Monday, July 24, 2017

Luxie Sew Along Day 1




Welcome to the first day of the Luxie Sew Along! Today is all about the prep work. If you are like me, this is the worst part of bag making but it's a neccessary evil to get to the fun part. 

Before we get started, make sure that you have your copy of Emmaline Bags Luxie Lunch Bag, you will need this pattern to follow along. As well as the following supplies:

1/2 Yard exterior Fabric
1/2 Yard exterior accent fabric
1/2 Yard lining fabric (PUL or some type of water restant fabric such as rip stop nylon or laminate is HIGHLY recommended...you don't want something in your lunch bag spilling and ruining your pretty bag.)1
1/2 Yard Insulated fleece such as Isulbrite
10" x 21.5" Foam Stabilizer
1.25 Yard of piping, premade or make your own
22" or longer bag zipper...double pull is what I used. 
9" zipper
3/4 Yard of woven interfacing

A note about lining fabrics:

I would advise against using a plain cotton lining for your bag because those dumb comtainers always seem to leak out into your bag at some point and no one wants some spilled Italian dressing ruining your beautiful bag. 

PUL is what is recommended in the pattern and I agree that it is the perfect fabric for lining your luxie if you plan on using it as a lunch bag. It's easier to work with than a lot of vinyls and it is pretty water resistant and wipeable. The "shiny" side of the PUL is the right side of your fabric and the side with the fabric backing is your wrong side.You can generally find PUL in most big box fabric stores, on Etsy or even on Amazon. 

If you can't source PUL, you still have a couple of options:

Consider using some iron on vinyl, this is perfect if you have your heart set on a beautiful fabric print that you want to use. By using iron on vinyl, you can keep your fabric water proof but still use your favorite print. 

My friend Jenny of Sincerely Jen Sews is a genius (she really is!) and didn't have any iron on vinyl handy when she made her Luxie so she used some basic clear vinyl she had on hand and basted it around her lining pieces before she sewed her lining together. 

If you aren't planning on using your Luxie as a lunch bag, feel free to use whatever fabric you want for the lining. You may also swap out the isulated fleece for fussible fleece as well. 

Now, that's all out of the way, lets get cutting your bag!



Once you have your fabrics and interfacing cut, forge on and apply your fusible woven interfacing to the corresponding pieces. Hold off on basting or applying your fleece and foam, those will be applied in later steps. 

That's it for today! I know, not very exciting but better to get the boring stuff out of the way first right? Tommorrow, we are going to focus on piping and prepping our zippers. 


Thanks for joining!! 

Don't forget to share your photos to the Emmaline Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #Luxiesewalong! I'd love to see your progress shots and as a bonus, those who share their completed Luxie using the hashtags by July 31st will be entered to win one of three Emmaline Bags Gift cards! You could win a 10, 15 or even a 20 dollar gift card to Emmaline Bags (think of all the bling!). Every photo shared with the hashtag is an entry to win but you must complete your bag by July 31st to win. I will be drawing the winners on August 1st, 2017. 


To get notifications for the sewalong, you can join the Facebook event I created here






Wednesday, July 19, 2017

the Bag Buzz 7/19/17



Welcome to the latest installment of the Bag Buzz! Here's what's going on this week in the bagineering world:


New Releases:


The Kelley Beverage Handbag by American Stitchers CC patterns:





The Flaptastic 4-in-1 Pouch by Bitter candy:




The Jayne Bag by Lorelei Jayne:



The Little Gems by Moments Designs:



Sales:



Stash fabrics take 10% off all sale fabrics with code XMASINJULY





Hawthorne Threads giveaway:



Enter here.


1k dollar fabric giveaway:



Four Lucky winners will receive a 250 USD fabric shopping spree at fabric.com. Click here to enter.



Other News:


Have you checked out the Handmade Couture series over on the Emmaline Bags blog? In this series we take designer bags (that have a designer price tag to boot) and show you how to recreate the look using existing sewing patterns, materials and emmaline hardware to get the same luxe look at a fraction of the cost. This week, we show you how to recreate this Kate Spade bag using the Blue Calla Boronia Bowler Bag







For all of our U.K. Bagineers and worldly adventurers, there are still a few spots open for the Bag Retreat brought to you by Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Read all about this dreamy getaway and get your tickets here.








Want to get a jump start on some back to school sewing? Come join me as I do a sewalong for the Emmaline Bags Luxie Lunch bag, here on this blog starting July 24th. As a bonus, those sewing along with us on and sharing their makes will be entered to win one of 3 Emmaline Bags gift cards. Click here for the schedule and more info.






