Zippered Pouches, Duffles, and Bags–Oh My!


I think I have a problem.   Ever since I got over my fear of zippers I seem to be addicted to making little zipper bags!

First there was the Little Zipper Bags Kit we had in 2012 (these bags will be returning very soon made up in a new line of fabric.  UPDATE: these are available now–click here).  That was when Sue showed me the Wonder-ful thing called Wonder Tape and I was off and running!  Next I made the A Little Duffle Do It Pattern as a gift, followed by the Sweet & Simple Sack which you can read about here.


A couple of weeks ago I was looking through the book Sew Gifts when I saw the Zippered Dresden Pouch and just had to make it!  I liked the color scheme so much I made mine very similar.  I used  Quilter’s Candy Solid-Magenta for the bag and Penny Candy-Candy Pink from Nana’s Pantry for the lining.  The assorted little pieces for the Dresden Plate are from Spring Terrace and Nana’s Pantry, which are both on sale through 3/25/2014 , as well as Fiesta and a scrap of a black print.  I’d never made a Dresden Plate before and the only trouble I ran into doing this one was making it fit correctly on the bag; you see I tend to do a scant 1/4″ seam and that made it too big so the middle half circle didn’t fit.  I went back and restitched a few seams and all was well.


I like it so much that I’ve already gathered fabrics to do one with Teal as the bag, and greens and pinks as the Dresden!


  1. Stephanie Dunphy - March 21, 2014

    My addictions are dresdens and anything polka dots. What a fun zippy bag — reminds me very much of my Ladyfingers and Sugar Baby pattern with the half dresden. I really like the pretty fabrics and colors you put together. I have not conquered the zipper though.

    • Laraine - March 24, 2014

      Thanks for the encouragement! It seems to be a fun way to use up scraps. It really is similar to the look of your bag patterns.
      When you are ready to try zippers use Wonder Tape instead of pins…I think you will be surprised at how easy it is.

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  3. Teri - March 27, 2014

    Hope you draw my name for Christmas.. just sayin’!

    • Laraine - March 27, 2014

      But it doesn’t have a snowman!