Free PATTERN Friday

on June 22 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 141 Comments

In anticipation of Bag Month, we’re giving away an Amy Butler bag sewing pattern to three people–winner’s choice!  Let’s talk about sewing purses and bags.  Have you done it?  Do you love it?  Are you intimidated by it?  Do you have any great resources for us?  We look forward to reading about your thoughts and experiences.  Any comment here or in the Bag Month post will put you in the pool from which we randomly select the winners.  Have a great weekend!

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  1. Ginny says:

    I LOVE bags! Small, Medium, Large, Exlarge! All size and shapes.! I make a few of my own bag patterns or make changes on patterns. I love to use my fabrics that I have, mix or match fabrics to make bags. Love to recycle jeans and make bags. I, also, emblish the bags with embroidery, ribbon embroidery and beading. Crazy over BAGS!

  2. Paula Sousa says:

    I just love bags and beautiful fabrics! But let be honest, whose woman doesn’t?
    I’ve always been very ‘crafty’ but starting sewing my own things was a too huge step.
    Just recently I’ve overcome my fears and start doing it.
    It’s always dificult to know how to start. How to choose the right fabrics? Where to find the right pattern?
    I guess that diging on the Internet can can find everything…
    Thans we just need risck and start!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE making bags! I made my first few with a pattern and from their have designed many on my own, they are so easy to change around to suit the individuals personality. Right now I am making shopping bags, also very fun!!

  4. Lesley says:

    Every since I’ve learned how to sew, purses are my favorite. Back in my high school days, I even tried to sell them at a local flea market. Didn’t go quite as well as I thought, but it sure made for a funny memory. Definitely looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations and tips.

  5. Tara says:

    I never get to sew for myself and rarely for my children. I would love to carve out some time to do something creative for myself.

  6. Angie says:

    I have been knitting, felting and sewing bags for some time. I LOVE to do it….I just give them away!

  7. Jen says:

    I’m endlessly envious of the beautiful bags I see around blogland – I’m not that skilled myself, but I’m looking forward to some tips and inspiration!

  8. Sharly says:

    I am a self-confessed bag lady! Lately I have been knitting and felting bags and I am hooked! I also love to sew and will definitely be zipping some up in fabric as well!! A bag for each outfit? What’s not to love??

  9. Stine says:

    Just this weekend I finished my first bag ever – what a blast – co-ordinating fabrics for pockets/lining/pocket lining . . . discovered that pulling out top-stitching is more annoying than really doing it right the first time!

  10. Tami says:

    Ahhh…bags! Love them! Love making them and love buying material for them. They must be my favorite thing to make and create. I can’t wait to see what others create during July.

  11. Marie says:

    I LOVE making bags – mostly custom for cell phones and IPods . I use a lot of felted wool and beads. I also make most all of my own handbags and totes from felted wools.

  12. Carmen says:

    I’ve wanted to make a bag for so long but get slightly intimidated everytime I pull out a pattern! Hopefully soon…

  13. Joanna says:

    I have made several bags. Some from tutorials I’ve found on the web. Some from making up a pattern based on bags that I’ve seen (not as easy as I thought!) I’m inspired to make the weekender bag, because I like a good challenge and because I have yet to muster up the courage to put in a zipper! You can see some of my bags on my flickr site- Joanna’s scraps

  14. Sandy says:

    I LOVE sewing tote bags of various sizes mostly loaded up with zipper and plain pockets. However, I have a tendency to make my bags WAY too large. Some day I will learn to either use a pattern or to actually measure the things I want put in the bag before I start sewing.

  15. Kris says:

    I have made drawstring totes for my kids when they were little, but I have to admit to feeling very intimidated about some of these new bags and purses. I guess I’m worried about getting the shape right so they look good. But I keep thinking I need to try to make one this summer. Anyone have a foolproof method?

  16. pamela says:

    I would make bag after bag if only I could afford all the gorgeous fabrics I see!

  17. Viv says:

    Ooh, I love bags and am excited about bag month (I didn’t quite find the time for skirt month). Clothing is hard to fit, home decor is intimidating because it’s so visible, but bags, ooh. I am addicted to making them, and I just made one last night (from “happythings” tutorial). Next up for me is AB’s Betty Shopper bag.

