Are you sewing handcrafted gifts for your loved ones this celebration season? Are you sewing for craft fairs or markets?
If you've a several bags to make, then it could take up a fair whack of your time. Why not choose a design you can put together quickly?
We've collated a selection of designs that result in super stylish handcrafted bags or wallets without taking up a lot of your time. Perhaps your next gift idea is in this list?
Know someone who could do with a hug? 'Cwtsh' is the Welsh word for a warm hug, or for a safe space. This huggable shoulder purse would make a wonderful gift for a loved one. And - bonus! - your purchase helps to support Black Minds Matter UK. Thank you!
Clip to your belt loop, or sling over your shoulder, this little but lovely bag is a Swoon Fans favourite for last-minute makes!
We all need a little Hope now and then - and this small bag is a great way to share the love. It's a fast make, and has two YouTube sew alongs - Sew with Mrs H, and Sew with Titi from Patch & Mix Crafts
We have no doubt that all our Swoon Fans predicted Lola's appearance on this list! Another fan favourite, Lola is often a last-minute make, used for batch sewing, and popular at craft shows and markets.
Not just for gents, this classic bifold wallet is cost-light for resources and another great batch make. There's no hardware, you only need two fat quarters of fabric (plus interfacing), and you can sew it in an afternoon. We think it'd make a smashing stocking filler - but don't forget to slip a chocolate coin or two in with it!
While we're on the topic of batch sewing, Atlas is all about the rectangles which makes it quick to cut out and relatively quick to sew. This is also a great unisex design, so could work well for many of the folk on your make list.
Atlas Rucksack, made by Elizabeth Bolton
Quick and easy, with stunning results, The Interchange would make a great gift for kids, for teens, for adults, and also for adults who are still kids at heart! And, as this is one of the projects in The Complete Bag Making Masterclass, it's really easy to adapt this design to your very lucky gift recipient by using the techniques sections of the Masterclass to change out the pockets, flap style, or straps.
The Interchange Crossbody Backpack from The Complete Bag Making Masterclass, made by Samantha Hussey
Another fantastic two-in-one bag, Glenda is easy to make and easy to customise. Sew it as an everyday bag or glam it up with glitzy fabrics. However you sew Glenda, this versatile clutch makes a perfect gift!
Glenda Convertible Clutch, made by Alicia Miller
Fancy spending a little more time customising your make? Choose a simple speedy sew with large side panels, such as The Loopy Lou, then embellish the panels. You could have a play with applique or reverse applique, patchwork, or embroidery. Or, take your time with some fussy cutting and let your fabric do the talking!
Along the same lines, the Bonnie Bucket Bag is fast to finish and easy to customise. Switch out the panels or the pockets, or use the drawstring modification. This is also another super batch sew, if you're in a rush!
What's your favourite fast sew? If your favourite doesn't appear in this list, drop us a comment or send us an email letting us know which designs you prefer to sew when you've little time and a lot to do.
Happy sewing! x