go anywhere bag by noodlehead first bag

Ready to Go Anywhere: My First Bag!

I did it! I made a bag! It’s definitely not perfect, but for my first bag, I am SO happy with it. I followed Anna from Noodleheads pattern for the Go Anywhere Bag, and it was quite easy to follow, even for an absolute beginner like me.

go anywhere bag by noodlehead first bag

Going into making this bag, I was extremely, unnaturally scared of the whole process. I was seriouslyΒ terrified! A huge thank you goes out to Sarah Fredett from Smiles too Loudly, for being there as real-time support on Instagram when I first got started on the pattern. Sarah walked me through the tangled mystery of interfacing, and helped me gain that first bit of confidence to forge ahead. Thank you SO much, Sarah!

go anywhere bag detail

Anna’s pattern was very clear and specific, going as far as to suggest little triangles at the tops of each pocket to reinforce the opening (genius!?). The images in the pattern were a great help for me, a visual learner. The steps were clear and well sequenced, and I feel like I was able to follow along without too much reading ahead or back-tracking to make sense of it all. It is my first bag ever, but most definitely not my last! (I’ve already bought a bit of the coveted Anna Maria Horner Field Study Feathers-Parenthetical Linen in the Deep colorway for my next bag. Shhh!).

inner pocket and snap in go anywhere bag

While this bag did not include the installation of a zipper, I’m proud to say that not only did I create pleats for the first time, but I also installed two magnetic snaps and sewed inner pockets (not to mention taming the dreaded interfacing). Go me!

go anywhere bag top view
Top view of the Go Anywhere Bag. Pleated pockets!

I think of myself as a very practical person, so choosing a white-based fabric for the outside was initially a hesitation. Before making the bag, I figured since I loved the fabric so much, I would go ahead and use it for the front and back pockets (aka the feature fabric), but would only use the bag for special occasions. Now that the bag is complete, I can’t help but use it as my everyday purse. Sure, it probably will get dirty, but it’s pretty fabulous in the meantime!

Like I said, since it’s my first bag, it’s far from perfect. I had quite a bit of difficulty maneuvering the whole thing in a smooth manner through my domestic machine, so there are wiggle waggles in the stitching here and there. All you expert bag-makers extraordinaire (Hillary, you’re on the top of this list!)–how do you smoothly finagle thick layers of bag under your machine?! I am clearly in need of some tips!

imperfections in sewing bag
Wiggle waggle stitching.

I also made the executive decision to create two impromptu pleats in the back pocket to ensure that the front and back pocket tops lined up with each other. The alternative would have been a smooth back pocket, but completely unaligned pockets on one edge (shudder).

Extra impromptu pleats on back pocket.
Extra impromptu pleats on back pocket.

go anywhere bag ready to go anywhere

All in all, making this bag was a really fun activity. I’m proud of myself for biting the bullet and trying something new, and I’m excited to try making more bags! Next up will be a zip pouch–small, but with a (dun dun DUN) zipper!

I didn’t get very many great photos of my bag, since I had my usual helper with me. He’s pretty cute, though, huh? It’s worth the bit of blur, and he certainly seemed ready to go anywhere with my new bag! (I’m leaving out the photos of him actually taking off running with my bag, since I realized post-photo that our messy house litters the background!)

my bag photography helper

I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday. Bag #1: done and done!

12 thoughts on “Ready to Go Anywhere: My First Bag!”

  1. No way is this your first bag?! Looks great. The thick layers are tricky for sure and ai like mine extra stiff which makes it more challenging. :-/ my desire to sew with leather and other stiff fabrics was what lead me to buy an industrial machine (the only way to get through super thick stuff). I am so impressed Kitty. Bag making is addictive, no?

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  2. I knew you could do it!!! It looks wonderful and only you would be able to see the little wiggles in your stitching. That is something I struggle with as well. If you get any good tips, will you forward them to me??
    Congrats on completing this project!!

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  3. You are VERY welcome! πŸ˜€ It turned out super super cute. I’m so happy you’re going to wear it as an everyday bag – you now have the skills to make another if/when it wears out anyway! ;D (Also, the zipper is looking great too)

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