Friday, July 25, 2014

Free Wallets, Purses, Cases, Boxes,and Bag Patterns

If you follow my blog (s) then you know that I love making bags! Whenever, I don't know what to give as a gift, whether it's a birthday, Christmas, someone is ill and needs to have surgery or chemo...well, I make them a bag! And if I don't make them a bag, I make them potholders, but they aren't nearly as usual for carrying as many things as once!

This last month, I made myself a new Badge-ID/Phone/Wallet/Notepad Wallet for using at my monthly Mid-Valley Quilt Guild Meetings that require ID shown (we have like 350 members in two different meeting times, so we really need ID to be worn at all times to remember who we are ;-)

I got such a positive response, that I am going to have to make a pattern for it, it took me all day to design it and get it exactly how I wanted it and just the right size for a smart phone, a pen, a notebook, the badge ID, my business cards, and a place to put in a little cash to buy chances to win the doorprize/raffle items. And I fit them all into this compact this unit which I just love and think looks pretty darn cute, too! So, pattern coming soon!

Bags, purses, wallets, cases, boxes and bags...I love them all and my house has so many and I give away so many that I have made and given 14 away..for just one day and some of the people I gave them to, I'd never even met, yet. It's just what I do and it sure feels good to do it, when I can! No matter how busy, I is just one of those mood elevators for me, first floor to penthouse in a couple of hours ;-)

And I can make a bag out of just about anything! This is a an orange sack combines with a kitty litter bag..the better quality version of this product not the paper ones..stores sell both litters for the same price. It went to a family that have a cat named Johnny with gifts inside and gave me and them, a good laugh at me and my gifts!

When we found out that my youngest SIL had Stage 4 Lung Cancer, and would need to travel between Alaska and Seattle every three weeks for Chemo, I made her this travel bag.  She loved it so much, that my brother told me the only thing she could possibly have loved more if it had been teddy bears WITH Seattle Seahawks on it..haha!

She just completed her 9th round of chemo. And while the first chemo drug has now just stopped working and the new one has more challenging side effects, she's still alive after the 6 months tops prediction and made it to the birth of her second grand child, a little boy to add to the little grandaughter she already had, and is hoping to see him while she still can. Her disease is terminal and there is no cure, but hope and a purpose can keep you going, so keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

This last summer, when I'd bought my 32 or was it 36+ yards of burlap to make table runners for the forest wedding with a barn reception for one of my daughters, I had so many narrow lengths and bits and pieces leftover, that I starting bag making in the middle of wedding preparations and gave them to all of the immediate family members who helped grow flowers, find or decorate vases, or actually would be helping us to set up and decorate. They fit our theme perfectly,and everyone could bring extra clothes, makeup etc. to the event in their burlap bag and it was great fun!

So, I made 8 burlap bags and got them very nicely lined and delivered to their new owners the day before the week before the wedding. Oh, wait, I forgot to mention that I forgot all of their home made wooden slice piece of twigs buttons. And yes, I had to ask each person to bring their bag back and sew those buttons after I'd given the bags all away!

But I got them done in time!

So, if you think you don't have time to make yourself a new bag...think again! Here are some really wonderful ideas, with free patterns and tutorials for making them!

And yes, I did lose my entire first free bag patterns link list know the one that took me three years to compile?  Bad email, bad! Now, I know that if you save drafts too long, well...they disappear! And who knows if blogger might not be the same! The whole Internet might disappear on us any day now, and you will STILL needs purses, handbags, cell phone cases, gift bags, travel bags, cosmetic cases..well, you get the picture and yes, there are lots more pictures, below!

Make yourself a new!

Some of my own bag tutorials, first...and then tons of others from wonderful sewists and quilters, everywhere!

Basic Bag Directions from or Basic Bag Directions (MS Word)
Previous morsbag post and instructional photos

For one thing, I love to give quilts in bags!  For a gift, I make a quillow (quilt+pillow) and then a matching bag. You can fold up the quilt and have it look like a quilt rolled into the bag, but even more fun, turn it into its own Quillow /Pillow (with instructions for folding and opening it from quilt to pillow and back again!

