big zip top bag

Well, had to make this.  A glorified large version of the open wide zippered pouch.  Yes, it’s true.  Not perfect, need to figure out what the heck I did wrong with the metal zip (besides accidentally sewing it into the side seam – twice).

Little leather handles (purchased here), wish I had some wider leather though.

The best part?  This handy little secret exterior pocket, yep, there’s two one on the front, other on the back.  I might test it out to see what I’ll use it for or maybe just sell it on instagram, haven’t decided yet.  It’s big, big enough to fit a small kid in kind of big.

And thank you to my neighbors for their lovely wood pile.  Cool background – check!

35 thoughts on “big zip top bag

  1. tini-uk says:

    Oh I always sew my first bit into the side seams, it never looks as nice and neat as in your tutorials and I have made 4 in the last two days.

  2. Barbara says:

    Love the exterior print fabric. Where did you get it?

  3. Barbara says:

    Love the exterior print fabric. Where did you get it?

  4. Anna says:

    It’s a suzuko koseki fabric, I actually bought it at my local quilt shop: Olive Juice Quilts a year or so ago.

  5. Anna says:

    oh and tini-uk. maybe try moving the zipper stop end farther away from the edge, an inch instead of 3/4″…

  6. Tansy Dolls says:

    Love this. I have a tote that I use a lot but its not zippered and I really dislike the fact that everyone can see what I’m carting around as well as the fact that I can easily dump the entire bag on accident.

  7. Love it Anna! Your fabric choices are fab and those leather straps are the perfect finishing touch!

  8. I’m always interest to see how people figure out the straps on knitted or sewn purses/totes… was it tricky to sew the leather straps on this tote??
    you might test it out? pick me! pick me!
    looks like this would make a handy tote to take to the beach here in the land of 10,000 lakes 🙂

  9. Jeannie says:

    i think you could hide a couple of kids in there.hah.ah.a.a…That is way too big for me but if you did have a couple of kids that is a great size.

  10. Sasha says:

    Ohhh I love it!!! Just think of all the things you could carry around!!!!

  11. **nicke... says:

    this looks so fun! i love the fabrics you choose every time. i want one, add it to the list right! xo

  12. kristin says:

    very cute – looks like a great beach bag and i love hidden pockets! that’s so cool! you’re just churnin’ ’em out these days, girl! 🙂

  13. Krista says:

    Your choice in materials is rad. I love the mix of textures! Big bags are hard for me to figure out (I tend to load them full of stuff I don’t need) but i bet you can find the perfect use for it!

  14. QuiltyGirl says:

    Ooh, I love big bags! You should totally make a pattern for this. 🙂

  15. Super gorgeous!!!! Looks awfully difficult with the pocket and zipper and all.

  16. Vanessa says:

    very cool! i agree, the fabrics are just great. i like the leather handles too.

  17. Christie says:

    You always have a great eye for fabric choices, Anna. the bag looks great!

  18. another vote for a pattern, love big bags and this one is super cute!

  19. Big bags are my friend and your fabric choice is great!

    Katie Fleming

  20. dottycookie says:

    Looks perfect for summer days out – my kids break up from school in a week and I cannot WAIT.

  21. Kayanna says:

    EEK! This is awesome, I love, love it! 🙂

  22. How funny! I just made the large bag yesterday and was thinking that it is the perfect size for a purse, and how can I attach handles to make it one? I like what you’ve done with the leather handles. Will be trying this out today!

  23. Susaninfrance says:

    love this, really!

  24. Gina says:

    I made two small bags already, one following your tutorial dimensions, and one not. Then I was thinking of doing this exact same thing, leather handles and all! Looks like you beat me to it!

  25. nikima99 says:

    Do the leather straps stain shirts? or am I worrying needlessly? 😛

    I made a tote bag for a friend and they wanted leather straps, but I just used cotton webbing (like for belts). I wasnt sure how leather would work out.


  26. Great post!
    I love your blog.
    Shall we follow each other?

  27. Beautiful! Love the colour combinations you’ve used. Did you interface it at all?

    1. Anna says:

      yes, I used Pellon SF101 🙂

  28. Delia says:

    I adore this bag. The zip top is perfect!

  29. Dalya says:

    I really love this bag, my favorite features are the zipper top and the pockets. These are must haves for my bags. Lovely fabric too!

  30. claire says:

    Wow, this is great! I have just finished six of the open neck pouches for my sis and I, so I shall move on to this next!

  31. CBH says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 20, 2012. Thanks again.

  32. CBH says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 3 post on Aug. 21, 2012. Thanks again.

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