Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Luxie Sewalong day 3



Welcome back for day 3 of the Luxie Sew along! Today is a short day, and our last day of prep work before we start putting everything together. This will be a short day, so that anyone can catch up if they missed a day. 

Assembling the exterior zipper pocket:

Grab your completed zippper with tabs attached and we are gonna make a pocket sandwich. 


 Take the lining piece of bottom of zipper pocket and place it on your surface right side up. The grab your zipper and place it right side up, aligning the top edge of your zipper to the top edge of the lining piece. I like to use double sided tape or glue instead of pins or clips, but use whatever you are comfortable with. Then take the exterior piece of your pocket and place this WS up (so that the fabrics are RST) and align the top edges. Again secure with your preferred method and then using your zipper foot, sew these layers together using a 1/4" seam allowance. 


Fold your exterior and lining away from the zipper and press them well. Then top stitch along the bottom edge of your zipper. Your panel will now look like this:



Now, take the small piece of the exterior pocket, which is your top piece. and place it RS down and align the top edges of the fabric and the zipper. Secure and then again using your zip foot and a 1/4" seam allowance sew these layers together.  Press this well so that on the top of your zipper there is one layer of fabric and below the zipper you have BOTH your exterior and lining piece. 


Top stitch along the edge of the zipper and your exterior zipper pocket is DONE! Easy peasy! 


Tomorrow we will start assembling our exterior and you'll see the bag starting to take shape. If you still need to catch up, you can use this day to do so. See you tomorrow!























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



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Luxie Sew Along Day 2





Welcome back! Today is day 2 of our Luxie Sew along! By now you should have your pieces all cut and ready to start sewing.

Today we are going to focus on getting our zippers ready and making our handles. If you are choosing to make your own piping, today is the day to do that. Deep breath here, piping is NOT hard, I promise! Janelle gives great directions in the pattern for making your own. I am hopelessly lazy and would rather just pick up a pattern of premade from the fabric store. It runs about 2 bucks and I always use a coupon with it. If you are so inclined to make your own, there are some great tutorials out there if you need a little more help like this one from Swoon Patterns & this one from Sew Sweetness.

Making the handles:


The handles are constructed as most bag handles are. Take your fabric and press it in half, wrong sides together along the length of your handle. Then open that strip back up and press the raw edges into the fold you just made.


Press well so all your raw edges are encased now, clip or pin together.


Sew along all sides and then set your completed Straps, if choosing to roll your handles, follow the directions in the pattern then set your straps aside for now.



Making the zip ends:

Take your zip end piece and press each side of the short ends in ½”


Then fold your other raw ends under as directed in the pattern and slide them onto the ends of your prepared zipper.



Making the zip casing for the top of the bag:

I absolutely LOVE the way this is done. By far this is the easiest method I've ever seen for putting in a zip casing, or a zippered top for that matter.

Take your long zippered casing and fold under each of the short ends ¼”


Now, take one piece and fold it lengthwise RIGHT sides together. Press well and then slide your zipper INSIDE, sandwiching your zipper in the casing, with the edge of the zipper snug against the fold. Move your zipper pulls out of the way so you don't have to fiddle with them while sewing.


Pin or clip and sew along that fold.



Flip the casing after you've sewn the zipper down so wrong sides are now together. Press well and top stitch along THREE sides of your casing (leaving a short end open to slide your frame in later, as shown here:



The panel should look like this:




Repeat for the other side of the zipper.


Set aside for now.

Now we need to make the tabs for our small exterior zip pocket:

Prepare your small zipper for your exterior pocket, cut to length directed in pattern, then secure the end of your zipper (I like to add a small strip of DST at the end to do this).


Press each short side of the tab in 1/4", then press the whole tab in half WST then slide over the ends of your zippers and slide in place over the end of your zippers.



Stitch along the folded edge to secure to your zipper and then repeat for the other tab. Your zipper should look like this now:







And that's it for today! Tomorrow we will put together our zipper pocket so we are all ready to start putting her together on day 4.

Previous Days:
Day 1 of the Sew Along


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



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.