Sew a Little Suitcase (Tutorial Tested)

I love bags.  No, I don’t mean purses, but bags.  I like totes, bags and carry-alls.  I like their different designs, functionality, and style.  They are also one of my favorite projects to sew because you can use them right away and they don’t need be a perfect fit.

Sidekick Suitcase from Sewfearless.com

Moto Guzzi Stelvio pannier

I found this great tutorial on how to sew a sidekick suitcase, meant for a child.  It’s a 12-day sew along, and is very detailed with plenty of pictures.  Then I found the perfect customer.  My dad!  He has a new motorcycle and the sidekick suitcase would be perfect for the pannier.  He could buy the coordinating bag, but it’s awfully expensive.  Plus, the one I make will be so much better, right?

This bag was a monster of a project!  It was way beyond my pay grade.  It took me a few tries and many hours.  The first time, I wasn’t precise enough and nothing matched up.  It looked awful.  The second try went much better, but not perfect.  I cut out a lot of the detail to simplify the project.  I bought the stiffest interfacing I could find, which cost me $20.  Although, I should have used the plastic mesh the writer suggested.  I bought the strap for a buck at the dollar store; it was sold as a luggage strap and included the buckle, which the fabric stores sell for $5.

I learned that with big projects like this, you must take it slow.  Measure carefully, lay everything out, and take your time.  I also learned that the bag’s dimensions must be much smaller than the dimensions of the pannier, because when the bag is full it’ll stretch to beyond its intended size.

Dad only ended up getting on pannier, because this project was so much work.  But the result is pretty good.  The bag fits very nicely in the pannier.

Sew Sidekick Bag

Sidekick Bag

Sew a Bow Clutch

I stumbled upon this well written and detailed tutorial on how to sew a bow clutch.  This is a great tutorial, especially for new sewers.  The instructions are fairly straight forward and there are a lot of pictures to make each step very clear.

My first attempt was a huge success.  I made this purple gingham purse and it was the first time I sewed a zipper and first time I used interfacing.

Sew Bow Clutch

Sew Bow Clutch - Deconstructed

Bow Clutch – Deconstructed

I couldn’t wait to make some more, so when my friend announced she was getting married I jumped at the chance to sew some purses for her bridesmaids.  The wedding colors are apple green, silver and black.  The bridesmaids’ dresses are black and the bride thought apple green purses would be the perfect accent.  I picked up this fabulous green fabric for the exterior and a cute butterfly pattern for the lining.

I love the final product.  It’s cute, unique and custom!

Sew Green Bow Clutch

Collapsible Bucket

Lately I’ve been into sewing bags and totes.  After pinning a bunch of inspirations and patterns, I settled on making this Collapsible Bucket tote.  It looked great and the instructions we’re quite detailed and well written.  Sewing a circle base was a little tricky (just use patience), but the rest was pretty straight forward.  I love keeping my fresh fruit in it.

Bucket Tote From Instructables