Hi, and Happy Thursday! It’s full-swing Christmas gift sewing mode over here, and this week I tried a new-to-me pattern for vinyl front quilted project bags. There are lots of patterns available for these bags (including several free tutorials); however, I finally settled on this design because I wanted two specific features: a quilted bag with vinyl on just one side.
Project Bags with Soft & Stable
I really love the texture and stability that Soft & Stable provides, so I
chose the Project Bags pattern by Annie Unrein. I also love the professional finishes she always adds to her projects. This pattern offers four different sizes (the smallest size doesn’t have a vinyl front). I made the second to largest size which finishes at 13″ x 13″ for my trial sewing. I love this size but also think the next smaller size (10″ x 12″) and the next larger size (16″ x 16″) will be very useful.
Additionally, I must mention that I love using Annie’s handbag zippers for projects like this; the larger zipper pull makes it easy to open and close and you can make a cute fabric zipper pull to tie in through the hole.
The pattern calls for a handle…I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted that, so I made one with a handle and one without. I actually think I do like the handle and will probably add them to the rest of these that I make. With the smaller sizes, the handle would make it especially easy to pull the bag out from a larger bag, and the handle would also make the larger versions easier to carry.
I took a photo of the backs of the bags…use a favorite fabric for your bag back!
I’m definitely making more of these for gifts this season…after the quilting is finished up they go together very quickly. The pattern gives directions for a patchwork bottom on the front of the bag, but I used a single fabric instead–it saved a bit of time. I can think of all sorts of uses for these cases: carrying handwork, hexies, class or project supplies. This would also be a great gift for knitters or even just as a storage case inside a larger bag.
What is your favorite gift to make this year?
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