Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lollipop Bag from Atkinson Designs

With my current quilting project stalled (see previous post), I decided to experiment with bag making.  Here's the outcome:

It's the Lollipop Bag from Atkinson Designs.  This is the smaller of the two sizes in the pattern, comes out 8" by 4", with a bottom base about 2" wide.  It is a good size for carrying makeup in your purse or tote and could probably hold some smaller tech items (or sewing suppliers, or rotary cutters, or ...).  The pattern also includes a larger size, made in the same way.  Both sizes call for two fat quarters of fabric, but you could use scraps or leftovers instead.

The pattern is very easy to follow and I really like the way the bottom of the bag is formed, so that the bag stands on its own. Instead of the fusible fleece that the pattern calls for, I used scraps of batting, which worked out fine and seem to provide both the cushioning and stiffening needed. 
The directions for the zipper were easy to follow.  It helps to have a zipper foot for your sewing machine.  The handle is a little too long; maybe you don't need a handle at all, depending on the intended use. 
The pattern includes directions for the rosette trim (in two sizes); I might make the rosette again to use on something else.
If you are in need of a little zip bag, I recommend the Lollipop Bag. 

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