Practical and Fun

In the last couple of years, I have been making a number of bags.  I started with simple tote bags for gifts, then moved to a variety of lined drawstring bags. Last Christmas, I desSantaBagigned a Santa sack pattern then made more than a dozen for family members.  Here’s one ready for Christmas morning last week.    It is 12.5″ x 8″, a good size for stocking stuffer goodies.

I found that bags were a fun change from quilts – and they could be made more quickly on a smaller space.  I started playing with zippers and buttons and looking for more direction.  I became interested in designing some bags but didn’t quite feel ready for that challenge. First, I needed to developed some new skills – which was I excited when I read about the Bag of the Month Club offered through Sew Sweetness.  It offered a bag pattern of the month each month from January to June.  I signed up for the 2014 BOM and loved it.  Here are some of the bags that I made from the patterns.

Bag of The Month 2015

The BOTM was such fun!  The patterns were all easy to follow and I learned so much from the tips – not to mention the inspiration in the gallery.  I have signed up again for 2015 and got my first pattern on Thursday.  I can’t wait to try it.  I just have to find a source for a bag frame, which I am excited to try.

The designers that created the bags last year are all participating again and I am eager to see that they design for this year.   They are:

If you would like to get custom patterns and excellent tips from talented bag designers, you can still join the fun at Sew Sweetness Bag of The Month Club 2015.  It is a great value at only $40 for 6 unique patterns.  Maybe I’ll see you in the gallery.

Have you had any bag making adventures?  Comment in the gallery about your favourite bag pattern or designer – or about challenges you’ve encountered in trying to sew the perfect bag for your needs.