Welcome to my version of the Convertible/Reversible Bag – it is the most complex bag I have ever sewn!
I am delighted to be taking part in this blog hop. It includes a discount code for the bag pattern, and a giveaway:)
The pattern is well written, with clear diagrams and instructions guiding you through step by step. I struggled to visualise how it all fitted together until the last minute, however it worked! Once you have cut out the pieces, and attached your interfacing the bag comes together relatively quickly – I sewed it up in less than five hours! (admittedly I could have been more accurate in my seam allowances and had a better result, #cough).
What’s amazing about this pattern is you end up with four different bags. Goodness knows how Sarah came up with the design, never mind wrote the pattern.
Here’s the first of the 4 in 1 bags. A cute clutch with a magnetic button flap closure , highlighted with some fun piping.
Inside the bottom of this bag is a zip, pull this out, and tada a whole new bigger bag.
Moving on the third design, turn the whole bag inside out – you can make the pattern with different base colours making a very different design, check out some of the other great contributors to the hop to see what I mean.
And last but by no means least. Remove the adjustable strap, and push the top of the bag into the base, creating this fourth design. This is my favourite of the four:)
A new baby brings me great joy – especially if it’s not me being woken for a feed!!
With a much longed for baby arriving a couple of weeks ago I had great pleasure planning and making a new baby gift, and of course a big sister gift:)
The tag blanket was so quick and easy to make, and after my tidy of the sewing room I knew I had this great teddy fabric (long forgotten about). I used this great tutorial, which I love as it involves upcycling a former wipes packet for a satisfying crinkling noise.
For the big sister I used my remaining stretchy fabric from pattern testing the uptown/downtown dress to make an age 3 dress – perfect.
What are your favourite handmade baby gifts? I have started a pinterest board, which I would love to add to. Have you any favourite makes, or tutorials??
With another baby due in December I have a great excuse to start sewing two lots of gifts, new baby gifts and Christmas gifts:)
This book equally covers quilting techniques and projects. Split into six chapters each chapter is broken down into bite size chunks on the contents page. This is great for quick reference (as is the index).
I am completely new to quilting, I love the fact you can sit down and read the book cover to cover or dip in and out . The Techniques and Further Skills sections are invaluable, for instance covering machine quilting, hand quilting and quilting as you go.
The book takes you step by step through quilting, teaching a variety of techniques.
The 27 projects are summed you with double page spread “Project Selector”, laid out in simple, intermediate and advanced. The projects vary greatly from full size quilts to table runners, bags and cushions. There should be a project that appeals, due to the breadth of projects and the fact you can pick according to your skill level.
Each project is illustrated with colour diagrams or with well-lit detailed photographs – I don’t know about you but black and white photographs/illustrations put me off a book, colour is a winner.
In the past I have borrowed quilting books from the library but never been enticed to add them to my collection of books, I am delighted to own Quiltopedia. I envisage referring back to this book each time I attempt a quilting project, and am likely to try one or two of the projects.
Thank you to Making Magazine and Apple Press publishers for the book, I won this book in a giveaway. I was not paid for my review and the opinions are my own
I enjoy sewing and pattern making focussing on recycled bags. This love of recycling and caring for the environment is my excuse to haunt charity shops for bargains!
I blog about these, come join me on my journey!!