Fun Friday: Mini Bag Tutorial + Giveaway!!!

Pouch Collage

Super Quick Mini Bag by Deborah Stanley: Versatile and the perfect pouch for toting personal items!

Our friend Deborah Stanley of Deb Stanley Studio has come up with the perfect solution for using up small pieces of fabric– a Super Quick Mini Bag!  The possibilities are endless as to what fabric combinations you can use to create this super easy-to-construct bag.  As you can see in the picture above, Deb had fun in mixing coordinating fabrics on each side of the bag, using prints from the recently delivered Clothworks collection, Poppy Passion by Karen Roti.  But it’s the little details I love about this super cute bag– the velcro closure, the lining & quilting, and the dotted ribbon trim that ties it all together!  Just see for yourself in the pics below- adding different trims and notions, such as buttons, can create a distinctive looking bag with every time you sit down at the sewing machine!

Deb Stanley Bag Collage

More Super Quick Mini Bag creations by Deborah Stanley! On the left, using fabric from Clothworks collections Dog Park by studio k & on the right, Sew Fun! by Beach Garden Quilts & Studio

Check out her Tutorial below to create this sweet bag!  Perfect for your little ones as you send them back-to-school, or keep it for yourself to hold all your necessities!  Scroll down after the tutorial to find 2 different options in downloading a PDF file of this tutorial- one with drawn diagrams and one with photos.  Take your pick!


This bag is so quick and easy to make! Great to hold coupons, cosmetics, small gifts or a gift card. Match the fabric theme to the recipient’s interests and embellish as much as you like!


Bag front: Fabric A: (one) 2-1/2”x9” strip and Fabric B: (one) 5”x9” strip

Bag back: Fabric C: (one) 7”x9” piece

Lining: Fabric D: (two) 7”x9” pieces

Batting: (two) 7×9” pieces cotton batting

7” strip of 3/4” hook/loop tape


Sew together 2-1/2” strip and 5” strip together with 1/4” seam allowance to form 7”x9” bag front.

Layer: bag front (right side up), batting, lining (right side down).

Quilt as desired. The fastest design is a loose grid of curved lines, but this is a great project to practice free motion quilt designs.

TRIM to 6” x 8-1/2”. Zig-zag stitch around all four edges.


Layer bag back (right side up), batting, and lining (right side down).

Quilt as desired. TRIM to 6”x 8-1/2”. Zig-zag stitch around all four edges.


Center hook/loop tape (either hook or loop half), right side up, overlapping the top edge of bag front by a scant 1/4”.

Zig-zag or straight stitch in place.

Turn to lining side and straight stitch in place at top and bottom of hook/loop tape.

Repeat for bag back, using remaining half of hook/loop tape.


Place bag front and bag back right sides together.

Using a short stitch length, sew down one side, across bottom and up opposite side.

Zig-zag stitch down sides and bottom to finish edges.


Use one fabric, an orphan block, or piece scrap strips for the bag front and/or back.

Change the size of the bag to fit your tablet, notebook, or files. Add 1/4” seam allowance to both sides and bottom and 1” to the top for the hook/loop closure. Cut the hook/loop tape 1-1/2” smaller than the top measurement.

Embellish with ribbon, buttons, beads, or embroidery.

Add a ribbon wrist strap before sewing front and back together.

Download the PDF of the bag tutorial below.  Click on either link:

Super Quick Mini Bag w diagrams

Super Quick Mini Bag with photos

And now for the Giveaway!  Up for grabs is the cute little mini-bag made by Deb using the Poppy Passion Fabrics as shown in the first picture of this post!  We’ll select one winner at random to send them this bag!

To enter into the contest:

1)  Limit one comment per contestant.

2)  In your comment, please name your 3 favorite Clothworks fabric designers (bonus points if you can also name the collections)!

3)  Contestants must have a shipping address in the U.S.A!

4)  Leave a comment by Monday, September 8th 2014 at 11:59 PM, PDT.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced here at The Works on Tuesday September 9th, 2014.

Good luck and Happy Sewing! 🙂


22 thoughts on “Fun Friday: Mini Bag Tutorial + Giveaway!!!

  1. My favorites are: Skipping Stones Studio “Summerland”, Ellen Crimini Trent “Vintage Sunshine ” and Alyssa Thomas ” Sweet Tweets organic”.

  2. I like Unity by Leslie Mark Designs, Alsace by Skipping Stones Studio, and African Savannah by Eugene Smith. This was very hard, like asking a parent to pick a favorite child.

  3. I love the AMB cotton solids. I love Barb Tourtillotte’s Winter’s Wings; Cedar West’s Christmas in Bloom; and Eugene Smith’s Africa Savanna. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  4. I really like Karen Roti’s Poppy Passion so I’m hoping I win the pouch. Other designers I like are Ellen Crini-Trent’s Vintage Sunshine (sad I didn’t win last week’s contest so now I’ll have to buy some) and Amethyst by Barb Tourtilloutte. So many talented designers and wonderful collections to choose from.

  5. The little bag is adorable and now I know what I’m going to sew this weekend. They will make wonderful little gifts for friends and family. Thanks for the cute idea.

  6. The bag is just too cute – great for Christmas presents – my favorite designers are Sue Zipkin (Crush), Skipping Stones Studios (Aubrey), Laurel Birth (Embracing Horses)

  7. The bag is so adorable. Poppy Passion by Karen Roti, Sew Fun by The Beach garden Quilts Studio and Ellen Crimini Trent Vintage sunshine.

  8. I was so excited about the pattern I forgot to mention my three favorite Clothworks designers. I love Ellen Crimi-Trent (Le Elephant), Anita Jeram (Chocoholics), and of course Laurel Burch (Laurel Burch Basic Star).

  9. Laurel Burch-Basic Glitter, Masha D’yans-Bloom, & Dan DiPaolo-Witchful Thinking are my favorites at this time. Cute little bag. thanks for the pattern.

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  11. Thanks for the pattern. Favorites are Summerland by Skipping Stones Studio, Karen Roti’s Poppy Passion, Everything Blue I and II by Marsha McCloskey, and I also love Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel, and of course the AMB Solids.

  12. Laurel Burch Basic Swirls…
    Laurel Burch Basic Stripes
    Laurel Burch Basic Glitter….

    Looking for fabrics for a House Quilt, got my eye on all of the brights right now. But tons of great designers.

    I’ve made one of the little Mini-bags and decided I need another one, at least…maybe two, okay, three for me and how many friends….I’m going to be busy….

  13. That’s a cute bag! Love all fabrics! Especially Karen Roti poppy passion, Sue Zipkin’s Sea Shanty, Laurel Burch’s basic stripes. Thanks for the giveaway

  14. I really like Leere` Aldrich’s code keeper ,kinkame shades,Anita Jeram’s Guess how much I love you ( we love this book and read it alot) All of the designers are all very talented

  15. I love those little bags. The Poppy Bag is my favorite. It’s hard to choose only three designers! I’ll pick Karen Roti -Passion, Ellen Crimi-Trent- Vintage Sunshine and Peg Conley- Cultivate Your Joy. Hard to stop there!!

  16. Love your mini. Really anything these 3 do is wonderful. Sue Zipkin (Crush), Laurel Birth (Embracing Horses) and Barb Tourtillotte(Amethyst).

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