Have you seen the Sew Sweetness Sewcial Sundays? Each Sunday, she does a live video to give you the lowdown on the latest sewing tools, fabric releases and some tips! This week she shows you how to sew an adjustable strap.






Curious about using strap anchors in your bags? These are one of my favorite pieces of hardware, and they are so much quicker (and professional) than finicky strap tabs. Check out the tutorial for how to add the top edge style to your next bag.


If you are a blogger, a shop or a designer I’d love to include your sales, pattern releases and special projects. Email me at Cyndi_mf@hotmail.com with your info and upcoming or current sales, patterns and projects to be included in upcoming posts.




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Luxie Lunch Bag Sew A Long



Summer is in FULL swing, but back to school will be here before we know it! I know my list of projects for back to school is quickly growing, but at the top of the list is a new lunch bag for my soon to be third grader. After sewing up the Luxie, I don't know if I ever want to make or use a different lunch bag. I can easily fit my food containers without having to shove them in sideways, and the front zip pocket is perfect for stashing utensils or a couple bags of tea for later. Have I sold you on needing this pattern yet? Well, if you needed anymore convincing, it's the perfect for summer BYOB parties as Sincerely Jen shows you with her fab Luxie: 



I will be be hosting a sewalong here on this blog from July 24-July 28th so you have plenty of time to order your supplies and pick your fabrics. 






Here's what you will need: 

1/2 Yard exterior Fabric
1/2 Yard exterior accent fabric
1/2 Yard lining fabric (PUL or some type of water restant fabric such as rip stop nylon or laminate is HIGHLY recommended...you don't want something in your lunch bag spilling and ruining your pretty bag.)1
1/2 Yard Insulated fleece such as Isulbrite
10" x 21.5" Foam Stabilizer
1.25 Yard of piping, premade or make your own
22" or longer bag zipper...double pull is what I used. 
9" zipper
3/4 Yard of woven interfacing

Although this sewalong will run from July 24-28th, these posts will remain up to refer to, so no worries if you can't join up! I'd love to see your Luxie that you create, please share your finished bag!

Here's the Schedule:

July 24th: Cutting and prepping your fabrics
July 25th: Making piping and prepping zippers
July 26th:Assembling zipper pocket 
July 27th: Handles and constructing exterior
July 28th: Making lining and putting it all together

I hope you'll join us!


Don't forget to share your photos to the Emmaline Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #Luxiesewalong! I'd love to see your progress shots and as a bonus, those who share their completed Luxie using the hashtags by July 31st will be entered to win one of three Emmaline Bags Gift cards! You could win a 10, 15 or even a 20 dollar gift card to Emmaline Bags (think of all the bling!). 


To get notifications for the sewalong, you can join the Facebook event I created here



Saturday, July 1, 2017

the Bag Buzz 7/1/17


Happy Canada Day!
Here's what’s abuzz in the world of bags:



Sales:

Blue Calla Patterns is having a Canada sale! Today, you can get 25% off all patterns using code: CANADADAY

30% of ALL fabrics while supplies last at Llama Fabrics with code LLAMA30

Happy Okapi has put together a FANTASTIC round up of Canada sales on her blog, including pattern and fabric sales.

Quilter's Square is taking HALF OFF of all Cotton and Steel through today. Use code: halfoff



New products:



Sew Sweetness just added several new colors of faux leather
in her shop. It's much thinner than traditional faux leathers and marine vinyls, making it ideal for sewing bags on a domestic machine without compromising on quality and durability.


Have you seen the price of Shape flex sky rocket lately? I have to wonder what the reason behind this huge spike is (15 yards went from 40 USD to 107 USD at Walmart the past few weeks). There are some viable alternatives out there that are a bit less pricey. One such that I have used is the fashion fuse from Wawak. It's a similar product and it may be a bit more cost effective until the prices sort themselves out. There's also been a lot of buzz about gotinterfacing.com which also claims to have a similar product at a much better price. 




Other News:


Liz from Moments design is having an event to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday in her Facebook group with 4 days of giveaways from 20 different bag designers. Each day 5 patterns will be given away. Go join up to enter to win.





For all of our U.K. Bagineers and worldly adventurers, there are still a few spots open for the Bag Retreat brought to you by Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Read all about this dreamy getaway and get your tickets here.






Check out this super cute Zola Pen Case tutorial, available for free here. Get a jump start on your back to school sewing. 




Have you been following the Handmade Couture series I've been doing over on the Emmaline Bags Blog? Check out the latest post to see how to turn Swoon's Bonnie into a designer leather bag. 




