Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Bag Buzz 9/14/17

Welcome to the latest installment of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the latest pattern releases, new products, sales, tutorials and more!

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New Releases

The Hollyhock Hobo Bag in 2 styles - PDF Sewing Pattern

Andrie Designs - Shades of Yesterday Tote Bag


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Now through tomorrow 9/15 take 20% off of your order at Emmaline Bags. A great chance to stock up on some bling to get a head start on some holiday sewing. 

The Fabric Depot has a great sale going on! 20% off ALL quilting cottons, go stock up now!

MM Cork Supply
MM Cork Supply is running a sale on select cork until Sept 19th, or until supplies run out. This is a great chance to stock up or if you've been wanting to give cork a try at a great phone. 


Hawthorne Threads is giving away a fat quarter bundle this week. Head over to enter. 

National Sewing Month Sweepstakes! is having a HUGE giveaway in honor of national sewing month, with a prize package totaling over 750 USD. Click HERE to enter.

Red Pepper Quilts is hosting a giveaway for a 1/2 yard bundle of the Best of Sarah Jane Collection by Michael Miller. Head over to enter to win. 

 The DreamCreator® Innov-ís VQ2400 Brother Sewing Machine

Craftsy is giving away a Brother VQ2400 machine, enter to win until September 30th.

Sew Your Hart out September 2017

Hart's Fabric is hosting the Sew your Hart Out September, head over to enter to win prizes daily, weekly and a grand prize basket and 200USD gift card. 

Other News

Sewcial Sunday

Have you checked out Sew Sweetness' Sewcial Sundays? Each week she does a live feed that shows you new products, tutorials and a giveaway!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back to School Sewing

How did summer go by so fast?! It seems like we were just getting ready for lazy pool days and amusement park trips and now school is in full swing. There are so many great patterns for back to school but I got off lucky sewing wise this year.

My 8 year old only had one request, a new lunch bag made by me. After a quick trip to the fabric store he picked out his fabric and I made him a Luxie Lunchbag (of course).

My husband was a little jealous and my 8 year old was thrilled with the result.

If you've been here before you know my mad love for Luxie, and now my son gets to carry a mama made bag everyday to school.

I used PUL for the lining to ensure it's easy to wipe down (after 2 days of use I was glad I made that choice, kids are messy) and I left one side of the frame casing open so that I can slide out the frames and toss it in the wash when it gets really icky.

I got an embroidery machine last month for my birthday (more on that to come), and I added a bit of personalization on the bag for him.

I don't make backpacks for my son because a) he doesn't think it's cool, and b) I can't bear to spend 50 plus in materials and all that time when I can get him an LL Bean bag for 35 bucks that I won't be gutted when he inevitably drops it in a mud puddle or drags it down the sidewalk behind him (boys, amirite?).

Even though I didn't make him a bag for back to school, my sweet sitter requested a bag for her flamingo loving granddaughter. I had made the Sew Sweetness Edelweiss bag in the past, but this time I made the Cumberland backpack in the small size.

It was a little more involved than the Edelweiss but I like the polished look more.

For this bag I used a cute flamingo print and some glitter vinyl from the Sew Sweetness shop.

This pattern has a lot of options and the small size is perfect for a preschooler, as a backpack purse, a small kids overnight bag or just as a backpack for younger school kids. The large size is more of a typical backpack size and would be great for most school kids.

I like that the straps are padded with foam and it makes it a lot more polished and functional to carry.

The front pocket of the bag has flap pocket that can be secured with your choice of a magnetic snap or a turn lock. The zippered portion sews up really nicely and opens wide for your divided or internal zip pockets. It would be a perfect place to stash pencils, keys or headphones.

The lining has two finish options, turning or binding the lining in. I opted to bind mine, as with the foam the layers can get a bit thick and I feel like I get a better result with binding the seams on bags like this.

