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Castle Rock, Colorado

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*Winner!* Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : *Winner!* Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote
*Winner!* Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote At your side, ready to help you sew!
*Winner!* Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote WINNER! Craftsy Pattern Design Contest
*Winner!* Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote One of my favorites!
*Winner!* Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote Dumpling Dish included FREE

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Able to straight stitch - zig zagging is optional
  • Ability or Willing to learn to cut fabric accurately
  • Know or willing to learn easy zipper installations
  • No fear of your sewing machine... You're ready to go for it!
  • Strongly suggested: Don't print the pattern until you read it!

Pattern Description:

I'm running a "coming out of zipper hell" sale. We just wrapped up a delivery of a group buy of 30,000 zippers! Yay!

Check out our zipper group buys on:


for details on the next buy and discount codes!

About the pattern:

Thank you to everyone that made this the Craftsy 2014 Pattern Design Contest WInner!

*** If you haven't seen the video that explains how this bag works, please see the "Read Blog or News Article..." link at the bottom of this description to view a demo. THANKS! ***

FREE Dumpling Dish Pattern is included with this pattern. (45 pages - but only one page needs to be printed! )

Demo video is on bionicgearbag.com
Follow me on Instagram (I'm RipStitcher there) for new goodies in the works.

YouTube: "RipStitcher" on YouTube shows Needle Wallet (sold separately) that is designed to work perfectly with your Bionic Gear Bag.

To get in on low new launch special prices for new patterns, you must sign up for the email list on http://bionicgearbag.com. Be sure to add sally.satorri@gmail.com to your address book so you don't miss emails from me.

So about this pattern:

Let's have some fun!

You're going to love yours & all of your friends are going to want one!

Pattern only, gear not included. :)
Needle wallet pattern sold separately.

If you're a novice sewer, as long as you're comfortable with your machine, I think you can do this bag with the help that is provided:

Think you might need help? Come join a group of a few hundred of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet here:


Originally designed to be multipurpose for electronic gizmo management and to hold sewing notions for classes, retreats, RVing, etc.,

Besides stitching crafts... it's sized well for use as a mobile "desk drawer" when working/studying at coffee shops, on airplanes (will fit on a tray table nicely), etc. Suitable for travel: cosmetics, jewelry, first aid kit or art supplies organizer. Student backpacks, too - no more little stuff rolling around in the bottom of the kids' school bags.

Makes a spectacular gift.

Its origins: I *was* the official "pack horse" when my granddaughter and I went to sew together at our local quilt guild's sewing days.

There just wasn't a right-sized bag out there that would hold a couple of the bigger items that I just won't live without - especially the magnetic pin dish & dish of Wonder Clips.

The kiddo even now manages to keep all of her own notions neatly rounded up instead of everything getting spread out and misplaced.

It's a perfect "bug out" bag for sewing and other arts/crafts/travel/workin' stuff.

"The Box" is a handy main feature. (My sewing friends named it that.) When open, you have a large, shallow, four-sided front piece that will securely hold frequently used items that stay conveniently within reach and are easy to see to grab. Small items won't scoot off the table.

Other Features:
Purposefully designed compartments to store specific things safely & securely.
Zipper ends are secured within the seams for a durable, clean, finished look.
Opens quickly to expose everything you need. No digging for things. You're going to love "The Box" . :)
Optional fabric "dish" or other "Futz Factor" items personalize your bag.

Want to sell your bags? Sure! If you personally build these, feel free to sell them or give them away. After all, your awesome finished bag is existing on our planet because of *you* and it's yours, isn't it? The only thing I ask: if you are going to sell these online or in boutiques, etc - it would be nice if you gave me a plug on the tag or in your description that includes "www.bionicgearbag.com" and "(c) Sally Thompson 2014". :)

Contact me about teaching classes with this pattern!

No copying, sharing or redistribution of this pattern is permitted without written permission. No refunds on digital goods.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximate Measurements:
  • Closed: 5" in diameter, 16" circumference, 9.5" wide
  • Fully Open: 9.5" wide, 10" deep (front to back), 4.25" tall
  • Nine compartments, four with zippers.


  • Sewing Machine, zipper foot
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat
  • Iron, steam or spray water, spray starch
  • Disappearing Marker or Chalk Marker
  • Pins
  • Optional, but nice: Clover Wonder Clips
  • Note: Microtex sewing machine needles in 80/12 & 90/14 are nice.

You Will Also Need:

  • Quilting Weight Cotton - 1.25 yard
  • Interfacing- like Pellon SF101 Shape Flex -1 yard
  • Batting - 10" x 17" piece (optional for exterior)
  • Thread
  • One 22" Polyester or Nylon Zipper
  • Four 9" Polyester or Nylon Zippers
  • Optional: 2 Snaps (Magnetic is nice) for optional fabric dish
  • Note: it's fun to mix up the fabrics - this is a fun stash buster project.
  • Note: Batting - I like a scrap of cotton or fusible lightweight

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