Month: July 2007

Bag Month Contest Winners: Tote Category

We are all in awe of the incredible submissions for our Big, Big Bag Month Contest. It’s been a fun month full of fantastic tutorials and guides, some excellent pattern reviews and lots of inspiration as well. You all were busy and you outdid yourselves, submitting a collection of works of art our judges found very professional and impressive. It was difficult for our judges to make their decisions! In addition to thanking all of you for your beautiful bags, we’d like to thank Carrie Sommer of Sommer Designs, Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom (and Mod Girls & Girlfriends fame), Linda of Craft Apple, Liesl Gibson of Disdressed and Sara Piaseczynski of The Bag Blog for all of their time, expertise and thoughtful deliberation as judges. We’re announcing the Tote Winners today. Stay tuned for Handbag, Shoulder Bag and “Other” (Messenger, Backpack, Makeup Case, etc.) category announcements all week. Without further ado, our Tote Category winners: Grand Prize Winner BB Bag by Dena, Sugar Shop Dena writes that the inspiration for her winning bag came from a friend in need and two favorite fabric designers: Two of my favorite designers sewn together! Amy Butler’s Nigella on top and Heather Bailey’s Freshcut on bottom. This tote was going to a business women’s network meeting and had to go with a black and white outfit (my friend had asked to borrow...

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Pattern Review ~ Indygo Junction Handle with Style

From Beth: Beth N. went above and beyond for her pattern review, creating three bags utilizing the Indygo Junction Handle with Style pattern book. The book provides patterns and instructions for to create eight basic styles of bags with techniques to alter basic bags for up to “26 different handbags.” Beth utilized some SMS handles, and incorporated some of our favorite fabrics in her designs. Enjoy Beth’s beautiful bags, her review below and her introduction, then be sure to visit Beth’s blog, Modern Jax! Pattern Indygo Junction Handle with Style Pattern Book Description Eight different patterns with multiple sizes and embellishments for each pattern resulting in many styles of hand and shoulder bags. Materials This book doesn’t give advice on fabric weight but only on style. The authors mention silk, suede, brocade, and velvet. I would suggest sticking with a light to medium weight cotton for both the exterior and lining. Most patterns call for ¾ yard for each of the exterior and interior fabrics, and this is very generous. Materials also include interfacing, closures, and purchased handles depending on which of the eight patterns you choose. Overall Design I made three of the eight patterns, and all three are really cute. Two of the three bags I made (the Folio bag and the Florence bag) had two size options. I made the small version of both bags but...

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Introduction ~ Beth N.

Beth N. from Modern Jax took on a major pattern review for us, right as her son turned one and her family had a vacation! Amazing! Beth writes on her blog that she’s a “college professor by day, and a mid-century modern design fanatic by night…” She made three fantastic bags using the Indygo Junction Handle with Style book and three different sets of handles, then she filled us all in on what the book has to offer the rest of us. Check out her intro below and Modern Jax for Beth’s sewing creations (like her Tiki head softies!) and Jaxon himself. Be sure to enjoy her review as well! From Beth N.: I’m a mom to a very active one-year old boy, Jaxon, and a wife to a very handy husband, Charlie. I work as a college professor of digital media at a mid-size state university, but it’s all to feed my addiction to fabric and mid century design! I started sewing home dec projects and reupholstering furniture and moved to personal goods, clothing, and baby items. I’m currently working on 3 or 4 different bags, a skirt, and a quilt, with a couple of other projects in the works. Update September 2008: Since my introduction to Sew,Mama,Sew! last summer, my son has turned two and I’ve opened an Etsy shop, but not much else has changed! I...

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FFF Winners

You all have some excellent ideas for organization (and it was such fun seeing those work spaces– Wow!). The random winners of one yard of fabric are Elizabeth, Karie, Jennifer, Shorty and Jessi. Check your email. Congratulations! Now, will they wrap their new yard around cardboard and file it? Roll it and organize it by color? Put it in an IKEA cabinet?… Cut into it...

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Free Fabric Friday

We’re still excited about all of the fun ideas you gave during FFF last week! It started us planning in a big way (as we simultaneously work on announcements for the Big, Big Bag Month Contest next week!). Craft space and supply organization was mentioned, and lately it’s at the forefront of our minds too. How do you organize your work space and supplies? Do you have extra-handy tips to keep things tidy and at-the-ready? Fill us in with your comment through Monday morning and we’ll give one yard ($9.10 or less) of fabric (your choice!) to five people....

