Monday, August 28, 2023

Bag Making


The only sewing projects I have been work on this summer are my waxed canvas bags that I have been selling at local markets.   I did one market in the spring and 2 this summer, with plans to do a few in the Fall and Winter.  I have been making the Redwood Tote, pattern by Noodlehead Designs.  Its a great everyday bag cross body bag as it holds quite a bit, has a zipper on top, lots of pockets inside and out and the extra handles are very handy! I am using one that is similar to the one pictured below and am very pleased with the design.  The purple one above and the green one below are all I have available right now but I have a teal one cut out and ready to sew.

These next two sold right away so made them again and those sold too. 

Sold 9 of the 10 Cambridge bags, pattern by Hammerstitch, so that was a great seller. This is the one I have left and will probably make a few more for the Fall market.

Also started making the Haralson Bag which is another Noodlehead pattern.  Its a modern version of a fanny pack that you can wear cross body, slung on your back, or around your waist.  I have these two left and will be making more!

These next ones sold quickly.

Peek at the inside fabric. It has a zipper pocket inside and on the back.

I also started making the Devon Pouch which is a Sotak Handmade pattern.  My friend Lori suggested I add a cross body strap to them to make it hands free so added the leather straps to a few and as left the wristlet so they can be used both ways.

Still making a lot of the Norfolk Wristlet Pouches, another pattern by Sotak Handmade, those are a great seller and fun to make!

And the Essential Pouch, pattern by Sotak Handmade, are quick to make and my Star Wars themed pouches are always the first to sell!

So its been a fun adventure making and sell bags these past 6 months.  Its a nice change from making quilts.   I'll see how the Fall and Xmas markets go and when I get tired of making and selling bags I'm sure I'll find something new to focus on.  But for now there are still quite a few new bag patterns I want to try as I enjoy the challenge of learning a new pattern.


  1. These bags are beautiful. I've been making quilts for 40 years and no one I know needs anymore of them, so maybe I'll follow in your footsteps and try making a bag. Got to start somewhere!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I live in the US but would love to buy a bag. Is this possible?

    1. Absolutely! Just send me an email and we can figure it all out! My email is

    2. I like the first 3 you have pictured. I love the green outside panels and the last one with the multicolored floral panel is my favorite.

    3. I have sold all these bags but have the green waxed canvas and the multi floral linen to make another! Please email me at to plan your bag.