Templating Sew Together Bags

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Templating Sew Together Bags

You may remember that THREE lucky readers won custom Sew Demented Sew Together bags in  TBZ’s Sew Mama Sew giveaway back in May. In addition to those three, I had promised out two more bringing me to a grand total of five! Whoa, right?


I’ll tell you straight up – The first time I made this bag, I hated the cutting steps. I felt like it took forever, there were too many unique sizes and fabrics to easily create strips. I’m all about efficiencies. I knew if I was going to make this many, I had to figure out a way to make the cutting step as painless as possible. My solution is fairly simple, I made cardboard templates from a shipping box in the recycling pile.


I quite literally cut the cardboard like fabric in the dimensions required for each of the pieces with an acrylic ruler and rotary cutter. I went ahead and put the cutting instructions (name of the piece, size, how many to cut etc) right on the cardboard template. I left the zipper pull dimensions un-blurred so you can see what I did. You can get all of the dimensions for the other pieces from the pattern.

Here’s the trick for making this work – you still need your ruler when cutting with cardboard template. You can see how I’ve done it in this photo.


The best part about having the templates isn’t really how quickly you can cut the bag (and it is quick < 15 minutes!) The best part is how easy it becomes to fussy cut it. Sure, it would be even better if the template was a piece of custom cut clear acrylic, but for my budget and needs it made a world of difference. Honestly, if I had to do it all over again and was only going to make ONE bag, I’d cut these templates first.

Wanna see them all finished?? Here’s the two that went to some of the wonderful ladies in my bee.


And the Three bags that went out to the Sew Mama Sew winners:


These bags were just so much fun to make! Every one of them has their own personality and changes as it comes together. Y’all know how I love projects that reveal themselves! If you dont have the pattern, I highly recommend it. Not only are they fun to make, but there are about a zillion uses for them. I use mine all of time and may have to make a second one to keep up! Big thank yous to the winners for being patient and giving me the extra week or so to get them finished up without rushing or stressing too much.

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  1. Your bags look great, and as you said each one has it’s own personality!! Your carboard template trick is a handy one. That first photo is a beauty – a flower of zippery goodness!

  2. How’d I miss this one? Great idea. Thanks for sending me the link–you do things so well!

  3. I love this template idea, and I enjoyed that there were even more helpful hints in the comments on this post. I keep letting this project get bumped down the list – hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

    • DO EIT! I love having one of these bags. It is really one of the most useful things I have lying around. I’ll be making more at a September bee meeting. There’s just never enough of a good thing!

    • Thank you so much for the idea to make a template. I was literally just reading over the pattern and since Christmas gift preparations are well on their way this will shave some time off my getting these completed. Thank you again. I will be making my templates on tomorrow.

      • It made a HUGE difference for me. I can fussy cut one of these bags in less than 15 minutes now which is way down from the 45 to an hour it took the first time. Of course – it doesn’t make it any easier to get that binding on! ha!

        Good luck, they are awesome bags and have been so well received, I’m sure your recipients will love them. 🙂

  4. oh thank you for this pattern! I heart those bags so!!! I’m not yet on instagram…how do you like it?! I’m still shy on it.

  5. I have still yet to make this bag! I have the pattern and really should just do it. But first, i’m making some templates!
    Your bags all turned out so fantastic!

    • Thanks! They are so much fun to make. I have two more on my list! Guess I should quilt typing and get to work because I have a LOT on my list. 🙂


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