Zip-Top Bag For All Your Take-Alongs

Lazies, Prolific quilter Gail Mitchell has been on a Take Along Bags kick lately. Look at all the pretties she’s made for the loved ones in her life. Our Take Along Bags (LGD106) is one of my favorite and most-used designs. This smart, compact, zip-top bag is perfect for organizing and toting. I use one for my make-up bag and one for sewing supplies.

Here’s Gail
Here are three of the Take Along Bags that were on my to do list. The triplets are going soon to Disney for their 8th birthday. They know I’m making the bags and and they helped me pick out the fabrics from my stash. They call them their toothbrush bags.

Instead of buying them a gift for their birthday, they are getting US cash so they can spend it on souvenirs. I also got them a little travel gift of a McDonald’s gift card for when they are on the long drive to the Portland airport. I hope Mom and Dad are planning a stop at McD’s. Out of the fabric remnants, I made the Lazy Girl wonder wallets to put their cash and their McD’s gift card in.

More Take Along Bags. Love the black and white for baby.

Our Take Along Bags pattern includes two projects, the zip bag shown here and a small drawstring bag. The zip bag is similar in style and construction to our very popular Towne Purse, and uses our original ‘No-Fear’ technique for installing a standard zipper. Both of these designs are located here.

Let’s Meet Gail
So, I’m a long time sewer who became interested in quilting back when Eleanor Burns had her PBS quilt in a day series on TV. I quickly became hooked. I guess that might have been about 15 years ago. But I was sewing clothing, home dec long before that. My late mother was a wonderful sewer and I recall her sewing in the basement. She sewed for church bazaars and did lots of other crafts. I think I’m just like her. I love to make things. Doesn’t matter what it is. I see all that DIY stuff, and I want to make it, cook it, print it, do it, at least once!!!!

Gail Mitchell

I have been involved with my LQG, the Fredericton Quilt Guild for about 12 or 13 years. I love the friendship and activities of a guild. I did serve on the Canadian Quilters Association Board of Directors for 5 years. The CQA is a something like AQS in the USA.

I’ve been retired for about 2 years now, and shortly after I retired, I joined a quilters coffee club and I meet with a small group quilters every Friday morning. I love meeting with these like-minded gals. Fridays are wonderful for me. I come home all full of sewing inspiration.

Filled with all sorts of personal care items for on the go.

Filled with fantastic sewing and crafting supplies.

Back to my actual sewing. I do sew a little every day. Lately, it is usually small projects. It usually will more than likely have something to do with my 6 grandchildren, who range in age from 11 to 2 years old. I’m not exclusive to quilting. I sometimes make the kids costumes for Halloween. I always sew patches on their blankets. I made costumes for ballet concerts and for school projects. There’s always somebody who needs a tutu or some doll clothes. All this costuming gave me the confidence to make great costumes for my hubby and I to wear when we went to a costume party while on a cruise on the Nile in Egypt. They were a hoot!

Take Along Bags from the cover of our pattern #LGD106. Isn’t that shoe pin cushion the cutest?

I always have a list of quilts, table runners that I want to make. I love making the Lazy Girl projects because they’re small projects and easy to do and make great gifts. I bet I’m the only one around here who not only has a personal stash of quilt fabric, but has sizable stash of 45cm zippers, just for making take along bags.

I was born in Quebec City and now live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, which is in Eastern Canada. My husband and I have three daughters and 6 grandchildren. We’re lucky that they all live within a 2 hour drive of us and see them all quite often.

Thanks Gail! Visit Gail’s blog and browse through her beautiful creations at Quilt, Knit, Run, Sew.


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33 Responses to “Zip-Top Bag For All Your Take-Alongs”

  1. Jeannie — February 15, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Those are so cute! I need to get my pattern out and make one too!

  2. Kim Edwards — February 15, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    I love , Love , Love your site and all your ideas. I thank You for all your time, Kim Edwards

  3. Chris — February 15, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    WOW! another new pattern I just love it , has so many possibilities. We’re campers & various styles can be used for different types of matches, coins for the showers & the list goes on, way to go! This blog is so inspiring keep up the great ideas!

  4. Kathy Feltmate — February 15, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    Gail is amazing, in what she does as well as her prolific ideas. Thanks for publishing her work. We love Lazy Girl patterns here in NB Canada.

  5. Laura — February 15, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Oh these are sew CUTE….need to get that pattern… to my annual sewing retreat in the woods….ta ta…..Laura

  6. Penny — February 15, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Some great ideas and fun for the girls! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Penny in Chesapeake

  7. bettina elliott — February 15, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    i’ve made several of these bags for gifts, both male & female. everyone loves them, especially since they’re washable. one Christmas, i think i made a dozen…..

  8. Ruth Peterson — February 15, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    Oh, these are darling and so well-made. Hope to see more.

