Zig Zag Bag Pattern Review

October 24, 2012 in Projects

While I was at Sewing Summit, the Riley Blake Zig Zag Bag kit came home with me, and I finally had the chance to sit down and complete the project. I was a little nervous at first because there are some elements to the bag that I wasn’t super comfortable with, like inserting snaps, pleats, and two types of interfacing. The directions were spot on and so easy to follow that I was able to conquer my fears and complete the bag without a problem.

The Zig Zag Bag kit included fabric, fusible interfacing, fusible fleece, snap hardware, button, and the yellow ric rac shown in the “Before” picture. To be honest, I didn’t like the ric rac element of the bag and the color of the trim was a different shade than the yellow fabric, so I knew I wanted to do something else. I pulled some leftover black knit that I had from a previous project, ruffled it up, and attached it in place of the ric rac. Problem solved!



I am a big fan of cross-body bags because you can still carry it and also be hands-free. I knew immediately that I wanted my Zig Zag Bag to be a cross-body, so I attached one long strap at each end of the bag instead of two shorter ones on either side.



By looking at the kit cover, you can’t tell what the inside looks like, but to my delight, the instructions/contents allowed for three inside pockets. I think pockets are a must in any bag, so I was very happy about this feature.


Overall, this kit was easy to make and the instructions were clear and concise. The snaps were super easy to insert, and the pleats were easy also. It took about an hour to cut the fabric pieces and about 4.5-5 hours at the sewing machine and ironing board. A cute bag in 6 hours? Not bad!

Though my Riley Blake Zig Zag Bag kit was purchased from The Cotton Shop in Salt Lake City, you can purchase one for yourself  on Etsy from one of these shops.

Peace, love, and chevron!

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