Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bag Buzz Black Friday Edition

Welcome to the Black Friday Edition of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

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Sew Sweetness 40% off patterns and free shipping on orders over 35 using code “thanks”

Blue Calla Patterns 30% off Patterns starting MONDAY 11/27, technically this is a Cyber Monday deal, so be mindful the code won't work til Monday but it's too good of a deal to miss!

Chris W Designs 30% off Patterns and videos

iThinkSew is running a sale with up to 50% off of pattern bundles.


Craftsy Black Friday Sales. HUGE sale on all classes

Get unlimited classes for 3 months for only ONE dollar at Creative Bug

Fabric & Supplies:

20% off sitewite at Fat Quarter Shop

30% off EVERYTHING at Pink Castle Fabrics

20% off sitewide at Stash Fabrics using code “THANKFUL2017”

Emmaline Bags 35% off all copper and gold hardware using code “BLING2017”

20% off all orders over 100 at The Tannery NYC

Hawthorne Threads is having a HUGE Sale, too many good deals to mention here. Go see for yourself!

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Happy Shopping!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bag Buzz November

Welcome to the November 2017 installment of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the latest pattern releases, new products, sales, tutorials and more!

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New Releases:

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Sew Sweetness released her Minikins earlier this month! Grab them while they are still on sale! The bundle comes with 12 patterns AND 12 videos to go with each one. Most of the patterns have several sizes each so it's a great value!

The Jangles Anchor Bag PDF Pattern

The Squiffy Sling PDF Pattern

Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H has now released BOTH the Jangles Anchor Bag and the Squiffy Sling Bag as pdf patterns.

The Pretty Woman Bundle by Love M.E. Patterns 

The Festival Clutch for One Thimble Issue 17

Little Moo Has designed the Festival Clutch as Part of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine

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The Almafi Tote by Pfitzsewswell

The Stop, Dopp and Roll Bag by Lean, Mean Sewing Machine

The Sweet Sunday Bag by ToriskaPDF

The Katelynn Bag by iThinkSew

Other News:

ChrisW Blog Tour Sponsors

Chris W Designs' Global Blog Tour is going on now! Head over to read up on some great bag makers and enter to win oodles of prizes!

FREE VIDEO: Selvage Zipper Pouch

Sew Sweetness shared this fab FREE video tutorial on how to make this adorable selvege pouch.

Free Tutorial for this Soft Clutch bag by So Sew Easy



Enter to win a 30 dollar gift certificate at Fabric Fairy at Sew Can She

This week's giveaway from Hawthorne Threads is a bundle of Tula Pink's Holiday Homies. Enter here. 

New Products:

I've been using a new interfacing for the past few months in place of Shape Flex 101, and I gotta say, I am a complete convert. The price is better and the quality is much higher than the last few bolts I purchased of the Pellon product. This is woven fuse and it's a wonderful substutite for the pricey Shape Flex. You can learn more and get it here.

Iridescent Hardware!!!!

Adjustable Sliders: 1" (25 mm) in IRIDESCENT RAINBOW (2 Pack)

Rectangular Ring: 1" (25 mm) in Iridescent Rainbow Finish (4 Pack)

You may remember last month when Emmaline Bags introduced their new irridescent line, now even more items are rolling in with more on the way!

Strap Anchor: "Easy Strap Anchors" for 1" straps - in 6 Finishes (4 Pack)

New Strap Anchors are in stock in SIX finishes!! These are a breeze to install and look so profesh!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Adventures in Embroidery

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen some new things popping up in my feed lately. I recently got a Brother se400 embroidery machine, and I have quickly developed a slight obession for machine embroidery. I received the machine as a gift for my birthday and in the less than 3 months I've had it, I have been pleasantly surprised by not only how easy it is to get started but how much fun it is! ***This point contains affiliate links****

Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400

At face value, the idea of getting into machine embroidery looks daunting. So many different settings, stabilizers and threads! Craftsy has some great classes to get you started on your way to machine embroidering like a pro. There is a great class to cover the basics as you get started: 20 Things Every Machine Embroider should know. It covers the essentials to give you a solid foundation as you learn. 

Keyfobs are a quick and easy project, that I can't seem to stop making. There are hundreds of files available and each pattern costs only a few dollars. 


These are great to use up all the small vinyl scraps I have left over from bags that are too small for bag making. 

I've also had fun making some personalized trick or treat bags:


Towels are also a super fun project, and now I want to make some for all the holidays! You can pick up a pack of kitchen towels for a great price on Amazon or even at Target. I picked these up for 3.99 for a 4 Pack in the kitchen section. 

The Brother Se400 was recently on Amazon for less than 200 on prime day, rumor has it that it drops again around Black Friday so it may be worth keeping an eye on if you have been thinking about one for a while. It's definitely been a lot of fun to use, and I am looking forward to trying new projects. 

Happy Sewing (or embroidering)!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Bag Buzz 10/13/17

Welcome to the Friday the 13th installment of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the latest pattern releases, new products, sales, tutorials and more!

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New Releases:

The FREE Sunshine Wristlet from Bagstock Sewing Patterns

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The Go Baby Mini Diaper Bag by Hold it Right There Bags:

Craftsy Class: The Cross-Body Bag: Sewing with Waxed Canvas. 

The Charlie Holster Bag Pattern by Uh Oh Creations: 

The Myles Work Bag by iThinkSew


Emmaline Bags is currently underway with their 5th annual snow sale! Use code SNOW2017 at checkout.

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Enter to win a Copy of Stitched: Sewing organizers and a pack of Aurifil Thread

Hawthorne Threads is Giving away a fat quarter bundle of Michael Miller's Llama Navidad:

Joann Fabrics is giving away a 100, 250 and 500 gift card. The fine print here is that you need to sign up through facebook and opt in to text messages or email.

Craftsy is giving away mystery stash boxes

New Products:

I'm dying to try the new Easy Strap Anchors from Emmaline Bags!! Available in 5 finishes: 

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Also, if you are swooning over the new irridescent finish, metal bag labels are now available from Emmaline Bags:

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Other News:

Chris W Designs has just released a video to accompany her Bodacious Bowler Bag, perfect who like a little more of a walkthrough when sewing bags. 

Bodacious Bowler

Mrs. H has now released her patterns in PAPER format!! So for those of you who prefer paper patterns with beautiful color photos and more durable paper to cut the patterns from, this perfect for you! 
The Fiesta Tote Paper Pattern