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What’s Up Wednesday! Get Linked: Bag Inspiration

I’ve been (re)bitten by the bag bug! The bag-making bug. So here’s a little WUW post to share what I’m seeing for “research.”

  • Pieced wool suiting fabrics are in my plans for clutches! Click here.
  • Creative embellishing is always on my list! Click here.

I seem to catch this bag-making bug when I stumble onto a good sale of sturdy fabric, and also just routinely every few years. It’s a little different this time, though. 

  • Love this idea for featuring favorite colorful scraps. Grids are always good; I like grids! Click here.
  • The bags in this slideshow are featured for kids, but I think many would make adults happy, too. Click here.

I’m not going to buy one thing unless I run out of sturdy interfacing to use inside the layers of the bags. I will use what I have! 

  • Sometimes you let some great solid fabrics do the work. Click here.
  • Sometimes you let some additional colorful fabrics jazz things up! Click here.

Using what I have on hand is perfect. After being on a bag-making supply buying kick for a while when I worked at JoAnn, I’m very well supplied! And I really need to downsize-by-using that stash of stuff. 

Who knows? I may even splurge on a pattern from StudioKat Designs — she’s the ultimate perfectionist when it comes to pattern drafting and testing. I know a pattern from her would meet my engineering-brain standards ;) 

There are also these independent and big business patterns to browse at Pattern Review. Enter the terms “purse”, “bag”, or “tote” here at the patternreview.com store.

I also wanted to share a few bags I’ve made before… 

Big bags: The Christmas Shopping Tote was useful this year because our county banned plastic shopping bags. 

I put extra long handles on this tote so you can comfortably carry it even when full.

Little bags: for game pieces!


Medium-small bag: upcycled a denim jeans leg.


A subdued gray corduroy and black canvas on the outside, this messenger bag that my daughter Becca and I designed and made together has a more typical-of-us inside!


Another bag that Becca and I designed and made together for her crochet stuff. It’s big, but can get smaller when you tuck the zipper area down inside at the crosswise tuck.


A Simplicity pattern I used, featuring some not-so-bad prequilted fabric.

A Simplicity pattern tote using prequilted fabrics

My 2012 New Year’s Day sewing project. I made it the size I wanted for carrying books around.

A New Year

This last bag now sports a big orange flower made from rolled rickrack and a button where one strap attaches at the bottom :) And orange buttons on the other three strap starting points. I’ll try to throw a picture up on Instagram in a while! Do you follow our Instagram? Do it! 

Creating bags of any kind from scratch, either using a pattern or creating one of those, too, is one of my favorite ways to let my imagination and creativity go wild! 

Happy browsing-dreaming-planning! And eventually, stitching!


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