Thursday, March 31, 2011

Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge: Origami Bag Set

Phew! I finished these just in time for the Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge.

Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge button
This month was dedicated to the Origami Bag Set, project 3 in the book, Amy Butler's Style Stitches. It is a set of 6 bags, from extra small to extra large.

my set of 6 Origami Bags
Happily, I was able to find some fabrics (and zippers!) in my stash for the project, though only one of them was a home dec fabric; the rest were quilting-weight cottons. Even though the majority of the bags were made from the lighter-weight material, I think they all turned out just fine-- they are still plenty sturdy and hold their shape well.

Origami bags open to see lining
The pattern itself was pretty simple. I'll admit though, there was some serious head scratching going on as I made my first bag. The pattern instructions are minimally illustrated, and it was difficult to visualize exactly what was supposed to be happening at each step. Steps 4 and 6 (the zipper installation and attaching the exterior and lining panels, respectively) were the most befuddling for me. But, with careful reading and the assistance of JemJam's sew along (with pictures-- yay!!!), I got through it fine. Subsequent bags were much quicker to go together.

my Origami Bags all nested together
The pattern includes a nice variety of sizes (here they are nested all nicely together). I only have a plan for one bag so far, but I'm sure I'll find a purpose for the others soon enough. I can also easily envision making a few of these for gifts in the future.


  1. I'm very impressed! I have never done zippers before.

  2. I was going to ask if you were already doing your Christmas sewing?! That's a lot of bags, but it is great for sticking into a purse.

  3. Love the bags!! Zippers tend to be a chllenge! Well done!! I love the choice of fabrics!!

  4. Oh, I am not a fan of zippers. I bet you are pro now after all of them :)

  5. Very nice, sometimes I have to read through written directions several times before it registers in my brain. Pictures do help.