April 16, 2009


Making a bag is a fun summer project. You can make one just to your liking- the perfect fabric, lining, pockets, and embellishments. You can make one using a pattern, or just make one without. Below is a picture of the first bag I ever made. Since it was my first one I used a pattern (McCall's P301, view A). I wanted a nicer bag for church that would hold a 3-ring binder (I made it a little bigger than the pattern called for). I made this 3-4 years ago, right before the big bag-making rage began, and it's still holding up.
After making that bag, I understood how bags get put together and didn't need to refer to patterns. I made several smaller bags, but can't locate them for pictures. It's fun to whip up a little bag. A couple of summers ago I wanted a big bag for vacation and made the bag below using a pattern recommended to me (I can't find it right now but could probably look it up if you're interested.) I loved the bigness of this bag and the fun summer material. It also has a ton of pockets for sunscreen, waterbottles, etc.
So I've been itching to make a bag again. But as I was crusin' through target I noticed the bag pictured below that was about the style I wanted to make. It wasn't quite what I was thinking of, and I wasn't in love with the fabric, but it wasn't bad. And it was only $10. I got to thinking how I'd probably spend more than that on material to make my own bag, plus the time/effort in sewing. So I just bought the target one - I did add my initial and some brown top-stitching to match it. So I went with a copout, but encourage anyone out there who hasn't attempted one yet to make yourself a bag. And then use it with pride!


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

2 Fabulous Comments:

I'm subscribing to your blog! This is so inspirational, even though I'm not crafty at all! Such cute bags! You are too cute!

Can we make bags for the next Wanda's Works? I love the idea. so cute.

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