If you are a blogger, a shop or a designer I’d love to include your sales, pattern releases and special projects. Email me at Cyndi_mf@hotmail.com with your info and upcoming or current sales, patterns and projects to be included in upcoming posts.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Bag Buzz 6/23/17




Welcome to the first issue of the Bag Buzz!

Bringing you all the buzz in the bag making world, including pattern releases, sales, new products, tutorials and other fun news! Disclaimer: this post may contain affiliate links. 



Recent Pattern Releases:









Sales:

30% of ALL fabrics while supplies last at Llama Fabrics with code LLAMA30

25% off of ALL patterns from Moments by Liz in her Craftsy shop during her birthday sale. 24 hours only June 23-24.




Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 14th Birthday! Through June 27th they are offering a different flash sale each day.


New products:

Sew Sweetness is now carrying faux leather that is perfect for bag making. It's much thinner than traditional faux leathers and marine vinyls, making it ideal for sewing bags on a domestic machine without compromising on quality and durability. Check out all the colors she has in stock here!  




Emmaline Bags has been adding more finishes to some of the gorgeous hardware in her shop. You can now get the Diamond Strap Anchors in all five finishes:



Andrie Designs just launched the Add a Little Colour bag bling collection. Find some colorful bling for your latest creation. Zipper pulls, Mini pins, Swing bling and Magnets available in a variety of different colors and quotes.



Other News:

For all of our U.K. Bagineers and worldly adventurers, there are still a few spots open for the Bag Retreat brought to you by Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. Read all about this dreamy getaway and get your tickets here.



Sew Sweetness has launched the first of her videos!  Now, you have the option of purchasing a full video tutorial along with several of her most popular patterns. This is great for the beginner bagineer or for those who like more in depth walk through on the process of making bags. You can now try one of these videos and patterns out for FREE with this easy leather hobo bag pattern and instructional video.



If you are a blogger, a shop or a designer I’d love to include your sales, pattern releases and special projects. Email me at Cyndi_mf@hotmail.com with your info and upcoming or current sales, patterns and projects to be included in upcoming posts.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Introducing The Bag Buzz!



I'm excited to announce an upcoming series that is aimed at all things bag making: The Bag Buzz! Each article is aimed at bringing you up to date with the happening in the bagineering world.

-Stay up to date with the latest pattern releases and sales from your favorite designers.

-Get the scoop on hardware trends, sales and ideas.

-Sales announcements for fabrics, patterns, supplies and leathers

-Find new tutorials and tips from other bag makers.


If you are a blogger, a shop or a designer I’d love to include your sales, pattern releases and special projects. Email me at Cyndi_mf@hotmail.com with your info and upcoming or current sales, patterns and projects to be included in upcoming posts.


Stay tuned for the first post in this ongoing series!







Speedwell Sling Bag




As summer time kicks into high gear around here, we are hitting the amusement park when we can. As much as I love my shoulder bags and big totes, they aren't the most pratical thing to carry around from ride to ride all day. My two year old snagged my beloved Butterfly Sling Purse, and I needed a new bag for those long day adventures. So when I had the opportunity to test the Blue Calla Speedwell Sling Bag, I was all over it.

This is a sporty sling style bag that is the PERFECT bag for summer adventures. 


This clever bag has a roomy interior with two slip pockets (think sunscreen, small snacks, and even a few diapers and a small pack of wipes). The exterior has a zippered panel that opens wide to make the pefect place to stash your phone, and keys. Stash your wallet and cards in the interior zip pocket.



This pattern also gives directions to add grommets to feed through your ear buds, which I opted to omit but you can see on other versions here


This pattern came together pretty quickly, despite being a lot of pieces. I went out on a limb and tried to fussy cut my zipper panels for the front and I was very pleased with the results:



The zippered front panel is secured to the top of the bag with your choice of magnetic snap, a turn lock or a tuck lock. I opted for a magnetic snap for this one and the slim ones from Emmaline are super strong and hold very very well (I almost broke a nail trying to pry them apart to install them). 


The bag is constructed with fleece, but the back panel is stabilized with Peltex so it's a structured bag even with just the fleece. It's also written for you to choose which shoulder you wish to wear the bag over. 



This bag is rated for an intermediate bag maker, and I would completely agree with that rating. No parts of construction are difficult, but the number of pieces and different techniques could make this daunting for a beginner. 

Like all Blue Calla patterns, each step is easy to follow and the instructions are paired with full color photos making even more difficult steps of construction easy to follow. The lining is finished by binding the seams, which for me is always the most difficult part because I end up doing them by hand (I'm hopeless binding by machine). 


I'm looking forward to carrying this around tomorrow when we hit the amusement park!