  18. Jenni says:

    OOH bags. I have been wanting to start a bag. Bag month shall be my motivation.

  19. Amy says:

    I have yet to make a bag, but have handles and fabric and an idea for a design just waiting for me to tackle it….but having a pattern might be a good idea…

  20. Jill says:

    Amy Butler all the way. I’ve make 3 Amy Butler bags and love everyone of them.

  21. kayla_d says:

    I just finished a new “everyday bag” for myself and have been enjoying it. I used an Amy Butler print as an accent, and I love the way it looks. I definitely think I could use the help of a pattern though, so I have a better idea of how it’ll turn out next time. And uhandblog is an excellent resource.

  22. Alice says:

    Amy Butler bags are SOOO fun to make!!!!

  23. Bee says:

    I love bags. Mostly make simple lined totes but have tried some more elaborate types. I get good ideas from Craftster and sites like that.

  24. Concha says:

    I have made a bunch of totes but, although I’m quite pleased with them, I’d like to try making more “elaborate” bags. I’ve only made one single zippered pouch and I didn’t love the whole zipper experience… I’ve never used a pattern and I would love to have one by Amy Butler!

  25. Colleen says:

    I just made my first bag- it was an Amy Butler bag… the Madison bag. I made a few modifications (including not turning the handle inside out). I’m trying her Barcelona skirt pattern now, which I bought from you, Kristin! Thanks!

  26. Bubbles says:

    That bag would be so much fun to try to make – count me in!

  27. Amy says:

    I recently made my first tote, and although it was a scary learning curve for me, I am hooked. I think my next project will be the Jordy bag tutorial which I believe is located over at Craftster.

  28. Miss Chris says:

    I’ve made a few. I did make a tote yesterday with some AB lotus fabric and a white placemat. Does that count? http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/2402538/19557518

  29. Mary Ann says:

    I have never used a pattern in my life, and I think it’s about time!

  30. Addie says:

    I love making bags, and I usually give them as gifts to friends. I also love when I’m carrying a bag that I’ve made and someone tells me that she likes it and asks where I got it! =)

  31. Sheridan says:

    I’m thrilled! I want to make some bags, and given that it’s the middle of winter, I couldn’t get excited about skirts!

  32. jade says:

    oh!! i make more bags than i can really use and usually end up randomly giving them away to friends and family. i must confess, my method is pretty freestyle and improvisational; it would be interesting to try out a proper pattern ;p
    look forward to bag month!

  33. Thimbleanna says:

    Yes. YES. No. and sadly, no. ;-)

  34. Jeannine says:

    I love making bags. I’ve made Amy Butler’s Stash and Dash bags more times that I could count. I’m using a bias tape bag as my regular handbag, and I always make a new zipper bag or box bag for each new project I start.
    Whenever I see a new fabric I think, “That would be FANTASTIC as a bag!”

  35. Kim says:

    Bag Month how EXCITING!!

  36. Theresa says:

    My recent bagmaking experience has been in felting bags. It’s kind of fun to see something huge and awkward shrink into something pretty and useful! I have been wanting to experiment with some quilted bags for my knitting projects and I have also picked up a pattern or two here and there especially when the sewing patterns go on sale for 99 cents! I have never tried a Butler pattern and would like to. My tip for bagmaking is to check out the remnant bins. I have found some pretty pieces of tapestry,uphostery, denim and decorator fabrics for much cheaper than they would be off the roll or bolt and their heavyweight is great for bags!

  37. Beth says:

    I love making totes and bags. I mostly just make up my own patterns and add in what I think would be functional. I love Amy Butler’s bags though and would love to make one.

  38. dottycookie says:

    I do enjoy making bags, especially for children – it’s usually what I end up making as birthday gifts for my daughters’ friends.

  39. Sonicka says:

    I have made the Nappy bag by Amy Butler. It was so fantastic, I kept it for my own things and never put diapers in it! I am currently making the shoulder bag from a tutorial on the TinyHappy blog (www.tinyhappy.typepad.com) it is perfect for sewers who have a hard time being fussy- like me!

  40. susie says:

    Oh, yay! I love making bags. Such a rewarding project as they are such a fun way to put your creativity to work and not worry if it’s going to “fit” (unlike clothing). And, you can make such great bags with today’s quilting fabrics such as amy butler or kaffe fasset!

