AtoZ Challenge...ZigZag or Chevron Bags

Does it matter?  It all depends on who you are talking to.  Old School Sewing Gals, like me, know this pattern as 'Zig Zag'.

It's been around for ages and once the Zig Zag stitch came out on sewing machines,  Zig Zag became a universal term.  How do you say it in Spanish, German, Swedish etc?  Zig Zag!!!

What about Chevron?  In Texas, it's where you fill up your gas tank.  Yes, I know it has origins in ancient heraldry, and does appear on several of my Ancestors Coat of Arms.

After all is discussed and done over terminology, it comes down to knowing the pattern can be called either or.  Thank goodness, cause the fabric world has been flooded with ZigZag/Chevron patterns.  I'm a fan!

Aren't the colors fantastic?  The fabric weight is 'Duck' or light weight canvas.  Perfect for bags.  Oh, and these are two of  my latest bag designs.

I have TWO styles in this bag.  This one which functions as a purse with a padded phone pocket embedded in the front panel.  It is designed for easy access to your cell phone. 

A loop for hooking your keys hangs from the interior strap on the same side as the phone pocket.  The inside has two 'Triangle Pockets' for separating your wallet and small make-up bag.

No more digging to the bottom or dumping everything out to find your stuff.

The other style is an All Purpose Tote with the Quilter/Knitter/Crocheter in mind.  It works great for small to medium sized projects to take along when you travel or join a 'Sit and Sew' group.  It has two triangle pockets on the inside for keeping your Needle Case and Tool Bag separated.  The entire bag has a layer of batting sandwiched between the exterior and the inside lining.  The strap is a comfortable width on your shoulder or can be carried on your arm with ease. 
How about you...do you Zig Zag?


  1. It's Zig Zag for me and I really loved those bags Sue. Congrats on reaching the end of the Challenge - YAY! for us! I just have my wrap up post on Monday next week and my first e-book that I'm planning and then it's done and dusted for another year.

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    Z for Zero in on your target

  2. congrats on A to Z success again. Nifty month of clever Sue.

  3. Great way to use the selvedge as an accent.

  4. The bag on the right - yep, those are MY colors! Love the connection of chevron and zig zag. I knew you would never whimp out on Z. CongratulationZ on another successful year of A-Z.

  5. OMG these are so pretty!
    I can't sew even a single stitch even if it was to save my life hahahahaha!
    Congrats on finishing the challenge :D
    ~ Saraallie
    Sara Writes ~ The Crazy Life of a Silly Little Sister

  6. Well done Sue on zig-zagging your way through ... cheers Hilary

  7. It's definitely a zigzag. Chevrons are finite, like the tip of an arrow. Very pretty!

  8. I think of the zig zag as a stitch and chevron as a pattern, not to mention rikrak which is also the same type of shape. Those bags are wonderful! What a simple but useful pattern! Congrats on finishing the Challenge!


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