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Interfacing Guide from Amy Butler

We are so pleased to bring you this post! When we started planning bag month, we knew we had to talk about interfacing, but to be honest, we’re a little in the dark ourselves. It never hurts to ask, so we went to Amy Butler for some help. After all, each and every Amy Butler bag pattern requires at least one type of interfacing, if not more. Thankfully, Amy is as nice as she is brilliant, and with the help of her colleagues Kim and Dianne, she put together this Interfacing Guide for you. In addition, Amy says, “we...

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Sew,Mama,Sew! Staff Bags

We want you to know that Beth, Lauren and I have been loving Bag Month too!  It has definitely been motivating.  We enjoyed trying out new patterns, using some beautiful fabric, and taking advantage of the great tutorials from Lisa and Autum.  Without any intention at all, we each made two bags–one a little playful and the other slightly more sophisticated.  Ta da! Lauren’s Gnome Bag Made without a pattern.  Check out the fabric-covered buttons! Beth’s Pink Tote Also a self-drafted pattern.  Lisa straps 😉 Kristin’s Matrioshka Bag A gift for my daughter’s 5th birthday. (I found the perfect set of 9 nesting dolls to go along with it on ebay!)  I used the Amy Butler Mr. Bedbug’s Ditty Bag pattern and Heather Ross fabric. Lauren’s Damask Bag Made using the Flea Market Bag pattern and Joel Dewberry fabric. Beth’s Daisy Bag Made using the Amy Butler In-Town Bags pattern and Katie Jump Rope fabric.  (Beth notes that skipping pockets, she used only a quarter yard of each fabric!)  See her review of this pattern from an earlier post. Kristin’s Tablecloth Girls Everyday Bag I’ve had this vintage tablecloth in my fabric stash for at least 10 years.  I finally found the perfect fabrics to go with it–Patsy from Mod Girls and Karen from Girlfriends (thank you Jennifer P!)  I like the Everyday Bag pattern–especially for the nice pockets on the sides.  Finally, I wanted to call your attention to Beth’s awesome Martha Stewart...

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Pattern Review ~ All for One Shoulder Bag

From Beth: Jessica wrote this great review for the Betsy Ross All For One Shoulder Bag pattern. She ran into a few snags with the pattern, fixed them for us all (she contacted the Betsy Ross people!) and gives great ideas about how to perfect this bag. Enjoy her review and her introduction. Jessica’s Jump Up and Down blog and Etsy shop will fill you in on more of her crafty creations; as she writes on her blog Jessica has “so many ideas” and “so little time!” I’m sure we can all relate! Pattern Betsy Ross All For One Shoulder Bag Description An all-purpose tote bag with a stylish shape. All For One Shoulder Bag by Jessica, Jump Up and Down Materials 2/3 yard heavyweight fabric, matching thread. Overall Design This bag is nice and roomy and has a great look to it. It would make a perfect bag for anyone who has lots of things to carry. It is a large bag and unless made with a very heavy fabric, interfacing and lining be needed to add form and stability. If these were included in the pattern, I think I would have given it five stars. I love how my bag turned out, but it took a lot of work that wasn’t in the pattern to get it like that and I think a bag made according to...

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Introduction ~ Jessica

From Beth: Jessica’s got a fun blog, Jump Up and Down (and a giveaway until Tuesday so hop on over!), and sells items she’s sewn in her Etsy shop under the same name (check out her pleated bags). She has a rich history of craft and creativity in her family. Jessica’s Betsy Ross All For One Shoulder Bag is fantastic, and she gives great tips to make the pattern work well. Check out Jessica’s intro below, then her All For One pattern review too. From Jessica: I am a mama to two fun little guys who keep me on my toes. When I’m not on my toes, I’m sitting down at my sewing machine. I come from a long line of sewers and crafters– my childhood bed was covered by a quilt from my great-grandmother, I spent my childhood afternoons in my grandma’s sewing room looking at her fabrics and trims and dreaming, and my mom is my lifeline for all questions sewing related. I love all trims, especially ric rac. I have recently developed a love for making things with vintage linens. I love making all sorts of different things and I’ve at least tried to make almost anything you can think of– I’m not afraid of zippers or buttonholes, but I have been known to avoid them. At the beginning of this year I stumbled upon the...

