Friday, March 14, 2014

The Ellie Bag

I've been sewing, but also having a nice busy life.  Well, that and I'm on my third round of antibiotics for strep this year, as well as suffering through some colds and 24 hour viruses gotten from some evil children!  Anyway, I'm going to focus on the fact that I'm busy with fun stuff so haven't been writing.

Awhile back I saw and pinned this cute bag tutorial, the Ellie travel case tutorial from over at Fabric Mutt.  I took a day to sit down and make it because I ...need more bags?  The tutorial is pretty fabulous.  Thanks to my practice making the Aeroplane bag from Sew Sweetness I had better success with sewing a zipper in this way, and added an interior zippered pocket.

I used two prints from Pat Bravo's Carnaby St collection, Go Go London in Powdery for the exterior  and Psychedelia in Gold for the lining.  I also used Essex linen in Ivory for the exterior and handle.  The only real problem I had is that I SUCK at attaching handles without ending up with lots of extra sewing.  I don't know how people make them look so neat and tidy, and maybe I wouldn't be so aware of it if I hadn't used pink aurifil for it ;)

This was a fun bag to make, and I'm going to make another too. I actually used enough batting and interfacing so that is stands up and holds its shape, I guess there is a first time for everything! 

Linking up to SewJo Saturday at My Go-Go Life. 


  1. Cute bag..I still haven't gotten the nerve up to try making a bag, purse or even a wallet (which is what I really need)
    I'm quilting a baby quilt as my current project, squeezed it in between UFO's and BOM's. Friend here is expecting boy, not sure when but will see her in a couple of hours and can find out due date so I can make sure that it is done on time.
    You really seem to be collecting bags. Are you planning on doing alot of traveling? You know you can always fill one to almost overstuffed with scraps and send it down to me or bring it down on a trip to visit me.

  2. You have strep and you are sewing!?! You are a ROCK STAR!!!! Great bag and I hope you are better soon! Thank you so much for linking up to SEWjo Saturday!

  3. This turned out great!! I love the quilting on it. Don't stress about the stitching on the handles. It is really hard to make em look great. Keep practicing!