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big zip top bag

Well, had to make this.  A glorified large version of the open wide zippered pouch.  Yes, it’s true.  Not perfect, need to figure out what the heck I did wrong with the metal zip (besides accidentally sewing it into the side seam – twice).

Little leather handles (purchased here), wish I had some wider leather though.

The best part?  This handy little secret exterior pocket, yep, there’s two one on the front, other on the back.  I might test it out to see what I’ll use it for or maybe just sell it on instagram, haven’t decided yet.  It’s big, big enough to fit a small kid in kind of big.

And thank you to my neighbors for their lovely wood pile.  Cool background – check!

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35 Responses to big zip top bag

  1. tini-uk 07.11.2012 at 9:44 am #

    Oh I always sew my first bit into the side seams, it never looks as nice and neat as in your tutorials and I have made 4 in the last two days.

  2. Barbara 07.11.2012 at 9:49 am #

    Love the exterior print fabric. Where did you get it?

  3. Barbara 07.11.2012 at 9:49 am #

    Love the exterior print fabric. Where did you get it?

  4. Anna 07.11.2012 at 9:55 am #

    It’s a suzuko koseki fabric, I actually bought it at my local quilt shop: Olive Juice Quilts a year or so ago.

  5. Anna 07.11.2012 at 9:56 am #

    oh and tini-uk. maybe try moving the zipper stop end farther away from the edge, an inch instead of 3/4″…

  6. Tansy Dolls 07.11.2012 at 9:58 am #

    Love this. I have a tote that I use a lot but its not zippered and I really dislike the fact that everyone can see what I’m carting around as well as the fact that I can easily dump the entire bag on accident.

  7. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 07.11.2012 at 10:17 am #

    Love it Anna! Your fabric choices are fab and those leather straps are the perfect finishing touch!

  8. nest full of eggs 07.11.2012 at 10:27 am #

    I’m always interest to see how people figure out the straps on knitted or sewn purses/totes… was it tricky to sew the leather straps on this tote??
    you might test it out? pick me! pick me!
    looks like this would make a handy tote to take to the beach here in the land of 10,000 lakes :)

  9. Jeannie 07.11.2012 at 10:36 am #

    i think you could hide a couple of kids in there.hah.ah.a.a…That is way too big for me but if you did have a couple of kids that is a great size.

  10. Sasha 07.11.2012 at 10:50 am #

    Ohhh I love it!!! Just think of all the things you could carry around!!!!

  11. **nicke... 07.11.2012 at 10:53 am #

    this looks so fun! i love the fabrics you choose every time. i want one, add it to the list right! xo

  12. kristin 07.11.2012 at 11:13 am #

    very cute – looks like a great beach bag and i love hidden pockets! that’s so cool! you’re just churnin’ ’em out these days, girl! :)

  13. Krista 07.11.2012 at 11:14 am #

    Your choice in materials is rad. I love the mix of textures! Big bags are hard for me to figure out (I tend to load them full of stuff I don’t need) but i bet you can find the perfect use for it!

  14. QuiltyGirl 07.11.2012 at 11:35 am #

    Ooh, I love big bags! You should totally make a pattern for this. :)

  15. Lisette Harzing 07.11.2012 at 11:36 am #

    Super gorgeous!!!! Looks awfully difficult with the pocket and zipper and all.

  16. Vanessa 07.11.2012 at 11:55 am #

    very cool! i agree, the fabrics are just great. i like the leather handles too.

  17. Christie 07.11.2012 at 12:03 pm #

    You always have a great eye for fabric choices, Anna. the bag looks great!

  18. Lindsey R. :: LRstitched 07.11.2012 at 12:28 pm #

    another vote for a pattern, love big bags and this one is super cute!

  19. Katie Fleming 07.11.2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Big bags are my friend and your fabric choice is great!

    Katie Fleming

  20. dottycookie 07.11.2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Looks perfect for summer days out – my kids break up from school in a week and I cannot WAIT.

  21. Kayanna 07.11.2012 at 2:37 pm #

    EEK! This is awesome, I love, love it! :)

  22. Jess@craftiness is not optional 07.11.2012 at 3:54 pm #

    adorable! the whole thing!

  23. Crafty Tokyo Mama 07.11.2012 at 9:35 pm #

    How funny! I just made the large bag yesterday and was thinking that it is the perfect size for a purse, and how can I attach handles to make it one? I like what you’ve done with the leather handles. Will be trying this out today!

  24. Poppyprint 07.11.2012 at 9:42 pm #

    So awesome!

  25. Susaninfrance 07.11.2012 at 9:53 pm #

    love this, really!

  26. Gina 07.12.2012 at 2:52 am #

    I made two small bags already, one following your tutorial dimensions, and one not. Then I was thinking of doing this exact same thing, leather handles and all! Looks like you beat me to it!

  27. nikima99 07.12.2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Do the leather straps stain shirts? or am I worrying needlessly? 😛

    I made a tote bag for a friend and they wanted leather straps, but I just used cotton webbing (like for belts). I wasnt sure how leather would work out.


  28. O meu pensamento viaja 07.12.2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Great post!
    I love your blog.
    Shall we follow each other?

  29. theperfectnose 07.13.2012 at 12:19 am #

    Beautiful! Love the colour combinations you’ve used. Did you interface it at all?

    • Anna 07.13.2012 at 3:52 pm #

      yes, I used Pellon SF101 :)

  30. Delia 07.13.2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I adore this bag. The zip top is perfect!

  31. Dalya 07.15.2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I really love this bag, my favorite features are the zipper top and the pockets. These are must haves for my bags. Lovely fabric too!

  32. claire 07.20.2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Wow, this is great! I have just finished six of the open neck pouches for my sis and I, so I shall move on to this next!

  33. CBH 08.20.2012 at 10:07 am #

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 20, 2012. Thanks again.

  34. CBH 08.21.2012 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 3 post on Aug. 21, 2012. Thanks again.

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