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Thank you and FFF Winners

Wow!  Thank you so much for the amazing suggestions!  Some repeated themes: Aprons Quilts (Bed, Baby, Doll) Sewing for Men Sewing for Boys Toys/Softies Japanese Style Sewing for Babies and Kids Sewing for the Home (kitchen, pillows, dining, curtains, bedroom, etc.) Heirloom Sewing Gifts (for weddings, birthdays and holidays) Holiday Sewing (costumes and decor) Tips for Beginners Organizing Your Sewing Space Hats Pajamas (and Slippers) Clothes for Women Accessories Sewing/Altering Vintage Sewing with Knit Fabric Advanced Techniques/Finishing Touches Needlework Book Reviews Working with/Drafting Patterns Color-Focus Themes Maternity Sewing for Charity Recycling Fabric/ Altering Garments We’ll announce our September theme from...

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Book Review and Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday!  First, I’d like to tell you about this great book I received.  It is Simple Gifts to Stich: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects by Jocelyn Worrall.  If you love to make and give fabric gifts, you’ll appreciate this book.  If you are just learning to sew there are some great projects and tips for you.  Take, for example, the tri-pocket tote on the cover.  An easy project, with clear instructions and great results! My sewing machine has been around the block a few times, but I still found a lot of new information.  There is a good glossary...

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Flickr Feature ~ Bag Month

There are some absolutely incredible bags already entered into the Big, Big Bag Month Contest. Is yours one of them? We’ve had questions about whether it’s too late to enter (enter away!…) and if it’s OK to enter a bag if you’re based in another country (no problem!…), and we just want to make sure you remember some of the really important stuff: • Fantastic prizes • Deadline: Monday, July 23rd (Alert, alert: that’s next Monday! Weekend sewing plans, anyone?) • More details here. We, personally, think you should just try to enter! We’ve got some great judges who will most definitely look at and enjoy your bag. Very fun! Here are a few bags we’ve enjoyed lately in the Bag Month Flickr Group. Take a look, enjoy, browse some more and then enter a picture of your own bag. Weekender Travel Bag by Monique, The Lint Knitter Monique’s been sewing for just about ten months and has “fallen in love with it.” This bag is from the Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag pattern, and Monique has a great discussion on her blog, The Lint Knitter, about the good, the bad and the ugly of her bag construction (very fun and informative!). Enjoy Monique’s work and photos on her Flickr site. Bagsket by Suzanne, foofanagle Suzanne created this “Bagsket” design and then wrote a tutorial to top it all...

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Tutorial ~ Lining Tutorials

Autum from Creative Little Daisy‘s done it again (You didn’t miss her Zippered and Slip Pocket Tutorials, did you?)! Here are two different ways to add a lining to a bag, brought to you by Autum:   Lining Tutorial, number one There are various ways to put a lining in a bag; I am going to try to describe two methods I use. The first method involves simply inserting the lining into the bag and finishing the raw edges with a binding. You could use this method with most any style of purse; the one I’m making is a gusseted purse with a rounded bottom. First cut out all your bag and lining pieces and interface as desired. The type of interfacing you use is a matter of personal preference and can vary depending on the style of bag you are making. Unless you are making a very unstructured bag some sort or interfacing or interlining will make a stronger, better looking bag. Ideally you want a bag that is sturdy without being “crunchy.” For the purse in this tutorial the outer bag is quilted and fusible fleece was used and the lining was interfaced with heavy-weight fusible. For the binding you can use purchased binding or make your own. Making your own binding is very easy. If you will be binding around a curved edge you will need...

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Tutorial ~ Zippered and Slip Pocket Tutorial

Many of you know Autum from her fabulous creations and her blog, Creative Little Daisy. We’ve long enjoyed Autum’s sewing and asked if we could share her tutorial on Patchwork Bags early this year. For Bag Month we asked Autum to share a bit of her sewing expertise with us in the form of a tutorial on pockets for bags, and she’s done around four tutorials! Autum’s an amazing and generous seamstress! Today she’s teaching us all about Zippered Pockets, Slip Pockets and offers a bonus tutorial on Inserting a Magnetic Clasp. Tomorrow we’ll delve into linings. You won’t...

