Perfect Zip Bags Inspiration ~ Bare Essentials Bag

on November 25 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 30 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.

Makeup Bag

A new makeup bag and a fresh set of brushes make a lovely gift for a friend, sister or cousin. I have a special person in mind for this one.


Outfoxed by Lizzy House, Miscellany by Julia Rothman, Kona Cotton

Perfect Zip Bag

style A large


cotton flannel


I decided to use an invisible zipper on this. It just seemed like a more elegant choice for this type of bag.

Toy Bag

If you ask my kids to grab the “bare essentials”, they’ll stuff their pockets with Playmobil and head out the door.  Christmas morning they’ll find new toys bags with a few surprises inside.


Little Apples by Aneela Hooey

Perfect Zip Bag

style A small

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip version B to create your own Bare Essentials Bag! Tell us, how else could you use this style bag to put together a great gift?

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30 Responses to Perfect Zip Bags Inspiration ~ Bare Essentials Bag

  1. […] hope you enjoyed our week of Perfect Zip inspiration. 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, […]

  2. Toni-Anne says:

    Super bag, such an inspiration is this designer!

  3. […] 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 […]

  4. Christy says:

    love the little apples fabric!!

  5. Page says:

    I can think of a lot of ideas for those. It would nice to have a clear window on it so you could quickly see what’s in it.

  6. Ivy PM says:

    i like it.

  7. Kristin M says:

    This would be great for my teenage daughters.

  8. Carolyn says:

    Lots of things could be stored in that bag. Too cute!

  9. Natalia says:

    Very useful for students!

  10. Samantha mortimer says:

    Lovely zip bags!

  11. kathyh says:

    I like your fabric choices.

  12. Amy says:

    I’d put art supplies in it for my nieces and nephews.

  13. Shawna says:

    What cute bags! Tons of uses for them. Thanks for sharing.

  14. kate C. says:

    I love making little zip bags!

  15. Cricket says:

    I love it for holding little toys. My 4 year old is always running off with any bag she can find. Because she needs to carry lots of schtuff with her. Maybe I should make her a bag-of-bags for Christmas!

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  17. Christina G. says:

    So many great uses. I’d definitely be putting some toys for my boys in this.

  18. emmy says:

    Using two fabrics on the bag made it so attractive. Have made similar bags, but the fabric really makes a difference.

  19. RobynK says:

    Not just for kids as I have some arty friends who carry their pencils/pastels/paints everywhere and the wrist loop would free a hand to carry other things, like easels!

  20. Rebecca says:

    This would make a great teacher gift too!

  21. Hannah says:

    These are so cute!

  22. Ramona says:

    A lovely gift idea for both the kids and a lucky lady.

  23. nrnoodle says:

    I think it would be great to hold pencils and pens. My daughter is always drawing and doodling and she needs something to haul her supplies around in.

  24. Jess says:

    Such wonderful bags! I love your fabric choices!

  25. Nancy says:

    fill with keys, lipstick and debit card and go holiday shopping…hands free!

  26. Southern Gal says:

    Love the idea of a little toy bag.

  27. Tas says:

    Definately useful as a knitting accessory carry-all.

  28. Angela says:

    Great idea, I never thought of putting an invisible zipper into a bag/pouch before.

  29. linda says:

    love the toy bag idea!

  30. Beth T says:

    Could that toy bag be any cuter?

    I think I’d put some little English paper piecing hexies, some fabric, tiny scissors, and a needle and thread in there. Sweet little sew on the go kit.

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