Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bag of the Month Club - April - The Gabby pattern designed by Emmaline Bags

The Gabby Bag front
I was privileged to test the April Bag of the Month -- The Gabby Bag. This is a fine bag for everyday use that can be dressed up or made casual simply by the fabrics chosen. Janelle at Emmaline Bags was a delight to work with. Her pattern was well written and easy to follow. The Gabby Bag makes up quickly with some unusual construction techniques. I made mine in some long-saved quilting cottons.
The Gabby Bag back
The Gabby Bag inside
The Gabby Bag finishes to just 12" wide x 9" high x 3" deep, but still has lots of room. She has interior and exterior zipper pockets, a divided interior slip pocket with a single shoulder strap that can be made longer to become an adjustable strap that can be worn on the shoulder or as a cross-body.
Side view showing the interesting gusset
Detail showing the handcrafted metal label the I got from Emmaline Bags

Detail showing the charm added to make a zipper pull
It was the first time I had tested for Janelle at Emmaline Bags and I enjoyed the entire experience and look forward to testing for her again in the future. I also found this to be not only a really well-designed and functional bag, but one the was a lot of fun to sew.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Bag of the Month Club March -- Polaris Bag designed by Sew Sweetness

The Polaris Bag is next in my Bag of the Month catch-up blogs. This bag can be made with in a rectangular or oval shape. Both finish to about 9" long x 6 1/2" tall x 2.5" deep, perfect for when you just want to carry the essentials. I chose to do the oval shape(since I had never before made an oval shaped bag) in charcoal linen with cotton lining a bright red piping.

It is a quick sew bag with an inner zippered pocket and and exterior zipper closure. I added an exterior slip pocket and a interior divided slip pocket that were not part of the original pattern. I also chose to quilt the exterior.
Front showing additional slip pocket
Inside showing zipper pocket and additional slip pockets
Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness created a really cute bag. The pattern and instructions are easy to follow.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Bag of the Month Club February - The Window Shopper Tote designed by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H

This is the second of the catch-up posts to feature a bag from the January to June 2016 Bag of the Month Club -- The Window Shopper Tote. This is a large tote, perfect for shopping. It finishes to about 15" wide x 16" tall x 2.5" deep. I used some drapery fabric from my stash and was delighted to be able to fussy cut the front and back panels such that the pattern matched the pockets on each side. The gusset and adjustable straps are made from the border of the same fabric. I did a bit of quilting on all the exterior sections to hold the foam stabilizer and add a design element.

Inside showing all the nice pockets
Top showing secure zipper closure
This is a fairly easy to sew bag that assembles quickly. Samantha (Mrs H) has very clear directions and photos. You can print the pattern pieces and the text only directions and look at the photos on your tablet or computer. 

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Bag of the Month Club January - Backgammon Bag designed by Betz White

I have been testing so much that I have gotten way behind publishing my blog, so today's blog will be a the first for several short catch-up blogs featuring the four different bags that I made for the January through June Bag of the Month Club. May is cut out and will be sewn soon and June has already been published on my last blog.

First up is January -- the Backgammon Bag designed by Betz White. Backgammon is roomy, but not overly large, finishing to about 16" wide x 11" high at the center and 2 1/2" deep. It has an interior zip pocket, two exterior slip pockets with magnetic snaps and secures with a top flap and twist lock closure.
Backgammon front
Backgammon back

Backgammon from top         
Backgammon base
Backgammon inside
Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Lunar Collection by ChrisW Designs

I recently have been in secret mode while delightedly testing the pattern for the June Bag of the Month Club that was released on June 1st. This is an amazing pattern with 3 sizes of travel style bags that you can create as your own collection or just chose the size that is best for you.

During the testing time period, I was able to squeeze in two different sizes. As always, Christine's designs are a delight. Do not be dismayed by the large number of pages in her patterns. You only need to print the pattern pieces and cutting sheets. Look at the rest on your computer or tablet as you sew. She includes lots of detailed photos and directions. You will be able to get your patterns after the January to June BOMC is over on her site (click on the ChrisWDesigns link just to the right of this post) or join the January to June Bag of the Month Club before the end of June and get all 6 patterns at once by clicking here.

Half Moon size - Front view
I chose faux leather (vinyl) and coordinating cotton fabrics for my Half Moon version. I also included the adjustable strap and front flap. My faux leather was a bit thick and squishy making it harder to sew. I should have used cotton fabric for the tabs for my cording to make it easier to close.
Half Moon size - rear view

Half Moon size - inside showing zipper pocket
Half Moon showing end view
  Next we'll look at the smallest size--the Quarter Moon. I chose to use all cotton fabrics for this bag and to omit both the front flap and the adjustable strap.
Quarter Moon front view
Quarter Moon back view
Quarter Moon showing all the wonderful inside pockets using an addition to the pattern (that comes as a separate section with the pattern). It hadn't been created yet when I did the Half Moon size.
Quarter Moon on left and Half Moon on right showing the bases with the feet
This pattern (with three sizes and completer pattern pieces) is wonderful, allowing lots of options to suit exactly your needs. It can be made in a variety of fabrics. As always, I can be privately contacted for special orders. 

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!