Is There Such Thing as Having Too Many Bags?

Can you ever have too many bags? I don't think so. I'm a lover of bags of all shapes, sizes, and uses. What I've yet to do is really delve into sewing bags for myself.

Linda Turner Griepentrog's Medallion Tote 
from the Spring 2014 issue of Stitch.

I love using reusable bags at the grocery store, when shopping, or just to carry things from place to place. I enjoy having canvas totes for the beach or road trips, casual handbags for daily use, and small purses to carry a wallet and phone.

In my opinion, you can never have too many bags! (In my husband's opinion, what are all these bags for?!) Some of the bags I own are cute, others are utilitarian and markedly less cute.

I have been thinking lately about doing some spring cleaning, as I know of a handbag or two that I don't use anymore that could be sold or donated. And my closet can always use a cleanout.

If I do clean a few bags out, maybe I'll consider my current bag stash and see if there are any holes I could fill by sewing bags.

If you're looking for some good bag patterns to sew, check out the Spring 2014 issue of Stitch in the Sew Daily Shop.  From handbags to lunch bags, there are plenty of bags to sew!

Do you love bags? Do you have too many, or can you never get enough? I can't wait to hear.  


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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

7 thoughts on “Is There Such Thing as Having Too Many Bags?

  1. The answer to this question is obviously “No” 🙂
    I just love bags, and just cant give away my old tatty ones. When I get withdrawal symptoms and need to do some stitching – I love making them too.

  2. Yes, I love having lots of bags – I have lots of tote bags with yarn, fabric, knitting needles, and anything else I put in them. I have about a dozen in my car that I use at the store to bring home groceries, etc. Then there is my collection of purses of various sizes that I have collected over the years and can’t seem to get rid of, so I guess you could say that’s one of my unquenchable habits, too!!!

  3. NO! There are never too many bags at my house! I have some strictly for shopping, some for expo-shopping, some just because I like them, some to give away, some for knitting and crocheting projects, sewing projects, etc. I love making bags and make them often, just in case I need one. I have some that store in my purse (they have a built-in pocket that I can fold the bag into), some I’ve embroidered on for groceries (lots of compliments on those at the grocery checkout) and of course those I give to my family and friends as gifts.

    Can’t have too many bags! I never really clean them out, just make more when I run out. 🙂

  4. I remember — very vaguely — when I could look forward to this blog because it posted helpful tips on sewing with the occasional free pattern thrown in. Now I can look forward to every post trying to sell me something. What happened?

  5. I am a bag lady at heart! My Hubby too does not understand the need for so many bags. I however, have a bag for every occasion, and if anyone happens to need one, I have one of the appropriate size and shape for their needs. Purses, grocery, drawstring, messenger, totes…especially those totes! I crochet, knit and quilt. I have a bag for each project I am working on and as the project grows, I move it to the next size bag. (I especially enjoy the expandable bags for this purpose!) I have just started making my own bags because I just don’t ever seem to have enough. I will definitely be checking out this issue!

  6. I have a question for anyone: I’m making the harlequin tote from Spring 2014 STITCH, and I think that there is an extra piece on the bottom. Referring to steps 16-19. Since the measurements are 12×121/2×21/2, I believe that an extra piece is sewn onto the bottom. Surely only one 3″ piece should be sewn to bottom, not one on front and another on back. Anyone else making this lovely bag?