Hello my sweet blog friends! Happy Wednesday! I have my first sewing project to share with you but first a story as to why I made a bag…

I am one of those that can not sit in front of the t.v. without doing something with my hands. I have cross stitched since I was a kid and lately have been crocheting afghans (I’ve made five so far). My Nana taught me how to crochet when I was a child while spending a week with them every year over Spring Break. Well a few weeks ago, I put my cross stitch bag in the wash & it totally disintegrated! I guess I should have been a little more aware, I mean it was over 15 years old. But I was in a hurry and threw it in the wash with the other laundry. It was in such shreds that I had to throw it out. A sad day for me…

I was in desperate need of a new bag. It forced me to think outside the box and the SU! the Springtime Vintage Fabric was on special so what the heck I bought some. This weekend, on Sunday, I decided to sew. I haven’t sewed anything in my life except for a home Ec pillow project in the 8th grade. Haha! I followed the pattern (click here) on the Stampin’ Up! website except I added a few of my own touches. I wish I would of thought of a pocket for the inside but maybe next time.

I know there are quite a few flaws but please be kind to me when leaving a comment. I am excited and nervous showing you this…it is my first.


For the top, I added the crochet trim. I was going to add some flowers but instead decided to make the bag reversible.


You will need to order two fabric boxes as this is a bigger bag then I first thought. I actually ran out of the blue fabric. The amazing scallop square bigz die worked wonders. I could cut ten squares at once in my big shot. It was amazing!!!


Here is the inside of the bag. I added batting between each layer for an added fluffy feel. I just can’t decide which side I like better!

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Fabric: Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric

Awesome Tools: Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Scallop Square Bigz Die

A Touch of Glam: Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim

31 thoughts on “My first ever sewing project!!!!

  1. Tina Michael-Dahlmann says:

    It’s beautiful. I have always wanted to sew, craft, etc but after many bad experiences and failures when younger; I am beginning to try all of it again. Your beautiful bag gives me inspiration. Thank you!

  2. Tina Michael-Dahlmann says:

    It’s beautiful. I have always wanted to sew, craft, etc but after many bad experiences and failures when younger; I am beginning to try all of it again. Your beautiful bag gives me inspiration. Thank you!

  3. melanie Hopes says:

    Joanna, I am so excited to find your blog. I love your interpretation of the bag from the mini catalog. You did a wonderful job! I have been sewing for the past 40 years and I am really impressed with your workmanship.
    Love love it!!!!!
    Keep up the great work.

  4. Deana in No. CA says:

    Well good for you! You learned something new and did a good job of it – even reversible! I like the side that shows seams the best.

  5. Vicki B says:

    Hard to believe that is your first sewing project! I love it and the fabrics you used are just so pretty. Congratulations on making such a cute purse!

  6. Patti MacLeith says:

    I’m so impressed and cannot believe this is your first project! You are going to be showing us more from the new catalog fabric, too, I just know it! Great job, Joanna!

  7. Sandra Conner says:

    Great Job! Your bag turned out great! I took a sewing class a few years ago, and loved it ever since. Now I never have to purchase window treatments, I just make them myself. Cant wait to see what your next project will be.

  8. becca says:

    That is awesome for a first attempt! I remember my first try, I made a satin Tinkerbell costume and neglected to put the foot down! Seams were a little loose! 🙂

  9. Lisa O. says:

    Really well done! I have been sewing since I was little, although I haven’t done much other that repairs and buttons lately. You did a great job and kudos for going reversible on your first project!!! My tip: Don’t tell anyone else that it was your first sewing endeavor…they’ll never know!!

  10. Gail S. says:

    Beautiful bag. I’m impressed with your first sewing project. I’m a ‘retired seemstress’………paper crafts took over my sewing passion.

  11. kathy T says:

    Joanna, I LOVE this bag -you did such a wonderful job . Your creativity and talent is limitless 🙂 I also love to cross stitch.

  12. Nancy E says:

    I’m no seamtress, but it looks like you did a good job. And, you can’t beat that fabric for beauty, can you?

  13. Ginger says:

    Love your bag and I am so impressed that you just did it! It is awesome and an inspiration for those us who don’t sew.

  14. rhonda says:

    Super cute. But now you will be hooked. I make one thing and I want to make another. I find cute things to make for no reason at all. Its my addiction. Beautiful job

  15. holly aka kopykat says:

    this is so cute, love it. I am jealous that your first sewing project turned out so fabulous!

  16. Cristy says:

    What a great job you did! I love the crochet trim along the top. Best of all, like a true cross-stitcher, the backside is as cute as the front!

  17. Barbara in SC says:

    What a lovely bag! I am so impressed that this was your first project and you were brave enough to make it reversible!! I know plenty of seasoned sewists that don’t like doing reversible things. Really Joanna, you did a fabulous job!! I love it!!
    Hugs, Barbara from South Carolina

  18. KathyH says:

    Very nice job! Sewing is not my thing, but I know and appreciate good work. I collect old quilts. Congrats on your first project.

  19. Kelley Roganowicz says:

    What an adorable bag! My cross-stitch bag is just a simple canvas bag that I got at the library 10 years ago. Someday, maybe I’ll have the courage to try sewing and make my own. Congratulations on your first sewing attempt – it looks great to me!

  20. Nana says:

    I’m so proud of you, Joanna. You did a great job, you will get better with each project. WOW, you did this a week ago, didn’t realize I haven’t visited your web page for awhile.

  21. Mom says:

    WOW Jo! You did an awesome job on your bag. I love the color combination too. It gives you great pleasure to take a piece a material and turn it into an object! Actually to create anything gives you satisfaction and pleases your soul. Beautiful!!!

  22. Kim says:

    HOW GREAT IS THAT BAG! I cant believe it is your first sewing project. It looks incredible and the colors are beautiful!! LOVE it!!

  23. Barb in Ontario says:

    I am not a sewer…..my mom didn’t have the patience to show me (she tried!)….so I never had an interest in it! It’s kind of funny, she and I have different craft interests! Your bag is lovely!

  24. Debbie says:

    Your bag is beautiful. What a way to start for your first sewing project. I need to make myself one someday. I carry the larger bags and that would be perfect. Thanks for sharing the darling bag. Debbie

  25. Deb Hickman says:

    What a beautiful bag, I’m so impressed this is your first sewing project. The fabric is gorgeous, I wish we had SU fabric here in the U.K.. xxxxx

  26. Whitney Richardson says:

    I admire your courage I have never sewn either and would like to very much. No one in my family sewed so I never learned. I think you did a marvelous job! You went out of your comfort zone and taught yourself an amazing new technique!! It is beautiful.
    Thanks for the inspiration that anything is possible when you just try!
    Blessings to you!

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