New Release: StandZa Zip Bags Sewing Pattern

Introducing StandZa Zip Bags


StandZa Zip Bags are flat-bottomed bags that are designed to stand up for you and make a statement of their own. The pattern includes 3 fantastic sizes: Bitsy, Giftsy and Glamsy.

Make great gifts out of leftovers and scraps.

No paper pattern or template pieces to fuss with. This is a rotary cut sewing project. Use your ruler and rotary cutter.

· SKILL LEVEL:  Easy enough for beginners, fabulous fun for experts.


Amazingly EASY, super cute, flat-bottom standup bags in 3 sizes: Bitsy, Giftsy and Glamsy, made from your choice of vinyl mesh or fabric.

Bitsy makes a sweet coin purse, small decorative fabric candy dish or paper clip holder for your desk. Attach a ribbon handle with buttons and  you’ll have created a gorgeous doll purse.

Giftsy is lovely for:
· Filling with wrapped  candies, chocolates, snacks , etc. Make your favorite grab ‘n go bag.
· Organizing/storing kids’ crayons, puzzle pieces or small games.
· Doggie treat travel bag…tuck a baggie full of biscuits or other treats inside. Your pup will love it.
· Making a travel sewing kit or mini first aid kit.
· Making a hot drink gift bag…fill with hot chocolate, tea or coffee packets.

Glamsy bag made out of vinyl mesh makes a fabulous spa gift set. Simply fill with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofa, shower poof or glove, plush facecloth, lotion, and other spa type products etc.  Glamsy also makes a great project bag.

BONUS:  Step by step instructions for making the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower used as decorative zipper pulls on the Giftsy and Glamsy bags shown on the pattern cover image are included in this pattern.


Whip up a slew of StandZa Zip Bags to have on hand and fill with trinkets, treasures or treats for last minute hostess or “thinking of you” gifts. This versatile pattern makes easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gift making all year round.

You may choose to make StandZa Zip Bags out of:

StandZa Zip Bags are perfect for gift making and giving. Use up scraps and small pieces of fabric from your stash. StandZa is very easy to make.

Want to turn some of your fabric stash into cash? YES—you have permission to SELL finished items using this pattern, no annual limits. NOTE: Our permission applies only to the use of the pattern, not to any fabric company/designer fabric licensing restrictions, where required. For any applicable fabric licensing permissions, you will need contact the specific fabric manufacturer.

Click here to take a closer look and order your pattern today!







Free gorgeous Noriko Bag Pattern from Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl

UPDATE:  This free pattern/project is no longer available.  The designer has removed it due to abuse of usage.

Check out this beauty! Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs has very graciously given the gorgeous Noriko Bag pattern –FOR FREE– on her blog.  If you’ve never tried Lazy Girl patterns, here’s your chance to do it FOR FREE!  See for yourself why Joan has a HUGE and very loyal fan club.  UPDATE:  This free pattern/project is no longer available.  The designer has removed it due to abuse of usage.

What a lovely gift this bag would make!  You probably have everything you need to make it already in your stash.  THANKS Joan!

Joan Hawley's Noriko Bag
Joan Hawley’s Noriko Bag

Don’t wrap gifts in paper this holiday season, Bosa Nova Bag ’em

I’m so excited about the NEW Bosa Nova Bag pattern by Shelly Stokes for Cedar Canyon Textiles — of Shiva Paintstik fame.


Bosa Nova Bags is a gift bag pattern in 3 sizes. These adorable and absolutely delightful bags are featured on the back
cover of the October Quilting Arts.

Full color fold-out pattern has step-by-step photos and instructions for bags in 3 sizes as well as tips for making custom-size bags.

The pattern uses LazyGirl HandyTabs to create a unique carrier for the bag’s ties. This is an exceptionally ingenious idea!

Receiving a gift wrapped in a Bosa Nova Bag is like getting a double-gift.  The beautiful bag can be re-used for years and keeps paper out of landfills.

The Bosa Nova Bags pattern is available for order from – click here to take a closer look.

Make 2 – Give 2 With Love Totes from Lazy Girl Designs


September is National Sewing Month! Celebrate by sewing up some fun with non-sewing or new-to-sewing friends.

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs has issued a “Make 2 – Give 2” With Love Totes CHALLENGE to her Lazy Girl Yahoo Group.  What’s a With Love Tote?  The With Love Tote pattern is a a Lazy Girl Designs free pattern for a fast & fun 1 yard/1hour tote bag project.

What’s this all about? You can read all about Joan’s Challenge and you can download a PDF file of the pattern by visiting Joan’s blog, click here (scroll down until you see the link).

I am proud to say that I am a Lazy Girl and I’ve taken Joan’s challenge!  Yesterday I made 4 bags–2 each two new friends (one is a beginner/occasional sew-er, the other does not sew).  Want to see the bags I made?
I did make a couple changes (of course–I can’t seem to do anything without making some kind of change):

  • I used 1″ cotton webbing for the handles.  I like the sturdiness of the cotton webbing and they helped the pattern go together even faster.
  • I made 2 of the bags a different size than the pattern specifies.  It was easy to change the size; just use the same technique.  The blue bags are approximately 10″ wide by 21″ long.

What could the long bags be used for?

  • They are perfect for carrying a bottle of wine and a French Baguette and a couple other items.
  • They would also be a great way to gift-wrap a long/tall box or package.
  • This size would be a great size for Trick-or-Treating (long enough to prevent spills). They are light weight and sturdy! Just choose a Halloween Fabric and the kids will love them!
  • Use your imagination!
I love these bags so much I need to make some for ME!!  Perfect shopping bags (go green–carry your own). They fold up so nicely you can tuck them into your purse and/or glove compartment so you never have to “forget” again.

Joan’s patterns are very easy to follow…just read and follow the instructions and you will have a bag you like and can truly use!  This pattern was the same.  I am very pleased with my results and enjoyed sewing the project.

OH YEAH…it’s a great way to use up some of that stash that’s been building up!

Whether you are a newbie sew-er or an old pro, you can join in the fun and inspire others to give sewing a try.  Check out Joan’s blog and consider taking her challenge. Click here.

Great pattern, great idea Joan!!!  Thank you sew much for sharing your talents.