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Pattern Review ~ Grand Revival Flea Market Bag

From Beth: Robyn made two beautiful bags from the Grand Revival Flea Market pattern. She used Denyse Schmidt’s Spotty Geranium from the Katie Jump Rope line in one of her bags (more information in her Fabric Recommendations discussion). Enjoy her pattern review and be sure to check out Robyn’s introduction too. Pattern Grand Revival Flea Market Bag Description Great shoulder or messenger style bag for wandering around town. Cute and stylish, this bag has found a new spot on my favorites list! Small-size Flea Market Bag by Robyn, mintyfresh Materials Light to upholstery weight fabric, fusible interfacing, matching/ contrasting thread. Overall Design I love this bag. It’s great to keep over a hook by the door to toss over your shoulder on the way out the door, and functional enough to hold a *ton* of stuff. The pattern includes a number of variations (8 in total), so it’s relatively easy to pick the size and style that suits your needs best, and also leaves lots of room for customization; the pattern itself comes with a few options for closures and pockets.   Inside bag detail. Written Instructions The written instructions were fairly detailed and pretty easy to follow. Beginner sewers may have a little trouble with the corners of the base & straps– the instructions on how to sew the corners and finish the straps could be a bit...

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Introduction ~ Robyn

From Beth: Robyn creates fantastic items from fabric all the time so we were thrilled to get her take on the Grand Revival Flea Market Bag. Be sure to check out her review and lovely bags (she made two!), and also visit Robyn’s blog mintyfresh. Robyn sells the results of her fabric addiction and experimentation (see below!) in her online shop Lilybug. For more about Robyn and her shop you can stop by here too. From Robyn: Hi! I’m Robyn. I’m a part-time crafter in Ottawa, Canada who spends more hours than you can count buried in mounds of fabric making quirky things like bicycle seat covers, custom guitar straps, and wacky baby quilts. When I’m not holed away in my studio, you can find me working at my day job managing marketing for a software company, or playing with my tiny army of foster kittens. I’m a self-taught sewer with a bit of a fabric addiction and love to experiment with colour and...

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FFF Winners

Thanks for sharing all your online sewing resources.  There were a lot of great ideas!  The winners of one yard of fabric are Christie, Susan Christine, Shannon, Jessi and Jill.  Check your email, ladies. ...

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New & Encore Prints ~ Free Fabric Friday

It was a delightful blog week.  Weren’t those tutorials (1 and 2) perfect?  Thank you, Lisa! And I hope you didn’t miss Rachel’s excellent pattern review.  How are your bags coming along?  We’re receiving some fantastic contest entries and the Bag Month Flickr group wows us every day!  The UPS guy made a number of visits to the shop and Lauren and I rejoiced at the surprises we found inside the boxes.  We received many new prints, but we also saw the return of some of our very favorites.  Take for example a large box of Heather Ross prints.  Some...

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Featured Bag Month Resource ~ U-Handbag

Any true Bag Month effort here on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog would be empty without help from the incredible resource of U-Handbag.com, based in the UK. Lisa Lam, founder and proprietor of U-Handbag, has created the preeminent source for all of your handbag fashioning needs. U-Handbag is a wonderful resource for all things bag-related. The store stocks everything from unique bag handles and purse frames to all of the essential finishing touches you could hope for. And that’s just a start for all of your bag needs (and hopes and dreams)! The Beginning: Before U-Handbag Lisa sewed handcrafted items to sell at a local craft market to supplement her “boring” day job. Lisa writes, “I started making tote bags, and Basket Style Bags from funky USA quilt weight fabrics and they sold like hot cakes! I couldn’t make them fast enough. I began to need to buy bag making supplies in bulk amounts and I found that getting well priced bag supplies in a wide range of styles was difficult, and lots of other bag makers that I met complained of the same thing. So I decided to set up U-Handbag to feed my habit. I had a good idea of what supplies bag makers would need, and I wanted to show people that you don’t need fancy machinery to make your own bags and purses at home....

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June Flickr Pool Winner

Dress by Donna, Purple Kappa The June winner of the SMS Flickr group prize is Donna of Purple Kappa. She wins a $25 gift certificate to Sew, Mama, Sew! Donna has a fresh, new blog (don’t you want to click over to know what the significance of Kappa is?– Hint: look on her right sidebar) and a shop where she sells her Japanese-inspired children’s clothing. Donna’s a great source for tips on inspiring Japanese craft books and is actually teaching herself Japanese too! Enjoy more of Donna’s work (like these darling bee shoes) in her Etsy shop and Flickr site. Don’t forget to share a photo of your work in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Pool. You could win your own $25 gift certificate! The drawing is random and your name is entered once so you have the same chance of winning whether you add one photo or many (but we like to see them all!). While you’re at it, be sure to add your bags to the Sew, Mama, Sew Bag Month Flickr Pool and enter the contest too. Don’t you want to...

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Tutorial ~ Bag Straps, A Variation

From Beth: Lisa’s back, with this variation on her first tutorial for a basic strap style. Enjoy! For a variation on the basic strap style, cut the fabric at least 5″ (no less, but you can do it wider if you want). Because the strap will eventually be sewn up folded length-wise, to reduce bulk, I always cut the interfacing a bit narrower. The formula I use is this: For a 5 inch wide fabric strip, I divide it by 4, which comes to 1.25″ and subtract that from the total width. So for a 5 inch strip, you...

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Tutorial ~ Bag Straps

You asked, and we cajoled Lisa into doing two fabulous bag strap tutorials for us all! We’re sure you remember her inspiring work, but while you’re thinking of it be sure to browse through her Flickr site and Pink Lemonade Boutique blog for more of Lisa’s beautiful bags. This is the first of Lisa’s two tutorials.: For a basic flat handle you would cut the fabric 4x the finished width. For example, this 1″ strap started off with a piece of fabric cut 4″ x 20″. You would also cut the interfacing to the same dimensions. Interfacing is a...

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FFF Winners

It was a delight to read about your rule bending.  We should start a Naughty Stitcher’s Club.  I’m not much of a prewasher myself–I do enough laundry as it is.  For those of you who hate trimming and ironing seams, you would love a serger.  It definitely changed my life! The winners of one-yard of fabric of their choice are Keri, Jessica, Stephanie, Jennifer and Daphne.  Congratulations!  Stick around–we have a very full week, full of lots of great Bag Month...

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Pattern Review ~ Stash and Dash Bag

From Beth: Rachel, from Creative Quilt Girl, made two Stash and Dash bags from Katie Jump Rope Daisies Geranium fabric. She likes the result and we do too! Read her pattern review and don’t forget to check out her introduction too. Pattern Stash and Dash Bags by Amy Butler Description Small bags for life’s essentials. Stash and Dash Bag by Rachel, Creative Quilt Girl Materials Light to medium weight fabric, sew-in interfacing, zipper and thread. Overall Design I love little bags. It’s great to be able to throw small things like lip balm and keys into a small bag, then throw the small bag into a larger bag. In the past, I’ve made several plain square bags for just this purpose. When I saw Amy Butler’s pattern for little bags, I thought, “These are so much prettier than my plain square bags.” So I was excited by the opportunity to review this pattern. The pattern includes three different sizes, so you can pick the size that best fits your needs. When determining which size to make, compare the lining pattern pieces. This piece will give you the best idea on the finished size.   Written Instructions I don’t need to say a lot. The written instructions were detailed and easy to follow. A beginning sewer could follow these instructions without problems, while an experienced sewer could learn a trick...

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Introduction ~ Rachel

From Beth: Rachel created a beautiful Stash and Dash bag and wrote a great review of the Amy Butler pattern for us. She’s been sewing since around the age of eight and her blog, Creative Quilt Girl, provides a fantastic archive of her creativity and a fun look at her current creative passions. Her goal list on the sidebar provides a peek at her productivity (and organization we could all hope to aspire to!). Enjoy Rachel’s blog, Flickr site with galleries to her quilts and more and then enjoy her pattern review. From Rachel: Hi! I’m Rachel. I share my adventures in sewing and in life on my blog Creative Quilt Girl. Sewing satisfies so many of my needs. I enjoy figuring out how things fit together, I love to see how different colors works together, and I get to express myself creatively. When I’m not sewing, I spend my time working as technical writer, exploring the great outdoors, and passing precious moments with my husband,...

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Bend the Rules Sewing and Free Fabric Friday

Do you have your copy of Bend the Rules Sewing yet?  The amazingly talented Amy Karol has written a must-have book for anyone who enjoys sewing.  I love Amy’s Angry Chicken blog, so when I got my copy of the book last week, I dug right in.  This is a terrific book if you’re just learning to sew.  I think Amy has a way of writing that is almost like she’s channeling the wisdom of previous generations.  She has the kind of confidence about what she’s doing that my grandmother had when she taught me to do needlework.  Amy is certainly a modern...

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Flickr Feature ~ Bag Month

Have you checked in with the Bag Month Flickr Group lately? There are some beautiful bags there, and more to be found in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Group too! Here are just a few of the many bags we’ve noticed: Bag by Rashida, I Heart Linen It’s easy to see why Rashida’s blog is named I Heart Linen when you look at her beautiful bag. The pattern was inspired by a Japanese Zakka site and recreating the pattern was fairly easy for Rashida (though the pleats were more of a challenge). We think the pleats were a success! In addition to her blog you can visit Rashida’s Flickr site for more of her work. Bag by Valerie, VM Jess We love Valerie’s version of the Amy Butler Swing Bag. She primarily used Moda Uptown fabrics with a lovely result! Valerie sells some of her work via her Etsy shop, and you can look on her blog and Flickr site for further glimpses into her creativity. Tote by India, Twelfthknit India enjoys knitting, spinning and silversmithing in addition to her sewing. She used Leisl’s A Day in the Park Backpack Tote pattern (Leisl is one of our illustrious judges for the contest) for her tote. India writes, “I’m completely bowled over by the elegantly ‘simple’ design of Leisl’s tote. This is the first time I have seen a design...

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Pattern Review ~ Amy Butler Frenchy Bag

From Beth: Cathy wrote this wonderful review of Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bag. Be sure to read her introduction! Pattern Frenchy Bags by Amy Butler Description Stylish and fun handbag and shoulder bag. Frenchy Bag by Cathy, Miss Marzie Materials Light to medium weight fabric, sew-in interfacing (for light fabrics) and a magnetic purse fastener. Overall Design When I first saw this pattern I really wanted to make it. The photograph on the front using Amy’s gorgeous ‘Lotus’ fabrics really appealed to me, and I like shoulder bags as I am tall and smaller bags don’t suit me as much as a shoulder bag. It looked very fresh and smart and I knew it would be fun to play around with the design. I especially thought the pleats were brilliant.I decided to make the Shoulder Bag but there is also a smaller version in the pattern which looks equally as lovely.The description and the materials list was quite accurate, although you could get away with a little less fabric. I like the fact that she mentions that if you use a heavier weight fabric you don’t have to use the sew-in interfacing (which means less sewing).   Written Instructions The actual written instructions were very detailed and in easy to follow point form. Diagrams / Images Personally, I am more of a diagram sewer, so I found the diagrams very...

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Introduction ~ Cathy

From Beth: Cathy has lots of fun with her design and fabric experimentation. We were thrilled to have her review Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bag to kick off a month of bag pattern reviews here on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog. Cathy shares her work from her home in Melbourne via her blog, Miss Marzie and her Flickr site. Read her introduction, then be sure to enjoy Cathy’s great review! From Cathy: I am a SAHM to three school aged boys. Their ages are 14, 11 and 6. I am a self-taught sewer although my mum tried to teach me when I was young but I just wasn’t interested at that time. After my third child I was finally diagnosed with PND (or PPD). My self confidence was at its lowest. A few of the mums from school used to come over on a Friday and we started teaching each other what we knew about fabric, knitting, crochet, cooking and quilting. So my interest was sparked and my fabric collection started to grow. Now I know it is essential in my life and for my self-esteem. It has been a real privilege to be asked to do a pattern review for Sew Mama...

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FFF Winners

The winners of two half yards of new Joel Dewberry prints are Stephanie, Sam, Julie and Kat.  Congratulations!  BTW, the Joel Dewberry fabrics have been trickling in, rather than coming all at once.  We just received 3 more prints, which we’ll be adding later today.  Two in the pink colorway and one of those fabulous Lily prints in bright...

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Bag & Purse Resource Madness

Are you getting excited about Bag Month? Don’t forget to check out all of the bag and purse resources already here on the Sew, Mama, Sew Sewing Blog as you plan out your month of sewing!   Pattern Reviews Looking for pattern reviews? We’ve had some talented people give us the nitty-gritty on several Amy Butler bag patterns. Take a look at the Swing Bag, In Town Drawstring Bag, In Town Smart Handbag and the big and beautiful Betty Shopper. Ready to make one of these beauties? These Amy Butler bag patterns (and more… So much more) can be found here.   Tutorials & Embellishments Searching for a few bag tutorials? Back in March we compiled some of our Readers’ Favorite Bag Tutorials. Embellish your bag with some applique or fabric flowers via more of our Readers’ Favorite Tutorials.   Inspiration Looking for a little inspiration? Check out some of our past Flickr Features here and here, then look for more and more in the Sew, Mama, Sew Flickr Group.   Your Turn Excited? Join our Bag Month Flickr Group and look for more pattern reviews, tutorials and guides all through Bag Month this July. Put all of that excitement to work and join us! Sew along and join the big...

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