Monday, February 4, 2013

Mini Monday: Sew Together Bag

Even though there is always room for improvement, I think I have reached the point where I can stop saying "zippers scare me".  Last week I tackled the Triple Zip Pouch, made another Circle Zip Earbud Pouch, and yesterday, I successfully completed another 3-D project.  I present to you my Sew Together Bag (pattern by Sew Demented).

Sew Together Bag
I was so excited about this project that I posted continuous in progress pictures on Instagram.  I wouldn't be surprised if other IGers were a little over my "sewtogetherbag" hashtags after a while, but this bag (any bag for that matter) was so out of my comfort zone, that I couldn't help myself.

Optional pin cushion
Half the fun of making this bag is choosing the fabrics.  I selected Aneela Hooey's Sew Stitchy for the outside of the bag, Love is in the Air and scraps of Olive the Ostrich for the pockets and side panels, and Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for the pincushion, inside pocket linings and the binding.

inside view
I love seeing the black Sew script on the binding and pin cushion and when I unzip a pocket.  So appropriate don't you think?  I also added the optional wool felt for needle landing and my label below.

Wool felt for needles and a label
peek inside the pockets
Four zippers and a zipper pull later, and she is finished!  Ta da!!!  By the way, several have asked where I purchased my zipper pulls.  I ordered them here from zipit along with my zippers.  As I mentioned before, the bag pattern is by Sew Demented and can be found here.

closer look at the zipper pull
This fun bag will be going to QuiltCon with me.  Hmmm.  Wonder how much stuff I can fit inside?!

This in progress photo didn't make it to Instagram
After the Super Bowl (wasn't that a game!), I randomly selected a winner of my Peace Quilt pattern.  The winner is Anya who said, "Those are lovely! I might try it with Kaffe Fassett fabrics, not sure what size. Thanks for the chance!"  Thanks Anya for your sweet comment.  I will send you an email with the pattern attached in a PDF.
Peace Quilt Pattern

I appreciate all the kind words regarding my peace quilt pattern!  I read all the comments left on all the blogs, and I have to say you sure know how to make a girl feel good ;-)  Thank you so much, and if you didn't win a copy, my pattern is available for purchase at Big Cartel, my Etsy shop and on Craftsy.

 Happy Monday and happy stitching,


  1. Your many-zippered bag is adorable! I haven't put in a zipper in years- but this bag would be a good one to relearn that skill! And congrats again on your peace pattern!

  2. as a person who asspires to be able to use zippers I love this bag with all thoes pockets.

  3. oh this is very cool! May need to try it myself. ;-)

  4. Wonderful zipper pouch! I love it! I definitely want one. Now I just need to find the time to make one. I love the fabrics and colors you put together. Good for you for challenging yourself with so many 3D projects lately. It's really fun to see what you're making.

  5. Your SewTogetherBag is great! It's a neat pattern, and I'm sure you'll put it to use while at QuiltCon. You must be getting so excited for that trip!

  6. That is one incredible zipper bag!!!! I am blown away at the skill shown in putting something like this together! Amazing!

  7. Good gravy! That's a buttload of zippers! I don't IG but I can see why you were excited.

    I'm not scared of zippers but I'm not good at them either. However, I think I might need one of these. Desperately. :-) Great job, Rene!

  8. It was fun watching your progress on Instagram. This is awesome!

  9. That is a really neat pouch. I love how it opens up so wide compared to how it looks closed!

  10. Can I purchase one of your creations? Please let me know. Jill

  11. Can I purchase one of your creations? Please let me know.

  12. Can I hire you to make a small custom purse?