Box bags and needle rolls

24 Nov

These are starting to look like I want them to.

Here’s a box bag, made following this tutorial and these helpful comments on it.

I had figured out a way of making a box bag based on some pictures I saw. It would’ve involved two pieces of fabric shaped like a capital H, and would’ve been a lot more complicated. It’s a good thing I googled it… and I don’t understand why I didn’t think to google anything about sewing before that.

Yeah, surprisingly enough, sewing was a lot easier with instructions.

The pattern calls for a handle, but I had to leave it out because the fabrics started stacking up and my sewing machine just couldn’t handle it. I also covered the raw edges inside the bag with bias tape.

The bag is 9 cm high, 10 cm wide and 20 cm long, so a good size for a small project like socks. I want to make another one… or a couple.

I’m also thinking one more needle roll after this one. Then I’ve covered all possible needs, really.

I haven’t been able to fix the lower thread problem I’m having with my sewing machine (I tried every trick I could find), so this time I just made sure that side of the seams wasn’t visible anywhere.

It’s sized 25 cm x 45 cm and has 30 pockets in two rows (22 x 2,5 cm, 6 x 5 cm and 2 x 3,5 cm).



7 Responses to “Box bags and needle rolls”

  1. yantyantethera November 28, 2010 at 15:39 #

    I did not know you could sew as well! That’s very cool. I’m quite jealous. I’m getting a load of sewing books for christmas so that I actually know what I’m doing with my sewing machine!

    • bamboo#1 November 28, 2010 at 19:43 #

      I’m wishing for a sewing book as well 🙂 It’d be nice to do things “right”, even though there probably isn’t a “sewing police” either. Now I just muddle along. Do you know which books you are going to get?

      I’m looking for tips, since I’ve gotten so used to great knitting technique books that I find myself expecting quite a lot from crafts books in general. A lot of sewing books seem to be all about sewing clothes, and I’m not really all that interested in that at this point.

      I do like Sew! by Cath Kidston. The technique section was pretty limited, but that was a good thing because it didn’t get to be too complicated or intimidating.

      • yantyantethera November 28, 2010 at 19:54 #

        My list is rather long. You can see it on Amazon here –

        I’ve been looking for books that have little projects that don’t use loads of fabric but that will actually be useful as well! Not an easy task. How many aprons does one girl need!

        Sew! is on my list actually. Along with a book by Amy Butler and one by Poppy Treffry who sells very expensive bags here in the UK so I’d like to recreate one on the cheap! I’m definitely going to get ‘One Yard Wonders’. I’m not sure about the rest, I’m struggling to whittle it down, there’s too much choice!

        • bamboo#1 November 28, 2010 at 22:25 #

          Your list sure does seem pretty comprehensive 🙂
          The Amy Butler’s Style Stitches book looks promising because of the good reviews.

          I don’t think I for one will ever be able to find a book that has that many things that are both useful and pleasing to the eye. It might be better to use them to learn techniques and then design my own.

          The sewing equivalent to a stitch dictionary would otherwise be fine for me, but it’d probably be hard to apply the techniques without the patterns there to help illustrate them in practise. And they don’t make for an engaging read… I never open my stitch dictionaries either.

          • yantyantethera November 29, 2010 at 00:35 #

            Have you looked at this one. This has interesting techniques and has patterns –

            You need to like her style though, otherwise it’s a bit pointless. I’m very much a pattern person, I’m not too bothered about creating my own thing at this moment in time so I’m happy to buy lots of books.

            It seems that you can’t really buy a book with all the techniques and patterns. Maybe you could have a go at some and see what takes your fancy and then by those more specialised books. There are quite a few on appliqué and embroidery. But, it all depends on what you’re interested in!

            • bamboo#1 November 29, 2010 at 01:49 #

              I do like the style in that book by Poppy. I think it’s great that the author has provided a pattern book for similar bags that she sells (if I understood this correctly). Very generous of her.

              I’m more interested in learning about how to construct things right now, though. So in addition to the Amy Butler one the “One-Yard Wonders” book seems good.

              101 projects – wow! There’s gotta be a few useful items in there 🙂 And if there’s any variation at all in the patterns, there’s opportunity to try out a whole bunch of techniques. So thanks for the tip 🙂

              Looking at the contents page, it also seems to me that One-Yard Wonders covers pretty much all the basic projects that Sew! does. And then some.

              • yantyantethera November 29, 2010 at 19:33 #

                Hey! That’s cool, I’m glad you’ve found something that takes your fancy. And you’re right, Poppy is selling a book telling readers how to make her ridiculously expensive homewares and accessories. It’s great!

                Right, I need to get back to whittling down my list. It’s far to long but I want them all!!

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