Thursday, November 5, 2009

A girl can never have too many bags!

I LOVE bags! Of course, every girl does. Since I have started sewing, I've been scouting for easy-peasy bag patterns to make. And, I came across a few patterns that caught my eye and I gave 'em a go! So, after a few weeks of working on my sewing machine, I have two bags to show you guys! The first on is a handbag made of fabric from my stash. I used the tutorial I found in a LiveJournal community here: Handbag tutorial Its a very concise tutorial which doesn't give you any measurement details and such. So, I used the measurements from my favorite handbag and made this bag. It came out pretty good for a first timer at bag-making! I've been taking it to work and my team mates are impressed! So, without much ado, I will introduce my first bag here!

The next photo was taken before I put a zipper closure on the top. I didn't have enough foresight to learn how to put a recessed zipper and I struggled a lot to put the zipper closure in.

Can you see the matchy-matchy mittens on the needles?? I got the yarn as a RAK from Bebere from Ravelry. Its Rowanspun DK in a lovely shade of green. The mittens havent progressed from what you see here as I have been busy spending more time with my sewing machine. Here is a snap of the bag after I put in the zipper!

The bag is roomy with two outer pockets that close with magnetic snaps and an inner pocket. The only misgiving I have about this bag is that its very floppy. The fusible interfacing available here is not a good quality one. So, I used cotton flannel fabric between the outer and the inner fabric. I used a cardboard to give stiffness to the bag bottom! I've been looking for a place to buy these bag-making hardware in Hyderabad. If any one has any pointers to these shops, please drop a comment here. I will be more than grateful.

The next bag I made is a tote! Its called a poochie bag and here is the pattern: poochie bag It uses 3 fat-quarters.I got 4 coordinating fat quarters from Christine from Ravelry in a swap and I've been hunting for fat-quarter friendly patterns. I found the perfect pattern in this poochie bag which uses 3 fat-quarters. The only modification I made was adding a zipper closure. I prefer my bags with secure closures and I was lucky I had the perfect colored zipper for the fabrics I was using. I used cotton flannel fabric between the outer and the inner fabric for some stiffness. Here is the bag in all its cuteness!

I will risk the apparent perfection of the bag by presenting a close-up of it here. The bag has two outer pockets and a zipper closure. Its 10 inches wide, 9 inches tall with a 4 inch wide base. Its perfect!!

Here is a close-up of the innards and the zipper detail. I'm loving this bag just too much to use it! I think I will use it to carry my knitting/crochet projects around. I might make a small zippered pouch for the notions to go along with this bag with the fourth fat-quarter that's remaining. Now, that will keep me busy for an evening!

I've been gushing about this bag ever since it came off the sewing machine! Its too cute for words! I see more of these bags in the future. I am also toying with the idea of opening a shop in etsy for my handmade items. Let me see how much time and energy I can spend on it.. The idea is still in the budding stage and let me see how it goes..


  1. I think for stiffening the bag u should try either bukram or canvas. Bukram u can find in any tailoring material shop. Canvas material can be found in art shops, the ones which sell artist materials. If u use cardboard, it is hard to wash. Whereas if u use bukram or canvas u can put it in the washing machine.

  2. Great job on these bags! And thanks for the links to the tutorials, I am going to try the poochie bag tomorrow! I see a Christmas present scratched off the list...

  3. Wow pradeepa...hatsoff...great is ur creativity....

  4. lovely bags
    for stiffening bags do u can probably get something that is used by tailors in collars.

  5. Thanks all for the comment!
    @ Vidya and Mazhalai: I have what they call as bukram here that is used for shirt collars. I don't like its not fusible with the fabric. I get very light weight fusible interfacing in Secunderabad. Need to buy that! :-)

  6. Grt... Hats off to this wonderful lady with amazing creativity. No words to comment more....

  7. Both the bags are just fabulous!That Poochie Bag has been on my to do list for a long time !Now that I 've seen yours I must try it too :)

  8. Thanks Anitha ka and Don for visiting my blog!
    @Pearlin: I think we are both enablers of each other! ;-)


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