  9. Kathy — February 15, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Is LGD106 a new pattern?

  10. Sheila Perl — February 15, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    wonderful bags and wonder wallets, great ideas!

  11. Mary — February 15, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    I love the table runner with houses Gail showed on one of her blog entries! Of course, I need to get busy in my sewing room and make some cute bags too….Thanks for sharing!

  12. Linda H — February 15, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    Gail does lovely work, and her grandchildren are so lucky to have her as a Grammy!! She thinks of so many fun projects to do with and for them all!

  13. Paige Rambow-VanLaningham — February 15, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    Gail, I really LOVE your attitude. That’s just like me except baking is my forte. I will build it (or try), sew it, serge it, bake it. The bags are darling. Once you get them involved in picking the fabric they will love them.
    Oma Paige

  14. Donna — February 15, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    Whenever someone needs a little craft, or craft idea, Gail always consults your website, and she comes up with great ideas whenever I ask for help. Gail inspired me to make several of these take along bags for ‘Thank you” gifts for my daughter’s bridesmaids, as well as for every girl in my family, for Xmas this year. She taught me how to make them and helped me with scheduling such a big project. In total, in 2009 I have made 16 of them!
    Instead of using fun and beautiful fabrics, I did all of mine in black and embroidered their names on the front, and used bright, matching fabrics for the zipper fabrics. Thanks for highlighting Gail Mitchell.. I know she amazes and inspires me everyday! My take-along bags are featured here

  15. Chantal — February 15, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    LOVE Gail’s work! I’m a follower of her blog! Sooo talented!!!

  16. GailM. — February 15, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    I’m so honored to be featured on your blog today Joan. I love getting all the kudos and messages.

    Mary D. That table runner is from a book called Stitch and Split Applique. It’s a great pattern to use up scraps.

  17. Debbie — February 15, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

    Gail is amazing! I have the privilege of being her sister’s friend, so I get to see so many of Gail’s projects through Donna and her blog. I also received one of these take along bags from Donna for my birthday last year and absolutely love it!

    Gail is so creative and I love reading about her projects with and for her grandchildren through her blog.

  18. Jill — February 15, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    I have a few items made by Gail! She does great work – I love the bright sunshiny colors she chooses. Lucky are we who know her!

  19. tracy admond — February 15, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    hay gail ,,, you know me if it cant carry a rench i ant going to like it ,, but they are prity cool looking ,,,,,,dont know how you can sit ther for hours an do that ,,, if it was me i’d have a hole tap through the floor,,,, very nice work gail

  20. Judy — February 16, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Hello Gail Congratulation on being a feature quilter. Very deserving indeed. You create some very lovely things and your bags are to die for. I really really love the Shoe Pincushion. I will have to try to make one in the future. And thanks for introducing me to Lazy Girls Designs. Love them. Hugs Judy

  21. Judy Grant — February 17, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Hello Joan, You pike a lovely person to high light on your website. Gail is certainly a very creative person and I always love looking at what she is all making. The bags are all great and i especially love the shoe Pincushion. Congratulation Gail, well deserved profile. Hugs Judy

  22. Paula Z in AZ — February 17, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    WTG GAIL…fabulous!

    I belong to, which is where I know Gail from! She does beautiful work as evidenced by her Blog

    She’s definitely an inspiration and I always look forward to seeing her next project; always working on something. She’s a devoted “Lazy Girl” fan but definitely not a Lazy Girl.

    Thanks for featuring Gail – she stokes the fire!

  23. Gail Fearon — February 17, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    Now I can say I know someone famous…congrats, Gail…nice work.

  24. Kathy — February 22, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

    Where can I buy this pattern or can I order it from you? Love it and want to make lots for gifts.

  25. Cherie Z — March 1, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the bags…I can think of lots of things they an be used for…does anyone know the name of the cute fabice she used? the one with the flowers and bees on it??? I love it…

  26. hidden stars — September 17, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    Nice work there i loved it so much, the design, space provided every thing is marvelous. Congrats do come up with more such ideas.

  27. chocolate covered pretzels — October 4, 2010 @ 4:36 am

    Now I can say I know someone famous…congrats, Gail…nice work.

  28. chocolate covered pretzel — October 4, 2010 @ 4:41 am

    Where can I buy this pattern or can I order it from you? Love it and want to make lots for gifts.

  29. ivo — December 23, 2010 @ 4:15 am

    i like your creations… it’s so creative. nice work

  30. mahalakshmi — July 13, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    please send me the tutorials of zip-top bag. its very pretty and i wanna sew it , plz.

  31. Madeleine Scott — September 15, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

    Would like to buy a bag of KYY zipper pulls , I have the zippers, Where do I find them in NB Canada

    • Joan Hawley replied: — September 16th, 2016 @ 9:06 am

      Hi Madeleine, Check with Leanne of Rush’s Dry Goods. Just email and let her know what you need.