Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Triangle Bag

I'm always on the look out for cute bag patterns. Recently I came across a tutorial for a triangle pouch. The bag shown in the tutorial is really cute and it uses 2.5" squares - something I seem to have a lot of since Moda came out with the candy square pre-cut. I'd like for them to do more for me than decorate my sewing room.

Earlier this week I pulled out a packet of my precious candy squares and made myself I little bag.

Here is side one.

And side two.

Here is shot so you can see an end which is triangular in shape although the piece is technically a trapezoid.

And lastly, the top view.

The tutorial is pretty good. I was able to finish the bag and it turned out very cute. There were a few places were the directions were sketchy, but I've made quite a few bags in my day so I was able to figure out what needed to happen.

I did not care for the way the tutorial instructed you to put in the zipper, so I did mine differently. Essentially, I added the tabs before installing the zipper then extended the binding all the way to the end of the tabs.

You can't tell this in the photo of the finished bag, but there is about a 1" opening between the top of the bag and the top of the end pieces. I'm not a big fan of having such a big opening on the ends. If I put pens in this they could easily slide out that hole. However, I think I can alter the pattern to make the opening on the end smaller. The way the bag is constructed it isn't really possible to eliminate the hole altogether. Making the side pieces a tad taller will fix this.

My bag finished at about 10.5" long, about 5" tall, and about 2.5" wide. It is a great way to use up a packet of candy squares. The bag requires 20 2.5" squares (so one packet would make two bags) and about 1/3 yard of another fabric to use for the lining, bag bottom, bag ends, zipper tabs and binding, plus one zipper that is at least 12" long and little batting. On my next one I may add some interfacing for the lining or add some stitching after turning to hold the lining in place better. I think just two lines of stitching along the seam where the bottom fabric is inserted between the squares would do it.


Barb said...

I love this bag!! Thanks for the link

Rosa said...


West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your bag. I'm like you in that I love those little candy packs. Now I have a way to use them. Thanks for the link.