Tweedlebud Lainey's Simple Sewing Project

October 04, 2013

A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine as a Christmas present. It was and continues to be a great gift. While I don't use mine as much as Miss Tweedle, I do pull it out every now and then to work on something. I'm not exactly what I'd classify as a "skilled seamstress", but I can sew a mean straight line. My short list of projects includes: making curtains for my kids' rooms, hemming my husband's works pants, a small quilt for my first born, patching my husband's work shorts, pillowcases (5 sets!), bags, and most recently, a new stroller seat in a kids' play stroller. 
I look for two things in a sewing project. First, it needs to be easy. Second, it needs to make me look like I know what I'm doing if I end up giving the item away.

I follow two blogs; Miss Tweedle and VeggieBentoLove. My friend at VeggieBentoLove suggested this bag tutorial, and after seeing her result, I attempted my own! And guess what, the instructions fit my guidelines, easy and I looked like I knew what I was doing!

I've made about half a dozen of this style of bag now. The best part is, you can adapt the instructions for any size of bag. I've made small lunch bags, library book bags, gift bags... You name it, you can do it! Play with fabric (the bags can be reversible), keep buttons from old garments to add as accents, keep fabric ribbons from presents to use at handles, and let the fun begin!
Happy stitching TweedleFans!


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