  41. Eve says:

    I have sewn many, many bags, but never from a pattern. I tend to make more tote style bags and would love to try my hand at an Amy Butler design!

  42. Candlestring says:

    I have never sewn a bag. I have crocheted bags, and sewn tiny purses, but something like a tote intimidates me because I’m afraid I wouldn’t make a strong enough handle. I’ve had homemade “bookbags” before and the handles often separate from the bag because I try to carry too many books!
    As for a resource, I like looking at the tote/purse/bag patterns at http://www.keepsakequilting.com/
    especially this one:
    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail.aspx?PRODID=6534

  43. Christy says:

    I want to make bags, I really do, but they make me a bit nervous…all that lining and pockets and closures. I’ve done a couple VERY simple totes and I’m looking forward to learning a thing or two that’ll hopefully help get me started on some more complex bags.

  44. Samantha says:

    I love making bags! It’s a great way to get your feet wet if you haven’t sewn before. It doesn’t take a huge fabric commitment or a huge time commitment for most bags. Instant gratification! I tried a quilted bag pattern recently to test out my new walking foot and had fun with it, but it turned out HUGE! (I would love to make the word HUGE in a really big font size to show you that this bag was so very very large! Seriously!) LOL I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. I thought about taking it apart and making it into two smaller bags, but my bias binding is so perfect and I even bound the seams inside and it’s just gorgeous. But it’s so HUGE I don’t know if I’ll ever use it. So I’m still debating. :-) I also recently tried out the Voyager bag pattern–I think it’s a Lazy Girl pattern? I don’t like the pattern cover illustration–it just doesn’t appeal to me at all. But when I made the bag in a cute pink and green prequilted Vera Bradley-esque fabric, I loved it! I made one for a friend. Then I had to make the small one for my dd to take her milk money and snack to summer school. Then I decided I deserved one too, so I made the large size for myself. Cool pattern! I need to take pictures and upload them…

  45. Knittypants says:

    I just made my first bag, I can’t wait to try another.

  46. andrea says:

    I have been making bags and selling them in my gift shop for years! I used simple ideas before but am now advancing into zippers, pockets, etc. It is my sole source of therapy and cheers me up whenever I am having a bad day!

  47. Stephanie says:

    How exciting! Bags are my new favorite thing to make. Count me in!

  48. India says:

    I’m just about to try what looks to be a great pattern from Leisl, of Disdressed – backpack/tote. In my humble opinion (being such a newbie sewer) this pattern is a much higher quality thatn many of the ‘professiona;’ ones a I’ve seen. It also came with the ‘hardware’. Even better !
    India

  49. Linda says:

    http://bagaholicsanonymous.blogspot.com is for bagaholics like me. :o)

  50. Cici says:

    bag month – perfect. i owe a few bags to various friends and family members. now i can proctastinate until july!

  51. Letty says:

    Hi, I just LOVE making bags! I have just finished a bag made with the “Latte” pattern of Melly & Me, and next I am going to make “Black Forest”, also by Melly & Me. I have twice ordered bag patterns here: http://henriettashandbags.com/index.html when you order 3 patterns, the shipping is free ;-)

  52. Keri says:

    My favorite thing to do is try and re-create purses that I see at Anthropologie or other funky places. And since, of course, you can’t get most of their supplies, or don’t have leather skills, the finished product NEVER looks like the original, but it’s always sometimes better. And then I put my purses away, to sit on a shelf and be admired because they’re too nice to actually USE!!! lol

  53. Katie says:

    I love sewing bags! I just finished Amy Butler’s Frenchy bag and it came out so cute! I like sewing bags because they can be finished so quickly. My next project is Amy’s Velma Bag.

  54. supa says:

    Bag month! I think I can do this! (Especially since I was too pregnant to succeed at Skirt Month!)

    I made the gardening tote from Lotta Jansdotter’s book last month and I use it every day around the house. There’s something about the bias binding that’s so cheerful, I think.

  55. earthchick says:

    I’ve done three small totes, but it’s been a few months. I did recently get an Amy Butler bag pattern that I hope to make soon. Usually totes are far down my list because there are so many clothes I want to make! But they are so quick and fun to make, I really should make more.

  56. Karen says:

    I haven’t made a bag yet, but I hope to soon. I am just learning to sew and don’t feel quite brave enough to try it yet.

