Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Introducing the Amaya Messenger Bag

I'm excited to be releasing the Amaya Messenger Bag! This bag was the brain child of my dear friend Amy's daughter, as she wasn't able to find the exact style of bag she wanted for school. Amy is also an amazing bag maker and Embroidery Designer wiz, and also happens to be one of the most amazing people. If you embroidery or just like super cool stuff, you can check out her stuff here.  I was excited to design a bag just for her daughter, Amaya. Thus, the Amaya messenger was born!
This is a messenger style laptop bag, that was designed for maximum functionality and organization. The two flap design allows you to keep a laptop up to 16" stored securely in the hidden pocket, and also keeps it separate from your folders, books and files. So often laptop bags are designed just to hold laptops, and leave very little room for any other items you need to tote with you. 
The bottom flap also doubles as a large zippered pocket, the entire size of the flap. This is perfect for those of us who have a perhaps, large pen or pencil collection (hey, I'm a sucker for fun pen colors!). 
Under the bottom flap, are yet more pockets! 4 slip pockets that are perfect for keys, phones, pens, or anything you want to keep in easy reach. 
The lining continues with more pockets! A large zippered pocket for important or discreet items, and a large divided slip pocket in mesh or vinyl, which is perfect for storing chargers or components neatly. 
Secure your bag with a swivel hook and D ring combo, or bling it up and use side release buckles, either would work perfectly and you'll see my testers used both!
The approximate measurements of the finished bag are 16" W x 12" x 3" D. 
I used Michelle of Barabooboo finished bags for the cover of the bag and in the shots above. If you haven't checked out Michelle's work, you are missing out! Her bags are always show stoppers and this one is no exception! She used waxed canvas and this stunning Tula Pink fabric on hers. 

Mary of Nellie Blue's Place did another gorgeous Tula Pink combo, this time paired with leather! It's so sleek with the black and purple! Check out more of Mary's fab work on facebook and Instagram

Barbara of Made by the Bag Lady chose to use cotton and denim on hers, and this robot print is adorable!! She also added a handle to hers, which is a wonderful touch! She also added a small hidden pocket inside the laptop pocket for a super secret surprise pocket!

Natalie of Sew Hungry Hippie made this super luxe faux leather version and it's so super HOT!  If you don't know Natalie, you are missing out!! She is an amazing designer, a super inspiration and sells the most INCREDIBLE vinyl in her shop! It's so awesome to work with, and adds some posh to each bag! Check her out on facebook for some serious eye candy, or check out her website to get your hands on some awesome patterns and vinyls or just check out some of her awesome tutorials. 

Abbe of Just an E knocked it out of the park by showing how awesome a large scale print looks on this bag! She opted to skip the long strap closure to showcase the print, instead sewing the strap closure piece into her flap. You can check out more of her awesome work on Instagram here.

Tara of Uh-Oh Creations knocked it out of the park with this incredibly classy leather version! It's so perfect for a professional, and shows how this is a perfect unisex pattern! Tara just released her latest pattern, and it's so fab!! You can check out her makes on Facebook or grab her patterns here

1 yard of Exterior Main Fabric
 .5 Yard Exterior Accent Fabric or Vinyl 
2 Yards of Lining Fabric 
6 Yards of Woven Fusible Interfacing (such as Pellon Shapeflex 101)
.5 Yard of Foam Stabilizer (Such as By Annie’s Soft and Stable or Pellon Flex Foam) 
17” x 8” of Clear Vinyl or Mesh 
.25 Yard of Fusible Fleece 
(1) 14” #3 Zipper 
(1) 10” #3 Zipper 
(2) 1.5” Swivel Hooks 
(1) 1” Swivel Hook 
(1) 1.5” Adjustable Slider 
(2) 1.5” D rings or Triangle Rings 
(1) 1” D rings or Triangle Rings **Note: you may wish to use a side release buckle in place of the 1” Swivel Hook and D-ring** 
17” Double fold bias tape (or you may make your own)
This bag is rated for an intermediate sewist, but a confident beginner should be able to complete this bag, as long as they are familiar with easing curves and installing zippers. 
You can grab this pattern on the website, and on sale for a limited time for 6.95 USD. The bag will go up to regular price on 8/26/19. The pattern includes full color photo instructions, and all pattern pieces to make this bag. 
I do hope you like this pattern and I would love to see what you make!!! Grab your copy HERE

Monday, November 12, 2018

North Shore Hobo pdf Pattern Release

I am so excited to be releasing my next pattern, the North Shore Hobo! This pattern was a labor of love and I am truly smitten with this bag. I am so fortunate to have an INCREDIBLE group of bag makers willing to test for me and I am truly honored that they are willing to sew up my patterns and their bags, just wow! Wait til you see them all!! 

