I have been hearing about the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented for awhile now. A few of my guild members made them together at one of our retreats. My friend Heather showed me hers at a guild sew-in. And after seeing them in person, and looking at just how much stuff they can keep in this bag, I wanted to make one too.
I used fabrics entirely from my stash and scrap bin – I even had enough interfacing and the right size zippers to put it all together. I like being able to shop my supplies. I don’t have enough of a fabric stash to make full sized quilt, but I do have enough for other sewing projects.
The bag comes together so smartly! I really liked sewing this bag. Listening to my guild friends, I used the The Quilt Barn’s Sew Together Bag Sew Along for reference as I was putting this bag together. The pattern doesn’t have many photos, but the blog series does.
For the exterior, I used a ‘quilt-as-you-go’ method it turned out great. I used Craft Fuse for the interfacing – it’s what I had and I like the stiffness it adds to the pockets and side panels. I thought it was a pretty easy bag to sew, but I’m not afraid to sew zippers. I’ve heard some quilters comment that they are intimidated by this bag because of the zippers. If you are one of those quilters, I just want to encourage you to try and learn new skills. Zippers are not as bad as we make them out to be!
And it is so useful, not just for sewing supplies, but I can see using this as a travel toiletry bag or cosmetic bag or school supply bag.