Sneak peak storage bag

This little bag has boxed corners for a sturdy bottom, is fully lined and has a zipper closure. The best part, though, is that it has a little plastic window to show off what’s inside. It’s perfect for storing various toy sets with lots of pieces that you want to keep together.

Hobo bag

Everyone loves a hobo bag. They’re anything you want them to be: classic, modern, edgy, funky, sweet, slouchy. Here’s a slightly large one — still perfect for a handbag, but with lots of room. Choose two complementary fabrics for a fun look.

Recessed zipper on a bag

I’ve had a lot of people ask about doing recessed zippers on bags — especially people who want to add a zipper to our diaper bag pattern. I decided to go ahead and whip up a tutorial. Whip up – hah! I spent some time mentally developing a game plan. It was a game plan that didn’t work out as planned. I loved the fabric and was determined to complete this, so I took a breather and then undid a whole lot of stitches. Then I did some more thinking and a very obvious method came to me. If there’s…

Vinyl handbag tutorial

Bags are one of my favorite things to make, but I’d never worked with vinyl before. I decided to conquer my fears and give it a try. This bag is nice and roomy. You don’t have to use vinyl. Feel free to use this pattern with any fabric, though home dec weights will work best. Because this was a new challenge for me, I made some mistakes and learned some lessons along the way, which I’ll share with you as we go.

World traveler shoe bag

Earth Day is coming up on Friday. I know Earth Day is about recycling and such, but this blog really is not. So I did the next best thing. I used it as an excuse to sew something with this really neat map fabric. This is a simple drawstring bag to use for travel. You can stow shoes inside to keep your garments clean, or you can use it for laundry. Either way, it’s reusable, and that’s all Earthy and green, right? You can make this bag any size you want. This particular one is a little big for one…

Insulated shopping bag

This is a nice insulated shopping bag that’s pretty and lined. I found the tutorial at, and I thought it seemed like an interesting way to put a bag together. I gave it a try, but when doing part of the lining, I decided that I preferred a different method. I included my way below. This fabric is lively and springlike, and I’m sure most of us would like a little “spring” feeling long about now! It reminds me of fruits and veggies and going to the market.

Fold-up shopping bag

I have this fear that one day all of the plastic bags in my garage will rain down upon me and smother me to death. What can I possibly do with all of those bags? So, I try my best to use reusable bags instead. When I go to the grocery store, I remember them. But for some reason, when I go into any other store, I don’t. That’s why I like to have a fold-up bag in my purse. This bag is easy to make. You may notice my handles are slightly different from the original pattern’s. That’s because…