Bagmaking Blog Hop: Two Zip Hipster Review & Giveaway!

UPDATE! The Random Number Generator has chosen Diane who said

Diane commented on Bagmaking Blog Hop: Two Zip Hipster Review & Giveaway!I love this bag! The fabrics you used are perfect. Think I’ll have to get this pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

Congratulations, Diane!

The comments will remain open but the giveaway is now closed. Should I not hear from the winner (I have emailed them), I’ll draw a new number. Thanks for entering!!

Welcome to the last day of the Dog Under My Desk Bagmaking Blog Hop! I’m so excited to be part of this. I usually add a disclaimer when I’ve received a pattern in exchange for a review but I bought this and other of Erin’s patterns before this blog hop came up so there’s your grain of salt to read my review with. I’ve made over a dozen wristlets, a Daytripper and I’ve now made my second Two Zip Hipster- here’s a pic of my first Two Zip. I have been meaning to make another Two Zip Hipster every since I finished my first. It’s such an enjoyable pattern.

I say this all the time about Erin’s patterns- you won’t be disappointed. Her patterns and instructions are so detailed that your first make will look very professional- it won’t look like your first. The insides of all her bags are fully lined and there’s no hand stitching- unless you feel like doing a slip stitch to close up the lining after turning the bag. Erin reminds you to press, which we all know is huge in getting something you make to look really nice and she doesn’t make you guess which way is the best way to do something- she just tells you. No guess work. I don’t make bags often so I appreciate all the guidance. Her instructions are very straightforward and more than complete. 

Erin has a lot of tips along the way, too, on how to get over multiple layers and she doesn’t assume you have an expensive sewing machine. Her instructions actually have you trim a lot of bulk down so a basic machine can sew it up. I did use my industrial sewing machine but that’s because Max loves making bags but my basic Necchi has handles making Erin’s bags just as easily. The only specialty foot I used on my bags with Max the Machine is a zipper foot. Max handles layers like they’re yesterday’s news so I have only used a walking foot with my Necchi.

One thing you might want to do before you start on your second or third Two Zip Hipster is to make a cheat sheet since you will probably internalize Erin’s tips after you make your first bag. With a cheat sheet, you can just glance over at the steps and, if need be, peek at the full instructions. Oh and don’t forget to peruse the full set of instructions before you start your first bag. You’ll get a better lay of the land that way.

The Two Zip Hipster I made for the blog hop is made of two quilting cotton prints of Jay McCarroll’s Center City line. I love these prints. I bought them at Crimson Tate in town but you can find the outside print here and the lining print here. I love anything architectural and related to cultural geography. I like the different perspective. I took pictures inside and outside so you could see how the color of the bag changes in the light.

two zip jay mccarroll front

Front zipper pocket. So handy!

2 zip mccarroll front zip pocket

Front pocket where, yes, you will always find lipsticks and tape measures.

2 zip mccarroll mid pocket

Zipper tab in my lining fabric.

two zip zipper mccarroll

Wanna see inside the main pocket? I added pen pockets and measured my cell phone so I would have a pocket that fits it perfectly. I also stitched a horizontal line the width of my cell so that it wouldn’t sink into the pocket. Instead, it fits perfectly with about 1″ peeking out of the pocket for easy handling.

Don’t you just love the pink zipper and the inside lining! It’s a map of downtown L.A.

2 zip mccarroll main bag inside

My Two Zip, aka Little McCarroll, loves to play birthday party. Look how he smiles.

two zip hipster mccarroll bday

Hanging out in the window, next to the door to the garage. I use this bag every day.

2 zip mccarroll in window

Little McCarroll chilling in a cushy chair.


I think Little McCarroll is heading up for a nap.


Now on to the giveaway! Comment on this post to enter to win a PDF copy of the Two Zip Hipster pattern. You can tell me what you think of this bag or tell me something random you have in your purse or bag.

I will announce the winner on Saturday, September 28th at 7pm ET. This giveaway is open to all who can receive email. Yup, that’s it!

