Style Stitches Bag #2

 I saw the Sew Alongs for the Amy Butler bags and knew I wanted to join in – I tried to get the book from the library but I was WAY down on the wait list – after seeing the fabulous bags everyone was making, I couldn’t take waiting anymore and ordered it via Amazon.  But it wasn’t going to ship til April – what?!?  That’s what I get with free shipping – so I canceled.  Meanwhile, my aunt ordered her copy and somehow ended up with two – it was meant to be.


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So I just got the book this week and figured I wouldn’t participate in February, but then I really wanted to make that bag, so I just did! I liked the idea of using it for a craft tote (that picture in the book where it’s filled with yarn) – the “shopper” bag didn’t really appeal to me because (and don’t hate me) I like getting plastic bags – we use them to wrap up stinky diapers, so the kids can empty trashcans into manageable sacks, etc.

Sorry for ANOTHER sewing post this week – it seems like I go in crafting spurts – all sewing, all repurposing, all paper, etc – anyways, I’ve been on a sewing kick.  For you non-sewer, stay tuned because Monday I have an awesome photo board craft for you.

I made a few changes to the pattern – 
–first, SOOO glad I looked through the flicker groups before I started – I saw that a lot of people divided the pocket and I thought that would be most functional for me.  I also saw that someone added a ruffle to the front pocket, which I loved and copied:

–actually, maybe I should mention this first – I cut down the size of the whole bag.  The pattern calls for a lot of fabric – I made this last-minute and used what I had on hand, so I had 2 pieces of Amy Butler Fabric that were 1/2 yard each.  I made it work.  The bag is still plenty big – especially since I don’t want it to be a “shopper”.  The secret is that for the lining where you need more fabric than the outside (for the handles and outside pocket) I didn’t have enough so half-way down I used plain fabric (fabric – sheet – – it’s all the same – you know I love using sheets!)

–I didn’t put any pockets on the inside – since it’s half plain I knew I wouldn’t be reversing the bag.  So I added a pocket to the outside – the one on the back doesn’t have a ruffle because I didn’t have enough fabric.

Anyways, I LOVE my bag – you should make one!!

I made a smaller version for a little book bag – the girls picked their fabric and helped sew it – here’s the neighbor, who LOVES hers.  And a picture of my daughter, who sewed her own (I did the bottom – that part’s a little tricky – the rest is just straight seams).

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  1. says

    I love your fabric choices!! Can I just tell you that i have had that book for aaaaaages now and still haven’t made a single thing? I’m such a slacker!

  2. says

    Hey there,

    LOVE the bag and your blog. I was wondering what is the secret to making a ruffle? I have tried on the bottom of jeans and the ruffles don’t come out very “even”.


  3. says

    So CUTE! I don’t know how I missed this when you posted it…I love the bag pared down. It really is a BIG bag sewn as instructed. I used it as an overnight bag…that’s the size. Now you’ve made it to be more purse-size. I love it!

  4. says

    I totally agree – this bag is too big for the average 5’2″ shopper – and I LOVE your ‘refined’ version!

    going to work on my origami bags today!

  5. says

    I love this! I must have missed this post, because I’m just reading it today – but I sewed my first bag yesterday and I’m so excited about it. Now that I’ve seen yours I think I’ll have to do one like it! Really beautiful. I can’t wait to give those pockets a try. ~Lori

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