  57. Cassie says:

    I love bag making! This is one of those “practice makes perfect” tasks…I rarely use a pattern, just make it up as I go along…usually I’m successful, sometimes not :)

  58. Meghan says:

    I sewed one purse about a year ago. It was before I really started getting into sewing, and I don’t think I was all that careful in cutting and piecing things together. It came out ok, but I never used it. Perhaps an Amy Butler pattern would help improve my purse success rate!

  59. joyce says:

    Bag month is a great idea! I love making bags and any new ideas will be welcome.

  60. Jan says:

    I have made a few bags. Most were simple designs with outside embelishments. I need to get out of my comfort zone and make a few that are more complex. I am excited about Bag Month..can’t wait to see all the inspirations!

  61. Beth says:

    I’ve been making a lot of Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bags and I love them!

  62. mel says:

    i started making simple bags, and it just inspired me t make more, and now I’m moved on to clothing! :)

  63. Lin-Lin says:

    I’ve made quite a few purses and totes. Only one of them was sewn from a pattern. The rest of them, I’ve pretty much winged it. I find it easier to create a pattern based on a purse, rahter than to read directions and make one based on said directions!

  64. Jeanne says:

    I just got a sewing machine this week for my birthday, and the first thing my girls wanted me to make was a bag each for them! So, here I go! I thought it would be easier, but I am going slowly. Looking forward to this world of sewing!

  65. yvette says:

    I love making bags and like this site for cool handles.
    http://www.kleins.co.uk/index.asp?function=DISPLAYCAT&catid=17

  66. Lynn says:

    I’ve made a few bags. I’m planning on making another weekender bag. I’ve found that searching for the bag in flickr really helps.

  67. lazylol says:

    I am just cutting out my very first bag – it is the Amy Butler Swing bag. I have been going to make one for ages!

  68. roberta says:

    I have made a couple totebags, w/o patterns…patterns do intimidate me at times, yet would probably save me a couple of seam ripping sessions. :S
    For Christmas I made a tote bag from denim and cowboy flannel for my nephew and filled it with treasured (thrifted) children’s books.

  69. KBG says:

    I’ll be able to talk about love it/hate it bag making in about a week. My sister and I are cutting our fabric tomorrow for the Amy Butler Weekender Bag. I hear it should be called that for the amount of time it takes to make it.

  70. Angela says:

    I love bags and purses. I keep making them. I don’t NEED them, I don’t even use all of them…but I just can’t stop making them. I think it’s the thrill of having something finish so quickly!

  71. Michelle says:

    I was very intimidated and frustrated by my sewing machine, but finally made a successful bag several months ago, and that really elevated my confidence and made me much more willing to try things out on the machine. I’m still by no means comfortable with it, but I’m slowly getting there!

  72. Beth says:

    I love purses! I want to make a bag, have purchased the fabric to sew, BUT I am so intimidated! I can whip up an apron in no time and give me a clothing pattern – easy peasy! I’m glad your doing a bag/purse month. It’ll be fun to check out the ideas and info you post. Thanks in advance!

  73. lindsey says:

    I love making bags! They’re so nice because you can use some favorite fabrics without fear since bags are usually a smaller-size project. What I’m intimidated by is closures. And I like sewing zippers! But somehow me + zippers + bags = no fun. So I just got some magnetic closures for my b-day and can’t wait to give those a shot!

  74. sally says:

    I’ve never sewn a true bag but I pulled together a little bag to carry books in for my daughter. I want to give it a try but free time is hard to come by.

  75. Mikki says:

    I LOVE making bags, but have only made a couple. I see fabrics and patterns all the time that call out to me to make them, but lately I’ve been working on other projects.
    I would LOVE to try a new pattern to jostle me back into purse mode.

  76. Lisa Clarke says:

    I just started sewing and one of my first projects was the tote bag in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing. I used Amy Butler Lotus fabric and I love it! I really want to make more – one for every outfit, LOL! (It was easier than I thought, but I’m still intimidated a bit by the more complicated patterns)

  77. Mrs.Pear says:

    I am definitely anxious to sew a bag. I have shopping canvas bags on my list to sew, boring and practical, but to be honest, I am looking for a bag that will double as a diaper bag without looking like one!

