Made in a Snap – easy bag pattern

I've never seen this type of easy bag pattern before. Love those handles!

This is the Made in a Snap Bag – and its a quick and easy bag pattern and the latest in the ‘My First Bag’ series.  It’s a good bag for beginners to bag-making, although it can be just a little bit tricky in one place, but if you are careful, you can do a good job on this one. What’s special about this bag – well I’ll tell you.  See that metal frame – it’s removable.  Which means that you make up several different bags and you can swap them in and out to match your outfit but they all use the same frame.  Of course you can buy several frames and not bother to switch up the cover too.  It’s good either way. To sew the Made in a Snap easy bag pattern Materials: 6 inch half-round purse frame – … Continue reading

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches for Christmas

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches - pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these as a gift this year. Addictive free pattern!

If you are fairly new to following along at So Sew Easy, then you might have missed this project from some time back so I thought you’d like to see what I’ve been sewing. I’ve been busily sewing away these teeny tiny zipper pouches for stocking stuffers and for handy gifts for hubby to give to some of his colleagues.  They work in the sun all day, in and out of the water working as diving instructors and these little pouches are ideal.  They can hang them off their bag and have easy access to their lip balm, sun block and lunch money while keeping the rest of the stuff in their bag dry. I use mine on my key ring and its ideal to keep my lip balm and a few bank notes for when I pop out to … Continue reading

Sew a jewelry travel case pattern

Jewelry purse - love this jewelry case. Soft and padded for travel but nice enough to use on your dresser every day.

Introducing the Jewelry Purse pattern. Here’s a bonus pattern which is just in time to sew for Christmas.  If you are giving a piece of jewelry as a gift this year, then this makes the perfect way to wrap it in this pretty and useful jewelry purse pattern. Ideal to keep your favorite pieces easily to hand, or just right for travelling and looking glamorous on the go.  This jewelry purse has a spot for earrings, chains or bracelets, rings, and other small items, and a full width zipper pocket too. Make it sumptuous in silk or satin, or practical and more hard-wearing in a quilting weight cotton. Features: Finished size closed – 8.5 inches by 6 inches Ring holder, earring holder, 2 hangers for chains, zipper pocket, 2 slip pockets Soft and padded. Step by step photo tutorial (no … Continue reading

The Lucy Tote Bag pattern

The Lucy Tote Bag Pattern.

After the release of the Ultimate Wallet, I’ve been getting lots of requests recently for more bag patterns, and more bag patterns suitable for improving sewers to tackle and try out or learn new skills.  The Lucy Tote Bag pattern is brought to you with those requests in mind. Its a stylish tote bag with a few nice touches I think you’ll like. Features: Zipper top for security Inside slip pockets Flat base Outside zipper pocket Nice handles with rectangle rings and tabs Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print Contrast top and lining for a little extra design flair This one has a lot of techniques that will be familiar to you, but you might also try a few new skills along the way such as adding the zipper pocket to the outside, or adding in the top zipper. This … Continue reading

Why I made a bag from someone else’s pattern

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Have you ever heard of Pattern Parcel?  Until recently I hadn’t either but then several blogs I followed promoted a recent ‘pattern parcel’ and I clicked through to find out more – I’m so nosy! Here’s what they say about themselves: “Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel it is our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by independent designers while supporting charity. We go about this in a unique way, by allowing the customers to choose  their own price in supporting the designers included in the Parcel. In addition to determining the total sales price, each customer purchasing the Parcel is able to allocate how much of their price goes to the designers, the company, and to the charity, DonorsChoose.org. As a company we cover the costs of web hosting, design and payment processing fees from our allocated position, … Continue reading

The Ultimate Wallet sewing pattern

The Ultimate wallet sewing pattern. Space for 28 cards, coins, notes, receipts, list etc. Looks like a fun pattern.

  I think you’ll all love this pattern. The original Super Simple Wallet has always been popular, but what if you have more cards?  Need more space?  Want to carry all your bills, coins, cards and receipts in the one wallet?  Then the ULTIMATE Wallet sewing pattern is for you. You can even fit in your cell phone. Features: Enough space for 28 cards, even more if you double them up Large coin purse with zipper Full width space for notes and bills Space for receipts and papers behind the card slots Slide a phone inside too?  Or your shopping list, notepad and pen? Full written and photo tutorial AND a video tutorial too Finished size - approx. 6.75 inches, by 4.75 inches by 1 inch. Rating – This pattern has been rated by the pattern testing team as Intermediate. See … Continue reading

How to sew a recessed zipper on a bag

Great video on how to sew a recessed zipper for a bag. This is the easiest & clearest way I've seen to do it.

I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are left open, and that’s just fine. With these examples of the Expanding Nautical Tote Bag and the Turning Japanese Purse, in each case simply holding the handles keeps the bag closed. The Zipper Top Tote bag as a zipper right across the top and isn’t very deep.  Other bags I’ve made have either had magnetic closures and snaps or zippers at the top, like the Easy Cosmetics Bag.  So I was up for a challenge and looking forward to learning something new so I’ve got a video for you today … Continue reading

Anke’s Brushes Bag – now with Video

Free pattern and video tutorial to make this cute cosmetics bag with brush roll attached.

Do you remember that awesome tutorial and pattern that Anke shared for how to add a brushes bag section to the Easy Cosmetics Bag? I couldn’t make up mine right away because I had to wait for my closures to arrive from overseas but I was so keen to give this bag a try.  I just love it when people send in photos of things they’ve made with my patterns, and especially this one where it was such a big change from the original. This is my version – what do you think? Knowing how long her tutorial was, I had set aside a whole afternoon, but in fact, it went together very quickly. The tutorial was just long because she had been so very thorough and included great photos and instructions for every step. None of it is difficult or … Continue reading

Fancy reusable market tote bag

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My guest post over at Little House Living this month is for this reusable market tote bag. It has a vinyl bottom to make sure the bag lasts and lasts and doesn’t get worn or poked through in the bottom like my usual reusable bags from the supermarket. My favorite thing about this bag – the lovely handles. Nice and soft to carry a heavy bag full of groceries but strong and attractive at the same time. Drop on over to Little House Living to take a look and make your own. There’s a video too.

Baby changing mat pattern – two options

Baby changing mat. Several different styles and options in the same pattern.

  Babies will soon be popping out everywhere so my sewing for all the new babies continues.  There’s one thing I know, when they aren’t sleeping / feeding / screaming, babies are pooping.  One of my expecting friends showed me the changing mat she used first time round and just told me – it’s just so big.  I don’t need all these pockets and things, all these bells and whistles.  Just make it simple and small enough to carry about, but big enough at the same time. And it needs a wipe clean inner surface. So I made one, and although it’s great and is already on its way to a new home, I wanted to make one that closed up even smaller so I made a second version too.  Here is the pattern and brief instructions for both. Making … Continue reading

Anke’s Brushes Bag – free pattern

Brushes roll and cosmetics bags combined. Love this idea. Free pattern.

I’m delighted today to share with you a tutorial written especially for you by Anke, one of the So Sew Easy readers.  She used the Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern and improved it immensely.  When she sent me photos, I knew I wanted to sew this so I begged her to share it with us all.  I’m so pleased she said yes.  Please welcome Anke from Germany. [Anke uses cm and mm so if you need to convert because you are used to inches, here is a handy online measurements converter here or a ready made table here.] UPDATE – you can now find my own project including a step by step video for how to sew this bag – click on the image here.  * * * * * * Hi everyone! I have sewn several zipper bags, but usually I … Continue reading

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