One of the easiest, quickest, most utilitarian, and most delightful things you can make from your fabric stash is a bag. A little bag to store trinkets, a bigger little bag for your keys and phone, and a little bigger bag for anything else you might need. Think of it as an improvisational exercise—freeform sewing at its finest—when you play with pattern and color and texture.
Here are some great examples from the crafty folks at Etsy. Isn’t this little bag made with Amy Butler fabrics just, well, fab? It would be so quick to make, with just a few seams and a zipper, and the little ruffle decorated with a remnant of rickrack is the perfect way to use up a pretty leftover. See some more darling things like this in Amelia Josephine’s shop.
This simple design is the perfect way to enjoy a great print. Once again, it’s just a few seams, a simple lining, and a loop. Stitch on a cool button, and you’re done. Use it for make-up or jewelry, or whatever your heart desires. Bags by Lora has loads of adorable bags.
I wish I had some of this bird fabric in my stash. This little mini-tote is only 10 inches high, so it’s perfect for repurposing scraps, and I can think of a million things to do with it. Many other lovely things abound at Made by Molly.
Got lots of leftover stuff? Use it in a bag like this one, combining a couple of remnants and adding bits of trim and webbing for this little dash-about-town purse. Too cute. Veeinusa has a couple of other cute iterations of this idea, too.
BTW, there are 7642 pages of bags and purses to enjoy on Etsy! And if that’s not enough, there’s always our own Pretty Little Purses & Pouches, 128 pages of delish designs to hold your treasures.