It just so happened that I had a space of time without a “have to” project to sew, so I decided to try out a bag pattern. The Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented caught my eye the first time I saw it, and everytime since. Recently I ordered some Liberty of London fabric with this little bag in mind, and wanted to try it out with less expensive fabric first, specifically fabric from the stash.
I picked up this fabric called “Mushroom March” from Sarah Watson’s Arcadia fabric collection during Pink Chalk Fabric’s shop closing sale and decided this was the perfect place to start! Digging through the stash, I found quite a few other coordinating fabrics and 4 matching zippers. Using a navy blue linen for the bias binding sealed the deal.
As you can see, the Sew Together Bag was designed to hold sewing supplies on the go. A large scissors fits perfectly and the seven different compartments are perfect for keeping all your separate sewing supplies organized quite a bit better than a gallon ziplock bag. Ahem!
Two of the fabrics in this bag are batiks and they both echoed the Mushroom March fabric. The brown lining inside the sides looks like some fungi spores, don’t you think?
Since I was using zippers from the stash, and I only had 7 inch zippers, I had to modify the ends of the zippers a little by adding some tabs of the navy blue linen. It worked! This whole bag seems so organic and earthy to me in this color scheme. I know Liberty of London fabric will give it a totally different feel.
When I was finished, immediately I wanted to go digging through my stash to find more coordinating fabrics to make another bag! The girls have been very curious about why I was making this bag and who it was for, but I think I might just keep it for myself! It’s really that cute. They also suggested adding a wrist strap or wooden handles, so those are things I might try next time.
I choose just to quilt straight lines to complement the marching mushrooms, and love the quilted look. I cut out my exterior fabric, ironed on some fusible fleece, and then quilted it. I was concerned the fleece might get caught in the feed dogs with no other fabric in between, but that was not the case.
The sewing instructions were very thorough and made sewing the Sew Together Bag simple. I wouldn’t recommend it for a very beginning beginner, but someone who had never made a complex bag before could do it. (I did!)
The Sew Together bag would also make a very special gift. For a fabric/gift swap, for a special friend, or of course, for yourself!
Sew My Stash Reality Check: 100% of the fabrics and zippers are from my stash! Yipee; goal of 50% exceeded!