Marcia Derse has it Sew Together

I am in love.
I should say.
Ever since I met her fabulous fabrics a couple of years ago I can’t get enough.

Sew Together Bag @ SewfrenchI bought this pattern a couple of years ago and just couldn’t decide what fabrics to use or even what to use the bag for, which, in my mind, could make a difference in which fabrics I would choose.

Feeling the need for an instant gratification project, I decided to pull some fabric and get to work. Using scraps, from the quilt I made our eldest daughter, I finally whipped up the Sew Together Bag. I created my outer fabric panel using 2 1/2″ squares, with a stripe up the center of tiny scraps. I then quilted it directly to a piece of Quilters Dream Request cotton quilt batting using organic 1/4″ -1/3″ rows. This turned out to be the perfect weight, and body, that this bag needed.

Sew Together Bag @ Sewfrench

And I did use three very different colored zippers for the interior, green, blue and gray, but for some reason they didn’t photograph accurately. I also chose 7 different fabrics for the interior, part of all those difficult decisions it took to make this one. Looking at the finished product, the most important choices, for the interior, are the outer “leaves”, if you will. The rest you hardly see. You can also see that I didn’t opt to add the wool needle landing pad. Obviously, I should have because my needles have automatically landed in that very spot.

Sew Together Bag @ SewfrenchI am so stinking happy to have chosen these fabrics to look at every single night when I am hand quilting. My previous bag was too small and I was constantly pouring everything out to find what I needed. This is perfect for all my needs. I can keep everything organized in different zippered pockets, that when zipped it won’t spill out into my chair. Duh! Marking pens in one pocket, needles in another, thimbles old and older, in the third. Current thimbles, thread, needle-puller and clippers in the outer edges. I am in love!!!

The pattern doesn’t use pictures and doesn’t give as much direction, as even this very experienced sewist would have preferred, but I managed. I did hand-stitch the bindings because as a hand-quilter, I think they look better. I left an open area to attach the end of the zipper tabs and hand stitched them into the seam, also. I couldn’t quite figure out how the pattern developer expected you to do it, so I did it my way.

I’m thinking this bag could be expanded into a really cool travel/toiletry bag. I think I will work on those changes soon.

Have you made one of these Sew Together Bags???

Yet??? Because I think anyone that sews will eventually make a wise decision to go for it.

What are you, or would you, using yours for? Any thoughts, comments or changes for you???

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21 Responses to Marcia Derse has it Sew Together

  1. Kelly says:

    I too made one recently and absolutely love it! I also handstitched the big scary zipper binding and think it looks better than I could have ever machine stitched it. Love your choice of fabrics!

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    • sewfrench says:

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who thinks they hand-stitch better than by machine. Though the zipper did make it difficult to stitch around, it was definitely my better option!


  2. Jayne says:

    Love this bag! You did a great job! I haven’t made this one, but I’m working on one that is similar…I am not a ‘bag’ maker, so it is becoming very interesting!

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  3. laflor5233 says:

    Beautiful colors and bag!

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  4. Your bag turned out lovely. I have this on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the pattern.


  5. mtetar says:

    Lovely!!! I would certainly be able to use it lol. Blessings Always, Mtetar


  6. Love the fabrics, and the beautiful quilt you made for your daughter.


  7. Your bag looks just fabulous!!

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  8. Vera Zanon says:

    Marcia, Thanks for your post. Please cay you tell where you bought the pattern? It is by download? Thanks


  9. Mary Huey says:

    Thanks for sharing your little bag — looks perfect — might have to try making one for myself!


  10. craftycreeky says:

    Gorgeous bag, I’ll have to try make one too!


  11. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous, I love the fabric colors!


  12. Wanda Dotson says:

    I bought the pattern. That’s as far as I got.


  13. Laura says:

    Great work. I can’t quite face making one of those but all kudos to those who do


  14. kerri says:

    I am working on the bag now, so was very interested to read about yours. I’m using Simply Style fabrics (also 2.5″ squares for the outside fabric). Some of the pattern directions take some time for me to understand, but I’m about to start the binding, so I’m almost to the end!


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