Cozy Nest Convertible/Reversible Bag Tour – Giveaway

Welcome to my version of the Convertible/Reversible Bag – it is the most complex bag I have ever sewn!

Bag Tour Graphic

I am delighted to be taking part in this blog hop. It includes a discount code for the bag pattern, and a giveaway:)

 

Conervertible-reversible bag instructions

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.

Cozy Nest Convertible-reversible bag  - vicky myers creations 1

Here’s the first of the 4 in 1 bags. A cute clutch with a magnetic button flap closure , highlighted with some fun piping

Convertible reversible bag 2 Vicky Myers Creations

Inside the bottom of this bag is a zip, pull this out, and tada a whole new bigger bag.

Convertible reversible bag 5 Vicky Myers creations

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.

Cozy Nest Convertible-reversible bag  - vicky myers creations 2

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:)

Convertible-reversible bag hop

 

Monday, July 28th
Niki Stringer of Roonie
Ranching
Alyssa Carrion at Keep
Calm & Carrion

 

Tuesday, July 29th
Lynn Potts of PottsCrafty
Marilyn Brandt at Shades of Bold

 

Wednesday, July 30th
Vicky Myers of Vicky Myers
Creations
Liz Schaffner at MOMENTS

 

Thursday, July 31st
Amy Macdonald with Friends Stitched Together
Judith Clauss of Judith Stitches
and More

 

Friday, August 1st
Jonie Brooks with Knot Sew Normal
Lorena Rey of my
way of…
Bethany Rapp with Sweet Bee
Buzzings

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If you fancy making your own version here is a 25% off coupon code for the Convertible Reversible Bag. The code is: bagtour, valid until 2/8/2014.

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I was given this pattern for free in exchange for this tour, but all opinions are my own.

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Baby Gifts

A new baby brings me great joy – especially if it’s not me being woken for a feed!!

Baby taggy

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:)

baby taggy

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.

Uptown Downtown Dres

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??

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With another baby due in December I have a great excuse to start sewing two lots of gifts, new baby gifts and Christmas gifts:)

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Quilt-opedia book review

Quilt-opedia by Laura Jane Taylor Book Review

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).

Quilt-o-pedia

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.

Contents

The book takes you step by step through quilting, teaching a variety of techniques.

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.

Project Selector

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.

Pincushions

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

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