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Sew Good Bag


The SEW GOOD BAG is great for anyone wanting to learn to make bags. No prior bag or tote construction experience necessary.  Just basic sewing skills needed.

The SEW GOOD BAG is great for a quick overnight with the girls or sending your son or daughter off to their grandparents for the weekend.  The inside pockets allow for ease in locating a cell phone, pen, lipstick, and other small items. The secure flap pocket is perfect for your ID and some money.

This bag will give you the skills to go forth with confidence to make other totes and bags.  



You can use one fabric for all pieces or a different fabric for each piece; it is up to you to make it reflect your personality.

When selecting the webbing, you only need medium weight.

When choosing stabilizers, some are suggested. For a lighter bag, instead of the Soft & Stable, you can use Décor Bond, fusing the Décor Bond to both the exterior and lining to give structure to the bag.

It is suggested you choose a fabric that contrasts with the lining for the interior pocket. This makes the pockets more visible when searching inside a large bag.


  • 5/8 yd. - Exterior Top Fabric 
  • 5/8 yd. - Exterior Base Fabric 
  • (2)18”x18” - Stabilizer (Soft & Stable) for Front & Back Exterior 
  • 5” x WOF - Stabilizer (Décor Bond) for Front Flap 
  • 5/8 yd. - Lining Fabric 
  • 9” x WOF - Front Flap Fabric 
  • 1/4 yd. - Strap Fabric 
  • 1 1/2 yd. - Webbing
  • 10” x 20” - Interior Pockets 
  • 1 1/4 yd. - Cording (1/8” wide) 
  • 1 - Zipper 9” or longer 
  • 1 - Magnetic Closure One
  • Purse Feet Set of Four
  • 6” x 15” - Peltex (for bottom) 

Sewing Machine & Equipment:

  • Sewing Machine in good working order
  • Zipper Foot , 1/4” Sewing Foot & Walking Foot
  • Wonder Clips & Pins
  • Thread
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Scissors
  • Marking pen/pencil
  • Iron

Sewing Terms to Remember:

¼” seam allowance is used throughout this pattern.

RST == right sides together

WST == wrong sides together

RSU == right sides up

WSU == wrong sides up

RSO == right sides out

WSO == wrong sides out

Top stitching can be done with longer stitch length (3.0), or decorative stitch.


Pre-Class Instructions:

A. Cut fabric and stabilizer as noted below. For ease in assembly, mark each with piece number.  Please bring remainder of fabric to class as it will be used.


Pc. #                                            Qty.                      Size

1.)  Exterior Top                             2                        11” (h) x 18” (w)

2.) Exterior Base                            2                        7 1/2” (h) x 18” (w)

3.) Stabilizer (Soft & Stable)
       for Exterior                             2                        18” (h) x 18” (w)

4.)  Lining Fabric                              2                       17-1/2” (h) x 18” (w)

5.)  Front Flap Exterior                    do not cut prior to class

6.) Front Flap Lining
      – Zipper Bottom                         2                        6” (h) x 5” (w)

7.) Front Flap Lining
      – Zipper Top                               2                        1 1/2” (h) x 5” (w)

8.) Strap Fabric                                2                        27” (h) x 4” (w)

9.) Cover for Cording                        1                         1 1/2” (w) x WOF

10.) Interior pockets                         1                        10” (h) x 20” (w)

5a.) Stabilizer Flap
        Exterior (Décor Bond)               1                         7” (h) x 5” (w)

6a.) Stabilizer Flap Lining
      – Ziper Bottom 
(Décor Bond)        1                        6” (h) x 5” (w)

7a.) Stabilizer Flap Lining
       – Zipper Top 
(Décor Bond)           1                        1 1/2” (h) x 5” (w)

Webbing for Straps                           2                        25” long

     B. Fuse stabilizer as follows:


Fuse Décor Bond to one Flap Lining – Zipper Bottom (piece 6a to 6).

Fuse Décor Bond to one Flap Lining – Zipper Top (piece 7a to 7).

     C. Make straps as indicated in STEP 1 of Sewing Instructions.

Sewing Instructions:

Read each Step thoroughly before beginning sewing to ensure accuracy.

STEP 1 Let’s make the straps (piece 8 and webbing)


  • Fold each strap in half lengthwise WST, press.

  • Open and fold each raw edge to center crease. Lightly press.

  • Lay webbing onto one side of ceased edge.

  • Fold in the raw edge of strip lengthwise toward center crease, encasing the webbing. (Fabric should extend past the webbing by 1”-2” on each end to allow for ease when putting onto the bag.) Press.

  • Fold in half once again lengthwise, pin or clip.

  • Straps now measure approximately 1” wide by 27” long.

  • Press good ensuring folded edges are even when wrapped around webbing.

  • Topstitch 1/8” away from each folded edge lengthwise, starting with double folded edge then along single folded edge.


NOTE:  To make it easier to sew 1/8” from edge easily, align edge with ¼” seam edge, and move needle to right.

Location:     Cut Up and Sew Class room

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Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Confident beginner and above
Instructor: Christie Mayer
Instructor Bio: Please email Christie at if you have any questions regarding this class.

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