Gift A DIY Custom Tote, Zipper, or Quilted Bag


I happened to be going through my teen daughters closet this weekend, and I couldn’t believe all the different tote, drawstring, and zipper bags that she had.  (In fact, I don’t even know where she got half of them).   Although, I have to admit that I’m probably just as bad as she is, because I love getting a new tote bag, especially if it comes with a matching zipper pouch.  In fact, I’ve been searching for a sewing machine so that I can learn how to quilt, or maybe make my own personalized bags and give them for gifts this holiday season.  My mother is a seamstress, and she is a big fan of the Brother sewing machines, so I have found this Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover and it’s calling my name at $143.00, plus I will get free 2-day shipping with my Amazon Prime membership.  




Since it’s been many, many, many years since I actually sewed anything…..(I’m talking like highschool, when I made some cheetah skorts, can you tell I’m an 80’s babe)?  LOL  

I thought that I would start with taking these two online sewing classes that I posted about last year.  Here’s the link if you are interested:


Free Online Bag & Tote Sewing Classes


AND…..maybe if I get good enough, I will take this “Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bag” online class below:


Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags


I’m always willing to learn how to do something new, and I can’t wait to see how these DIY tote, drawstring, and zipper pouches turn out! Geez….I might not want to do this because I may want to keep them all. 🙂

Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, and I may get a small commission if you decide to click on them.  I thank you for your support, and please let me know if you are planning on sewing some crafty creations this holiday season.  

Sell Your Sewing Patterns!


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Last weekend my hubby and I were strolling around one of our local thrift stores and tucked away almost out of site was this huge display of vintage sewing patterns above. I love all these classic styles, and if you are a seamstress who has some trendy patterns that you would like to sell then check out what Craftsy can do for you.  


(This post contains affiliate links which means I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links.)



In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee!

How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!

1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.
2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.
3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!
4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.

For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!


Shop Indie Patterns

Free Online Bag & Tote Sewing Classes

Who doesn’t love to give or get gifts that say, “I know you, and I know what you like”! Well, here is a suggested way to give a unique gift this holiday season, that you made yourself, and will let that person know that you put a lot of thought & time into their gift.   

Below are two FREE online beginner’s sewing classes where you will learn to make a drawstring bag, bucket bag, reversible tote, and zipper pouch.  You could pick out a personalized fabric pattern, such as Chicago Bears for a sports fan or owls for a tween or teen.  The creative, personalized, patterns are endless, and you can find more deals and ideas at  


Chicago Bears Patchwork Blue Orange   Discount Designer Fabric   Fabric.comMichael Miller Norwegian Woods Happy Hooters Owls Forest Brown   Discount Designer Fabric  



Bag Making Basics  Drawstring Bag   Bucket Bag


What You’ll Learn

  • Creating the exterior and lining of your drawstring bag
  • Different ways to embellish a bag
  • Making drawstrings and threading them
  • Applying interfacing to fabric for reinforcement
  • Fashioning a circular template for the bucket bag bottom
  • Adding stitch detailing for handle texture
  • How to turn your lined bags out and finish the edges


Bag Making Basics  A Reversible Tote   Zipper How To Class on Craftsy


What You’ll Learn

  • Creating a flat boxed bottom for your tote
  • Making handles and a pocket in contrasting colors
  • Applying interfacing to fabric for reinforcement
  • Kristin’s clever trick for easily inserting a zipper in your pouch
  • How to line your bag and finish the edges for a polished look


You have the option to purchase the available kits for all of the projects above at store, or as I mentioned above, you can pick out your own fabric and accessory details at places such as  This online fabric super store has competitive prices, and they are always running online sales, so check back often this holiday season.  I hope that you take advantage of these FREE  mini classes & while your there be sure to check out some other classes that you may want to try.  


Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course. Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy!