Saturday, 29 September 2012

Useful Bag Making Techniques Part Deux

Here are a couple other useful techniques

Boxed bottom bags. This is an easy method of addig a flat bottom and gussets to your bag.  And all with two pieces of fabric!  This post on Creative Daisy does a good job of explaining it. 

The fabric bucket I made (with this tutorial on crafster) uses the same concept, is just a bag with no handles.

If you use a basic rectangle shape, generally your top will be wider than the bottom.  By modifying the shape of your pattern you can get completely different bags.  All these bags were made using this technique for creating the bottom and gusset.

And you can also create gussetted pockets using a very similiar technique, although I have not tried it myself.. I'm still learning too!

The next technique I think is handy to learn is how to make a LINED zipper pouch.  There are many tutorials online.  Here is one on See Kate Sew .  Its a good way to get comfortable with sewing zippers and getting used to sewing bags inside out.
Again you can combine these techniques to get something similiar to these:
The first is based on this Craftster tutorial.  The second is similiar to this on It's a Pretty Modern Life. The fourth bag in the collage above shows what a bag that is a zippered pouch, with a curved opening, boxed bottom and handles.
Roll credits for blog tutorials:


  1. I love that you used the purse tutorial to make a fabric bucket! It looks great. I could use some of those in the sewing room for those random things that pile up.
    Zippered pouches are so fun and useful too. Seeing these examples makes me want to get back in the sewing room. It's been a long time.

  2. Can't take credit for the idea for the fabric bucket. I found the tutorial that is linked beside the pic. Such an easy project.. I use one for my scraps when cutting/sewing. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for these - I've always wanted to make a boxed-bottom zippered pouch. I think it would be great for taking all of my sewing supplies when I'm going to guild meetings!

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