Woo hoo! I made my own little Sew Together Bag! This is just the cutest little thing, and so very useful. I know you all will want to make one too. It isn't a project for beginners, but if you are confident, and follow allong a couple of tutorials, read carefully and are patient with yourself, you can do it.
I had been seeing these adorable bags on various blogs, and when I saw Amanda's at Crazy Mom Quilts, I couldn't help myself. There was no turning back.
The bag has three zippered pockets and one long zipper to hold it all together. If you want some practice putting in zippers, here's your project. A terrific tip I got is to use your walking foot for the entire project, including the zippers. It worked great for me.
Three zippered pockets for all your cosmetics, sewing notions, whatever.
And wait for it.
Wait for it....
I know. How adorable is that?
Where to begin? Well, with the downloadable PDF pattern from Sew Demented. You can get it for $12 on Craftsy .
There are also lots of examples to drool over on Pinterest, Instagram and Flickr for inspiration. You can embellish the outside with patchwork, embroidery, hexies, yo yos, whatever floats your boat. For my first one, I just made mine out of a cute Joel Dewberry print. I used a piece of fusible batting to give it more body.
To tell you the truth, I could not have gotten through this pattern without a couple of online tutorials that walked me through it step by step. The best one I found is one by Quilt Barn, done in five steps, supposedly over a five day sew along. I made mine in one day. The tutorial explains things really well and has loads of photos to make things even more clear. Hopefully my future efforts won't take an entire day, because I have a couple of people who are going to want one of these when they see mine.
Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts has a nice tutorial for making zipper tabs, which I think are a great addition. I used this same technique when I made those gazillion or so Teri Atkinson Zippy bags a few years ago.
So get yourself some pretty fabric, four zippers, some fusible interfacing, the pattern and some matching thread, and give it a try!