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 and graphic designer. She is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. Learn more.


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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