Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Man Bag

Erm, maybe that sounds rude...

Honestly it's not, look:

I know you were a little worried there, just a toiletry most-definitely-not-a-make-up bag.

It's the same kind of idea as the make-up bag (but much more manly of course), but I made two squares, squared off the corners, placed them inside each other (wrong sides together) and went to town on the zip.

I was maybe a little over zealous, which is why I ended up with this:

To hide the 'my sewing machine tried to eat my project' look that was going on inside.

It was actually my husband's idea, though I think the conversation went more along the lines of:

"What do you think? Is it obvious that I struggled with the zip? I'm gonna have to buy him something else..."

"What?! Ur no, maybe you could just cover it over with some other fabric or something. 

It looks nice zipped up."

And so I went to town with the hot glue and ribbon.

I think I prefer the make up bag way, but i think it's only okay with oil cloth inside. Anyone with a great tutorial or idea please share! (My family will thank you when Christmas comes around!)

(The label was just ribbon, melted at one end and stamped on, and then sewn on the fabric before sewing the two pieces into a square.)


  1. I think you did a great job! I haven't attempted a zipper yet, makes me a little nervous!

  2. Thanks! You should give it a try though. Mine's far from perfect but it works! The make up bag way works better for me though because you can't see the stitching!

  3. You are awesome! I don't know if it would even stay together if I made that. We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party!

    The Sisters @

  4. I worry about zips too. You wouldn't believe the ends I have gone to to avoid putting in a zip.
    Yours came out good in the end though, and that's what matters. Well done for not giving up!

    love Claire from

  5. Love this! Very cute and practical. I love your blog!

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    (come take a look if you like)

  6. It looks great...I love the cute little stamped tag:-) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!