Monday, August 10, 2015

Big bag, little bag

Here are two bags to compare the sizes, one is similar to bionic gear bag or Sew together bag and the bigger one is Quilters sewing bag. Similar but not the same. I will explain the difference.

When you open those bags you can see 3 pockets in it. Sometimes I make them all zippered, sometimes leave one without zipper. After testing these bags for a long time and using my personal Quilters sewing bag with one simple pocket in the middle without zipper I can make a conclusion to myself - it's OK to have one open pocket. However if you like them all zipped, make all using same pattern and technique - it's up to you!
The second difference is how the pockets made! Every time I was reading reviews for BGB or Sew together bag I heard the same complain - pockets are not easy to make, so I decided to simplify this process and changed the concept of attaching and making pockets. This concept also allows to slide the ruler and small cutting mat UNDER the pockets, which makes this bag even more attractive to use the space more efficiently! The ruler is also make the bottom of the bag sturdier and keeps it nicely shaped! I really like this feature, so now I am making the smaller bags the same way, so that's why I call the smaller bag similar to Sew together bag, because it's not the same anymore! 
Quilters sewing bag is 13 1/2" long, so 12" x 6" ruler easily slides under the pockets!

The smaller bag is meant to be for smaller projects and probably does not usually require a ruler with you. However the size of the smaller bag allows to insert  8" x 4" ruler under the pockets to lay flat on the bottom of the bag, again, helps to keep bottom sturdier and in better shape.

One more addition to my Quilters sewing bag is detachable clear vinyl pockets! The size of the pockets is perfect to keep them on the swivel hook between the fabric pockets. You can keep all your small items in them - machine and hand needles, pencils and markers, plastic templates and paper piecing templates, small pieces of fabrics, threads, beads, embellishments, 1/4" or 1/8" lip rulers, etc - and they are see through, which is very convenient! These clear bags make the whole bag is even more organized and more attractive! (See these clear bags with yellow closures on the right side of the bag). I also attach a little piece of felt on the side to use it as a pincushion.

And I always use double puller zipper for my bags! It's so much more convenient! You can open it from the center slightly or all the way!
Now, if you attach handles to this bag you can use it as a regular purse!
Or travel bag! Perfect size to put your flat iron, brush and beauty stuff in it! Think about it when you want to make a personal gift for your friends or family members! I made two of these bags for my Sisters-in-law as a birthday gifts! They are happy to have it, as far as I know!

You can find tutorial for my Quilters sewing bag in my Etsy store here. Or, if you don't want to use Etsy and want to pay by card, you can purchase it in my store
If you want to make your own bag but not sure if you can find all supplies for it you can buy the kit of supplies here.
Need clear bags to attach to your bag? Buy them here, 5 for $5 and FREE SHIPPING within USA.

Happy sewing!
Natalie Quiltessa