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boxy, but good

18 September 2008 6,496 views 35 Comments

On Monday night at knitting I realized that I've been carting around my most recent project in a ziploc bag. While effective, the clear plastic doesn't have an aesthetic befitting the professional indie crafter I'm currently pretending to be. Time to make a new project bag. (At no point did I consider finishing any of my knitting WIPs to free up one of the myriad other bags I already own. I'm not sure what that says about me.)

I've seen plenty of box bags listed on etsy and floating around flickr but I'd yet to see the one for me. You know what I mean, that fabric that just grabs you and screams your name.

scooter box bag

Out of the stash came my treasured Kokka scooter fabric. It's a nice medium weight canvas that stands on its own with some fusible interfacing. If I could sew with this fabric exclusively, I would. (Purl Soho has a wide selection and quick shipping.)

I'd never made a box bag before, but after looking over a couple tutorials and realizing that it's just a basic zippered pouch with the ends pinched in, I figured it out on my own. No lining inside, I don't like how they tend to wiggle around and shift. The raw edges were all finished with the serger. If I make another one, I'll add a few more top stitching finishing details on the ends but overall I love it.

scooter box bag

Finished size is 8" long, 3.5" wide and 4" tall. Just the right size for two balls of yarn and a colourwork mitten.

scooter box bag


  • whitney said:

    It looks fantastic! I should really try to replace my ziploc baggies with some nicer yarn-containment devices, too.
    I love those two colors in the bag in that last photo!

  • maryse said:

    i love that bag. and the fabric.
    so… when will they be in the shop?

  • Melissa said:

    I love it!

  • Heidi said:

    It’s fantastic all round!!

  • misplacedpom said:

    Vovlos? You sewed a Volvo?!
    Love the bag :)

  • frecklegirl jess said:

    OMG it is scooter fabric!!
    I am going to NYC next week if you want me to get you something!

  • Kat said:

    What maryse said.
    (I’ll be stalking the shop in anticipation.)

  • Danielle said:

    And you’ll be selling your first batch when?

  • Heather said:

    What do you mean IF you make another one? And I have no earthly idea what fusible interfacing is, but I just love the results:)

  • Melissa said:

    to. die. for. I love love love it! (and hope you start to sell sell sell ’em)

  • Carla said:

    LOVE that scooter fabric!!!

  • Nadia Lewis said:

    Super cute!

  • Kellee said:

    I didn’t think anything could make me more wanton than the sparkly vampire camera strap, but I was wrong. Oh so wrong.

  • Miss T said:

    Easy for you to do! :o) It’s fabulous. Love the way you used the fabric.

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  • Jennifer said:

    Oh wow, that is a great project bag. I love the fabric, too…I am just discovering fabrics and there are so many possibilities!!

  • Dani said:

    that. is. awesome.
    I hope we do see it in the shop one day!

  • Maritza said:

    I agree with everyone else – I totally want one. This is such a perfect little project bag.

  • Leslie said:

    Perfect! You are a genius with the sewing machine.

  • nancy said:

    oh caro, how awesome you are! this bag is perfect…I totally want one!

  • Kathy said:

    SO cute!

  • Veronique said:

    Yeah, we need cute project bags too! 😉

  • Steven said:

    Girl, that is too cute. It looks like a shaving kit! Great fabric.

  • laurel said:

    Love. I’ve been having trouble finding bags for medium-sized projects (too big for a ziploc, too small for a tote) and I love the streamlined look of this. Time to go through my fabric stash, I think!

  • Elinor said:

    Scooters! It’s such a cute bag! And is that colorwork a hint about your secret mittens? I love that people are starting to hint about their mittens. Yay!

  • Katie said:

    When I saw the picture of the bag, I was hoping it was for sale in your store. This would be such a great gift for my friend who loves scooters…it would be great as a travel toiletry bag. But I love that it’s a project bag too! You should definitely consider selling these.

  • Emily said:

    Super cute! Girlfriend, you are NOT “pretending”–you’re official!
    BTW I love the way you place the design so perfectly on all your items.

  • blog-blethers said:

    LOVE the bag! What an impressive way to carry around your latest project – and a lot posher than my old carrier bags from shops;o)

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  • nova said:

    Good? I think it’s great. I love it, the fabric selection really makes the bag.

  • Lindsay said:

    I absolutely love this bag and have been carrying my knitting around in a zip-lock too :)
    Let us know when you put these bags up for sale!

  • Jaime said:

    Very cute, the scooters are adorable. And the box bag looks really sturdy.

  • Péitseoga said:

    it looks great, i think, same as with the zippered notions pouches i will ponder making one just like it for about a year and then order it from your etsy shop!

  • Sarah B from Surrey, UK said:

    Hi, This is an amazing box bag of all I’ve found while looking for a tutorial it is definitely the sharpest looking. I want to make something like this, probably with oilcloth for my son to store and carry his soccer and rugby boots – any chance you will be doing a tutorial?

  • Jenn said:

    Ridiculously cute!!

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