Tote Bags

I have been making some tote bags to put in my shop. They are so satisfying-easy to make but very versatile. I used a pattern from Sotak Patterns. I am slowly collecting her patterns one by one because they are all so great.

Bag Making Fun

I bought a Craftsy class taught by Svetlana Sotak with some zippered pouch patterns. I loved it so much that I bought a couple of her other patterns too and I’ve been having fun sewing bags.

I have been slowly adding them to my Etsy shop and I plan to make more styles and kinds. Here are some pictures of a few of the ones I’ve made so far.

Sew Sweetness Sloan Travel Bag

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I needed a super big bag to hold all of my church stuff, and the Sloan Bag by Sew Sweetness looked very roomy and adorable too so I settled on that one.

I have been buying a lot of fabric at Walmart of all places! But we got a Super Walmart in our little rural area almost two months ago and compared to what we had before in my town, the fabric selection at Walmart is incredible. It’s all about perspective.

So all of the fabric for this bag came from Walmart.

I love all of the pockets in this bag: There are two zippered interior pockets plus two side interior pockets, and then there are two exterior pockets (with snaps!) and a big front zippered pocket.

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Plus there is a cute little key strap.

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You can see in that last picture the dreadful mistake I made-I accidentally sewed the top zipper in upside down! It was terrible! I misunderstood one step in the directions and that was the result. I didn’t realize it until I had already attached the lining to the bag and turned the bag right side out, and I just couldn’t bear at that point to take it apart to fix it. Besides, it reminds me that imperfect things can still be awesome, because I love this bag anyway.

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Parisian Top And A Bendy Bag

I have two recent makes to put up here.

The first is another Parisian Top for me.

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I like this pattern and I love the collar. I got the fabric from Mood awhile ago. I bought it thinking I’d make a t-shirt for Ezra with it, but it was too drapey for a boy’s t-shirt.

Then, I made the last bag in my Craftsy class I talked about in my last post. This one is the Bendy bag.

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It was more fussy than the other bags and while I was making it I was thinking it was a pain, but I like how cute it is so I guess it was worth it ha ha.

I bound all the seams since they are exposed.

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I gave Bendy to my mom for Christmas!

Zip It Up Craftsy Class

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I bought some Craftsy classes during their Black Friday sale and one of the classes I got is called Zip It Up: Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags. I’ve made it through the first two bags in the class and I have one more to go.

So far I’m loving it! I’ve made a few. The Nickita bag (the brick looking bag) is pretty cute and useful.

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Ezra saw the first one I finished and begged me to make him one for his stuffed owl. So I dug around for some boy looking fabric and made him one.

Swoops in his bag.

Swoops in his bag.

The only thing I didn’t like is that the class said the bags were lined, but they’re not fully lined. The raw edges show and I wasn’t smart enough to figure that out until it was too late to fix it in my first bag. But I’ve just been binding the seams in my other bags and I think that looks good.

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Fabric Basket

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I made this little basket using this tutorial.

It was for a baby shower.

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I was going to make the larger size, but I might have accidentally got the sides and the top and bottom mixed up and sewed down the wrong sides. I wasn’t going to pick all those stitches out of all the layers of fabric and batting and fleece, so I just chopped it down and made a smaller basket.

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