This bag was cut at 18" x 20" and used in a vertical placement with handles cut at 4" wide and 22" long. It takes two handles with placement in a loop shaped on each side of the bag center spaced 5 1/4" from each outside side of the bag. I lined it by cutting doubles of bag fabric and added my own on the front of a quilt square block and two on the insides, one on each side. Peeking inside, you see:
 inside with contrasting pocket, makes pocket easy to find in the dark insides of the bag!

Basic Bag Directions from or Basic Bag Directions (MS Word)
Previous morsbag post and instructional photos

But for baby gifts, I just make a regular small quilt and a bag that can double as the gift bag for the quilt!  This set became an instant favorite, and I've heard that the little on is now 3 and still loves both the quilt and the bag and they are well loved and used!

And using the same directions as those above, I made this set, too!

And this set ..these donated to a childrens charitable cause in honor of a dear friend who was on their Board of Directors and just passed away.

Make a Re-useable Shopping Bag: Pocket Pouched!

And when my husband needed a couple 'emergency' packable into a pocket sized shopping bags, I quickly created my own pattern and made these two out of rip-stop nylon scraps. Perfect for our Oregon rainy season which can sometimes run year round!

When I needed a bag to match a dress I was wearing to an Asian styled wedding, I made this bag, above.  I loved using it and it matched everything, me the decor, even the table settings. What fun!






Googy Egg Bags




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Free Purse Patterns To Sewing | easy great for beginners pattern description from the pattern unique
tute to make a Cell Phone Wallet
Cargo Duffle Free Pattern: Robert Kaufman Fabric Company
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From the fabulous Purl Bee (click on an image to open tutorial)

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7" Tablet or Kindle Case Tutorial - Book Style Tutorial Links

All Wrapped Up Kindle Case

Blue Jeans Kindle Cover by Sewing for Utange
Book Style Kindle Cover
Cup of Tea and a Book Nook Cover
DIY No Sew Tablet Cover
eReader Cover Tutorial
e-reader Cover Tutorial
e Reader Cover by Urban Threads
How to Make a Moleskin iPad Case
How to Make a Tablet Case
Kindle Fire iPad Tablet Case Pattern
Kindle Case Tutorial by Divine Crafting
Kindle Cover by Clover and Violet
Kindle Cover by FeelinCrafty
Kindle Cover by Whipstitch
Kindle Fire Cover by Crafty Capable
Kindle Fire Cover by the Little Waffleflower
Kindle Cover by Skip to my Lou
Kindle Cover from old Book
Kindle Nook Cover
Make a Kindle Cover from a Hard Cover Book
Nook Cover Do it Yourself
Nook Cover your Boring Case
Nook Kindle Cover from old Book
Owl Kindle Cover
Personalized ebook Reader Cover
Zippered Kindle Cover

Folding Stand Up Tablet or Kindle Case & Phone Tutorial Links

Other Kinds of Tablet eReader Holder Links

Turn your Book Style or Folding Stand case in to a Smart Case!

