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super cute sensible lined everyday bag

Added Aug 9, 2011

by keren

Tel Aviv, Israel






I wanted to warm up my crafting skills on handbag making, so I made this little guy in just a couple of hours yesterday. It was quite an easy project, though the pattern is slightly fabric-wasteful, leaving “peninsulas” of fabric because the straps and the bag itself are one piece. Nevertheless it was breezy and fun. I added a large snap because I don’t plan on using it inside-out (though it is reversible), and I also added an inner patch pocket for my cellphone. I loved top-stitching the edges (using top stitching thread) – an edge stitch foot really helps you get that nice even edge stitch. If you plan to make one for yourself, consider using a heavier sturdier outer fabric for a smarter look. More info and lessons learned on my blog

Material Notes

flannel checked fabric, creme colored flannel interior (all from my stash :-D)
large snap
top-stitching thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Corduroy, Cotton, Blends, Denim, Flannel

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    Aug 10, 2011, 03.15 PMby Rikka Walters

    I love this pattern and have used it dozens of times! Although I remember how doubtful I was the first time I used it. I was pulling all that fabric through the tiny hole in the handle thinking “this is crazy! How is this going to work?” My son thought it looked like a plucked chicken! But eventually it all came together. Like magic, all the raw edges were hidden away…and THAT was the exact moment I feel in love with sewing bags. Honest! I love your plaid bag! The top stitching is so neat and perfect. Great job!

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      Aug 10, 2011, 04.04 PMby keren

      Wow, cool!!! So this is the bag of destiny! I like this bag and can’t believe my huge Spanish workbook fit in it! I forgot to take photos of my perfectly matched plaid at the seams and boast about it, though. Silly me. Thanks for commenting :-D I want to make more bags, but hopefully ones that will be more fabric-efficient.

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    Aug 9, 2011, 02.08 PMby Shira B

    wow thats very good! I love the fabric combination and the top stitching looks great :D

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      Aug 9, 2011, 02.09 PMby keren

      thank you! I also love this fabric, though it is kind of winter-y :-)

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    Aug 9, 2011, 01.38 PMby nellyvdb

    Mmm, I have made this bag too, and used the “peninsulas” you mention, to add pockets, so very little was wasted. Isn’t this a super roomy bag?

    Your bag looks really pretty, well done :)

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      Aug 9, 2011, 02.04 PMby keren

      Thank you! I too used one of the “peninsulas” for the cellphone pocket. But what of the three others…? It’s a useful bag, roomy enough for a few things but “roomy” depends on how much you need to carry! :-D

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