Jun 27, 2015

Free Bag Tutorials: Wallets, Purses, Cases, Boxes, and Handbag Patterns

I made myself a newBadge/ID/Phone/Notepad Wallet for using at the months Mid-Valley Quilt Guild Meetings that require ID shown for entrance (we have 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. But most of you can use these photos and your own measurements to create your own pattern from my ideas!

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! Meanwhile, for those who can sew, just looking at my photos is a valuable resource for just what worked for me..and trust me, it works extremely well!

And then, I made a carry bag to match! 

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 free) in 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 am, it 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 combined with a kitty litter bag! The better quality version of this product not the paper one. Stores sell both versions for the same price. 

And  my grandcat our Johhny Cat's
in the bag!

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 I found out that my youngest SIL had Stage 4 Lung Cancel. and would need to travel between Alaska and Seattle every three weeks for Chemo, I made her this teddy bear 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! 

Above: "School Days" a gift of a "teacher's school bag".
Using my same DIY drawn "paper bag" pattern,  I also made burlap bags with tree limb buttons!

The summer, when I'd bought my 32 or was it 36+ yards of burlap to make table runners for my youngest daughter's forest wedding with a barn reception, 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, if you think you don't have time to make yourself a new bag, think again! And yes, I did lose my entire first free bag patterns link list you know the one that took me three years to compile?  Bad email, bad!

Now, I know that if you save drafts too long, 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 bag today!


Because you asked:

***How to create a lining general instructions!

Noriko Handbag- my own process with photos and directions:

Using a free down-loadable pattern from Lazy Girl Patterns, called the Noriko Handbag, I made a small bag that was both small and portable, and yet fun and different at the same time. Plenty of room for my wedding essentials and any take home momentos.

As I made my little bag, I took photos, so a simple photo tutorial follows to add further description to Joan Hawley's own detailed instructions.

Make Your Own Re-usable Shopping Bags!



For this week's "Frugal Friday Freebie Fun" I am showcasing some really fun shopping bags I made for family members to bring along when they need to zip into - let's say "Home Depot".

My  hardworking husband  gets a "caution tape orange" one and a sunny days yellow one. The lovely coral works just great for putting into a jacket pocket for spur of the moment purchases of my own!

The fun is that just like a quillow, this shopping bag rolls and folds into its own little pocket pouch and can easily fit into small spaces like pockets or purses!

1. Pieces required are: bag front and bag pieces, which include the handles, a simple facing section and the little pocket.

Approximate measurements can be taken from the markings on the cutting board and rulers.

2. I love excuses to use my serger, so I serged facing hems and seams on this nylon, but its also great for any easily frayed fabrics.

3. Seaming out handles curves and 'neck' edges, right sides together.

4. Version 1, only with side pocket, inside.
Make the little pocket piece, with its open edge out. and include its inner edge in side seaming, as you sew them together, as well

4b:Version 2, only with a kanaroo front pocket, just like making a pocket on a 'quillow'.

Add front pocket with or without a label to front of bag, up close to the 'neck line.' This can be done in early pattern stage or later, as I did by adding a second thought label to the front of the pocket ;)


5. For both versions: Time to seam those bag straps together, be sure right sides are together, again...or do as I did, and use the french seam technique!

6. Now, do the same for the side seams. Shown here...stage 1 of it's french seam using the regular sewing machine on Version 1 with inside side pocket.


7. Using my regular machine, here's the finished french seam edge...nice and neat.

How do I fold it into the pouch? you ask:

Version 1, with side pocket:



You want it to be 'inside out' for starters. A little column shape, roll it, roll it, and tuck it into the pockets...ta da! It's a pocket pouch!
An easy scrap saver's method of creating wonderful little re-useable shopping bag with their own little storage system!

Version 2, with 'quillow' pocket on front:


Version 2:
1.Make just like a quillow, and put your pocket on the outside of the bag, and fold and tuck it in, as above. Pre-sew your label on the pocket ahead of time...and you have a neat bag with a little signature ad of your work!

Other options:
1. Put a casing in the top seam of your side pocket (pattern shown version 1), first. Add a drawstring to the casing and you can 'zip' up the pouch and make it even a wee bit smaller for purse or pocket storage.

Use any of my other re-useable shopping bag stylings, and do the same pocket plan for them, as well. Add a morsbag label, give them a way, and join the million of morsbaggers worldwide!!

Patriotic quilting: bags filled gratitude and blessings and not just loss. 

I am a long time member of the morsbag movement to make and give away free fabric shopping bags. 
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!

First the quilt and then a bag to put it in. This one given as a gift to a niece graduation from high school. And the bag shown below:

Here is the inside showing how I add bits of leftover block to create pockets. It 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 pockets‐one on the front of a quilt square block and two on the insides, one on each side. Peeking inside, you see:

The inside with contrasting pocket, makes pocket easy to find in the dark insides of the bag!

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 these sets donated to a childrens charitable cause here in Salem originally named Chelsea's Place and now Family Building Blocks. My bag and the quilts it contained were in honor of a dear friend who was on their Board of Directors and had just passed away. Miss seeing you Dixie!

I made a label giving credit to the group of Salem Community Quilters that I then belonged to. (One of our founders brought them in for me at the time as I donated them on behalf of the group even though I was the only one who made anything at the time. One of the quilts was hanging on their welcome hall for a very long time and oh, the joy that brought me in remembering our dear friend, Dixie.

Each arrived in its own little home sewn bag as my intent was for them to go to families served.



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 bagabove. I loved using it and it matched everything, me the decor, even the table settings. What fun!



Because you asked:

How to create a lining general instructions!


Bird Seed Bags repurposed and sewn into my Sewing Bag!

Free Wallet & Coin Purse Tutorials · Vicky Myers Creations

Pleated handbag pattern PDF [11]

Individual  parts patterns if needed:

Pleated purse pattern 1 [12]

Pleated purse pattern 2 [13]

Pleated purse pattern 3 [14]

Pleated purse pattern 4 [15]

Pleated purse pattern 5 [16]

Pleated purse pattern 6 [17)

Pleated purse pattern 7 [18]

Pleated purse pattern 8 [19]

Pleated purse pattern 9 [20]

Bento Box or use for any other Take a L9ngs¡

This project can be found here.

Happy Bag, Wallet, and Purse Making¡

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands  sharing an imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon and back again. 
Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting from my heart and with my hands.


pollyanna said...

Whew! If someone can't find what they want here, they are hopeless! Thanks for all the links and research. I am making some wheelchair bags from 15" blocks I was given. Not exactly sure how I will finish them--how long to make the velcrow strap--but I will find an answer!

Sunny Slope Farm said...

Some lovely eye-candy on this list. Do you have any idea which pattern might be helpful for me in making a lining for a felted knit bag? I'd like it to add to the shape (rectangular bottom with vertical sides) but not add too much weight. Thanks so much! Rita

andsewon said...

WOW!! What an awesome list! Will have to share your post on my blog! I too love making bags for gifts. They do come in handy and most folks can use them in some way or other.