Poochie Bag

March 12, 2012By

After my success with the hoop bags a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try some more sewing projects during my week off. I need a new tote bag for the summer, so I did a little digging online and found a really cute, easy pattern for a small bag. Figuring this was good practice, I gave it a go:

Poochie Bag

Fabrics: Daydream by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake for the main bag and pocket, Full Moon Polka Dots by Amy Butler for the strap

This is the Poochie Bag¬†from The Happy Zombie. It’s fat quarter friendly, so if you have three fat quarters laying around, you have enough fabric to make yourself this sweet little lunch-sized tote. Or how fabulous would this be as a gift bag?

The pattern is incredibly easy to follow, even to a not-too-advanced sewer like me. Cutting the pieces took longer than sewing; I had to really stop and envision how to cut both the pocket pieces and the main pieces from one fat quarter (plus, one of my fat quarter was a little on the skinny side, which didn’t help). But once that was figured out, the sewing went fairly quickly.

Now that I have the basics down, I’m going to try to upscale the pattern to make a larger tote, and add a layer of interfacing to make it more sturdy. If it works, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I love my wee little lunch tote!

Poochie Bag

Do you have a go-to tote bag pattern that you love? Care to share in the comments?


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  1. Brooke says:

    Oh Susan, I love this! The colors are perfect! I really need to try my sewing machine again. We got into a fight with crappy thread and I’ve been giving it the silent treatment for months.

  2. Katie Cushing says:

    Love these fabrics!! I need to start finding fabrics as catchy as these are. Great job!

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