The Suzy Sack is a kick-in-the-pants to make. It was so much fun that I made five of them! My first attempt took me about an hour and I made a few mistakes, but from that point forward it was a piece of cake! The bag now takes me about half an hour error free, start to finish! Wahoo!
I love picking coordinating fabrics and zippers. The color choices are endless and they are so much fun to play with. This sack will make wonderful gifts or beautiful packaging for something like a gift card or chocolates! They’re not expensive to make; they only require two FQs, a zipper, interfacing and thin batting. They’re such tiny pieces. I can even see these as little sewing kits, one for each project! Here are some options that I think would be great in this bag for both adult and child:
The pattern calls for two fat quarters, however, if you chose three, you could make two sacks. You can use one fat quarter for the body of two sacks and the other two are the coordinating fabrics, one for each bag. Also, the pattern calls for thin batting. I first used Warm & Natural thinking that would be thin enough and it wasn’t. The top of the bag becomes very thick and will challenge your sewing machine so the thin batting is better. It is also helpful to use a #16 sewing needle to accommodate the thickness. The top binding piece does not require fusible interfacing but I used it there as well.
The problem I experienced was with the zipper instruction. The pattern doesn’t tell you which way the zipper should be facing on the lining rectangle when sewing it together, so I sewed mine on backwards. Should you decide to make this sack, remember to have the zipper facing up when sewing it to the lining. I also opted to leave off the claw-clamp and D-ring, but I love them and they will make three granddaughters of mine very happy 🙂