I’m really excited to introduce you to the Soda Pop Bag, a PDF sewing pattern which is now available in my pattern shop. I designed this bag because I wanted to use large grommets in the design; most grommets I have seen in bags are at the top, and handles are sometimes threaded through them, but I wanted to use the grommets at the bottom.
This is an intermediate-level sewing pattern, mostly due to sewing on the curved bottom of the bag. The pattern comes complete with all the templates needed, as well as 10 pages of sewing instructions, accompanied by 18 full-color step-by-step photos.
I used Jay McCarroll fabric to make this bag, from his ‘Center City’ line for Free Spirit Fabrics. As always, I used Aurifil 40wt thread to sew the bag together, and the grommets were found in the curtain/decorating section at Joann Fabrics. The fabric showing through the grommets is a Yuwa text fabric.
Finished Size: 13” x 15”
Supplies Needed to Make This Bag
1 yard of exterior fabric
1 yard of lining fabric
1/2 yard of grommet fabric (which will show through the grommets)
2 yards of Pellon® SF-101 Shape Flex® fusible woven interfacing (or lightweight fusible interfacing)
1/2 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)
1/6 yard of Pellon #70 Peltex sew-in interfacing (or an extra-heavy sew-in interfacing)
1/2” magnetic snap
1-1/2” grommets – package of 8 (I used Dritz brand plastic grommets, mine were 1-9/16”)
I found my large grommets in the curtain-making section of my local fabric store
Optional: 4 metal purse feet
I’m really excited to show you the bags that my pattern testers made. They continue to surprise and please me with their wonderful work!
DeeAnn made this really awesome version of the bag, and she found red grommets too!! How awesome! I’m totally in love with this one, and I think it will really go with just about any outfit too!
Maria made this super lovely version of the bag in Joel Dewberry fabric. Maria lives overseas, and she didn’t think she would be able to get the grommets in time to test the bag, but I said I would love to see a version without grommets, and I think she did a really great job on this one!!