Guest blogger series | Creative suitcase tutorial

by Admin on 08/10/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Sewing+Fabric, Whip Up Tutorials

Guest blogger: Nat from ByNight


Hi everyone! I’m Nat from the blog ByNight.  I live in Belgium, a tiny, mini, little European country. I am a graphic designer during the day and a self-taught sewer at night and you have no idea how happy and honored I am to be here with you today as it is pretty much thanks to’s inspiring features, great tutorials or amazing guests that I learned how to sew a couple of years ago… It now seems totally natural that I, too, share a tutorial with you all.

A few weeks ago, my friend’s daughter had her 6th birthday and since every time I see her all she wants to do is draw, paint or make collages, I made her this creativity suitcase so she could carry her art supplies everywhere she goes. What I hadn’t expected is that many of my blog readers would kindly ask me how I did it as they wanted one for their kids or even themselves. I had no other choice to promise them to write a tutorial for it… whenever ;-) Kathreen’s invitation to be here today seemed like the perfect moment.

This Creative Suitcase fits an A4 (letter sized copy) paper block. It has many pockets for your markers and colored pencils. You can also slip in some scissors, a watercolor box, a smaller drawing book or some crayons. It also has a removable zippered pouch where you’ll want to put the supplies you just can’t live without…

Download the detailed 12 page tutorial and pattern as a pdf document here.
I hope this tutorial will help you all to feel artistic anywhere and any time…
Merci Kathreen, for having me over!

[Head on over to Nat’s blog ByNight where she has a French version of this tutorial.]

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 joanie October 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

Really cute project!


2 By Night October 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thank you!


3 Rachele October 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

Love your project! Thank you for the tutorial! Can I blog about it and share your link? I have pinned it to my Pinterest page SEW-IT!


4 By Night October 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

Hi rachel!
I’d be super honored if you did. Thank you for pinning it!


5 Andrea October 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

This is a beautiful bag!


6 Susan Williams Phillips October 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Fabulous!!! When I always think about needing a new portfolio, I think how expensive they are and what size would be best. This great project fixes all those problems and lets us create another piece of art to carry our art! Thanks!


7 By Night October 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

I am so happy to read this tutorial is helpful! Pleease show me the one you make ;-)


8 Mary Knight October 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Thanks. I will start it tomorrow. Has anyone else actually made it?


9 By Night October 17, 2011 at 8:59 am

I can’t wait to see it! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!


10 Sheryl October 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for sharing your tutorial. It is very nicely done and I appreciate the time you took to write it up and share it with us.


11 By Night October 17, 2011 at 8:59 am

That is very nice, thank you!
I actually must confess I had a great time preparing this tutorial ;-)


12 Dianna November 13, 2011 at 6:54 am

Wow, What a fantastic bag and detailed tutorial. I absolutely love the big daisy flower on the front of the bag, so eye catching, and the inside very well thought out for a creative being. Thanks for sharing. Brilliant.


13 pillowsalamode December 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm



14 Kat February 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Wow this is super cool!!!! I think I might make one for each of my girls!! Thank you so much for sharing :)


15 Ruca, la casa de los complementos September 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Me encanta, es ideal y práctico
I like very much


16 Theresa June 7, 2013 at 5:11 am

I used this to make a birthday gift for my daughter, and then another for a friend’s daughter and they loved them. Thank you for sharing your ideas!
I have linked to this tutorial on my blog –


17 Cindi August 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm

OH my!! I have been making things for Yule this year. I have a 14 yr old granddaughter that writes stories, is an awesome artist, and just would love this!

Thank you for the tutorial! I would have made many mistakes coming up with something along these lines!


18 LEE DEFRIES April 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I love this bag. I used the pics and made one for my grandaugher. It turned out great.
After taking it apart 3 times. Used the measurements from the books I used in it. I don’t know how to post a picture here. But I do have it on my Pinterest page.


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