I made my first Stowe bag by Grainline Studio one weekend during a snowstorm. I got the fabric at Joanns on my way home from work knowing that I wanted to make the Stowe bag that weekend but wouldn’t want to leave the house to get fabric in the snow. Its a linen ikat. I’ve been using this bag to hold all my knitting/ crocheting since I made it. Super useful to take on a plane and definitely more classy than the zip lock bag I was previously using.
When I was home for Christmas my brother had started knitting but also misplaced one of his knitting needles for several days so I thought he could use one of these bags to help him keep all of his knitting stuff together. I got this amazing penguin fabric from fancy tiger crafts. I love the little bow ties!
This was the first time making the bag out of canvas and it turned out great. I used extra bias tape left over from the piping from my closet case files pajamas.
When I saw the cat lady fabric – especially the one with the yarn balls – I just could not stop myself. This bag is a little more cutesy than I typically would want but CAT FABRIC AND YARN FABRIC!!! I couldn’t resist.
For this one I made bias tape. To make 1/4″ bias tape I cut 1″ strips. I just used all the remaining fabric I had which ended up making a lot of bias tape. This part took a lot of time but in the end I really like that the bias binding matches the bag.
I also used the tutorial from Drygoods Design to line the bag. I used the yarn fabric for the lining. The main difference was that I was making a size small bag instead of the size large that the tutorial is for. Which means that I cut 3 inch squares from the corners instead of 4 inch squares. I also didn’t bother with adding canvas or interfacing to the bottom of the bag as reinforcement. I figured the extra layer of fabric would be enough reinforcement.
I love the lined bag partially because you can’t see the pocket stitching from the outside so it is definitely gives a little bit more of a clean exterior. However, I think the pocket stitching really adds interest to the bag so for some fabrics it really works. One thing to consider is that this version of the lined bag will never lay flat.
Even though I’ve made three of the small size I’m still in need of a large stowe bag. I’ve been knitting a sweater but right now it lives in a cardboard box…