Ellory Bag Pattern Review

March 29, 2015

Introducing the Ellory Bag by Cozy Nest Design. One of the reasons I enjoy pattern testing is that I stretch my skills, this bag sure did.

Ellory Bag by Vickymyerscreations

It was one of those occasions when I just made silly error after silly error. I started off feeling chuffed. As suggested I marked out the pattern pieces on the interfacing, all ready to iron onto the fabric and then cut out in one go. Often the cutting out stage can take as long as sewing up of a bag design so this can be a real time saver. Only to realise that I had measured out on sew in interfacing, hurray for spray adhesive!!

Next error was to sew the handle tabs to the wrong end of the bag panels, easily solved with the seam unpicker.. And so it went on, but the end result was worth it!!

zip plus piping

The pattern is well written with clear diagrams. However due to the bags form it is not an easy sew, I had to coax the bag through the sewing machine. Sewing piping onto the edge of a zip was not as bad as I feared! However my piping is far from perfect.

This bag really holds its shape, I used Annies Soft and Stable (a bit of a luxury I admit) but it does give the bag form.


Initially I used my clover clips but decided not to be cautious and tack the seam before sewing, I was glad I did.

For the make I used a curtain sample (£3), contrast fabric (£6), cotton sheet (stash), five zips (£7 from the market), hardware reused, piping (stash)..

The finished bag has side pockets both sides, and a main compartment.

Cozy nest designs

I was not initially sure what I thought of the shape, but it has grown on me. It is a great project bag, happily holding knitting needles and yarn. Other pattern testers have made them as lunch bags, personally I don’t eat that much for lunch!

ellory bag

If you are familiar with sewing bags then Cozy Nest Designs takes your skills up a notch, with clever designs requiring an experienced sewer.







16 comments so far.

16 responses to “Ellory Bag Pattern Review”

  1. Josie says:

    I love this bag Vicky and, as ever, such professional sewing!

  2. Nice fabric contrasts and I was thinking picnic bag when I first saw it! It’s comforting to read other people sew things in wrong places etc – when I do it I am always astounded at my foolishness as it seems so obvious once the mistake has been made! Maybe it’s our enthusiasm for new projects!

  3. I love the fabrics you’ve chosen and the contrasting teal trim is the perfect finishing touch, it looks gorgeous and so useful too! 🙂

  4. This looks like a very useful bag, especially with all the pockets. The ‘mistakes’ you talk about are not noticeable at all, very professional and great choice of colour.

  5. Poppy says:

    Lovely bag and very unusual, eye-catching shape x

  6. Another great looking bag. I really like the more structured shape of this one and I’m a sucker for a little bit of piping!

  7. Gertie says:

    What a gorgeous bag. I think it would be perfect as a picnic bag.

    I’ve always wanted to try soft and stable but the cost kept putting me off as it is rather expensive.

    I’m glad it’s not just me who thinks it can take longer to cut out fabric than to sew it….xx

  8. Louise says:

    Wow Vicky! This bag is gorgeous! The fabric is divinely retro. I love bags in this box sort of shape as they can hold all sorts of things and they sit really well.

  9. Caroline says:

    I think the bag is brilliant and love the colours

  10. Lucy Blossom says:

    It’s a lovely bag, you’re very good at trying out new patterns.

  11. You did a great job! I really want to try out the soft & stable. It looks like a great product.

  12. Sara says:

    Lots of zippers! I like making bags that are less structured, as I’m not a fan of the thick interfacings. You did a nice job with it though, and there is definitely a place for a good structured bag!

  13. Maria says:

    You did a great job and just as all the other testers I’m amazed at how nicely sewn your piping is.

  14. Anna says:

    Wow, you’ve done an amazing job on that bag! It must have been very fiddly with all those zips and the piping. 🙂

  15. What a fine job you did on this bag. Your fabric is lovely. Thanks for sharing. I was part of the pretest group and need to have another go with all the pattern refinements.

  16. Nice bag, looks big enough to hold all the picnic/beach equipment.

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