I made bags – a LOT of bags! I never knew it could be so easy after struggling along following some of the tutorials I had found online. Suddenly once I found the right tutorial it was quick, easy and fun. Er em, here are a few of the bags I quickly made…..
Of course Craftsy came to my rescue when I wanted to get it right – I might just be in love with Craftsy. And this was one of their FREE classes too. Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch. I haven't watched the Reversible Tote sections yet, I jumped straight in with the Zipper Pouch.
There are a total of 6 video lessons, running time a total of 75 minutes, with Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The Zipper Pouch is available in 4 sizes, with a free pattern for each size. You need a 9 inch zip and just a small amount of fabric. And you can cut, interface, sew and finish in under an hour once you've done the first one. (I know, I've done quite a few of them !)
For my bags, I used a medium weight interface on the outer fabric, and then I added a fusible fleece to the back of the lining fabric to give the bag a nice substantial feel, while still keeping it flexible and soft. This padding also protects your phone etc if you should feel the need to swing your bag around. I added a removable wrist strap to enable swinging, or hands-free dancing/shopping.
I couldn't be happier with them. I've made a lot for me to increase my own bag wardrobe which was sadly lacking, and I've also listed this lot above in the Print or Plain Etsy shop. If you see any your like, you can click on any of the pictures in the gallery at the top of the post to be taken to the item directly. (Shameless self promotion.)
If you want to sew your own, you can find the free pattern and the fab step by step video tutorial in the FREE class from Crafty, here….
Why not drop back and comment below with a link to your finished bags ?
Authored by: So Sew Easy