Project Bag with fabric by Kaartje van Koosje

I have been using fabric printer Motiflow to print my own fabric for a little under two years now. When I started sewing for Etsy I was limited by my fabric choices, because I saw other sellers use the same 3-4 popular fabrics (foxes anyone?). To make a truly unique product, the fabric should also be unique. Spoonflower is of course an obvious choice, but as shipping and customs prices can be quite expensive I was very happy to find a local fabric printer here in The Netherlands! Which is Motiflow!

Knowing about this printer camecin handy when my friend @femmelot asked me to make a project bag for her Mum, as she’d been carrying her crochet work around in an old plastic bag. Mum deserves better!

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Femmelot picked this super cute flower & bugs pattern by designer Kaartje van Koosje. Her Mum loves her garden so this is just perfect for her. I had it printed on Poly OUtdoor fabric which is water repellent and a little thicker than the usual cotton.

You can purchase the fabric for yourself here, or buy handmade items in Koosje’s Etsy shop!


I designed a pattern based on three medium sized crochet wools. I cut two panels out of the fabric, and then I cut a facing for the welt pocket with exposed zipper. The small squares are the zipper tabs for a neat finish, and a small D-ring holder as well as a wrist strap. This bag is getting some nice hardware so you could potentially clip a cross body strap to it.


I also cut dark purple lining and fusible interfacing. The number I used was H640 by the brand Vlieseline. It is a thick batting that can be ironed to the fabric. Perfect for bags that need a little sturdiness. Off-camera I fused the interfacing to the outside pieces.


I finished the zipper with two tabs (here is a great tutorial for that). Then I stitched the outer fabric and lining to the zipper using my zipper foot. After gentle pressing, I topstitched the edges so the lining will not get caught in the zipper.


I then drew and spaced the welt pocket facing. This is such a neat way to make a zipper on the side of your project bag! I used Valerie’s tutorial and I always refer back to it when I make a welt zipper pocket.


I marked a rectangle 0.5cm away from the welt slit. Then I stitched it all around, and carefully cut the slit open. Towards the edges I made a 45 degree angle to the corners. Again refer to Valerie’s tutorial if you want to make this for yourself!


Then I turned the facing towards the inside.


After a gentle press it’s time for the side zipper!


I did not use any zipper tabs for this one because I felt like it would be too thick with the interfacing and Poly Outdoor fabric on top of the zipper.


Then I stitched the short edges of the lining to both sides of the zipper. Then I stitched up the side seams.


What it looks like on the outside. So cute!


This will be perfect for a spare crochet hook or a pair of scissors.


Finally I stitched the main pieces and the lining pieces together, leaving a hole in the side seam of the lining for turning everything inside out.


Here is the D ring I stitched in the side seam. However you can see I placed it too high so the zipper tab doesn’t turn outward completely. I went back to fix this and moved the D ring down by 1.5cm.


The (almost) finished bag! I forgot my other D ring and the lobster claw for the wrist band at home so I finished it off camera.


Here it is on the day it was gifted! Now you can also appreciate the sheer size of it, hahaha. It is definitely bigger than a normal makeup bag.


Later that week I got a picture of it being used for needlefelting supplies! Here you can also see the wrist band I made. The bag certainly is big enough to be used as a purse, LOL!

Have you ever ordered anything from Motiflow or Spoonflower?



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