New Bags, Just For Me

In case you’ve been wondering whether I still sew, the answer is yes, I sew a lot. Most of the stuff I’ve been making lately has been fun goodies for my shop.

I have been carrying around this small clutch for the past few months.

I love this little clutch, but it’s actually better for going out at night, not for carrying all my usual purse stuff and a few extras when traveling. So I decided I needed a new purse.

I wanted something a little bigger to fit a sketchbook. It’s an 11-inch square just like these other purses I made for my shop. It has darts in the bottom corners to expand the inside of the purse just enough to hold my purse goodies.

I also wanted something youthful and a little funky, but still functional. In my true style, I always like to add piping for that extra finished touch. This bag has a zipper pocket inside to hold loose items, and an open pocket on the other side to slip in a notebook.

That’s what I came up with – fun, isn’t it?! I really love it.

I have also been wanting to make a messenger bag to carry art supplies when traveling.

I wanted this bag to be big enough to fit a sketchbook and drawing and painting tools. Since I couldn’t find a pattern I was in love with, I made up my own pattern for this bag, which measures 13 inches wide by 11 inches tall.

Once again, I wanted this bag to be youthful and fun, while still being functional. I like having the long natural webbing strap to sling across my shoulder.

I added a little pocket with velcro closure on the inside of the flap to hold my headphones.

This one is just the ticket! I used a print from the Drawing Room home dec collection by Anna Maria Horner for the outside and a print from her Garden Party collection for the lining. I wish all home dec fabric were this soft and lovely to work with! Hmm, wonder if she has plans to do more home dec fabrics.

Speaking of headphones, I made a tiny little pouch to store my headphones in my purse.

To give you perspective, I used a 4-inch zipper on this one! That is small. But it’s a great way to keep my headphones from getting tangled and tossed about in my purse. It is big enough to fit an ID and credit card, so I could also use this as a wallet.

It’s always fun to have new purses!


  • The AMH bag is very pretty. I like the pocket on the inside cover and your quilting is awesome!

  • Your bags are wonderful! The earphone pouch is a great idea!

    Can I ask, who did you use to make your Patchwork Trails labels?

    Enjoy your day!

  • I love the messenger bag! It’s gorgeous! The piping is a great touch. It’s so nice to make your own bag and totally customize it with the little pockets and things that you need in just the right size. I don’t do this much, but I think I should think about doing it more often!

  • Being a purchaser of your bags, I HIGHLY recommend them. They are well-made and beautiful. Also, some people are NOT bag makers–and that would be ME–so Terri, you are my go-to person for all my bag needs!

  • I love the material on the second purse. It looks like it would be a fun summer time purse.

  • Dear Terri, I’m happy to see you sewing! All the bags are great and the messenger bag is my favourite! Thank you for inspiration!
    xxx Teje

  • Great fabrics and the piping is the perfect finish as usual!

  • Your new bags are just perfect to use as a day purse and a trail bag. The fabrics are gorgeous and how fab to make designs that are tailored to your needs. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun and get tonnes of use out of both. Great designs and attention to detail as always.

  • I love your bags! The big one is GENIUS and I’m a little obsessed with the headphones pocket!

  • Good for you…making something for yourself!!!

  • i am loving that messenger bag. nice work, terri!

  • You’ve been busy Terri, your bags are all adorable! Love the piping. I love your little animal print bag for your headphones, what a great idea! They do get all tangled up, don’t they?

  • Hello Terri,

    Your sewing is great. Just love the material/design of your Messenger bag. Great to have a little purse for the headphones.
    Happy days.

  • I can’t believe how behind I am on my reader but these bags are wonderful. The headphones case is a great idea. I need to make one for me so mine at work dont get tangled.

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