Typically when I bind my seams, I machine stitch the raw edge of the binding down then hand stitch the other side in for a neat finish. I know many of you guys are rolling your eyes about hand stitching but honestly it doesn't take long at all (especially you quilters who can bind a quilt with your eyes closed). I finished binding this bag in one episode of Twin Peaks.

I really enjoyed making this bag, and unlike a lot of backpack patterns I've come across this one is super functional for all ages, not just geared towards younger kids. This pattern that would easily transition into high school aged kids, if your kids will let you make them one that is.

What did you guys make for back to school this year? I'd love to see!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Luxie Sew Along Day 5

Welcome back! Today is our 5th and final day of the sew along. We will be making our lining and putting it all together, so you will have your completed Luxie at the end of the day, yay! Let's get sewing.

Assembling the Lining pieces:

If you find that your machine struggles to sew the PUL or vinyl, a walking foot can be super helpful. You can also use that annoying paper that comes with your interfacing between your presser foot and your fabric to help glide it along. 

First, we are going to sew the bottom edge of our lining pieces together. don't forget to leave about a 7' hole along the bottom seam for turning your bag (don't short yourself here on making sure the hole is large enough, there are a lot of layers to fit through the tuning hole. Remember PUL is a knit fabric essentially so you don't want to use too short a stitch length or your stitches might pop when you go to put your bag together. I like to use about a stitch lenth of 3 when contstructing the lining, maybe it's overkill but better safe than sorry. (later when you sew your exterior and lining together you won't have to worry about things shifting so much, but the stretching is especially true when you are turning your bag, so also be SUPER sure to securely back stitch at each stop and start).

We will attach the side pieces to our main lining panels the same way we did our exterior bag. I am not ashamed to admit I like clips, and a lot of them. I probably would put clips on my clips if I could. Remember, if you are using PUL you want your SHINY side as your right side. This way, your bag lining is wipeable. If you aren't concerned with wipeability feel free to use whatever side you like. 

Once we have stitched on the sides, your completed lining panel should look like this: 

Yay!! Now we are going to put everything together!

Attaching the lining to the exterior: 

Clip your lining to your exterior right sides together, aligning your side seams. 

Clip carefully, there are a lot of layers here you don't want to have shift around. Using a walking foot can be helpful here if you have one. 

Once you have stitched your lining to your exterior, it's time to turn your bag right side out. Using that hole you left in the bottom of your lining, gently coax your bag through. 

There are a lot of layers so sweet talk it, give it encouragment and don't be afraid to smush when needed. Smushing is a very important bag making skill. 

Woohoo! We have almost completed our bag, it looks like a real bag now! Before stitching your lining hole closed, I like to do one final look over to make sure that the bag was behaving in while we were sewing that last seam. I always check to make sure that it wasn't tricky and shifted around and that I have everything stitched as it should be around that top edge. Once you are sure that your bag has behaved, pull your lining back up and we need to close the hole that you left for turning: 

Now push your lining back down inside your bag. 

If you would like to, you can top stitch the top of your bag below the zipper casing. I don't find this worth the trouble, as I don't think it's necessary and as Janellle indicates in the pattern it's a pain to stitch through all those layers neatly and you are also adding more holes that make your lining less waterproof. 

Adding the frames: 

OUR LAST STEP!!! Still with us? This is the easiest part of the whole project. Remember the ends of your casing you left unstitched? This is where we are going to insert your frames. Just slide it on in, easing your casing around it as you go. Your frames should have caps on the end, leave those on because they will keep the ends of your frame from rubbing against your fabric. 

Push it through, moving your casing along as you go. 

Once you get the frame in, adjust as necessary. One side down:

Repeat for the other side and you are done! You have completed your Luxie and doesn't she look lovely????

Admire your fancy new bag and get ready to have the coolest lunch bag at work or school. Thanks for joining! Don't forget to share your completed bag to be eligible to win our giveaway!

Miss a day? No worries! Catch up with the previous days here: