Carry-All Bag Pattern with pockets galore!

Carry All Bag

Need a new bag?  Silly question – of course we all need more bags and this one is practical and versatile.  You’re probably already familiar with this bag design as it featured in the recent post ‘How a Sewing Pattern is Born‘.  A lot of work and testing went into this pattern and I think you’ll love all the versions made by the pattern testing group. Not too big, not too small – just right!  This Carry-All Bag might be just right to carry everything you need to the gym, as a carry-on bag for travelling or even for an overnight stay.  There are lots of pockets both inside and out so you can quickly and easily keep everything organised and to hand without having to rummage about. A wide zipper top makes loading and unloading the bag a breeze … Continue reading

‘Make it Yours’ One Piece Clutch Bag Pattern and SEWING CONTEST

'Make it Yours' clutch bag. Free pattern with ideas for how to customise the bag to make it yours.

A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse.  Pattern available in two slightly different sizes.  Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag.  Add internal pockets or a strap.  It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern! The ‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest is also launched today.  Find out more at the bottom of this post about how you can win some great prizes just for sewing this bag! Features: Uses just one pattern piece Super quick to sew Simple design Two sizes Magnetic snap closure Make it yours – add your own design features Bag sizing – The small … Continue reading

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

My own makeup bag was in need of some attention.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, hardly ever and a quick look inside my bag reveals congealed mascara, eyeshadow colors that haven’t changed since the early 90’s and some supermarket brand lipsticks.  I do have a couple of nice mineral foundation powders that I love and do wonders for my skin, but the rest needed to be sorted out and updated.  It seemed the perfect time to throw out the old cosmetics bag and make myself a nice smart new one.  So here is the Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. The one I designed and made is just a little bigger than the bag I already had so that it can accommodate all the new makeup goodies I am going to buy myself, as well as a few travel sized … Continue reading

Wine bag pattern and tutorial

Wine Bag Pattern. Sew a padded wine or

It’s that time of year when you might be taking a bottle of wine to a party or giving a nice bottle of wine or brandy to a neighbor for Christmas.  But how to wrap it?  This quick to sew padded wine bag pattern will protect the precious contents, and keep them cool on the way to dinner. It doesn’t even have to be for Christmas – make these in your favorite fabrics for any time of year. Nothing too complicated or time-consuming for the free pattern this month – we’re all too busy!  So enjoy this simple project that fits everyone!   😉 Where to get your free wine bag pattern? Directions This is an easy project suitable for beginners.  You don’t have to be 100% accurate, the bottle won’t mind if you are a little wonky and by … Continue reading

Clam Shell Wristlet Purse – Seasonal Sewing Series

Clam shell wristlet, free purse sewing pattern.

Hi, I’m Rhonda from Rhonda’s Creative Life. I’m so excited about having the opportunity to come to you as a guest of So Sew Easy. I have an extra special project for you today, my clam shell wristlet. Party season will soon be upon us and every party dress needs the perfect little purse. It’s perfect for any holiday function! It will hang from your wrist and give you the freedom to enjoy a few hor dourvers or dance the night away and never worry about what might have happened to your bag. The bag can easily be customized with a special zipper pull. I made mine from a few leftover beads. I’ve included the pattern pieces and the full step by step photo instructions in two separate downloads for you to print and keep.  So download the pattern and … Continue reading

Santa Tote Bag pattern

Sew this Santa Toe Bag tutorial and pattern.

Hello!! This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects here to share a very fun Christmas project with you today for this great Seasonal Sewing Series! This is kind of the combination of two projects on my site-the simple tote bag and the Santa hand towels. Combine the two and you get…a Santa Tote Bag! And the best part? It’s really easy to make! Santa Tote Bag Tutorial: Supplies Needed: About 1/2 yard of red fabric (mine is canvas and was 60″ wide. If you get 45″ wide you may need a little more than 1/2 yard.) 1 yard of fusible fleece Wide, black ribbon (3 inches wide or so) Narrow silver ribbon (about 1/2 inch wide) White fur (small amount) Instructions: For basic construction of this bag, I am going to refer you to my Simple Tote Bag Pattern. In … Continue reading

Reusable Fabric Gift Bags to sew

Sew these fabric gift bags - eath-friendly alternative to wrapping paper, and cute too!

  When Deby asked if I wanted to contribute to the So Sew Easy Seasonal Sewing Series, I immediately agreed. Not only did it sound like a fun series, but I could get a head start on planning and sewing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, I’ve cut down on my use of Christmas paper, by sewing re-usable fabric gift bags. Today I’ll show you how I make some of those bags… Super easy, next to no sewing bag: Cut a rectangle twice the width you need (mine is 15″ x 8″, suitable for a small gift such as a pack of cards). Fold in half, with the right sides together. Sew down one side and across the bottom. Use pinking shears on the seams and across the top. Don’t worry if you don’t have pinking shears… just leave … Continue reading

The Boxy Bag Pattern and kits

The Boxy Bag. Great for a lunch box, cosmetics or toiletries bag, mini holdall for the beach, traveling and more. Soft and padded but sturdy. From So Sew Easy.

You know that I love to design sewing patterns, and I usually then upload them to Craftsy so you can all download the pattern for free to use along with the instructions that I post on the site here. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make that happen. My latest pattern, the Wrap Dress, was nearly a full weeks work.  From the design stages, through pattern grading, drawing the pattern and scanning it, adjusting the pattern, making up 2 or 3 tests and then a final dress, taking step by step photos along the way, getting my husband to take photos of the finished dress and writing the instructions and the post, then uploading and publicising the pattern. Pretty much a solid 6 days work. My husband questioned why I did all this for free. Where … Continue reading