Stash Bags

I made a couple makeup bags from Amy Butler’s Stash Bag pattern, which I really liked. The directions were easier to follow than I expected, since this was my first time making pleats.

Here’s the large stash bag with a handle (making it a wrislet, right?):

After some time has passed of NOT using this bag, I decided I didn’t like the handle.  It just seemed too stiff and too big to use this one as a makeup bag. But I liked how the pleats turned out on this larger bag. Here’s a peak at the lining:

Here’s the small stash bag:

I’m not crazy about the pleats on this smaller stash bag, making it seem like there’s too much fabric.  I’m not so sure about this size . Here’s a peak at the lining in the small stash bag:

I gave the pattern another chance this past week, thinking mabye I just didn’t care for the smaller size.  I don’t often make a pattern multiple times, but I made these two bags thinking I would use them as makeup or travel bags.

Garden Party makeup bags

I like how these turned out, and still need to finish hand-sewing the place where the zipper ends get sewn over and hidden inside the fabrics.  I plan to use these, but I am going to brainstorm some other ideas because I wasn’t happy with how the zipper ends turned out, not very neatly tucked inside.  The directions weren’t very helpful in getting those ends neatly sewn with all that bulk.

Has anyone tried any other zippered bag designs or patterns you would recommend?

7 thoughts on “Stash Bags

  1. I have just the pattern for you…I’ve made about 20! And the zipper turns out professional and perfect every time!!! Go get the “Little Glam Bags” pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs (they have a website at http://www.pinksandbeachdesigns dot com—you’ll love it! And…you could adapt the Amy Butler pattern to just use the Glam Bag zipper technique!

  2. I didn’t do the handles either, and wasn’t happy with the inside linings. I always make these as gifts. I adapted from some other directions. There’s a link to the tutorial on my blog.

    I like your fabrics a lot. Is the large flower Anna Maria?

  3. just found your blog; it’s so inspiring … about the zippered pouches … try this one through lazy girl designs: or they are soo easy to sew and her technique for putting in the zipper is very easy … enjoy …

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