Tablet, e reader, Nook & Kindle Sleeve or Envelope Tutorial Links

Bow Kindle Case
Custom Kindle Case
DIY Easy Kindle Cover
DIY Kindle Cover
e-Reader Sleeve
Easy Kindle Case
Felt IPad Cover
Geek Chic iPad Case - very sharp!
Greyling Tablet Case
Hand Stitched Veleveteen Kindle Clutch
Handmade eReader Cover
How to Make a Cover for Your Kindle
iPad Case by biscuit
iPad Covery by Minatalie's Craft Studio
iPad Cover or Any Laptop Envelop Style
iPad or Tablet Padded Sleeve
iPad Pouch Tutorial
iPad Sleeve Three Ways
iPad Sleeve with Removable Cross Body Strap
iPad Slip Case with Pocket
iPad Slip Cover with Wrap Around Pocket
Kindle Case by 100 Billion Stars
Kindle Case Option 1
Kindle Case Tutorial by Sewing Novice
Kindle Case Tutorial by the Traveling Cabinet
Kindle Cover by Tilly Mint
Kindle Cover for a Kindle Lover
Kindle Keeper
Kindle Touch Slip Case
Kindle Nook eReader Case
Kobo Kozy
Laptop Kindle iPad Sleeve Tutorial
Made With Love's Fabric Kindle Cover
Make Your Own Tablet Kindle Case
Nook or Kindle Soft Case
One Hour IPad Sleeve
Padded iPad Case
Padded iPad Sleeve
Patchwork Kindle Case
Patchwork Kindle Cover
Pretty Zippered iPad Cover
Quilted IPad Cover
Quilted Tablet Cover
Ruffled Kindle Case Tutorial
Running Before I can Walk Kindle Case
Scrappy Felt iPad Cover
Sew a Nook or Kindle Tablet Case
Sew Your New Tablet Coverlet
Sewn Tablet or eReader Case - woven felt
Simple Kindle Fire Slip Case
Slightly Self Cleaning iPad Sleeve
Smart and Simple Tablet Case
Tablet Coverlet
Tablet Cozy
Tablet or iPad Padded Case
Travel Handmade iPad or Laptop Sleeve
The Book Keeper
Waterproof iPad Cover
World's Easiest Kindle Touch Cover

The Mama Backpack
Backpack Bag Tutorial
Patchwork Purse
Noriko Handbag pattern
Bag It Up Bag
How-To Sew a String Backpack
Zippered Lined Pouch
Pen Case
1 Hour bag
Jordy Bag
A-line Jordy Bag
Boxy Red Bag
Clutch Purse with Antique pin closure
Cutout Handle Tote
Grocery Tote
Hobo Bag
Gingham Purse
Little Boxy Pouch
Lotus Bag
Messenger Bag
Style Tote
Cosmetic bag
Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket
Spring Bag
A-Line Bag
Mini Duffles
Triangular Cosmetic Bag
Putting a Zipper Pocket in a bag
Hip Pockets Purse
Fold Away Tote
Wandering Sack
Singlet Style Shopping bag
Basket Bag
Kids Easy Beach Bag
Sleeper Bag
Mini Duffel Bag
Box Bag
Reversible Shoulder bag
Pleated Tote
Wrist Bag
Hip Mama Diaper Bag
Grocery Bag
Signature Style Tote
Lindie Bag
Cherry Blossom Bag
Tiny happy Bag
ClutchFabric Shopping Bag
Purse Organiser
My First Purse
A Bag out of Old Jeans
Mini Tote
Pleated Tote
Little Shopping Bag
Classic Tote
Nice Big Shoulder Bag
Kiddie Messenger Bag
Basic Purse
Amy Butler Yoga Bag
Change Purse
Quilted Wallet
Piggy Bank Purse
Plastic Coated Tote
Change Purse/Credit Card Holder
Zippered Coin Purse
14 Bag Tutorials by U-Handblog Bag Tutorials

Basket, Box and Tray Tutorial Links

All Good Organization Starts with Craft - fabric bins tutorial
Back with Buckets
Basket and Bow Tutorial
Building a Fabric Basket with Vintage Fabrics and Grommets
Burlap Container
Coiled Fabric Basket
Collapsible Buckets - Instructables
Collapsible Storage Baskets
Cupcake Trinket Box
DIY Network Crafty Bucket
Dollar Store Basket
Emblibrary's Fabric Basket
Easter Basket Toy Bucket
Fabric Basket Tutorial
Fabric Bin Tutorial by Delilah's mom
Fabric Bin Tutorial by Crazy Craft Bugs
Fabric Bins
Fabric Bins Tutorial
Fabric  Box Tutorial

Fabric Bucket/Basket