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Noodlehead   big zip top bag sewing

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).

Noodlehead   big zip top bag sewing

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

Noodlehead   big zip top bag sewing

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.

Noodlehead   big zip top bag sewing

Noodlehead   big zip top bag sewing

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

Noodlehead   big zip top bag sewing

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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? :P

    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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