Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness is celebrating the release of her new book, Big-City Bags! The book includes patterns for 12 all-new bags, comprehensive information on bag interfacing and bag-making techniques and much more.

Sara created an all-new pattern for the Kennedy Bag to share with you. Visit our Kennedy Bag Pattern post to download your free PDF pattern.

As part of her design process Sara always has pattern testers create their own versions of the bag to be sure everything is easy to follow and leads to success. The Kennedy Bag pattern review process was obviously a big hit… Just look at these pretty bags via Sara’s testers! Sara gives you her thoughts below.
If you’re not familiar with my patterns, I always have a lot of pattern testers helping me out by editing my instructions and giving me suggestions to make my patterns as good as I can possibly make them. I am very honored to show you their beautiful work with this pattern. It’s also a great way to see the bag in a different light!

Liz from Moments… made her bag in artificial leather, with text fabric for the flap and accents on the front of the bag. She used grommets to secure her buckles instead of buttonholes. This is a real jaw-dropper!

Maria of Mia’s Creations made this beautiful bag with quilted wool and lovely charcoal straps and accents. This bag is utter perfection, and I can see it being great to carry around in this cool weather!

Ree of Sincerely, Ree made this gorgeous version with leather and upholstery fabrics. She substituted the buckles with metal sliders. This is just fabulous, and very creative with the materials!

Donna made her bag in her signature bright colors (I love this girl). The funky fabrics are all brought together by the solid red straps and accents, rounding out this gorgeous bag!

Stacey made her bag in some beautiful Windham fabrics, which she quilted. I also love the pink stitching on the gray accents, as it really makes all of the feature of this bag POP! Beautiful work, Stacey!

Tracy of I’ve Got a Notion made this bag, which she says looks like Licorice Allsorts, and I totally have to agree! Instead of Soft and Stable, Tracy used iron-on batting and a stiff iron-on interfacing. And these are the most colorful buckles that I have ever seen, certainly! Awesome and fabulous work, Tracy!

Teresa made her bag with a suede-like fabric, and the fabric choices and the precise sewing work really make it look store-bought! And Teresa’s owl friend is making another appearance.

Jenniffer made her bag with quilting-weight cotton, and turned out some fabulous results! Very crisp finish on her bag, and I can see this fabric combo as a real popular combination!

Maria of Beautiful Blooms made her bag using Patty Young fabrics from the Mezzanine line. She said she’s already got a fight on in her house for who gets to keep this bag. I can see why; it’s completely lovely!

Cyndi of The Nosy Pepper made her bag in a peach and gray fabric combination. This bag is edgy, full of texture and I absolutely love it! Wonderful work, Cyndi!

Fiona of Celtic Thistle Stitches made her bag using Thermolam for the interlining. It’s incredibly beautiful with the variety of textured fabrics, and has a really awesome finish! Great job, Fiona!

Tiffany made her bag with wool in the lovely charcoal color. I can totally imagine this bag with some boots and a pair of wooly tights! Fantastic work. It’s gorgeous!

Natasha of Houseful of Nicholes made this pretty purple bag. What a lovely finish, and the sides of the bag look so crisp too! As always, great work Natasha!

Mary made this blue toile bag, and she accented her flap with a little bling! I love the detailing on this bag, and the accents look so soft to the touch! Beautiful bag, Mary!

Thank you again to all of my pattern testers! I hope you will check out the Kennedy Bag Pattern for yourself. I’d love to see what you make with it!