a great cosmetics bag, because it stands up nicely by itself and has a flat base. Features of … Continue reading

Conference Tote Bag Pattern Sew-Along

Want to learn more about sewing bags? This tote bag pattern sew-along includes so much info with videos, photos and lots of helpful links and tips.

I’m so excited because the first ever So Sew Easy Sew-Along launches today.  It’s been months in the making and finally you all get to join me in this project.  Let me explain to you about the bag we will sew and about how the Sew-Along will work. The finished size of the bag is approx 12 inches wide, by 4 inches deep and 10 inches tall. The schedule The Sew-Along will last for 10 days, with new lessons being released each day, comprising the pattern, materials list, tips on interfacing and then step by step sewing instructions each day with photos and a video. All throughout we’ll be sharing what we make at each stage, showing off our fabric choices, asking questions and sharing advice over in the Sewing Chat Group and I am really looking forward to it … Continue reading

Fold over clutch bag pattern

Fold Over Clutch Bag Pattern - denim and cotton fabrics combined to create stylish unique clutch

Whats not to love about a simple clutch? Perfect for holding keys, wallet and mobile they are so quick and easy to whip up you can easily make one per outfit. Have fun playing with different fabric combinations. The denim bag makes the most of various cotton scraps (including quite a few shirts) which have been pieced together. The shimmery evening fold over clutch is made up with curtain fabric. This has been hand embroidered to embellish the existing pattern and tie the colours in. How about using quilting cotton? Simple to whip up, perfect to accompany your summer dresses. They take less than an hour, and are so easy to customize too. To make a fold over clutch bag you will need: Two pieces of lining fabric 11 by 9″ Two pieces of your bottom fabric choice 5  by 9″ Two pieces … Continue reading

Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects.  I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch. Vintage envelope zipper pouch You will need: 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)  Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches 8 inch zipper (or longer) Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label Color bubble jet printer … Continue reading

Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern – POTM

Love this tablet bag pattern.. Nice and padded, separate pocket for the tablet, stylish, and a big zipper pocket in back for charger, wallet, etc. This is going everywhere with me!

  Do you own an iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computer?  Then you’ll probably want to take it out and about with you and this bag has been especially designed with that in mind.  But even if you don’t have a techie item to carry, its a useful bag with some great pockets and features that you’ll love. Features of the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Fits a standard large size tablet or iPad Finished size, approx. 9 inches wide, by 11.5 inches tall, plus strap. Step by step video instructions Easy-sew zipper technique Step by step photo instructions Full video tutorial to show you how to make it every step of the way Skill level – confident beginner More about the Tech Tote The padded tech bag is designed for your tablet or reader, and … Continue reading