Sunday, May 24, 2009

pouch bag

I purchased a card reader today, so can once again blog with pictures! Hooray! This is not the post I was planning to write the other day, because since then, I have had some major sewing inspiration!!

I borrowed a rather non-descript, fold-up grocery-store tote from my mom the other day, and was inspired to copy it using some fun fabric. So far, I've made two, and I'm really pleased with how they've turned out! I experienced some challenges -- I'm still getting used to sewing with bias tape, and my sewing machine decided to throw a couple tantrums -- but it was a positive experience overall. Here are the finished bags:

Folded up, to fit nicely in your purse.

Unfolded part way.

And in use! The little pouch doubles as a handy outside pocket.

I want to make some more, but will need to take a trip to Sham Shui Po first, to stock up on bias tape... in many colors!

I'm sure there are patterns out there for similar bags, but if anyone would like me to put up a tutorial, I'd be happy to share the steps, so that you can make one of your own.


Alps said...

Michelle, I want one for Christmas ... or sooner. I just posted some links to your blog on my blog,, extolling your virtues.

Anonymous said...

Um...Michelle, that's quite fantastic. Let's revive redpoppydesigns. You make; I sell. :)

Anonymous said...

Now that you've mastered bias tape, there's so much fun in store! Double-fold, piping, and, you can make your own! I have a tool that I use to make my own bias tape, for really fun projects. If you go to, you will find lots of fun little tools that you never knew existed. I love sewing gadgets!
Love, Aunt Sandi :)