Whether for yourself or for a friend, a simple bag is a great gateway sewing project! A bag has (usually) simple seams, can be made from just one or two fabrics, and is achievable in a relatively short period of time – if you select the right pattern, of course. We’ve got 10 Easy Sewing Projects: In the Bag!
We found a few easy bag tutorials to get you started sewing. They range from small to large, with zippers or without, lined or unlined – something for every comfort level!
Do you have a yard of fabric? You can make this One Yard Messenger Bag! It’s super-easy with simple rectangular pattern pieces. And with no lining or zippers to fuss with, it’s a great first project that you can use every day. Caroline shares this and other projects on the Sew Can She blog.
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Here’s an easy bag that you can make for a guy – he needs to pack his toothbrush, too! Cindy uses an oilcloth lining to make the Boxy Cosmetic Bag extra-practical. Follow her painless zipper instructions to make the bag secure – step-by-step photos hold your hand. Skip to My Lou shares ideas for sewing, crochet and tasty treats!
Do you bring your own grocery bags to the market? Why not have fun with them? The Fat Sack hold lots of goodies and has a flat bottom for a more stable ride home. Teri used decorator weight fabric to make a sturdy bag. One yard of quilting cotton will make one bag. You can make two bags with 1 3/8 yards of decorator fabric if it is 58-60 inches wide! Teri is the creative brain behind Atkinson Designs and is known for her clear, concise instructions.
“Mom, can you carry my water??” Make Water Bottle Carriers for the whole family. The sling style keeps hands free to sample food booth goodies at the fair! Kathy’s instructions include detailed photos of every step and hints on strap sizing for children and adults. She lines the bag with Insul-brite (available in most quilt shops), which helps keep the water nice and cool. I Love Fabric focuses on modern sewists with their fabric and project inspirations.
Here’s a small project that is perfect for those times when you don’t need to carry a bulky wallet but need just ID and a couple of cards. The Zipper Card Pouch is lined. You have to turn a corner with the zipper, but Joanne shows you how. I love the little gusset that allows the pouch to open wider without spilling cards all over the sidewalk. (Been there, done that!) Find more sewing, crochet and leather projects at Craft Passion.
A Zipper Pouch in 15 minutes? Yup. This post includes both written and video tutorials, so you can’t go wrong! I think it would be great to have a bunch of these on hand for wrapping small gifts – so much more earth-friendly than disposable wrapping paper! Melissa’s Melly Sews blog is full of more fun things you can make with needle and thread!
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