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Everything Goes Bag by Brenda Miller

Everything Goes Bag by Brenda Miller

When was the last time you took a sewing class? I have to admit that it had been years and years since I’d taken any kind of crafting class, let alone a sewing class. So I was super nervous when I arrived to take Brenda Miller’s class for her Everything Goes Bag.

I’d met Brenda at our local downtown farmers’ market one Saturday back in July when she was promoting her shop’s Grand Opening. It was at the Grand Opening for her ABQ Sewing Studio that I signed up to take this bag making class from her.

As I mentioned, I was super nervous. I’m very much an introvert and meeting new people is often a challenge for me. Plus I’m used to working on sewing projects alone.

But Brenda is such a sweet person that she makes you feel welcome right away.

This can be attested to by the fact that three of the ladies in the class had taken classes from Brenda before… two of whom had gotten up extra early to drive the hour and a half to get there.

We started at 9 am. The class was scheduled to end around 5 pm with a lunch break at noon.

Now I’m not what you’d call a speed demon when it comes to sewing. I like to take my time and work on things until they turn out exactly the way I want them to. If I don’t like the way something looks, out comes the seam ripper.

And the seam ripper made more than one appearance that day, let me tell you.

I’d brought my modern portable Singer sewing machine to class and let’s just say that she and I don’t always get along. 🙂

At lunch time, I was wayyyyy behind the other ladies and spent most of the break working to catch up.

I knew from reading the pattern beforehand and being fully aware of my personal style of working, that it wasn’t likely that I would finish the entire bag before the end of the day. But I did manage to get the outside of the bag and the handles sewn together before I decided that it was time to quit for the day and finish sewing the rest of the bag at home on my trusty vintage Singer 15-91.

It should be noted that all the other ladies finished their bags in class! Want to see their versions? Brenda wrote a blog post about them. 

This is what my bag looked like when I called it a day.

Outside of Everything Goes Bag completed

Over the weekend, I worked on making the lining.

This is the side with the divided pocket attached to a large pocket that can accommodate an iPad or tablet.

Lining of the Everything Goes Bag with two side pockets

The other side has the zippered pocket to keep your passport or other valuables secure. It’s attached to another large pocket.

Opposite side of the lining of the Everything Goes Bag with zippered pocket

Brenda has a very clever way for attaching the recessed zipper at the top of the bag.

Lining of Everything Goes Bag with zipper and upper lining attached

You may be able to see that I added a heavy weight fusible interfacing to the lining of my bag. (I keep several yards in my stash at all times.)

It’s not called for in the pattern instructions, but as I have a tendency to fill (or overfill) every pocket in my bags, I decided the lining needed extra reinforcement.

I also like the way an interfaced lining makes it fit more smoothly inside the bag once the outside and lining are sewn together and flipped right side out.

Here are the outside of my bag and the lining finished, ready to be sewn together.

Outside and lining of Everything Goes Bag ready to be sewn together

See how roomy it is inside!

Everything Goes Bag lining inside bag

I’m so happy with my new Everything Goes Bag!

Finished Everything Goes Bag

Here’s a little closer look.

Close up of Everything Goes Bag

If you’d like to make one as well, head on over to Brenda’s Shop and scroll down until you find The Everything Goes Bag pattern.

Photo of the pattern for the Everything Goes Bag

She also carries all that you’ll need to complete most any bag such as zippers, D-rings, fusible batting and stablizer.

I’d never worked with Bosal In-R-Form stabilizer before. I was surprised how easy it was to work and sew with.

Brenda did advise us though to be careful to press with the iron while fusing and not iron with the iron (as in wiggling or moving it around.) If you move the iron around, the fabric doesn’t adhere properly and can cause wrinkles to form.

Bosal In-R-Form Foam Stabilizer

The stabilizer is about ¼” thick and gives the bag a good sturdy structure.

Ruler showing the thickness of the In R Form foam stabilizer

Now I just need to make some matching accessories to go with the bag.

I had enough small scraps left to make this travel tissue holder.

 Matching Travel tissue holder

With the rest of the scraps, I plan to make one of those bag inserts so I have even more pockets to organize things. I talk about my need for pockets in my post about my Almost Perfect Purse.

What was last sewing or craft class that you took? Let me know in the comments.



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Finished Tropical flower version of The Everything Goes Bag



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  • Catherine
    December 6, 2018 5:02 am

    What a great bag! And it sounds like you enjoyed the class.

  • Rachel
    November 1, 2018 12:47 pm

    A great success, indeed!

  • Theresa
    October 31, 2018 7:21 pm

    You did a nice job. I used the link you provided to the pattern site but could not find the pattern you used.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 31, 2018 8:02 pm

      Sorry about that Theresa… I updated the link. 🙂

  • Mary
    October 31, 2018 5:22 pm

    That is a great bag. The fabrics are wonderful and all of the detail is super fun. You did a beautiful job on it too.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 31, 2018 8:05 pm

      Thank you Mary! What a nice compliment!

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