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We’re so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for Ellen Baker’s new book, 1,2,3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects. We’re sure you know Ellen from The Long Thread, her ever-popular and informative blog. We love the 100 Top Tutorials list she does every year! Ellen’s book has a huge variety of new sewing projects, each presented in a group of three; Ellen supports as you learn a technique with an easier pattern and then develop your skills with the technique through two more increasingly advanced projects. Projects include everything from the Pintuck Clutch to the Change Your Mind Skirt! You’ll have fun building your sewing skills with Ellen’s guidance, and the book is lovely throughout with some fantastic fabrics and really beautiful images.

Ellen and Chronicle Books have generously offered Sew,Mama,Sew! readers a free PDF project download today from 1,2,3 Sew. The Insulated Lunch Sack is perfect for some early Back to School sewing, and it will look great in any number of fabrics.

Lunch Sack project from 1,2,3 Sew.

Ellen writes, “You could use oilcloth or coated cotton for this bag, but I think sometimes people forget that using natural cotton is easy and simple– Just wash it when it gets dirty! I made this second version of the Lunch Sack from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s new Cute Bots fabric, in pink linen.” (Psst: Check out the I Heart fabric collection designed by Rashida Coleman Hale!)

Ellen’s second version in Cute Bots fabric, perfect for Back to School.

Ellen also suggests these fabrics from the shop would work well with the bag:

Shards ~ Cut Out and Keep

      organic cotton fabric by Heather Moore for Cloud 9


Cozy Huts Bright

      from the Appleville fabric collection by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman



    from the Anika oranic fabric collection by Monaluna

Lots of great details in this pattern!

Download your free PDF Lunch Sack pattern from 1,2,3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects. You can also comment on today’s post to win a copy of 1,2,3 Sew. Tell us what you’d sew first from the book! Some beautiful new pillows? Blockhead Animals or some fun accessories? A new tote, handbag or cosmetic bag? Baby items (how about a Sunshine Bib?!)?

We’re celebrating the Grand Opening of the Sew,Mama,Sew! Book Shop this week! We have lots of opportunities to win new books, with some fun project downloads too. Order a book by 11:59 PM PDT on July 17 and we’ll send you a coupon for 15% off your next fabric and pattern order.