Crafty Bloggers Club - Dani's Carry All Bag

Posted by Freya Gilbert
on June 09, 2019

This weeks Crafty Bloggers Club post is from Dani, you can find more of her makes on Instagram @pocketortwo and on her blog

Hi everyone, 

I’m really excited to be able to share an exclusive make with you all today. When I spoke with Freya about my next Crafty Sew and So Bloggers’ Club make, I said that I’d really like to make a bag and was in need of a new weekend bag as I had just had to get rid of an old one that had finally given up. Freya suggested that I make The Carry All Bag that Crafty Sew and So make in workshop (and have just released as a pattern!).  I was then very kindly sent the hand-drafted pattern and the fabric, interfacing, zip and strapping to make up the pattern. 


Carry All Bag Sewing Pattern Crafty sew and so


Firstly, this is a very straightforward pattern to sew for a fully-lined bag. If you have inserted a zip before, then you will be fine sewing up this bag, as that’s probably the trickiest step. I found it a really enjoyable make. The bag features one (or two, as I have done) outer pockets and a smaller inner pocket too. I chose to add the outer pockets with two different fabrics from my stash and added a matching presser (or snap) to the front pocket. I used a plain grey fabric from my stash for the lining too.

Carry all bag sewing pattern crafty sew and so

The bag has a contrasting base panel, which makes it a sturdy bag that can stand on its own and also allows for the pattern to be customisable. The base panel would work well in a faux-leather or a cork fabric; you could even add bag studs to it. The straps are sewn down into the base panel, which makes a really nice feature and also gives some extra support to carry all your weekend goodies (or shopping, beach items or anything else). I used a heavy gauge needle to sew up the pattern as I was sewing a few layers together. The outer fabric is a canvas weight leaf print which works really well for a bag pattern and the base panel is also made from a canvas. Canvas weights tend to hold the shape and also more durable than lighter fabrics. 


Carry all bag sewing pattern crafty sew and so

I’m so pleased with it! The bag is such a good size. It can fit in two large sofa blankets in (yes, that was my trick for the photos!) with a little extra space besides. It’s just what I wanted for a weekend away and isn’t too cumbersome to take on a train. Plus you also have the outer pocket(s) for extra storage or to put things like train tickets and a book in for travelling. It could also double-up as a beach bag as it easily fits a towel, plus everything else that you might need for a day at the seaside. The bag is not only practical but also looks stylish, making it a fab make for me!

carry all bag sewing pattern crafty sew and so

 The Carry All Bag is avalible as a PDF pattern and a paper pattern from our shop now!


Crafty Bloggers Club Contributors are given products and materials to test from Crafty Sew&So. We hope you enjoy their honest and impartial reviews of the products. All opinions are their own.