Oh, wait. That’s not all. Erin will be doing a giveaway tomorrow on her blog. So, go on over and comment to win some bag making supplies. The link will also take you to a list of the other bloggers who participated in the blog hop. You should check out all the bags. They’re so awesome.

45 thoughts on “Bagmaking Blog Hop: Two Zip Hipster Review & Giveaway!

  1. Kimmy Rocket says:

    I love the LA map lining! I was looking for something similar for New York earlier this year to make a wedding anniversary present for my sister and brother-in-law (they honeymooned in New York), but alas I had to settle for a fabric featuring famous landmarks instead.

    This bag just looks so handy – the style reminds me of a bag that I carried EVERYWHERE when I was at university. I’d love to have something similar again. So practical!

  2. CGCouture says:

    Hooray for small purses that don’t throw out your back! I love the fabrics you chose, and would definitely be planning to make the pockets and such in the lining like you suggest. I hate having to dig through my entire purse just to find out that I don’t have a pen in the bottom after all. Of course, I’m probably the only one who is that unorganized…and I should probably go put a pen in there now that I’m thinking about it. 😉

  3. Niki says:

    That bag looks fabulous! I’m in love with the fabric you used, too. Something random in my bag is definitely the scraps of fabric I’m always shoving in there so I can match them to zippers and thread. I never remember to buy everything I need on my first trip to the fabric store!

  4. Michelle says:

    I don’t know why I haven’t attempted a bag making project. I really love them every time I see them. If I win the Two-Zip-Hip pattern, I won’t have an excuse not to get busy and start sewing! 😀 Really love project and thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Laurel S. says:

    mmm! my favorite of her patterns! random object in my bag? i forgot to take a stinky diaper out the other day (it sat in there for two days) and now there’s a lingering odor in my bag. EWWW.

  6. Lisa E says:

    Little McCarroll leads an interesting life! :^) Great bag. I don’t carry much in my purse — just the essentials: driver’s license, credit cards, lip balm, car keys, and lip balm.

  7. aem2 says:

    I love this bag. And I have two hips, so, you know, match made in … Bag End? A random thing I have in my bag right now is my bike light; I took it off whilst parked and haven’t needed to put it back on the bike yet.

  8. Lisa Marie says:

    Your bag looks great and your post was very entertaining! I also carry a tape measure in my bag which seems perfectly normal to those of us that sew, but seems odd to other people. Sometimes when my husband and I are at the home improvement store he needs to borrow the tape measure (and my reading glasses!) since I always have those things and he never does. I don’t think he’d be willing to carry his own bag though.

  9. Jacqueline says:

    I have been following Erin’s blog for a while and have been wanting to make this bag for a while. It would be amazing to win such a great pattern.

    I love the idea of a pocket that fits my phone perfectly!!

    Thanks for the chance

  10. Ann Hopper says:

    What a cute bag! I love the fabric patterns. I have Erin’s zip and go pattern, and I have found it very easy to follow along with her instructions. So far I have made 4 of the zip and go with plans for more. I hope to try the two zip hipster sometime soon.

  11. Carla G says:

    What a fabulous bag!! Love it! I think this would be the perfect bag for me. I love cross-body bags so I have my hands free to deal with my kids. Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  12. Janet Moilanen says:

    Erin has great patterns! I’m planning to make the Daytripper but would love to make a smaller bag as well. The Two Zip sounds perfect! Thanks!

  13. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    Hooray for cross body bags – I like them for vacations, they keep everything close, and still be big enough for my camera. Thanks for the give away!

  14. agent99 says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a White Sox bag; a small easy to carry purse for going to see games-just enough to hold my phone, cash and sunglasses. This pattern would be perfect! Love your ideas!

  15. leuinda says:

    Oh! The hipster pattern is great! I need a small functional purse to wear while chasing my two boys around the park. A traditional “mom” purse is a handicap when one is on a scooter, the other on a bike. 🙂

Leave a Reply to sewlittletime Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s