Friday, November 6, 2015

My First Sew Together Bag


I recently finished my first Sew Together Bag, and I absolutely love it!  I have already put it to use holding my hand sewing tools.  I purchased the pattern back in May at the HMQS with my birthday money, so this is like a belated birthday present for myself. ;)


I purposely made it to match my Beatle Bag which pattern I also purchased at the HMQS.  I love that one holds my sewing machine tools and the other holds my hand sewing tools.


When I mentioned to Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts that I was going to make a Sew Together Bag, she said to be sure to check out the Sewalong at The Quilt Barn.  I am so grateful for her advice, because while the pattern was awesome and clever, I couldn't have done it without the extra pictures and tips shared in the Sewalong.

For the outside of the bag, I used some Soft and Stable as the interfacing.  While it added thickness (and I cut my binding a little wider), I absolutely love how well it stands up on its own and how the quilting looks around the large Riley Blake Quatrafoil.


The print almost matches up at the top of the bag, which I think is pretty cool.


You may have noticed in the picture above that I accidentally bought an invisible zipper for the outside of the bag.  I do not recommend that at all.  It would have been so much easier if I had just made another trip to the store and purchased a different zipper.

On the inside of the bag I used some Riley Blake Swiss Dots and a light Kona gray solid.


I used a slightly stiffer interfacing for the pockets and love how they stand up.  Another thing I did was purchase zippers for the pockets a little bit extra long.  The extra length made it so that I didn't have to keep moving the zipper itself as I sewed it in.  I will definitely do that again.

As soon as I finished the bag, I had to fill it up.


It is pretty awesome, and I will definitely be making more of these bags.  I know my mom wants one...

XX,
Jasmine

P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what others have been making.

17 comments:

  1. I totally want it, LOL. Seriously you are gonna make me cave and get that pattern yet!!

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  2. I've been admiring these bags for a long time, but haven't let myself buy the pattern yet. I think yours might be the prettiest I've seen. Some are so very busy inside, with a different fabric for every piece, but yours looks so nice and calm. It looks very elegant, I must say!

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  3. Ok....I was impressed with the outside of the bag and then you opened it. Wow......that's amazing. Love your fabric choices.

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  4. Some of these bags are still on my to do list. Maybe I will get them done in time for Christmas! I am not going to hold my breath though. Yours is adorable!

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  5. Jasmine this is such an elegant bag-I sooo... love it. I have the pattern but have not made it yet but I agree with Leanne in that I love how you have just used one fabric inside.

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  6. Love it, Jasmine! I still have to make my beatle bag! Beautful bags! Enjoy!

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  7. It is a lovely bag, Jasmine, you did a great job - how long did it take to make , do you think?

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  8. Your workmanship is the best!!! Imagine you were a girl of marriageable age in India, every son's mother would be lining up at your mother's door - asking for your hand in marriage.

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  9. This looks great, Jasmine! What a wonderful bit of serendipity that your print almost matches at the top. Somehow that makes things even more special. :-)

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  10. What a fantastic bag, Jasmine! I've read in other places that the SAL was very helpful in being successful with this pattern. I still haven't been bitten by the bag bug. . . it might happen at some point though - your beautiful creations are making it very tempting!! :)

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  11. This is one of the prettiest versions of this bag that I've seen! I like how you kept the inside fabric and zippers the same, it keeps the busyness of the bag in check. I haven't made one -- all those zippers! -- but maybe one day. I love yours!

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  12. What a nice set you have there! I like that you made your Sew Together Bag in just two fabrics (plus the binding). It has a very classy look. I have this pattern too but have yet to make one.

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  13. It's absolutely perfect! Great job on this Jasmine. They make such great gifts that you'll definitely be making more!

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  14. Your bag looks amazing. I was in Houston for festival last week of August and was spending a lot of time at the Soft and Stable booth. Everything they made with it looked so professional and one of her tips as well was long zippers. Love this - excellent work! No I didn't buy anything since I had spent enough but it is definitely on the list for soon.

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  15. I love having a sew together bag for all my travel tools! I'm glad yours came together so nicely, despite the invisible zipper! I totally did that with a small duffle bag a few years ago too!

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