It’s a itsy Bitsy bag?

No, it’s a Bitsy Box! And an itsy zipper bag.

This pattern should come with a Warning Label – Making Bitsy Boxes can be highly addictive. They’re relatively easy, don’t need much in the way of supplies, work with any kind of fabric and they’re good for zipper-bag-beginners. And they’re just plain cute!

The Bitsy Box pattern is by Natalie Rawlinson of Ticklegrass Designs – and it’s one of our favorites because it is well-written with full-color pictures for each step.

The supplies needed are simple:

  • Fabric! A
  • 1 Bitsy Box pattern.
  • 1 zipper.
  • Soft & Stable White or Pellon Flex Foam 2-sided Fusible. Soft & Stable is recommended in the pattern but for those wanting a fusible option, the Flex Foam is the best alternative.
  • 50wt. thread to coordinate with outer fabric and lining.
  • 3/4″ D-rings – optional.
  • Collins Wonder Tape for zipper installation – optional.

The steps are simple – start by cutting the fabrics for the outside and inside lining, and then cut the foam.

Machine-quilt all three layers. Trim to size. Prepare tabs.

Add zipper – zigzag or overcast edge. Then top-stitch to secure zipper.
Note: The shorter the length on the zigzag or overcast stitch, the more “finished” the final seam will look – but a satin stitch is note required.

Add tabs and stitch ends – add optional D-ring. Mark and corners. (Note: These corners are not correct, they needed to be “adjusted”.)

Clip corners and zigzag or overcast ends. Add-on product – good sewing shears or scissors that cut all the way to the point make this task easy.

Match and stitch the box corners. Zigzag or overcast to finish seams.

Turn Bitsy Box right-side out. Add cord, ribbon or zipper pull to zipper. (This is a 2mm waxed cotton cording.)

But be careful… one Bitsy Box leads to two, then three… and finally, pieces of fabric are being evaluated on the basis of “is this big enough for a Bitsy Box?”

Jen Kingwell’s Lollies. I love how the one piece of fabric makes a two-sided Bitsy Box. Then the tabs were mixed for fun. (Simply halve the lengthwise trimming measurement and center that on the printed stitching line.)

It’s hard to stop.

I might have a problem…

A good one. (Friends are already claiming “dibs” on them.)

Happy Friday!

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15 thoughts on “It’s a itsy Bitsy bag?

    1. Hi Mary –

      Natalie has shared a couple of ideas related to gifts. Fill the bag with a little treat, add a tag with someone’s name on it and put it on a table or plate for a luncheon/dinner/place-setting. Make bags with the D-ring, add an ornament holder and hang the Bitsy Boxes on a Christmas tree as little gifts – with or without tags.

    1. Hi Pam – LOL! They’re so gratifying to make – less than an hour and POOF! A perfectly wonderful finish!

  1. Oh, must try this – it’s too cute! Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Natalie Rawlinson for allowing the pattern to be shared!

    1. Hi Cynthia – They’re the best kind of project: (1) They’re adorable when finished. (2) One Bitsy Box doesn’t take that long to make – and making three or four at once doesn’t add that much time. (3) You’ll be shocked at how many purposes you’ll find for them – including gifts! (4) Any and every fabric works! (5) And they’re adorable when finished. šŸ™‚

      While the blog post shows the process, you’ll still need the pattern for sizes, and for Natalie’s tips. (When it comes to making zipper bags, her patterns are very well written.)

  2. I totally agree, I have this affliction! Love making those Bitsy Boxes, like M&M’s you can’t stop with just one. I have probably made 5 or more…..

  3. This bag/box is awesome …. I stumbled into your site and it’s now in my favorites ….

  4. I have made a couple. The first for me, and I carry my earbuds to the gym and loose change. The second one is for a baby gift to carry a pacifier. I first saw this on Instagram and was hooked.

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