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, and the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3. We’d love to see your ideas of how to make a Perfect Zip Bag a great gift–please share in the comments!

Personalized Hobby Bag

When I’m trying to think of great holiday gifts, the recipient’s hobby often comes to mind. The trick is thinking of something that the person doesn’t already have. Presenting a small hobby gift, such as a compact flash card or a new set of colored pencils, in a personalized bag can make a wonderful gift that everyone can appreciate.


Camera Bag: Essex Linen and Lark by Amy Butler

Lola Bag:  Essex Linen and Stitch by Betz White

Perfect Zip Bag

style B large


cotton flannel


For the Lola bag I simply wrote the name in water-soluble ink, then used a running stitch to do the embroidery. On the camera bag, I used this template from Crafty CPA (thank you!) I had to reduce it quite a bit to fit on my bag, which made some of the stitching a bit tricky, but all-in-all, I think my photographer husband will enjoy it.


On the back of these bags I put in zippered welt pockets for extra little tools you might not want bumping around with the rest of the contents. For great instructions on putting in this type of pocket, see this tutorial written for Sew,Mama,Sew! by Autum of Creative Little Daisy. Autum also explains how to use a glue stick or double-sided tape to insert a zipper, rather than pins, which is a technique that I use for all my zippers.

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip style B to create your own Personalized Hobby Bag! Please share your ideas for personalizing and gifting this type of bag.