Monday, January 15, 2018

Project Bag Tutorial

It has been quite some time since I last posted.  Lots has been happening in our household since June.  I am happy to report things are finally starting to slow down a bit (health issues being resolved for my son) and have found some time recently for stitching and sewing.  


I have been noticing on Instagram a lot of project bags with a clear vinyl front to where you could see your items.  I decided I would like one for myself but as usual I wanted something a bit different from what i was seeing.  I really wanted my bag to have a gusseted bottom.  

A week ago I decided to take my knowledge of the construction of various bags I have made in the past and set about to design just what I wanted.  This photo is of my third version and by far the best as I added a medium weight iron on craft pellon to several pieces.  It is so much better I wanted to throw out the first 2 versions where I was working out my design.

I definitely am not a professional seamstress but am not afraid to try and make what I want.  I know there are many other ways to make this bag and I may not do everything the way a professional would but this bag fit my needs and I can make one in less than 2 hours so works for me. 

Here is the supply list and video tutorial for my bag.  


1 18" zipper

Cut 1 16" x 16" piece of fabric (inside back visible through vinyl)
Cut 2 4 1/2" x 16" strips (used at the top with zipper)
Cut 2 5 1/2" x 16" (used at the bottom and will be gusseted)
Cut 1 8 1/2" x 16" fabric complimentary to strips (outside back)
Cut 1 8 1/2" x 16" vinyl (front)  I went to the fabric store and took the time to read what each type of vinyl's recommended use.  I used a medium weight vinyl.  
Cut 2 2 1/2" x 3" fabric (will become zipper tabs)

Cut 1 15 1/2" x 15 1/2" fusible fleece
Cut 2 4 1/2" x 16" iron on craft pellon
Cut 2 5 1/2" x 16" iron on craft pellon
Cut 1 8 1/2" x 16" iron on craft pellon

Again on the craft pellon I chose a medium weight.  Enough to give the bag some form but not too stiff.

I had to really condense this video down in order for it to load.  I will post a picture tutorial with directions at a later time.

I will post again soon with some stitchy updates.


  1. Nice looking bag! Good to see your new post! I hope you have a peaceful New Year.

  2. Wonderful bag, Lorrie! That extra depth from the gussets is great!


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