October 11, 2016

Sew Together Bag

Have you ever made a Sew Together Bag? I've admired them for a long time, but I kept putting off actually making one. No more! I now have my own Sew Together bag and I love it :)
Sew together bag | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Many thanks to Anja at Anja Quilts for sharing the link to the sew-a-long at Quilt Barn, which has a lot of helpful pictures and tips. The pattern by Sew Demented (affiliate link) is clear and well written, but the sew-a-long has extra pictures and that always makes sewing easier.

Some of the seams in the final construction of the bag are really bulky, and I'm no expert with zippers, so the bag is far from perfect, but I'm still really pleased with it.

This is the bag I used to use for my EPP projects.
EPP bag | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

I made it back in 2013, shortly after starting this blog, for my very first blog hop, and it has served me well. There were times, though, when I was frustrated by needing to dig to the bottom of the bag to find something. Obviously, that won't be a problem with the new bag. Just look at all those pockets and compartments!
Inside my sew together bag | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I had planned to make the pockets out of different scraps of blue, but all the pieces I pulled were too small and I was sewing at a friend's house, so I couldn't just go raid my stash again. The lining is all one fabric, the middle pocket is a fabulous blue batik and the other two pockets are different whites. In the end, I actually really like having only one blue pocket because it stands out so much.

Here is the bag full of my EPP supplies. As you can see, there is lots of room and I won't have to be digging around to find anything.
sew together bag full | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
In other news, Devoted Quilter is finally on facebook! I know, it took me long enough, right? The problem is, I don't really know what I'm doing over there, so if there is a group I should join, let me know in the comments. So far I've joined the Quilt Design a Day group, which is one of the reasons I wanted to join facebook to begin with, but I know there are more groups I should check out. I really want to be able to connect with other quilters, but I find it a little overwhelming, to be honest, so please point me in the right direction! Thanks!

Now I'm off to go searching through my scraps to find more fabric to use for my EPP. There's lots of room in my bag, after all!

I'll be linking up this week with Let's Bee Social, NTT, TGIFF, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finish it up Friday.

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  1. Even though you had to use the same fabric for the inside, it is light, making it easier to see everything inside. Great job!

  2. The blue and white are so striking together. Doesn't the tutorial give you just the extra amount of photos and descriptions to make it so much easier to put together.

  3. Congrats on your new bag! I haven't made one yet, but in my heart I know it's only a matter of time....LOL You did a great job on all those zippers and it looks fantastic. Thanks for the links!

  4. Wow! The bag is gorgeous ♥


  5. Congratulations on your "Sew Together Bag". Your bag is lovely. I have been eyeing my pattern off for a number of weeks, together with the Quilt Barn SAL, and amhaving "difficulties" deciding on what fabrics to select, such difficult decisions!

  6. I've never seen one of those bags before -- it's really neat! I still struggle with how to organize supplies for hand stitching on the go. I've bought a few different little organizers or totes and abandoned all of them for one reason or another. Currently I'm taking my needleturned applique around in a small shopping bag and I have to dig to the bottom for my supplies and hope to God that I don't knock the bag over in the car and lose something important under the seat. But I can't even think about sewing a bag like that because I have so many projects started right now and have not finished anything in months and months... But I think of finished quilts as a lucky byproduct of my sewing activities, not the goal. The goal is lower blood pressure, a clearer head, a small challenge to overcome each day with needle and thread...

    As for Facebook. I don't know; I've joined a few sewing groups on FB but I don't love the format. I'm in a Featherweight group, and that one pops up in my feed mostly with people saying "look at my new Featherweight that I just bought" or "Should I buy this Featherweight for $X?." Then I also joined one for people making the Farmer's Wife sampler quilt, which I was working on sporadically (one of my many WIPs). I mostly engage with a FB group if/when something interesting pops up in my news feed, whereas with my Yahoo groups I get a daily digest of ALL group messages all in one spot, so I can skim through and see if there's anything interesting there, comment or disregard.

  7. I love using my Sew Togetherr Bag for my hand sewing. The compartments and zippers are so helpful. I think yours turned out great!

  8. Love your bag. And NO, I have not made one yet. I am getting closer and closer to giving in and getting the pattern. I think over the winter it will be a good project to do!

  9. You have done a great job on that bag Leanne, I really like the pop of the blue pocket.

  10. Your bag looks great! I made one a couple of years ago and really don't use it for anything! Makes me think I need to get it out and use it!

  11. Your Sew Together bag turned out great. The zippers look nice. I haven't made one yet.I inherited quite a few zippers and other notions from my Mom so can create various type of bags and pouches in the future. Thanks for linking up with this week's TGIFF.

  12. your bag is cute! I made a sew together bag. Then i was introduced to the Beetle bag and i realized i really want one of those instead!


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