Category: handmade bags

Improve your zippered bags by using a serger

I love making zippered bags because they are so handy. I really enjoy tidying an area up by putting things in a bag. They are also terrific for travel or purses. I have a new tip for you; you can improve your zippered bags by using a serger. Let me show you how. If you... Read more »

I made a charm pack bag for a gift

When I worked I made multiple gifts for secretaries, administrators, teachers on my team and in my department. Since I was sewing for all of those people I also sewed for nearly everyone else in my life. I am amazed when I think back on it.  When I retired, I cut the list back to... Read more »

DIY Fast and easy upcycled bottle gift bag

To create this gift bag, first check that the sleeves are wide enough for your bottle. (They probably are.) Then cut off the sleeve of an old shirt.
My yoga teacher is leaving us to pursue a new career. We loved her and wanted to give her some wine as a good bye gift. I volunteered to create the bag. I happen to collect old shirts of my husband. Whether they are stained, worn or don’t fit right I keep them to make... Read more »
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How to repair a broken grommet quilted bag

Have you ever had a sewing project on your to do list for say, 10 years? Me too! Believe or not, I finally got one of them done! Not only is it done but I am going to tell you how to repair a broken grommet quilted bag. You can see the original grommet quilted... Read more »

I love my Grandkids but their toys were making me crazy

I love my Grandkids but their toys were making me crazy. Crazy I tell you! I had to find a new way to reclaim part of my office, where we keep their toys. Why do we have so many toys? Because our sweethearts come here 3 days a week and we love watching them. Part... Read more »

DIY How to make a fabric gift bag from one yard of fabric

Start with one yard of fabric. Cut off any rough edges, the selvage and straighten the piece. If you want your bag smaller, start with less fabric. Easy!
I have written before about how I try to avoid using wrapping paper. When I can, I try to share my ideas on how to make a fabric gift bag and I have a new one. Did you see the Facebook post that was going around on how to make a gift bag out of... Read more »
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Organize all the toys with DIY bags

I love my grandchildren and they love toys. Lots of toys with increasingly smaller pieces which are not fun for me to step on nor babies to put in their mouths. I also love a clean condo, particularly in the office where we store the toys the 4 days a week our sweethearts are not... Read more »

DIY Fabric Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Here is one of the bags I've made, I put little wine bottles in them. If you want to spring for large bottles of wine, just make the bag bigger.
Have you ever gone to a wedding and gotten a little organza bag full of Jordan almonds (why are they called that?) or possibly rice to throw. I think they are used as well for little gift bags or favors. If you’re like me you may have saved your little bag and thought about how... Read more »

DIY Plastic Bag Holder Tutorial

We subscribe to the Chicago Tribune which comes in a protective plastic bag.  Those bags collect and some of them we recycle while others we use. In fact, they will be my new shoe bags thanks to suggestions on my Facebook page. In the meantime, I have to keep them somewhere. We used to have... Read more »
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DIY Market Bag Tutorial Part Two

You are ready for DIY Market Bag Tutorial Part Two, yes? If you missed part one, click here.  This is where we make the lining. If you’ve ever lined clothing or a bag you know that the lining is just about as much work, it’s a replica of the outside. It just fits inside and... Read more »