Some projects inspire me with their clever designs, others by necessity. Take the Stowe bag pattern designed by Grainline. I was looking for storage solutions for crochet projects as all my baskets were full…
Sewing The Stowe Bag By Grainline
Thank goodness, I have actually enjoyed sewing this project. I thought I had lost my sewing ‘enjoyment’ mojo forever. Although I have been sewing recently, it was hard to find the fun in it. I missed that ‘zinging’ sewing feeling. You know the one… That moment, the one when you start a project at 10am and suddenly look up and 3 hours have flown by in an instant. This also happens when I garden. Happy times.
Stowe Bag The details:
- Available as a PDF, ( a rather expensive one, in my opinion)
- Two sizes included in the patter, Now that’s a plus point and very handy.
- Very easy to piece together, another plus point.
- Bias binding is required, so have a practice first on something else?
- I simply loved the end result and options given for shaping the bags.
- The inner pockets are so useful.
- These bags are perfect for stowing away crochet or indeed any or all of your yarn projects.
The Stowe Bag Pattern Available from these online stores:
- The Foldline
- Sew Essential
I began with the smaller sized bag: I used two different fabrics one for the outer bag and one for the inner pockets.ldj
Stowe Pattern Notes
I diligently followed the instructions as per the digital booklet and made no changes for this bag. Good instructions, but some processes I felt were unnecessary, pins would sufficed in some areas.
This is the final result: I like it and as you can see, it is already a hard working project storage bag! Having started this project because I needed some storage bags for my crochet WIP’s projects (works in progress) I am pleased that everything worked out!
Stow Bag in the larger size:
I then progressed to the larger bag. Desperately in need of a big bag to store my boodles yarn projects and my large hooks. I decided the large size would be perfect for my chunky yarn projects. As you can see the large bag holds a lot of yarn, and the pockets are perfect for, notebooks and pencils too, as well as hooks..
A Large Denim
I decided my denim obsession needed an outlet, I raided my fabric stash for denim and came up with a heavy weight stretch denim with a touch of sparkle! Ever keen on embellishment I then found a tin of iron-on patches, I had been saving for a special project, perfect for the exterior and some ‘Made in Britain’ tape that I used to bind the inner pocket section. ! With exuberant details like these, the bias binding just had to be spectacular. I found some very dubious leopard print bias binding in my collection. Perfection…
Will you be sewing A Stowe Bag or Two?
So what do you think? Will you be adding the Stowe bag to your sewing list? I can highly recommend it if you are lacking storage…
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