It’s been several weeks since I began making my latest bag and I’ve finally finished hand-stitching around the center blocks and trimmed the panels to size. I like that the fabric is so fun and brightly colored.
I had originally planned to make a structured handbag using the panels for the front and back, but the other day I became so frustrated with the chaos that was piling up on my cutting table …
… and when I looked at the panels, I realized that they were the perfect size to make a sewing caddy, so the plan has changed. Don’t you love it when things like that happen?
A sewing caddy is really nothing more than a bag without a flap or closure but with lots of pockets, so in some ways it’s much easier to make. And rather than start from scratch, I found a great free pattern for a basic sewing caddy which you can find here. I used this as a starter pattern for my own design which I then modified quite a bit.
I used my panels for the front and back pockets of the caddy, and the pieced sections were perfectly placed to make deep front pockets.
Then I added several pockets onto the side panels.
So now all the outer sections are cut and assembled and ready to sew together. I should have this finished in no time at all.