I've been making more of the "Sew Together " bags I posted about here and here. And I still have more to make. Some I'm gifting now, and I have a whole list of people I should make them for for Christmas gifts! Anyway, some of the tips I'd like to share today apply to any small bag sewing project.
First, just a couple of things about the Sew Together Bags. They have lots of pockets--perfect for all of your sewing supplies, make-up, jewelry or even electrical cords and chargers. This really is a great pattern.
I tried to use really fun fabrics for all of the little pockets. That way I'll get to see them every time I open the bag!
You can't really tell from the photos, but I LOVE the way the Fig Tree version turned out (right side in top photo) the best. The reason is I stabilized the outside with Shape Flex before I added Fusible Fleece and did my machine quilting. It made such a difference. I will use layers of both from now on in small bags (if you're using a thicker stabilizer like Soft & Stable I don't think the Shape Flex is as important). The Matryoshka Doll pouch is actually more of a heavy fabric, so I thought it would be fine without the Shape Flex, but I really wish I'd added that in.
I also have some thoughts on zippers. I wanted a zipper with a larger pull tab for the outside zipper...but...the zipper I chose was a heavy duty bag zipper and also wider than a regular zipper. I had to adjust some things when attaching the final binding. Next time I will look for a regular sized zipper with just the larger pull tab and not use a heavy duty zipper that is also wider.
You can find the Sew Together Bag pattern here (disclosure: this is an affiliate link).
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