Locked and Loaded Bag

Locked and Loaded - Cover rgb I’d like to introduce you to the Locked and Loaded Bag sewing pattern! This is a large bag that many of my pattern testers have deemed a confident-beginner bag (the lining zipper pocket is what possibly carries it over into the intermediate level). The pattern features templates needed to make the pattern, 12 pages of sewing instructions, as well as 27 full-color step-by-step photos.

This lovely bag is round and large enough for all of your essentials! The bag features an adjustable strap, inner zippered pocket, and the icing on the cake is the metal twist lock, which is easy to insert with a little dab of fabric glue! You’ll just love the functionality of it!

Finished Size: 15” long x 11” tall
Supplies Needed to Make this Bag
1 yard of Exterior Fabric
1 yard of Lining Fabric (you may wish to choose a water-proof or PUL fabric, if you’d like to use this bag for the pool!)
2-1/2 yards of Pellon® SF-101 Shape Flex® fusible woven interfacing (lightweight fusible interfacing)
3/4 yard of By Annie’s Soft and Stable™, available at local quilt shops or on-line
(Soft and Stable is a 1/8” thick, foam sew-in interfacing; one of my testers also recommends automotive headliner fabric in place of the Soft and Stable; you can also substitute a needled fleece fusible interfacing for the Soft and Stable, such as Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus fusible interfacing)
1-1/2″ metal rectangle and metal slider (I buy mine here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JennaLouDesigns?section_id=5226774)
9” zipper (or use a longer zipper and trim it down after sewing it in)

Metal twist lock

A couple of my pattern testers used a magnetic snap instead of the twist lock, and instead embellished their flap with a decorative button. Some of them also recommended quilting the exterior; especially if you opt to use a needled fleece interfacing, the quilting will help make the exterior even sturdier!

And here come the parade of bags! I am over the moon with how lovely all of the bags look, and I find every single one of them to be gorgeous!! Thank you so much to my pattern testers for all of your hard work and critique of the pattern!!!

Tiffany of This Crafty Fox made this awesome version in V. and Co. fabric, with cute little hedgehogs on the flap! I was joking with Tiffany that I have seen her making a lot of purple bags lately, so I wondered if it was her favorite color. ;-)

Melaney made this gorgeous version in peacock fabric…Melaney can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe she made this either in a day or in an evening. Very quick, and it’s beautiful!!

Samantha of Handmade by Mrs. H made this great bag, and here she is modeling it in the photo! Fiona also sells pdf bag sewing patterns, so you’ll want to check out her site!!

Alli made her bag in Echino fabrics (love the Echino!!) and she chose this lovely oval twist lock. I also like that her strap fabric coordinates with the flap, so pretty!!!

Susan made this bag in a soft and beautiful large-scale rose print. Maybe it’s just me, but how did she fussycut the flap to continue the pattern on the top of that large rose in front?? Amazing!!

Vera of Halabala Style made this lovely version; I absolutely adore the main fabric, and I love that the flap and strap are the dark brown, which is such a great contrast to the main fabric. You can read about her experience here on her blog. Wonderful job on this bag!!

Anna made this bag in which she stitched some beautiful embroidery on the front. She also added her own bit of trim along the flap, and I think it’s the perfect compliment to the embroidery! So pretty!!

Yvette  made this absolutely lovely bag using a vintage flour sack she had been hoarding, and Heather Ross fabric for the lining. She used Soft and Stable for her bag, but was curious to try it out with batting as she thought it would also hold the shape well!

Susan made this awesome version in some Alexander Henry fabrics. I think it’s just stunning to see a large-scale print, such as the one she chose for her bag. This one rocks!!
Sharon from Dexter Days made this awesome version using the coastal cruiser applique by Tula Pink! I just love the combination of the heart fabric with the little VW! What a great idea!!!
Holli from Nauti Stitcher made this wonderful bag…is it me or does this look a bit nautical? ;-) Lovely shape of the bag, great professional finish, awesome job!!
Mhairi made this lovely bag in a green and purple floral, with a darker lining. And look and that pretty heart-shaped twist lock!!! Wonderful job!

Vanessa made this awesome version, and in true country-girl fashion, she used a red gingham-like fabric! So very pretty, and I love the decorative button on the flap!!

Zuzka made this great directional fabric for her bag. I love that the flap has the horizontal lines, it really calls attention to the great twist lock closure on the front!

