[Me-Made-May 13] day 16: bags, bags, bags

Me-Made-Months, Sewing for grown-ups, Sewing for little ones / Thursday, May 16th, 2013

I’m cheating a little with the rules of Me-Made-May today, but hey, it’s my challenge and these are me-mades. The only thing is I’m not really wearing them today, but they make me smile so I wanted to share them with you. I order to get ready for the big day, I wanted to make both my little girl and me nice bags to bring to hospital, as well as a smaller for her (the pink and blue one on the photo below) to put toiletries (so small and she already fills a bag). The smaller pouches come from the Craftsy class on Beginner Serging, it’s the project associated with the class: an exposed zipper pouch. I think you’ve seen some over the Internet already, and I took advantage of a discount linked with Andrea’s very good review of this class. If you have a serger, take this class, you will learn lots! I made plenty of notes, but still think I’ll have to re-run the lessons a few times to remember everything!

Hey I managed to show a sheep!
Her big bag: I managed to keep the little sheep on the fabric! Fabrics of the big bag come from Ikea. Little slippers are here to give the scale


The bags are easy to make and require little equipment: 2 fat quarters, some fusible fleece and a zipper. I used simple fusible interfacing and some scraps of fabric for the first version. Of course you don’t actually need a serger to make these bags, but the point of it all is to learn to use it. After the first version I made 2 other bags, this time playing with fat quarters and contrasting zippers. I tried to make a bigger one and also added a handle (the red and white on the photo below), but it was just too big for interfacing – which means it doesn’t hold its shape. But it’s the perfect size to place all items needed for the birthing room: my t-shirt and water spray and my little girl’s first onesies, pyjamas, socks and hat. I embroidered a little frog on her hat (me-made too), it’s a private joke between my husband and I: when he came with me to the 2nd ultrasound and saw her for the first time, he thought she looked like a frog (grenouille in French). We’ve been calling her “grenouille” since, so I thought it was appropriate to have a little frog for her first day with us!

Little hat made using Kwik Sew 2433
Bigger exposed zippered pouch using Craftsy’s Beginner Serging pattern and little hat made using Kwik Sew 2433


Plenty of pockets to place tiny socks and hats
Plenty of pockets to place tiny socks and hats (Large nappy bag pattern by SusieDDesigns on Etsy)

She has a bigger bag too, to put the many many things you need to bring along. I did a quick search on the internet and found two very nice designs by SusieD on Etsy – I used this nappy bag for grenouille and a weekender bag for me. I have changed dimensions for both, as I wanted BIG bags. Again I have done a first version for the nappy bag, but apparently didn’t chose the colours very wisely and I don’t really like it. It worked as a muslin and from there it was easier to make a bigger bag.  Both bags are really well thought out, they have plenty of pockets and the instructions are very clear and well illustrated. A trip to Ikea in the upholstery area and I found all the fabrics I wanted: flowers and leaves for me, farms and animals for her.

My own slippers to give a scale of my bag (Weekender Bag by SusieDDesgins on Etsy) – and the first version of the exposed zipper pouch (and handknit socks too, of course!)


Lining and pockets, very well thought out!
Lining and pockets, very well thought out!

A word of warning though: both bags are entirely lined and nowhere can the wrong side of fabric be seen, that means there are a lot of pieces to cut and assemble. So in order to understand the construction and see where I could change dimensions, I made a miniature paper bag for mine, with colour codes for different fabrics, interlining, fusible fleece, etc. – it took me a couple of hours, but the cutting and sewing went very smoothly after that!

Miniature paper weekend bag!


Costs for the big bags

patterns 9.46€ for both patterns, a little more each if you buy them separately.

fabrics for her bag: 21.15 €

fabrics for mine : 23.64 €

Total cost for both bags: 54.25 € – not too bad!

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