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!!
Carrie made this awesome bag in black and white fabric, with a colorful print showing through her grommets. I'm not sure if you can see by the picture, but she's adding bling to her bag (see the lime green trail of dots running down the center of the bag?). Cool idea Carrie!!
Carmal made her bag in Tula Pink 'Nightshade' fabrics. She used Vilene H640 in place of the Soft and Stable for the exterior of the bag. Great job Carmal!!
Lisa from Six Munchkin Stitching made her bag in a textured solid, with bright Kate Spain prints peeping out from the grommets and as the lining. Lisa used Pellon Thermolam for her bag, beautiful work Lisa!
Margaret made her bag in a great sparkly print, with dark grommets. I love the shape of her bag, it is very structured, and the top curve on hers looks awesome!
Emily of Half Square Triangle made her bag with automotive headliner fabric instead of the Soft and Stable, and she recommends trimming the automotive headline smaller on the seam allowance to reduce bulk. I think this bag looks super cute, and love the pastel stripes on the inside too!
Nicki made this gorgeous version in red grommets to match her colorful fabrics! I love that the grommet fabrics appear to be a coordinating print, and you can see those little purse feet peeping out from the bottom! Nicki also used Pellon Thermolam fusible interfacing, and she loved the look that it gave the bag. Great job Nicki!
Thank you so much to the wonderful testers for working through this pattern! You've done a wonderful job sewing these up!!
If you liked what you saw, this sewing pattern is now available in my pattern shop for immediate download.