A New Bag for ME!

One of the fun things I did over Christmas vacation was make something for me! I made Erin Erickson’s 2 Zip Hipster bag from a single piece of multicolor dyed fabric – one of those pieces I was saving because I love it so much…well my goodness, I can always dye more, why not use it!


Anyway, Erin has  written a most excellent pattern with an ingenious way of inserting zippers across the top of a bag:


She also orders zips that are a bit wider and have a longer pull for her bags, I must buy some of these because they look so much better (she’s got a ton of pix on this page).

The pattern has a divided patch pocket inside, I of course had to add a key leash and a peltex bottom to stiffen it a bit:


The front has two pockets, a zip in the front with a taller slip behind:


The back lets you showcase your stash:


This bag is a bit smaller than I usually have, it’s big enough for my iPad mini in a padded case in the main compartment with room for more. I’ve been putting my phone in the outer slip pocket and my wallet in the outer zip. I loved learning a new way to insert a zipper, and I’ve got to make this again with the bigger zip, plus having the “tail” of the zipper a bit longer, because right now, I get a bit panicky trying to find stuff in the inside.

I took these pix a couple of weeks ago, and was quite happy with them when I opened them up to write up this post. You may notice that I am now adding copyright info to the photo…I’m a bit late to the party on this, but I really should be doing this!

I interfaced this bag with a layer of fusible fleece, and it gave it a nice level of body and stability:


I highly recommend this pattern if you’re looking to make a bag with an inset zip!

7 Responses

  1. I think this is the pattern I’ve been waiting for! Thanks for sharing–it looks fabulous in your fabric! It’s nice that you took the time to make something for yourself too.

  2. Great bag and I love the fabric. Went a bought the pattern and there was the bonus of a 20% discount this weekend. Just out in the code SNOW at the checkout.