The North Shore Hobo is a large sized bag, with two shapes and two ways to carry. Style A has a straight top and Style B has a curved top. Both are traditional casusal hobos, with a slouchy, soft style. They are designed to have a soft drape and a boho style. This is much different from my usual, structured style and I kind of love her. 

Both styles have two large, zippered exterior pockets, the full size of the center panel. It also has two ways to carry; with a handle to sling it over your shoulder, or a long adjustable cross-body strap for ultimate versatility. The exterior pockets are easier they look to construct! If you can sew a zip pouch, you can make these pockets. 

With a magnetic snap closure, to make it easy to get in and out on the go, and a slip and zipper pocket in the lining for more ways to stay organized. Overall, this is an intermediate level pattern, and you should have some experience sewing zippers and easing curves on bags. 

Although it was designed to be a soft bag, it also looks gorgeous with more structure in vinyl, as you will see with some of the testers. 

Materials required for this bag: 

• 1.5 yard Exterior Fabric
• 1.5 yard Lining Fabric
• 1 yard Fusible Fleece (Such as Pellon Thermolam)
• 4 yards of 20” wide Fusible Woven Interfacing (such as Pellon Shapeflex 101 or Wovenfuse)
• (2) 12” All Purpose Zippers Style A
• (2) 10” All Purpose Zippers Style B
• 1/2 yard of 20” wide Foam Stabilizer (such as Pellon Flex Foam)
• (1) 7” All Purpose Zipper
• (1) .75” Magnetic Snap
• (2) 1” O-rings
• (2) 1” D-rings
• (4) 1” Swivel Hooks
• (1) 1” Adjustable Slider
• (2) Rivets or Chicago Screws size 8mm
• Fray Check or similar fray blocking agent
• Fabric safe pen or marker
• Double Sided Tape
• Wonder Clips or Pins
• Scraps of Peltex or Firm Stabilizer

Without further ado, check out the AMAZING tester versions: 

Jenny from Sincerely Jen Patterns sewed up this gorgeous version with vinyl accents, and check out that fussy cutting on the front panel!! 

This stellar orange vinyl version is by Charlotte of Les Envies de Charlotte, and isn't in incredible? Charlotte chose to add piping and studs and it's oh so perfect! This is a great example of what the bag looks like with a bit more structure. 


I am in love with this version by Natalie! It's so perfect in that Tula and Essex! I love how she used the center panel to showcase a favorite print. Natalie also wrote up a post on her experience sewing up this bag, which you can read on her blog here

Diana of Ackroyd Designs sewed up this super sweet version in soft florals and I love how she used the Emmaline Bags easy strap anchors and added a zip pocket on the back as well! 

Chera of Pipbody has my jaw on the floor with this showstopping version in canvas and vinyl. I am swooning over this! It's so perfect!  

Wendy of W.D. Handbags made up this sexy little hot pink number and it is HOT! I love her styling of the side connectors! If you know the story behind why she chose the pink and the ladies, it makes it even better! (Hint: it has something to do with the name of the pattern). 

Linda made this incredibly classy  version in black faux leather, and it's so chic!

Elizabeth of Cool Lizzie did this posh version in home decor prints for a more elegant look! I absolutely love the colors she chose!

Abbe of Just an E chose to do a feature print on her center pattern as well! I love the colors together with the Essex and her zippers! Perfection as always Abbe!

My sweet friend Amy of Off With Their Threads embroidery design did this super funky version and I love it!

Tara of UhOh Creations made this sweet leather version and modified the side connectors on hers. I love the colors she used on it! It's gorgeous!

I can't thank my incredible testers enough for all their help and their bags are all so amazing! 

I hope you enjoy the pattern, you can grab your copy here on Craftsy! Please let me know what you think! You can join my Facebook patterns group here, and see what everyone is sewing up or what's in the works here. 

 Happy Sewing!