As a craft junkie, I can never have too many handmade baggies to store my goodies. I like being able to see what is inside the bags too, so I came up with this mini notions bag with some scrap laminated cottons I received from my friend at Compelled to Craft.
To start, you will cut your fabrics as follows:
All piecing will be done using a tephlon coated foot and a 1/4″ seam allowance. All top stitching will be done with a smaller seam allowance. (I move my needle all the way to one side for top stitching. On my machine it is +/- 3.5).
Straight stitch the sides to the vinyl piece then top stitch.
Straight stitch the top and bottom pieces to the vinyl and top stitch.
Grab the top piece of the bag and the zipper. You will need to open the zipper to move the pull tab. Place your needle in the down position and slide the tab backwards when you get close to it. Continue straight stitching until you reach the end of the zipper. Top stitch.
Straight stitch the other side of the zipper to the parts with the vinyl. Use a tight zig-zag stitch, if you wish, at the beginning of the zipper to help with the next step.
Open the zipper. Place Wonder Clips around the bag to hold the front and back together. Straight stitch around the perimeter of the bag. Fix the stitch or back stitch where you start and stop sewing.
Trim your strings, clip your corners, and flip the bag right side out.
Now the fun part…. find some goodies to put in your mini notion bag. Here are 30 useful ideas:
- Plastic snap sets (holds a bag of 60)
- Wonder Clips (holds approx 40)
- Small thread spools (holds 4)
- English paper piecing templates
- Key fob hardware
- Sewing machine & hand sewing needles
- Tape measure
- Basting pins
- Embroidery floss
- Stitch markers
- Cable needles
- Tapestry needles
- Row counters
- Blocking pins
- Needle gauges
- Stitch holders
- Mini skeins
- Cell phone charger & earphones
- Travel medications
- Hair ties, bobby pins, etc
- Travel shampoo & conditioner
- Nail clipper & Tweezers
- Band-Aids & Neosporin
These bags measure only 3.75″ wide and 4.5″ tall when finished, but what they lack in size they make up for in function. What will you use your bags for? Please share your ideas!