Sewing My Own Bag Versus Buying One

I am one of those people who is a bag person. I’ve got bags to bring groceries home in, bags for the beach, bags to tote dog supplies in, handbags for daily use, and more. Surprisingly, I haven’t transferred my love of bags into sewing bags.

My new laundry hamper.

In part, because, I really don’t need any more bags. My bag collection isn’t out of control, but I already have a bag to cover most of my current toting needs. That is, until I bought a new hamper recently.

I love the woven look, and it’s the perfect size for laundry. The hamper has two handles for carrying, and I like the beachy look—maybe because summer has arrived?

But I’m thinking this new hamper needs a laundry bag inside, so I dug into my stash recently and found some large pieces of off-white cotton that will work perfectly to make one. I just need to measure, cut, and stitch.

I love that sewing enables me to see a need for a laundry bag, and that the best solution is to use fabric I already have to whip up one that will fit perfectly. It’s much easier than trying to chase down a store-bought laundry bag that might not be the right match.

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What about you? Do you love sewing bags? Are the type of person to sew up an item when you see a need, versus heading to the store? 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. 

14 thoughts on “Sewing My Own Bag Versus Buying One

  1. I started sewing tote bags about a year ago, and then made a few tutorials (Novice Beginnings). I have never used one myself, but give them away as gifts, or for draws. I just like making them! I’ve always had only one purchased purse to use at a time. They seem to last forever! I bet you are wondering what my purse looks like! : ) Good post Abby!

  2. I enjoy making bags for myself, but so often seem to sew for others. This spring I made a crossbody bag with a matching carry-on complete with the ‘smart pocket’ for fitting over the extended suitcase handle. I’m really pleased with the outcome. Wish I could post pictures!

  3. Abby,
    I have similar hampers and also made liners for them. What I did a little differently though, was to make the liners out of different fabrics to help my 3 small grandchildren who live with me know what goes into each hamper. White liner – whites and undies, denim liner – jeans and heavy things, and so on…
    It would depend on how you sort your laundry and how many hampers you have. With a large family, we have 6 specialty hampers all in the laundry room to make it easy for everyone. Less sorting and you can readily see when you have a full load.

  4. I love to sew totes and am working on several of my own designs as well as a series that will be used for fundraising purposes for a local charity. Like MamaHarriet, I, too, think it would be nice if we could post a picture when we comment.

  5. I love to sew totes and am working on several of my own designs as well as a series that will be used for fundraising purposes for a local charity. Like MamaHarriet, I, too, think it would be nice if we could post a picture when we comment.

  6. Yes, I like to sew bags. I’m now giving them away because I have too many! I needed a Kleenex holder for my purse, and I went through several free patterns until I found one I really like. I’ve made several for myself and some for friends. I shorten every pair of pants I buy because even petite short length pants are two inches too long for me. I like making hot mats for the kitchen, making sewing accessory storage containers, and just playing around on my sewing machine. I made my first quilt top and will soon sew the quilt together. I’m now re-reading my serger instruction book so I can begin using it. Sewing is very relaxing for me and I enjoy it a lot.

  7. Yes, I like to sew bags. I’m now giving them away because I have too many! I needed a Kleenex holder for my purse, and I went through several free patterns until I found one I really like. I’ve made several for myself and some for friends. I shorten every pair of pants I buy because even petite short length pants are two inches too long for me. I like making hot mats for the kitchen, making sewing accessory storage containers, and just playing around on my sewing machine. I made my first quilt top and will soon sew the quilt together. I’m now re-reading my serger instruction book so I can begin using it. Sewing is very relaxing for me and I enjoy it a lot.

  8. I LOVE making my own bags! I am including a link to my pinterest page so you can view some of the bags I have made (and one that is in progress!)
    http://www.pinterest.com/annegautreau/
    I am working on a few designs of my own and will post them as I finish. I find when I get inspired, I have to put away what I am currently working on to start another (but I always come back to the ones I’ve started.)
    I find this passion allows for the creative spirit to soar!

  9. I started sewing tote bags a couple of years ago..first, a diaper bag for my daughter in law…I liked doing it so much I made up a bunch and opened an ETSY shop. I only sold a couple of bags….so I moved on to think outside the box and came up with a bag pattern that I made up with vintage 40’s and 50’s tablecloth fabric. I am now selling them at my local yarn shop ! I had to take it one tiny step at a time, as I don’t have much confidence in my sewing skills. But now that I had the courage to go on a cold call to my local store and they were thrilled ! with my bags, my confidence went soaring ! I have to say, like some others posted, that I just love the creative part of sewing..each bag uses three different prints, and I look for really pretty lining fabric.

  10. I started sewing tote bags a couple of years ago..first, a diaper bag for my daughter in law…I liked doing it so much I made up a bunch and opened an ETSY shop. I only sold a couple of bags….so I moved on to think outside the box and came up with a bag pattern that I made up with vintage 40’s and 50’s tablecloth fabric. I am now selling them at my local yarn shop ! I had to take it one tiny step at a time, as I don’t have much confidence in my sewing skills. But now that I had the courage to go on a cold call to my local store and they were thrilled ! with my bags, my confidence went soaring ! I have to say, like some others posted, that I just love the creative part of sewing..each bag uses three different prints, and I look for really pretty lining fabric.

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