Handmade Gifts: Sew Together Bags

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Monday! Today I have two more Sew Together bags to share. One I made way back in the beginning of the year, but forgot to share it. Both of these bags were gifts. I've made quite a few over the years, see them here: Dreamin' Vintage Sew Together Bags, Nordika Sew Together Bag, Geometric Bliss Sew Together Bag.

Sew Together Bag pattern by Sew Demented can be found here.

This first bag I made for my friend Deedrie. I started by pulling this older Paris map fabric from Etchings for the exterior. She loves this print, and neutral colors so I was happy to cut into this fabric for her bag.

For the inside I used more gray, a fun Hope Valley print I've had in my stash for years. Plus some gray zippers.

For the binding, this basketweave print from Hope Valley was a great match for both the interior and exterior, perfect!

The aqua scissors inside the pockets are the surprise. Deedrie is working on an amazing long term EPP project, and I thought this might be a good travel bag for that. The scissors were a nod to all that hand stitching ahead.

The second bag I made for my friend Brianne. She loves Carolyn Friedlander's fabric, so that was my starting point for this bag. I wanted to try using one of her Euclid prints for the exterior, since it's printed on Essex Linen. This gave the bag a little extra structure.

From there I chose a variety of Carolyn's fabrics from my stash for a bit of a primary colored theme

Thankfully I had just the right color zippers for this one.

This time I used three different pocket linings, for a little something extra!

You can find the pattern to make these bags here: Sew Together Bag Pattern by Sew Demented

Happy Sewing!


  1. These bags are so much fun to make and to use. They are perfect for assembly line sewing. It seems like I can make 3 almost for the time it takes to make one. Your bags are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Jeni! I've admired these for a long time. How would you describe the difficulty level of this pattern? Also, how much will actually fit in these bags? Would love to have an idea of what they could be used for. :)

    1. I would say intermediate, you'd definitely want to feel comfortable working with zippers and also with binding. It does have a lot of steps, so regardless of your skill level I'd take it slowly, one step at a time.

      I use mine to hold my sewing supplies when I go to retreats or teach, it holds a lot! Here is a photo of one of mine filled up: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jenib/24761096795/in/album-72157664934426999/

  3. Beautiful bags! I love these bags but they look difficult. Maybe one day I will conquer my fear. lol

  4. Love these bags. I've been planning to make one for a while now. I need to get busy. What type of zippers do you use? The teeth look very smooth.


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