  78. Zoe says:

    I have made a few purses (mainly for little girls) and a lot of bags! I am not intimidated by it but I would like to make some that are a little more complex. I have never used a pattern and so I think that following a pattern would kick it up a notch for me. I do have a purse fetish though . . . :) :)

  79. Ashley says:

    I’ve tried it, and I fawn over purses, but it’s so intimidating to me to make the more complicated purses. I think I just need to jump in with both feet and not look back, but I fear I have a phobia of hurting/wasting pretty fabric (or that’s my excuse for not going for it!). :)

  80. Melissa says:

    I just made a new bag for my sister today! I will post the pic on the flickr group! This is perfect timing because I am making several bags this month for my husband’s co-workers as a thank you gift.

  81. Essie says:

    OH I love making bags. There are so many choices, and so many styles. Can’t wait to see what is being offered and reviewed.

    Essie

  82. Amanda says:

    I *love* sewing bags. I think they are the perfect project when I am just needing to sit down and do some sewing. I think bags are totally less intimidating than clothes- they don’t really need to fit!

  83. Reethi says:

    I love making bags, they are quick and fun. Craftster has some tutorials if you’ve never made a bag before.

  84. Faith says:

    I have made several bags, but plans for more never seem to materialize (no pun intended). For some reason they turn into more time consuming projects for me than other things. Perhaps because they involve more fussy-cutting? Not to mention that ironing interfacing just isn’t high on my ‘fun things to do’ list!

  85. Tara H. says:

    I have made one tote-bag, and it wasn’t hard, but it was pretty basic. I want to learn pockets.

  86. Geri says:

    I just started making totes and puurses. I’m making tons of the Lotta Jansdotter totes in many sizes right now for christmas gifts and the pillowcase tote from MSL I’m hooked!

  87. Shelley says:

    I have not made a bag yet but have been admiring many that I’ve seen in blogland. The Amy Butler bags are very cool!

  88. Valerie says:

    Very intimidated by it, but I so want to make a bag or a purse! I think I should probably start out simple with a tote for library books, but even that seems a little daunting. I do have the Weekend bag pattern from Amy Buter, but so far I’ve just admired it and not dared to try! Maybe this Bag Month will do the trick to get me trying one. :)

  89. Stefanie says:

    This first thing I ever attempted to sew was a bag and I havent looked back since. Actually one of the easiest (and first actual pattern I used) was one of Amy’s so for a beginner I totally recommend her.

    If you are nervous my only advice is just do it, you wont regret it!

  90. Beth N. says:

    One of the first things I made when I got my sewing machine was a bag from Amy Butler’s book. It’s supposed to be finished with leather straps for the handles, but I used strong grosgrain ribbon instead and it worked out great. I carry it almost every day and LOVE that it’s something I made.

  91. Heather says:

    I LOVE making bags. I have gotten my whole mom’s group hooked too!!

  92. janice says:

    I’ve made countless bags using this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0.
    and they have all turned out more than fabulous! I even made a whole bunch for my bridesmaids and they adored them!

  93. Bethany says:

    I LOVE the bags & purses that I see everyone else creating and have several patterns saying “sew me, sew me”…but I’m VERY intimidated! I’m looking forward to Bag Month to inspire me to let go of the fear & go for it!

  94. amy says:

    I am learning how to sew by taking classes that are all about constructing bags. I have taken one class and love the fact that I will actually use what I am making. I would love to learn how to make different bag styles.

  95. Madeline says:

    I never win anything so I never enter… but today’s MY BIRTHDAY and hopefully that will be the charm!

    I love handbags. I love making them and I love buying them. I sell mine in the Spa where I work and I just recently discovered Etsy. Sew Mama Sew and Uhandbag.com are my favorite fabric and hardware resources and I love all the craft blogs out there for inspiration.

  96. Ginger says:

    Bags – gotta have them. And oh, I love to make them. For me it’s all about a lined interior. I’m picky, I guess. I have never used a bag pattern (but I’d love to try one of Amy Butlers – hint hint). I put a zipper in my last bag – a big accomplishment for moi. It wasn’t easy. Maybe I should try a pattern?!

  97. Kari says:

    Yeay–bag month! Lately I have been making some bags for grocery shopping (to be more environmentally-concious). I have had a lot of success making totes from a Cindy Taylor Oates pattern book (her instructions are soooo easy–great for a first pattern). I’ve been intimidated by complicated ones, but I think it is time to take the leap to a more styled one, perhaps with a zipper.

