My New Bag

Hi there!  I hope you had a great weekend.  My sewing time last week was – ZERO – and I used the weekend to make up for that…at least a little!  Do you look at stuff and think “I could make that!” and then never do?  Or take months to finally figure it out?  I draw out ideas for new bags after I visit a mall (not very often!) or see a cute bag at the grocery store (more often!).  Months later realize, it’s still a great idea and now, I’ve made it!

Saturday, after spending a solid hour cleaning, my allergies have been a mess, I set out to draft pattern pieces and sew this little gem.  I love having external pockets!  I can always find my keys, a pen fits easily, yet snug so it won’t fall out.  I put a zipper pocket inside – something I haven’t done in years, maybe even decades!  Easily done with a zipper foot and a little patience.

Overall it measures 10″x 12″ x 2″ big enough for what I need, but not so big I lose stuff at the bottom.  Common problem for me!  Only bummer was in my excitement, I forgot to add the magnetic snap I pulled out for it.  Guess I’ll have to make another!

The pattern – my own

The fabric –  Alexander Henry, available at FabricWorm.

The hardware – Clover 1 5/8″ rings

I’ve joined Purse Week at A Lemon Squeezy Home – if you’ve made a bag recently you should join too!

Hope your week is off to a great start~


By | 2017-02-06T09:18:48+00:00 October 4th, 2010|bag, finished project|29 Comments


  1. Becky M October 4, 2010 at 4:30 am - Reply

    I love it, it’s adorable. I should join purse week. I have at least 3 purse projects waiting for my attention!

  2. Sally October 4, 2010 at 6:05 am - Reply

    That did come out cute! Funny how we forget techniques, isn’t it? I do like a zippered pocket in a bag and they’re not *that* hard, as you say.

  3. Vickie Angell October 4, 2010 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Love the bag, Amy! It is really cute! I have yet to make a purse, probably because I am a bit intimidated by the thought of making a purse!! I need to give it a go!

  4. vicki October 4, 2010 at 7:14 am - Reply

    It’s really cute, Amy! I can’t believe you didn’t get sewing time during the week–glad you made up for it!

  5. Terri October 4, 2010 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Cute bag! Looks like a great size and I love the fabric combination. Don’t you love having a zippered pocket inside? I’m addicted to those.

  6. Teresa Satterwhite October 4, 2010 at 7:50 am - Reply


  7. Miss Nancy October 4, 2010 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Love the bag and the fabrics! Very modern and well done.

    Have a super great sewing day.

  8. courtney October 4, 2010 at 7:59 am - Reply

    love it! the shape is adorable- and the fabric colors are great!

  9. upstatelisa October 4, 2010 at 8:01 am - Reply

    really cute! Yay for sewing time~!

  10. Mariliz's Musings October 4, 2010 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Ahhh that is really cute…I love Alexander Henry fabrics!

  11. Dree October 4, 2010 at 9:09 am - Reply

    That is so cute! I have been meaning to draft up a bag pattern. I love bags with outside pockets too–but I need one to hold my kleen kanteen! It is not easy to find a bag that holds one, especially outside. It fits into the inside of my current purse–so the kids are always grabbing it out. grrrr

  12. Beth October 4, 2010 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Oh Amy, I love it! This just might be one of my “i could make that” projects :). And good for you for making something for yourself!

    I finally jumped in and created a blog. Now I will be able to join the Bloggers Quilt Festival the next time around. Thank you for inspiring me!


  13. Lindsay October 4, 2010 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Super cute Amy! I love it! I am going into sewing withdrawal here with this move, so i did a little this morning before i finished packing my sewing machine up. 1 more sleep till we move, and then i can get back to quilting! Im excited!

  14. Allie October 4, 2010 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Oh well done, Amy – that is BEAUTIFUL!

  15. so we added chickens October 4, 2010 at 10:58 am - Reply

    What a great bag! I too am a fan of strategic external pockets. And I love your fun fabric choices.

  16. Carla Louise October 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Love the bag, Amy! Great job!

  17. Shannon Lowe October 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    You need to turn this in to a pattern. It is adorable and now I want to make one! :)

  18. aunt spicy October 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    oh gosh, that is really fun! love the way you did the straps!

  19. kIMt October 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm - Reply


  20. Lois Grebowski October 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    That is one cute bag!

  21. Karen G October 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!! Great idea! Cute bag!

  22. pat sloan October 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    a purse a week would be mighty fine!!

  23. Candy from Candied Fabrics October 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    CUTE! Those little pen pockets are adorable! Bravo!

  24. SewCalGal October 5, 2010 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Very cute.


  25. Elise October 5, 2010 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Sweetie, I love it!!!”

  26. E;izabeth October 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Cute bag Amy. Are you selling this pattern?

  27. Virginia October 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Love the purse – such a great design.

  28. anna October 12, 2010 at 11:04 am - Reply

    really great job, love the colors and those pocket are perfect. :)

  29. Judy LeVang March 3, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I love your purse! It’s enough to turn me into a purse collector! ;)

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