Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sew N' Tell - Bonsai Bag

Last week Rae of Made by Rae sent me a tester copy of her Bonsai Bag pattern to test it out. I had already bought all of the supplies, or had them on hand, so when she sent it to me I literally dropped everything and started working. I got to send her some suggestions for the pattern release. It was pretty cool to have this opportunity and to be able to help out a fellow blogger. I also liked doing this because along with Amy's blog, Rae's was one of the first sewing blogs I started really reading and was one of the reasons I decided to start a blog. And now I have a snazzy Bonsai Bag of my very own thanks to the inspiration and patterns of Rae and the Sew N' Tell gang!
I found the corduroy at Joann's during a sale for about $3 a yard and the fabric for the lining and middle was also on sale. I added piping instead of pom-poms or ric-rack. I have finally figured out how to sew piping onto a garment or purse and make it look good and wanted to show off my new abilities. (Now I just have to tackle those zippers.)

The only change I made from the pattern was to add an inside zippered pocket. I am good at those, thanks to J Caroline steps 12-16, I am now a pro at lined zippered pockets.

I love this purse and would recommend Rae's Bonsai Bag pattern to anyone who wanted a cute medium sized bag to carry all of your daily necessities in style. Or at least that's how I feel when I use mine.

It's my 3rd week in a row on the Sew N' Tell. I am on a roll. Thank goodness I have settled into a routine and work and now have time to sew again! Can't wait to see what the others have to post.



  1. Lauren!! This looks really awesome! It came out amazingly!!

    I am on my way to joanns with my mom this morning, and ontop of buying fabric for my halloween costume i will be buying fabric for this bag!

    Jaimie xo

    p.s. I'm really sad you and your mom are going to keepsake and i cant go.... :( Have fun for me! hehe

  2. love the lining fabric and the piping is so professional looking! it adds so much to a project!

    awesome roll you're on there girl! keep it up!

  3. Wow, your bag looks so great! I need to buy some corduroy and this pattern and make myself one! Great job on the piping - I've never tried it but I definitely want to learn.

    Happy Friday!

  4. It looks so cute on your shoulder! Love it! And isn't it great when the fabric you need happens to be on sale? Yay!

  5. Gorgeous!! I really like the patterned fabric you've chosen. And got to love a sale :)

  6. Awesome! I love the zippered pocket! It came out great!

  7. Its a great bag pattern. Lucky you.

  8. This is a really nice looking purse. It doesn't look "homemade". I like!

  9. I love this bag! Well done. I really need to learn how to sew like yesterday.


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