Sewing the Divide and Conquer Bag Pattern from ByAnnie (Pattern Review)


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I just finished sewing ByAnnie’s Divide and Conquer bag pattern and I am so proud of myself I could burst!

It’s one of Annie’s patterns that now has add-on videos that are included in the cost of the pattern.


This bag has so many different features that I don’t know how I will use them all. Actually – I do! I will use it to organize and carry my tools and projects when I travel.

For more fun projects like this, check out all my free sewing patterns.

There are heavy duty adjustable straps, exterior zippered pockets on both sides…


and a total of 6 different zippered compartments on the inside.

There are two huge compartments with see through vinyl to keep the contents secure. Plus 4 see through mesh pockets that are on attached pages.

You may remember the Ultimate Travel Bag that I sewed with my friend Heather when she came to visit. It’s another one of Annie’s patterns and about the same level of difficulty.


This was the first time I installed a double slider zipper and seriously, using ByAnnie’s Zipper By The Yard it was just as easy as a regular single slide zipper.

The trickiest parts for me were sewing the side panels to the curved edges and attaching the binding to those same seams.

Luckily, this pattern comes with a coupon code to access Annie’s add-on videos for the pattern for free. I watched all the videos for this bag just so I could glean extra tips and construction techniques from the designer. The videos were awesome.


If you new to making bags and are looking for an easier pattern to start with, you might try Annie’s Zip It Up case that I made a couple years back for my daughter Chloe for Christmas. (see that post)

My projects made from Annie’s patterns have always turned out so beautiful that I can’t bear to give them away to anyone besides immediate family. Isn’t that awful? I also made her Sew Sturdy Organizing Baskets, which I kept for myself, lol.


I sewed my Divide and Conquer bag using fabrics from the Sweet Caroline fabric collection that I curated with QT Fabrics. Even though I have sewn bunches of projects with it, this is the first time that I used the Calligraphy print to make bias binding. I love the look of that print used diagonally!

Annie has all the supplies you need to make for this bag on her website (well, except fabric), including the pattern, Soft & Stable interfacing, the hardware, and Zippers by the Yard, which are my favorite.

Thank you for reading this post and checking out my latest big sewing finish. Check out lots more of my pattern and sewing tool reviews below.



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