Perfect Bags Inspiration ~ That-Super-Special-Fabric Bag

on November 30 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 23 Comments

You can receive a free copy of the Perfect Zip Bags Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (a $10 value) with your order of $30 or more. Check out this post for all the details. Every day throughout the promotion we’re posting examples of ways in which you can present the bags as gifts. Check out the Bento Box Bag from Day 1, the Bare Essentials Bag from Day 2, the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3, the Personalized Hobby Bag from Day 4, and the Waterproof Bags from Day 5. We’d love to see your ideas of how to make a Perfect Zip Bag a great gift–please share in the comments!

Dig out your favorite fabric

I call this the That-Super-Special-Fabric Edition of the Perfect Zip Bags because I’ve found that once you get on a roll making  Perfect Zips, you realize you finally have a good use for some of your favorite fabrics or trims. I encourage you to peruse your stash for things you love and think of ways you can match them with the people you love.

Little Black  Bag

When I was four my mom made us coordinating black velvet dresses for Christmas. I say “coordinating” rather than matching, because mine had a white lace pinafore to go over it while hers had a plunging neckline and was probably considered a “micr0-mini” even back in the day. (It was the ’70s, after all.) But something about those dresses seared in my brain that you’re simply not dressed for a holiday party unless you’re in black velvet. This Little Black Bag would look great with a Little Black Dress. I used an inexpensive velveteen and a lovely ribbon to make a Perfect Zip for a night out.

Perfect Zip

style A small


Let me tell you, velveteen is a bear to work with no matter what (it sheds and slips and rolls!), but once you back it with fusible interfacing, it is much, much easier. I also used cotton twill.

Guitar Pick Bag

If you don’t have a child at home taking guitar lessons, you probably aren’t aware that children eat guitar picks. Or maybe the dog does. Or maybe they get flushed. Whatever it is, they are never around when you need them.  I’ve loved this Heather Ross fabric since it first came in to the shop and I’m glad I finally found a good use for it.

Perfect Zip

style B small


cotton flannel

Cool Car Bag

OK, so I was feeling literal. But seriously, what little kid wouldn’t want to carry their toys around in this Echino bag?  I love this fabric so much, I made myself one too. It will carry my sewing “toys.”

Perfect Zip

style C small


Fusible fleece next to the fabric, then fusible interfacing next to the fleece. After applying the interfacing I quilted the exterior pieces by simply following the grid on the fabric.

Ojo De Dios Bag

A certain teen on my holiday list is saving for a trip with a team from her school. Although I don’t usually give cash for Christmas, sometimes the cause is worthy. What better way to present money than in an awesome zip bag? I’m totally nuts for this Ojo de Dios print from Alexander Henry and think it might just be current enough for a very hip teenager.

Perfect Zip

style B small


Fusible fleece next to the fabric, then fusible interfacing next to the fleece.

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip PDF pattern to break out some of your favorite fabrics and share them with the people you care about this holiday season.

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23 Responses to Perfect Bags Inspiration ~ That-Super-Special-Fabric Bag

  1. Laura Reich says:

    Great ideas!

  2. Beth says:

    I love the Ojo de Dios print too!

  3. Kate S. says:

    these little bags are a perfect way to use up those little bits!

  4. Jane S. says:

    CUTE bags, especially the Ojo de Dios!

  5. Shirley Clark says:

    All of these are neat bags! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Samantha says:

    Love, love ,love the guitar picks bag and have a daughter who needs one! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Suze says:

    Pretty little black bag! Would never have thought of doing something that elegant

  8. Christine says:

    I love all the bags!

  9. Lindsay F says:

    Great bags!

  10. Natalia says:

    I love the guitar pick bag!

  11. LoriA says:

    That car bag is super cute!

  12. Kathy says:

    I have used Elizabeth’s Harman’s zipper bag patterns in the past. Her instructions are spot on, great illustrations, and the the zipper technique is the best I’ve seen for a neat and professional finish. Definitely a pattern to use for handmade presents you can be super proud of. I ordered enough fabric from SMS to receive the free download. Guess what I’m making this weekend!

  13. Gina says:

    Great ideas for fabric and uses for each bag.

  14. Beth T says:

    Don’t we all have fabric tucked away, waiting for that very special project? This might convince me to bring it out and make something with it. Then to determine who is deserving of the resulting project…

  15. elsa says:

    I’m happy to say that I ordered from you and got the perfect zip pdf. Love that car bag, so cute! need to make a couple for some little boys in my life.

  16. Jennyroo says:

    Literal or not, my boys would love a cool car bag to tote around a few of their favourite cars!

  17. Tori says:

    What great little pouches! I love the fabric choices : )

  18. kathyh says:

    Last year I made a Bag to hold all of my nephews dinosaurs using my sons old dinosaur curtains – re-purposed for a perfect bag.
    I love matching fabric to people’s interests.
    Bags are a fantastic way to use re-purposed hardware from other discarded bags.

  19. Jacque says:

    Love the great ideas, here. I think that the velveteen bag would be an awesome way to present a season’s ticket to our community theater!

  20. Christie S. says:

    I have a ton of zippers I found at an estate sale. I need to get to work and make some cute zip bags.

  21. Jess says:

    I absolutely love all of these bags. So much fun with all the various fabrics. You really are giving me inspiration!

  22. Toni-Anne says:

    I love the Echino fabrics too and a bag made from them would be indispensible.

  23. linda says:

    love the car bag! great for kids!

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