Posted by Liz on August 18th, 2015 (Projects)

A Bag For My Sewing Supplies

It seems to me that quilting requires a lot of paraphernalia. If I go round to someone’s house to do some embroidery, I take a hoop, a bit a fabric, thread and a needle. With quilting it’s fabric, thread, sewing machine needles, pins, rotary cutters, mats, quilting rulers, sewing machine… the list goes on and on.

So I thought it would be useful to make a sewing bag to put all my supplies in.

My niece was born in February and we went to visit her in hospital the day before my birthday. When we were there my big brother took me to Poppy’s Patchwork, a lovely little quilting shop in Bristol, and I was able to choose some fabric as my present (yay!). I saw the perfect fabric for the sewing bag I’d been planning, one fat quarter with measuring tapes on, one with buttons on and another with all sorts of sewing things on (scissors, pins, sewing machines etc).

When I got home, I laid out all the things I wanted to keep in my bag, from clamps for assembling my quilt sandwich with, to a swatch book to keep samples of all my fabrics in. I quilted diagonally across some white fabric backed with wadding and then I made pockets that fit everything.



I used my longer quilter ruler, and my cutting mat to provide structure. I maybe could have done with more structure in the bag keep it rigid when I take them out, but I’m not sure how I would’ve done that.



This was the perfect project to learn how to do pocket corners with my sewing machine. It was pretty simple once I learned how, so I used them on all the pockets – there were 19 in the end!


I added a few spare pockets just in case, and labelled each pocket (so I know if there’s anything missing). I used white felt for the labels and used my sewing machine for the writing.


I used red bias binding for the edge, which was a bit tricky at the bottom because there were so many layers of fabric and wadding.


Everything has its place now.


I want to add at least one more popper, and I might add a handle at some point, to make it easier to carry, but all in all I’m pleased with the results.

10 responses to “A Bag For My Sewing Supplies”

  1. Rosie Evens says:

    You’re such a clever girl, so glad I was able to see it in the flesh! xx

  2. Bob Evens says:

    It is just like a tool roll, only a lot more colourful. SO glad you enjoyed making it.

  3. Marion Prest says:

    This is wonderful! Lots of good ideas and beautifully put together. I’m looking forward to seeing the embroidered letters your mum was telling me about – she was very impressed. Happy stitching. x

  4. Anne Backhouse says:

    Are you taking commissions? If so it will go on my Christmas wish list!

  5. Rosemary says:

    That is so cute, I must have one immediately!

  6. MAGS sTYLES says:

    Neat, and very inventive! Well done.

  7. Marion Prest says:

    As for stiffening it, you could use thicker white interlining, or a canvas interlining. You’d probably need to do some of the stitching right through the layers so the interlining is anchored with the pockets. Have you tried Soft and Stable for bag-making? I bought a sizeable piece but haven’t got around to using it yet. You can scrunch it and still the bag pops up again! x

    • Liz says:

      Hi Marion,

      I did use interfacing on one of the sides, but canvas sounds like it would be a bit more rigid.

      Soft and Stable sounds good – I’ve not ever made a bag before, but this sounds ideal for future projects!

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