We’re so excited by the awesome bag tutorials we’ve seen on Polka Dot Chair that we had to share them with you. Melissa Mortenson’s blog has lots of different modern DIY sewing patterns and tutorials, but the stylish bags she makes are our favorite. Whether you’re sewing for yourself or as a gift, these 5 bag projects will provide some super stylish crafting fun. Let’s get started!

DIY Necktie Pouches
DIY Necktie Pouches
visit Polka Dot Chair for the tutorial

We love upcycling neckties. The patterns are always so retro and classic, providing the perfect base for tiny bags for travel. Each of these pouches takes two ties—one for each side—so you can have fun mixing and matching contrasting fabrics. Scoop some ties up at thrift stores, and you have one easy and thrifty project.

DIY Leather Laptop Case
DIY Laptop Sleeve
visit Polka Dot Chair for the tutorial

The perfect gift for college-bound kids, this laptop case is lined and has a snap to keep the computer safely inside. Laptop cases are easy to customize to the size of your device. Just start by reading through the tutorial, then note any adjustments in measurements you’ll need to make.

DIY Retro Travel Bag
DIY Retro Travel Bag
visit Polka Dot Chair for the tutorial and pattern

The laminated chevron fabric and shape of this bag makes for a fun overnight travel bag. This project is primarily for the intermediate to advanced sewer because of the laminate and lining, but if you’re up for the challenge, it can be a great project for honing your skills and learning about those extra feet that come with your machine.

DIY Monogram Dopp Kit
DIY Monogram Leather Zip Pouch
visit Polka Dot Chair for the tutorial

Here’s a great project for practicing sewing with leather. Because these bags are small, you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money in learning. Also, it’s never too early to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts for the men in your family. Fill in the stenciled initials with fabric paint and fill the pouch with specialized goodies.

DIY Nested Doll Pouches
DIY Nested Doll Pouches Pattern
available for $7.50 from Polka Dot Chair

Here’s a fun project to sew up for the kiddos. Included with the pattern are full instructions and printable images to make the dolls. All you need is printable fabric, scraps, scissors, fusible fleece, and a zipper. Each doll is sized to fit inside the other.

Have fun sewing up these awesome bags!

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One Response to 5 Amazing Bag Tutorials From Polka Dot Chair
  1. Oh My! You are so sweet!! Thank you so much for the feature today!!


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