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Forage Runaround Bag

Forage Runaround Bag - Noodlehead As soon as I was dreaming up projects to sew using Forage, the Runaround Bag was one of the first on my list. I knew Essex would make a perfect companion to this pattern. The soft gathers and slouchiness of this style bag is just what the cotton/linen blend was calling for. The Runaround Bag has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first few patterns I released and one that I made and carried several versions for myself.

Forage Runaround Bag - Noodlehead

I love the simple design of this bag and I think it’s great for beginners. The gathers and pleats show off the fabric, plus make it really quite forgiving to sew. If you’ve been a reader for long enough you’ve probably noticed that I love binding. It’s such a beautiful detail and I love the way it adds a little bit of interest. If you’re intimidated by making binding look great on your bag, don’t worry! It’s easy once you get the hang of things.

Forage Runaround Bag - Noodlehead

My favorite tool for making binding is my Clover 25mm bias tape maker. It’s just a simple metal tool and does so much!! I don’t know how I ever made binding without one. The other part about attaching binding is that for bag making I like to sew it (in this case) to the lining fabric and then wrap it around to the exterior. That way you’re not having to worry about ‘catching’ the binding in the stitching on the back side as you would using the traditional method of attaching binding. You sew right next to the fold on the exterior of your bag and you’re all set because it’s already attached on the back! Bias tape is very important for this bag because of the curved opening. So a little big of stretching makes for a really clean finish. Plus, a bit of spray starch (my favorite go-to is from Target, always easy to have on hand!) and pressing are your best friend! I was thinking I might make a little video of attaching binding on a curve like this. Would you find that helpful? I hope to continue making this blog a friendly, fun, and educational place!

Pattern: Runaround Bag
Fabric: Forage (by me!) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (check my Stockists page for a shop near you), binding is Interweave Chambray in Denim (also by Robert Kaufman Fabrics)

Forage Runaround Bag - Noodlehead

6 thoughts on “Forage Runaround Bag

  1. wilma serrao says:

    would love the tutorial. your patterns are awesome from selection of fabrics to completion of design. thanks

  2. yvette says:

    it’s a great bag (for a great young lady !) thank’s for the tip to sew the bias, I will try it !

  3. Karen says:

    I’ve always been a bit nervous about adding bias binding, never having done it. I’d love a tutorial on this. The idea of it being attached to the lining sounds awesome.

  4. Cat Crain says:

    Tutorials are always appreciated 🙂

  5. Anne Bennett says:

    What a great bag and the Bias Binding advice is really helpful. A tutorial would be wonderful.

  6. Beth Hudlow says:

    I just made five of these for Christmas gifts! I have one cut out in leather and ready to sew! A great pattern that is simple and quick! Thanks,Anna!

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