10 Easy Sewing Projects: In the Bag!
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.
The Boho Sling Bag adds pretty lining and useful pockets to a casual bag that’s easy to make. Detailed, step-by-step photo illustrations take you through the entire process. When you’re ready for more, the Destashification Project has tons of projects to try!
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!
This Easy Tote Bag has a fleece inner lining to add structure and stability. Amber includes an accent fabric to add a little zing to the design. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. There are lots more sewing and craft projects on Crazy Little Projects.
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.
There are many versions of the Japanese Knot Bag. The instructions for this one include a downloadable PDF for the pattern. Print the pattern larger or smaller to make a family of bags! Ellen of The Chilly Dog has many more sewing, paper craft and jewelry projects for you to try!
With three fabrics and ten steps, you can make the Three-Ten Tote! Have fun combining fabrics to suit your style – from subtle to eclectic. The easy lining gives this bag a polished look. The Inspired Wren blog offers modern sewing, crochet and craft projects to keep you busy creating!
“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!
Check out all of the sewing projects and inspiration on Create Whimsy.