Sew Together Bag

7.10.2014

Here it is. My first Sew Together Bag, by Sew Demented. I am going to assume you all have seen this cool bag already. Its been on the blogging scene for a while. Give it a Google or search Pinterest and you will have a ton of hits for pictures and tips. 

My thoughts on making this bag:

~  The best help is a quilt along by The Quilt Barn. I would have ended up seriously frustrated without her pictures and explanations. Bookmark it! You will not be sorry!

~ I did quilt as you go with scraps I already had. Next time, I would leave making the outside shell for last. My inside lining ended up being bigger so I had to trim that down. I would have much rather have made the outside shell bigger.


~ Use a longer zipper than the 18" one recommend. You can always trim it smaller if you want. The only zipper I had laying around long enough for the outside was a 20" white one, which I ended up not trimming.  Next time, I will buy zippers for this project with a larger zipper pull and wider tape on the outside. For pure aesthetics I should have used different binding fabric. I don't like the contrast of the binding with the bright white zipper. No, I am not going to redo it. *see below*


~ The part I struggled with the most was the binding. I did lots of ripping and starting over and it still looks sloppy. I had to walk away from it a couple of times. Lots of deep breathing and convincing myself I could get it done. A zipper with wider tape would have helped. I cannot stress enough to use  thread that matches your fabric in your bobbin and top thread. It helps hide the less than perfect sewing. 

I love the inside of the bag! This is really a very clever pattern and it isn't very hard. Fiddily, yes, to be sure, but not hard. 


Will I make this bag again? Yes!!  Now that I understand how it all works, I am hoping it will go much smoother and easier. 

How many of you have made a Sew Together Bag? Do you have any tips you would like to share? 

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17 comments:

  1. I've wanted to make it, but if you struggled with it, I know I'm not ready for it :) Yours looks great!

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  2. Too many zippers for me! I'd never find anything. I prefer a tote I can just toss everything into.

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  3. No I haven't made one yet. I have had the pattern sense the beginning of the year. But I didn't want to have to rip it out like you. Thanks for the link I will bookmark it.

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  4. Yours is really cute. Zippers can be a stinker. But it looks great with all the different prints. Chris

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  5. This is the cutest thing ever! I love it, and now will have to make it. I read through the whole quilt barn tute and they make it look very doable! Thanks!

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  6. Yours is adorable!

    My only tip is to cut the binding strips wider - 2.5" instead. Really brought down the frustration level for the binding part.

    I'm starting another one today.

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  7. What a cute bag. Thank you for sharing. I have already booked mark it.
    Hope you are having a great day.
    Hugs
    donna

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  8. Thanks for this link - I have the pattern but I've been afraid to tackle it. :) blessings, marlene

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  9. I am definitely making this one day. I had previously pinned The Quilt Barn posts. I've heard from other bloggers and IGers that The Quilt Barn posts make all the difference in the world. Yours looks wonderful (and I don't see what you're talking about with the binding).

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  10. Amy that is really cute. I love all the pockets. I am big on organization and this would be great. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I've had the pattern for awhile and even read through Quilt Barn's SAL several times, but haven't made the time to sew the bag just yet. {grin} I really, really like it though --- it strikes me as a super gifty type sewing project. I have two sisters-in-law that I think would like one. Maybe for Christmas???

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  12. thank you so much for the great tips! I've been wanting to make it but zippers scare me!

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  13. I love it! It looks like a great bag to have! I do enjoy all the colors you put together!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  14. Great Job!! I bought a pattern on Craftsy last week!! Plan for near future :)

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  15. I used wonder tape when applying the 18 inch zipper. It makes it so much easier. I have made 8 of these bags now!

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