  98. Katie says:

    I love making bags! I think they are the most fun to make. I second Jessi in the hooray for bag month!

  99. Amanda says:

    I love making bags. In fact, making bags is what got me started sewing again after several years. I haven’t made one in a while, though!

  100. Mama Urchin says:

    I’ve been wanting to try a bag I just haven’t gotten the courage yet.

  101. Rebecca says:

    I am new to sewing and I started because of all the wonderful bags I’ve seen! I imagine having a different bag to carry every week. :)

  102. ia says:

    I started sewing in march and recently finished my first bag from lotta jansdotters book simple sewing (the all-day tote). Will definitely make more, can’t keep myself from buying fabric all the time…

  103. Lucette says:

    I have been wanting to make a messenger bag and also a smaller bag, something a little fancy for trips around town. Bag month is a teriffic idea. Can’t wait to see what the others come up with.

  104. Kathy says:

    I have two Amy patterns and have yet to get to them. On the other hand I have made probably half dozen other purse patterns. Amy is next on my list – and she keeps coming out with BETTER one!

  105. Analisa says:

    oooh, I love making bags, and am in awe of Amy’s designs! I hadn’t sewn in years, but got interested after seeing some tote bag tutorials while I was on bedrest during my pregnancy with twins. Shortly after they were born, I gave it a go! Now I can’t stop, I drag the sewing machine out after they’re in bed. Since that first bag with the twisted handles (oops) I’ve added pockets, zippers, buttons, key holders, and even designed my own yoga mat bag! The tutorial that got me started was on Colorfool’s blog – http://www.colorfool.net/category/tutorials/

  106. laeroport says:

    I just bought a used book called “Sewing Packs, Pouches, Seats and Sacks”. Bag month couldn’t have come at a better time!

  107. jessi says:

    hooray for bag month! What a fabulous time we will all have!

  108. Dawn says:

    I haven’t made a purse or bag yet but its on my growing project list. I’m totally intimidated by it but I’m planning on confronting that fear by taking a class at my local fabric store. It’s a good way to learn from a pro and to support the store and fellow crafters!

  109. oh dreamy! Amy’s patterns are fabulous! I’ve always wanted to take a stab at bag making so the new challenge for jUly will be just what I need!

  110. melissa says:

    i’m so excited about the challenge this month, can’t wait to make a bag or two! i recently bought some magnetic snaps i’d like to learn to use.

  111. Kelley says:

    I have made several bags, but all following the same pattern. I developed it after a purse I saw in a boutique, and have been rather satisfied with the results. I still need some more practice working with interfacing, etc.

  112. Carrie says:

    I love making bags. I have one cut and ready to sew, as soon as I finish the baby quilt I am working on.

  113. meg says:

    I have three bags started and none finished.

  114. Erin says:

    I have not made a bag but have been wanting to try my hand at it. Something about it just seems daunting to me. Perhaps Bag Month will give me the courage!

  115. stacy says:

    I like making bags so long as they don’t use Timtex. I despise working with the stuff (I’ve tried several times and each one has turned out to be a ‘wadder’ – i.e. it goes into the trash).

    I seem to like making larger bags the best – messengers, hobos, etc.

  116. Roshelle says:

    I have been wanted to make a bag for months now! Please pick me and make my dreams come true!

  117. Alicia A. says:

    I love making bags. They’re *usually* pretty fast and easy. And you can customize them so many ways!

  118. Nikko says:

    I made a diaper bag with a cute ribbon trim and lots of pockets and even a key holder. It turned out well, but I was unhappy with the way the lining fit. I need to do a little bit more experimenting before I feel comfortable making another. Can’t wait to see the new tutorials and pattern reviews!

  119. Holly says:

    I have been making totes for everyone I know and about a million purses for my sweet baby – she loads her arms with purses, says “bye bye” and runs to the door. It is so quick to make her another little bag, that whenever I make one for someone else (or myself!) she gets a matching one too!

  120. Anne Wilson says:

    My sister, nieces and I have been making purses from skirts and skorts we’ve picked up at yard sales and goodwill. We are planning to sell them at a flea market the first week of July. I would like to try one from scratch, as well.

