Island Batik

Make A ByAnnie Sidekick Bag with Island Batik

It’s time for one of my favorite Island Batik ambassador challenges…the ByAnnie blog hop! Four times a year the ambassadors get to participate in a blog hop to show off the newest Island Batik fabric lines. One of the blog hops is making a bag using a ByAnnie pattern. This year I chose the Sidekick design. It is for walkers and was exactly what I was looking for since my mother recently started using one. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s make a ByAnnie Sidekick bag with Island Batik.

To make the bag I was given the beautiful new line called Red, White and Blooms. Wow is it a gorgeous collection of fabrics. I used three of them for this project.

Disclosure: Items in this post were generously supplied by Island Batik, ByAnnie, Aurifil and Schmetz Needles.

The Bag

If you have never made a ByAnnie bag then you are missing out. Before I became an ambassador I had never sewn bags or a zipper. The instructions for the Sidekick (and all of their other patterns) are easy to follow and extremely detailed. Here are a few pictures of how I put the bag together.

Once it was finished, I took it to my mom’s house and we took a walk to show it off. It’s perfect for her walker. She can fit plenty of items into the main zipper compartment and other items fit nicely in the mesh backing. Because the mesh section is facing her, she can easily reach her glasses.

The Fabric

The Red, White and Blooms fabric collection from Island Batik really shines with this bag. Even the lining looks terrific! I had a hard time choosing which three fabrics to use from this new line. By the way, stick around for my December Island Batik ambassador project because I’ll be showing off more of this beautiful fabric.

ByAnnie provided all of the zippers, stabilizer and other items that I needed to make the Sidekick bag. I used Aurifil thread (red) to piece and quilt it and it looks terrific. In my machine I used Schmetz Microtex 80/12. They are always my go-to needles in my Janome MC6600.

Look for Red, White and Blooms in your local quilt shop or one of the stores listed.

  • My Favorite Quilt Store, TX
  • Affinity-MN, MN
  • Creekside Quilts, OR
  • Jambearies Quilt Co, FL
  • Laurel’s Fabrics and More, MN
  • Quilt Peddler, WI
  • Quilter’s Cove, OR
  • Quilter’s Dream, CO
  • Quilting Divas, WI
  • Red Roxy Quilt Co, IA
  • Sew Ewe Quilt Shop, WY
  • Blue Bar Quilts, WI
  • Carpenter Quilts, ME
  • Falky’s Treasures, WY
  • Lickety Stitch Quilts, WY
  • Little Timber Quilts, MT


  1. Jennifer Thomas

    November 15, 2023 at 8:05 AM

    What a great bag. I’ll bet your Mom gets a lot of use out of it. Can’t wait to see what you are making for December. Have a fabulous day!

  2. Joyce Carter

    November 15, 2023 at 8:56 AM

    This is a really neat bag Claudia. Not only is it beautiful, but very useful. I know your mom will enjoy using it. Great job!

  3. Denise

    November 15, 2023 at 12:12 PM

    I love it, the colors you chose really compliment each other and the bag. Glad your mom loves it.

  4. Quilting Tangent

    November 15, 2023 at 1:53 PM

    Great job. Everyone with a walker needs this bag.

  5. lee

    November 15, 2023 at 5:38 PM

    Love your bag! Great fabrics!

  6. Carnation Luhman

    November 16, 2023 at 4:21 PM

    I can make one for my niece for her walker. Where do I get the pattern?

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      November 27, 2023 at 9:43 AM

      Thank you. Your local quilt shop might carry it or check with the patterns by Annie website. They definitely have it.

  7. Nicola (Nikki) Moshier

    November 16, 2023 at 4:27 PM

    What a lovely make for your Mom.

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