Friday, May 10, 2013

I sewed my first bag!

Here is the best tutorial out there, I think, for sewing your first bag.  Great pictures and great notes.  I had sewn a tote before, (check out Noodlehead for great tutorials for totes and many other things), but was really looking for something that was more like a purse.  And not just any purse, I wanted a purse with pockets all the way around, and Crafts reDesigned had just what I was looking for. 


Here you can see my first attempt at free motion quilting.  (I will say a little bit about that on another post)  I had SO much fun free motion "stitching" I guess I should call it.  Did you know you do not have to be quilting to do some free motion stitching?  (I did not know that-but I might be the only one!)

I made a 2nd bag, this time for a friend.  I wanted to add some things that I WISH I had put on my bag.

 1. A zipper inside to hold personal items.  There was still room left for 2 big pockets on either side of the zipper and pockets all the way around.

2. A hook for keys!  A must!!                                                                                                             

3. A magnetic snap                                                                                                                         
4. a mini pocketbook (tutorial from the blog Insatiable Need )                                                         


I put the pen holder in the wrong spot, but should still work.

I love this mini pocketbook.  It was so easy to make.

I will be making this purse again and will do a few more things to improve it.  I want to use a stiffer interfacing.  I just used fleece for this bag b/c I like the soft feel.  But, I now realize that I want that stiffer feel so it will stand up.  I think a zipper is ideal for this bag and maybe even some feet.  If  I want feet, I think I'll have to add a board in the bottom.

It is fun to experiment and to learn new things.

It was my first time doing a number of things on this bag.

*First magnetic snap
*First button closer
*First inside zipper in a bag
*Also added a little white flower trim in the middle

 Please leave a comment if you love bags as much as I do or if you have any tips.  Thanks!

Grace and Peace~


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging, Gina. Great job making both fabulous bags with so many firsts. I love all those pockets... you can never have too many. I'm glad you found my post on adding a button to your blog helpful. Adding a Pinterest button to your site is a little different. There's various options here...
    If you need any help, send me an email (address at the top of my blog) and I'll write up a post.

    1. Thanks, Pam! Your link party tip was also helpful. I am going through the list now. I'm also excited about your tutorials. I can't wait to try them!

      Thanks for the Pinterst tip! I did a search on how to add the button on Blogger. I tried many of them and none of them worked. So, you might have to do a write-up. I think it is needed. :)

    2. Pam- Just FYI, I just tried to add the facebook 'like' button to my site as well and it's just not working. I edited my html for the pinterest and for the facebook and it's so odd that it won't show. Just thought if you did do a post about Pinterest, maybe you could also add in the fb like button? Pretty please! :) Thanks for your time! ~Gina

  2. oh, that is beautiful, very creative! I am your ne follower via GF and G+. Thank you for visiting and your comment.

    1. Thank you Sara! I followed you back on both. :) Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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