Suzy’s Sack

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 🙂


  1. Alisha - February 4, 2013

    These are so cute, Mari! Love them!

  2. Joy gross - February 4, 2013

    Very cute Mari 🙂

  3. Kathy - February 4, 2013

    What type of batting would be considered a thin batting? I would have chosen Warm & Natural as well.

  4. Kathe - February 5, 2013

    These are adorable. I do a lot of bags and found that even though I could never get the batting thin enough, I ended up using flannel. Works great and gives them the little bit of omph they need. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jen - February 5, 2013

    I’m working on 3 of these right now but haven’t gotten to the zipper part yet. Sew it to the lining, with the zipper facing up. I can’t picture it turning out correctly but I will give it a shot!

  6. Mari - February 5, 2013

    The batting I used was Thermore and it comes in a craft or crib size which is perfect for this little project.

  7. Nina - February 16, 2013

    Very cute! I have done this with Warm&Natural, might try Thermore. It sounds like a great option.

  8. Sherri - March 23, 2013

    Love your Suzy’s Sack! I looked over the patterns and the diagram shows the zipper right side up on the lining, but the words (right side up) has been added for easier piecing. Love the look of your bags! Thank you so much for sharing them!

  9. mary - October 2, 2013

    my 84 year sister got this pattern it’s say to cut the tab off zipper sew the zippercloth and flip
    and sew across zipper this will break the zipper I sew and I need help how to cut off tab you will cut off the material or how do you do this please help mary

  10. Janice - September 19, 2014

    I’ve tried 2 so far and both got thrown away. Is there a tutorial? My unfinished seams are on the outside! Help!

    • Mari - September 19, 2014

      Hello Janice, no, there is not a tutorial here for that pattern, however, you may want to check if there is a website on the pattern. The pattern author may have a tutorial on her website. Or, send an email to the pattern author if they provide an email address for questions.

  11. Alisha - January 13, 2015

    I love the look of this bag. Would it be easy to scale it up a bit to make it a little larger?

    • Mari - January 13, 2015

      I think that would be very doable Alisha. In fact, I had considered doing that as well. Hey, thanks for your question!

  12. Mary - March 22, 2015

    I am fairly new to patterns and sewing. Do you have a cd to show how to make Suzy’s sack?

  13. Keven Ellis - May 24, 2015

    I am stuck on zipper part. I think drawing and directions are unclear. Which end to trim and I dont get the fold over tabs bit.

  14. Gay Ferland - July 9, 2016

    Are these lunch bags??

    • Mari - July 11, 2016

      Gay, I don’t think so unless you eat a small lunch or perhaps use it for snacks.

  15. Connie - June 17, 2017

    Could you tell me the final size of the bags?

    • Lisa - July 18, 2017

      4 1/2 x 6 1/2

  16. Lisa - July 18, 2017

    I’m having issues with the Zipper construction. It says to layer the lining, batting right side up and then put the mail fabric. It doesn’t look right to me. Am I missing something?

    • Donna - July 24, 2017

      Yes! You’re missing clear directions. I made this bag last year, and today I thought I’d have another go at it- but for the life of me I still can’t visualize what’s supposed to happen!!!

  17. Zakiyah - July 29, 2017

    A YouTube video would be VERY helpful.