Bionic Gear Bag

Bionic Gear Bag

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I’ve made several Bionic Gear Bags for myself and for friends, and while I dearly love them, this was probably the last one I will make. I fell in love with this fabric! It’s “Handmaids” by J. Wecker Frisch. I have more of and plan to make another sewing bag of some sort with it.

Bionic Gear Bag
Bionic Gear Bag
Bionic Gear Bag Interior
Bionic Gear Bag Interior

I love all the pockets in these bags! After making so many of them, one would think I would have figured out a little earlier on, that rather than use the zipper size the pattern calls for, it’s much easier to use a long one and cut it to fit.

The bags are wonderful for holding sewing supplies. I have several tote bags dedicated as “grab and go” quilt bags, and I usually keep a project bag in each of them, loaded with the things I typically need for a project. Scissors, spare needles and pins, pencils, wonder clips, thread, tweezers, etc. It all fits!

I originally purchased this pattern on Craftsy, which is now Bluprint* but the pattern is no longer available on that platform. You can purchase the class for it on SewLikeARockStar, but it’s unclear to me if you can buy the pattern or not. There is also a new and improved version of the bag, called the Bonza Bag.

Bionic Gear Bag Pockets and Zippers
Bionic Gear Bag Pockets and Zippers

I used Soft and Stable by Annie for all the bags. I like the added structure it gives to the bags, and it really makes the quilting pop.

Have you made a Bionic Gear Bag? Did you find it challenging? Some people struggle with the pattern (myself included) and others had no problems following it.

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CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Debbie Brander

    I love these, are they for sale? I would be interested in the top one with the button fabric inside.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Debbie, no they aren’t for sale. The top one is one I recently made for myself, and the rest were for friends.

  2. Jane Wineteer

    Really impressive,

  3. Lesley Kannisto

    Yay!! I got your email. Now I don’t have to worry about finding your blog. 😊

  4. Susan Illig

    Looks great!

  5. AngiesQuilting

    I love all your Bionic Gear Bags. Yes, I made one when they first came out. Sally wanted me to test the pattern. I found most of it went well except for the pleated sides. I suggested changes, and I think she made a few, but I never made another bag, so I don’t know if the directions improved, or not. I love mine though.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Angie. The pleated sides are definitely challenging.

  6. Susan Feist

    Yes I’ve made several. Actually based on your review from several years ago. I’m a visual person so I didn’t read the directions just followed the pictures. They turned out great. Just wished I hadn’t given them away. I would really like one for myself. 🙂

  7. GJ

    So nice to see your postings again. I remember your cast iron cooking blog entries too.

    1. tinksquared

      We haven’t done any dutch oven cooking in a while, but haven’t lost interest, it’s just taken a back burner.

    2. tinksquared

      Thank you GJ. Fall is right around the corner, a good time to fire up those ovens!

  8. Cynthia

    Love mine. I will be making more.

  9. Julia Wareing

    I am so excited to see you posting again! I have thought a lot about you over the past several years. As I don’t do social media, I have missed seeing what you are up to.

    1. tinksquared

      It’s been a long time Julia, I hope you are well!

  10. These bags are fabulous! I love the button material, I am a little obsessed with buttons. Sadly, I cannot sew at all. I can’t even thread a sewing machine, but I am in awe of all you clever folks who can x


    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Lisa! I love buttons too, so darn cute! It wasn’t all that many years ago I couldn’t thread a sewing machine either :). It’s an addictive hobby!

  11. This has made me feel nostalgic for getting stuck in to my sewing stuff (all packed away at the moment). Fab work, thanks so much for linking up. Hope to see you again soon! #twinklytuesday

    1. tinksquared

      Ouch, I would hate to pack away my sewing stuff! I hope you are able to retrieve it soon, and thank you 🙂

  12. Susan Truitt

    You did beautiful work on all of the bags. I am looking forward to making my first bag. I joined as a VIP at and have access to all The original Bionic Gear Bag and the New Bonza Bag as well as all of her other patterns. She makes it so easy to understand how the bag goes together with written instructions and with step by step videos. The fabric is sitting on my cutting table now. Thank you for sharing your bags. You have given me some ideas as to how I want to adorn them with added stitches.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Susan! They are really great bags! Have fun making yours!

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