Gift A DIY Custom Tote, Zipper, or Quilted Bag


I happened to be going through my teen daughters closet this weekend, and I couldn’t believe all the different tote, drawstring, and zipper bags that she had.  (In fact, I don’t even know where she got half of them).   Although, I have to admit that I’m probably just as bad as she is, because I love getting a new tote bag, especially if it comes with a matching zipper pouch.  In fact, I’ve been searching for a sewing machine so that I can learn how to quilt, or maybe make my own personalized bags and give them for gifts this holiday season.  My mother is a seamstress, and she is a big fan of the Brother sewing machines, so I have found this Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover and it’s calling my name at $143.00, plus I will get free 2-day shipping with my Amazon Prime membership.  




Since it’s been many, many, many years since I actually sewed anything…..(I’m talking like highschool, when I made some cheetah skorts, can you tell I’m an 80’s babe)?  LOL  

I thought that I would start with taking these two online sewing classes that I posted about last year.  Here’s the link if you are interested:


Free Online Bag & Tote Sewing Classes


AND…..maybe if I get good enough, I will take this “Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bag” online class below:


Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags


I’m always willing to learn how to do something new, and I can’t wait to see how these DIY tote, drawstring, and zipper pouches turn out! Geez….I might not want to do this because I may want to keep them all. 🙂

Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, and I may get a small commission if you decide to click on them.  I thank you for your support, and please let me know if you are planning on sewing some crafty creations this holiday season.  

Free Online Bag & Tote Sewing Classes

Who doesn’t love to give or get gifts that say, “I know you, and I know what you like”! Well, here is a suggested way to give a unique gift this holiday season, that you made yourself, and will let that person know that you put a lot of thought & time into their gift.   

Below are two FREE online beginner’s sewing classes where you will learn to make a drawstring bag, bucket bag, reversible tote, and zipper pouch.  You could pick out a personalized fabric pattern, such as Chicago Bears for a sports fan or owls for a tween or teen.  The creative, personalized, patterns are endless, and you can find more deals and ideas at  


Chicago Bears Patchwork Blue Orange   Discount Designer Fabric   Fabric.comMichael Miller Norwegian Woods Happy Hooters Owls Forest Brown   Discount Designer Fabric  



Bag Making Basics  Drawstring Bag   Bucket Bag


What You’ll Learn

  • Creating the exterior and lining of your drawstring bag
  • Different ways to embellish a bag
  • Making drawstrings and threading them
  • Applying interfacing to fabric for reinforcement
  • Fashioning a circular template for the bucket bag bottom
  • Adding stitch detailing for handle texture
  • How to turn your lined bags out and finish the edges


Bag Making Basics  A Reversible Tote   Zipper How To Class on Craftsy


What You’ll Learn

  • Creating a flat boxed bottom for your tote
  • Making handles and a pocket in contrasting colors
  • Applying interfacing to fabric for reinforcement
  • Kristin’s clever trick for easily inserting a zipper in your pouch
  • How to line your bag and finish the edges for a polished look


You have the option to purchase the available kits for all of the projects above at store, or as I mentioned above, you can pick out your own fabric and accessory details at places such as  This online fabric super store has competitive prices, and they are always running online sales, so check back often this holiday season.  I hope that you take advantage of these FREE  mini classes & while your there be sure to check out some other classes that you may want to try.  


Just so you know, that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course. Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy!

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