PATTERN REVIEW: The Bionic Gear Bag (BGB) by Sally Thompson
- It impresses me.
- It teaches me new techniques.
- It helps me create a useful item.
- It is too tempting to resist.
I found such a pattern: The Bionic Gear Bag (otherwise known as the BGB) by Sally Thompson (aka: RipStitcher across the web and social channels).
Sally chose the perfect name for this bag. It carries everything you need. It is just as useful to sewers as it is to knitters as it is to those who carry electronics and even those who tote around a lot of other accessories. This bag works hard to bring organisation to your life. It is an amazing accessory that will help you keep you organised in your sewing room, your mobile office, and even in your bathroom!
The only drawback to this project is that pattern needs editing. It is over 80 pages long! That’s a lot of paper! Be kind to the earth and do not print this pattern. I hope the designer gives this pattern a good combing with an editors eye to make it easier to understand (and uses a lot less paper when printed!).
Sewing the BGB helps you reduce your stash. You likely have everything you need to create one right now. Go ahead and find that perfect bit of fabric and some matching zippers and turn them into your very own BGB. The BGB is easily sewn in a weekend.
Once you make one, you will make more…many more! Immediately upon completion, you’ll notice little changes and additions that you’ll add to your next BGB and you’ll begin rummaging through your stash to find more fabrics and zippers. Before you know it, friends and family will want one. You’ll show it off to your stitcherly friends and, after the ohs and ahs, you’ll be discussing how to customise a bag unique to them. You will not be able to stop at one! You have been warned.
What is a BGB?
The BGB features:
A place for everything you need.
A flat bed “box” that allows easy access to the essentials.
Larger slots that keep bigger items handy, but out of the way.
Zippered pockets that keep your small bits and bobs accessible and secure.
Side panels that keep everything from sliding out of the bag when it is fully closed or completely open.
Who should buy this pattern?
Anyone interested in bringing a little organisation and a lot of stitcherly fun into their lives ought to begin stitching their very own BGB right now! You will need a basic knowledge of sewing techniques, especially sewing secure zippers (lots of them!).
The pattern includes a comprehensive list of supplies, technique instructions, and detailed photos that will guide you through the entire process of constructing the BGB. The pattern also includes instructions for the dumpling fabric dish accessory.
What if I need help with sewing my own BGB?
Sally has created a number of video tutorials that are available on her website. She has created a helpful and supportive community that begins on her website, but other crafty creators are more than willing to help you out.
- Sally’s website: Join Sally’s email list to stay up-to-date on the BGB and other patterns, check out pattern errata, access video tutorials, and find out what other sewers think of the BGB.
Birdcage and Thread: Michelle Wootton has put her excellent sewing talents on display. Visit her website to access video tutorials that show you exactly what to do when constructing your own BGG and dumpling fabric dish.
- Unfortunately, these videos are no longer available.
- Sew Much Nicer (Facebook group): Whether you are in need of inspiration, encouragement, or just want to show off your BGB, this is the group for you. Over 1000 people from around the world share their experience and tips about BGB construction.
- The Collapsible Thread Catcher: This video tutorial will teach you how to use up your scraps and create a fantastic addition to the BGB. It folds down to allow for the bag to close. You won’t be able to stop at just one!
I’m sold! How do I buy the BGB pattern?
The BGB, and other Sally Thompson patterns, are available on Craftsy.
- The Bionic Gear Bag and Fabric Dumpling Dish
- The Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet – a companion pattern that helps keep you needles organised and even reminds you what you have in your machine!