I've been pinning various tutorials for different styles of bags for over a year, but I kept putting off actually making any. They always seem to have so many steps, and I don't always have the mental energy to follow along. Sadly, I wasn't able to figure it out on my own - and believe me, I spent a fair amount of time trying to do so!
Last Friday I finally got some time to sew, and decided I wanted to make something small rather than start a garment. So I looked through my pins, and pulled up all the tutorials on zippered bags. Bad idea - I was quickly overwhelmed! Finally, I decided to just pick one website and make one bag to start with. I picked Noodlehead.
What a great choice! This lady has a bunch of very easy-to-follow tutorials for designs I find useful. She also has some lovely PDF patterns - I'm likely going to buy the Envelope Clutch pattern.
One of my goals in making these bags is to use up some of my scraps, so I started out with the Scrappy Makeup Pouch. And scrappy is right - these bags can be pieced with very small bits of fabric. Since I also have a lot of quilt batting leftovers, I used that instead of interfacing. (Actually, this bag calls for batting.) I used bits of fabric of random sizes to piece the front and back, but did cut them to the dimensions given in the tutorial. Here's my first finished bag:
|Perfect for holding my crochet hooks!|
Chuffed by my success, I decided to make a second bag, so I got out my last bit of velveteen left over from the skirt, and some magenta corduroy. I decided to get all fancy and add a D-ring and handle. This one also used batting instead of interfacing. Boy, did that take a herculean effort to sew through all those thick layers!
|Same construction as the first bag, but not pieced.|
On Saturday, I did indeed work on my quilt, but I couldn't leave well enough alone, and decided to try out the tutorial for the Open Wide Zipper Pouch. Anna has made a really great chart showing three sizes for this bag, and even the sizes to cut the pieces for a constrast bottom! I love this bag - it is perfect for knitting projects, as the top really does open wide! For this one, I used fusible fleece to give the bag more structure.
|I made the medium size, which uses a 12" zipper.|
Sunday, I got up bright and early and headed off to JoAnn's to pick up some heavy interfacing. When I got back, I tried out the Lil' Cutie tutorial. This is such a practical little bag - just big enough for some cash and your keys, and a phone if it's not too big. My phone is too big, so next time I make one of these I'll make it about an inch bigger each way.
|This whistle keyring was the only one I had in the house!|
I really had a blast making these bags, and I know I'll be making a lot more of them in the future. I'm also very glad to have finally gotten over my apprehension about it. Once I did it, it really made sense and now I feel kind of silly for being scared of these little projects! It got me to thinking about how what is easy for one person can be confounding for another!
Those of you who sew, have you ever made any of these?