DeeAnn made this lovely version in Kate Spain florals, and she also quilted it beautifully. I love the pretty stitching on the exterior, and it sort of reminds me of a BuiltNY bag for some reason (sturdy and cool prints).

Denise made this awesome version in a rich, warm fabric. I love the quilted fabric in particular, and think it really makes this bag stand out!

Jennifer made this beautiful version in tan and black fabrics. I think the shape of her bag is really excellent, and I also love the quilting on the exterior of the bag!

Emily of Created Custom made this great light citron bag. I love the lining fabric too, I’m often frugal with my linings so sometimes they’re not the best match, but these two fabrics go perfectly together!

Donna made this beautiful version, and I don’t know if you can tell by the photo, but she quilted her fabric before she assembled the bag! I love it, and the Anna Maria Horner fabric on her bag just floor me!

Anna from Charmed Liebling made this pretty gray version, and her bags are always so well-finished! Look at that nice crisp side panel, beautiful job!!

Joan made this fabulous version in upholstery fabrics. Her bag looks so sturdy and polished…doesn’t it look like you could have gotten in from a boutique shop?!

Marti of 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks made this awesome version, and she took a lot of care to fussy cut the fabric and the flap! It looks gorgeous and the lines in the fabric that she chose really accentuate the clean lines of the bag!

Kate made this pretty floral version; seeing all the pretty florals really make me wish for spring, yucky cold weather! Kate did a wonderful job, it’s just beautiful!

Cindy of Raspberry Sunshine made this great version in Robert Allen decor weight fabric. Since she had thicker fabric, she substituted Soft and Stable for fusible woven interfacing and fusible fleece, and she was happy with how the bag turned out!

Brenda made this beautiful soft-colored bag, and she had a really great tip when working with the Soft and Stable…this particular interfacing is not fusible, so Brenda suggests using quilt basting spray to baste the two layers together. Great tip Brenda!

Brenda made this great bag in patriotic fabrics. I also liked that she used the same fabric for the flap, straps, and side panel. It really looks great with that continuation of blue along the side and strap!

Linda made this beautiful bag in some Asian-inspired patchwork fabric! Gorgeous bag, and I love the fabric choice on this one!!

Bernie made this awesome bag in a citron floral; she said that her twist lock had screws, so she did not need to use fabric glue on her lock. Also, Bernie used Pellon Thermolam on her bag (instead of Soft and Stable), and she was quite happy with the way it stood up on its own!

Dianne made this bag in a contrasting brown fabric and floral combination. I like the brown fabric in the front because I think it really accentuates the curves along the bottom of the bag, and the floral flap looks so pretty peeping out from the front of the bag!

Corrina made this sunny floral bag, and she improvised the twist lock and instead used a magnetic snap closure on the flap and sewed a large decorative button on the exterior side of the flap. I think it looks absolutely amazing, and quick thinking on her part!! You can read more about her bag on her blog!

Fiona of Celtic Thistle Stitches made her bag in embroidered wool, with Castle Peeps fabric for the lining. This totally looks like a store-bought bag, and I like that the twist lock is large and prominent on the flap, it looks super unique!

Teresa made this lovely sherbet-colored bag; I loved that she used a large-scale print for her bag, as it really shows off well in this big bag.

Rachel made this gorgeous gorgeous bag in a large-scale green floral. I really love this bag, and the shape is so lovely too! Green is my favorite color. :-) Thank you again to all the testers! See, I told you their bags would be amazing!!! So…are you feeling a little frisky? Perhaps ready to try out a twist lock if you haven’t used one before?? Check out the Locked and Loaded Bag pdf sewing pattern, available via instant download in my pattern shop!

25 thoughts on “Locked and Loaded Bag

  1. This bag is really a keeper! I am using mine for my gym carry all bag. The pocket is perfect for our ID badges, photos, and keys while I can fit the other stuff in the large portion of the bag. It was a great pattern to follow as well, Sara did a fabulous job! If you are considering this bag, go for it! The twist lock really gives it a great look and if you’re like me and don’t mind thrifting you can get great hardware for purses from Goodwill! Just tear the thrifted purse a part and use the hardware on your creation!

  2. All the bags are lovely, I need this pattern as I am a bagaholic, first I need to finish off a few projects on my list before I get the pattern but I hope to get it soon, tfs

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