The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 5—Bag Love

June 01, 2010, 16:18 pm  Posted by needlearts

Amy Butler bag

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.

bag detailHere 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.

green gismo bag
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.

mini toteI 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.

little purse 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.


One Response

    So cute! I had a bunch of fabric left over from tablecloths for my wedding. I made one of my bridesmaids a yoga bag out of the material! Not only was it adorable, but it will remind her of the part she played in my wedding. Next time I'm going to make a shoe bag to tote my work shoes back and forth on the train and I've got plans for a beach bag for another friend as well. yay for purses!

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