I gave myself a goal: sew a bag before Friday. That gave me a week to pick up the material, figure out how to construct it, install my first zipper and sew the thing. A writing group I hope to become more involved in is meeting tomorrow evening. I’d been thinking about trying to make another bag, since the first one I sewed my hand turned out to be an utter failure.

Moral of the story: stronger, medium-weight fabric is the key. Or use interfacing.

My bag includes:

  • a zipper on top (it’s pink!)
  • a strap (purchased at Walmart), attached with a loop on each side
  • a front-stitched pocket (for money, bus pass, ID, etc.)
  • the main pocket is wide enough for an iPad, tall enough for an Apple wireless keyboard
So what if I don’t have a laptop? I can now transport my 2 writing buddies to cafés, writing group meetings, parks, etc. And it’s so cute!

(Please forgive the nasty-ass stitching on the inside. I didn’t do a lining. Maybe next time…)

Big thanks to Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch, the free Craftsy class that I followed when installing the zipper. So helpful!

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


Melissa November 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

This is soo cute! You are such a talented lady!

Lyndsey November 24, 2012 at 3:18 am

This is adorable! Great job!

    Jilly November 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks! When not being used for toting my iPad around, it’s become a lunch bag as well!

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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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