  121. samantha says:

    I have made too many bags (I noticed this when adding my FOs to ravelry!)- I need to sell some or something. And that said, I’m terrified of zippers and pockets and have let that stop me from moving forward into more sophisticated bags… which I’d Rreally like to do.

  122. mj says:

    I’ve made one and started another- the hardest part for me is cutting out all of those pieces, but once you start sewing it’s really pretty easy.

  123. Kristen says:

    I love making bags. I started last year with an Amy Butler pattern and am now trying to create my own. This will be such fun. I also use U-Handblog as a resource. The thought of a special beg for each outfit – how great is that!

  124. rohanknitter says:

    I have made a few simple bags….I think it’s one of my fav things to make. I don’t enjoy working with interfacing, but I like a firm bag so it’s necessary. I’ve been wanting to try an Amy Butler pattern but haven’t gotten around to it.

  125. Karen says:

    I’ve made lots of bags- not ever with a pattern- though I have followed tutorials online before. Through a bunch of trial I’ve finally figured out the importance of interfacing for support.

  126. Kristine says:

    I really want to make a tote bag that doubles as a laptop bag (maybe add soft compartment inside to slip the laptop in?). It sounds hard though :( I guess I might as well jump in and add it to my list of summer projects!

  127. Mindy says:

    I have never actually made a purse but I love making totes!! I have been using this tut http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/toteinstructions.html

  128. mamafitz says:

    i love to make bags; they are quick gratification! the Amy Butler patterns are fantastic. the swing bag makes a great gift or small diaper bag. the nappy bag is a great big diaper bag or overnight bag, and while involved, is worth all the time put in, and so well designed. the chelsea bag can be putzy with the handles, but it’s really really cute (and i came up with a different way to do the handles). most of my AB projects are on my blog: http://mamafitz.blogspot.com/search/label/amy%20butler%20projects

  129. Fanny says:

    I love Amy Butler patterns! I’ve got a couple bags in the works and am looking forward to some new tips and tricks!

  130. Tammy says:

    I have made a few handbags. I am not intimidated by the process, though I can’t seem to get the iron in interfacing to work right for me. I have used both patterns and blog inspirations. I like doing both!

  131. Kathleen says:

    Bags are my favourite thing to make! I have more bags than I know what to do with. I currently have 5 on the go…

  132. Amy says:

    Sew intimidated – I am afraid that it will look horrible & end up being a waste of my time to make… (Similar worries about wearables.)

  133. Stacey says:

    I have sewn some easy tote bags for my kids, and for myself, but I am scared to death of anything else. I would love to sew a purse with cute handles…I’m a quilter, so it’s out of my comfort zone!

  134. D says:

    I am totally intimidated by making anything right now. My pastor’s wife is going to be teaching me how to sew next week! I have actually made a few skirts before and would really love to try harder things.

  135. Adrienne says:

    I love making little bags and purses. I usually buy an extra half yard of whatever fabric I’m getting for my skirt projects and use it to make a matching purse or headband.

  136. Celeste says:

    No, I haven’t done it, and yes, I am a little intimidated by it :)
    I’m just not so sure about all that interfacing…

  137. Sarah says:

    My resources for bags are blogs! U-Handblog is always an inspiration (http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/). Bags are a lot of fun to make, because you can alter and change to your heart’s content, and you don’t have to worry about it fitting, like you do with clothes. Bags are more forgiving to change.

  138. Nic says:

    I just finished my first bag! A reversible tote bag from Amy Butler’s up-town bag patterns! I used Heather Bailey’s freshcut and added an inside pocket. I also changed the size of the tote so that it was bigger and left out the drawstring. It was really fun and took me about 4 hrs. (I am an extremely anal cutter and sewer.)

  139. Ryan says:

    I’ve tried it once. Very intimidating for me. It was a rough pattern though, I like to think that was the problem and not me. Amy Butler’s bags are SO beautiful!

  140. gatorgirl says:

    I LOVE making bags – they are a form of instant gratification for me.

    My initial bag making inspiration came from Autumn at Creative Little Daisy. Her tutorials got me started.

    I have been using patterns lately though, just to switch things up a bit. I much prefer the independent patterns over the big 4. My new favorite pattern is the Pocket Purfect Purse from Indygo Junction.

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