Monday, November 13, 2017

Fiona's Freeway by Chris W Designs -- Chris W Designs Global Blog Tour

Front of cloth with vinyl accents, small flap and grommet version
Front of caramel and black designer leather, large flap, no grommet version

Front of burgundy and black leather, large flap, no grommet version

Front of blue leather, large flap, no grommet version
I was really happy to be able to feature Fiona's Freeway, one of my favorite Chris W Designs patterns, for this incredible blog tour. I was privileged to test this pattern before it was released several months ago and have since made several more. I will share four of my Fiona's Freeway bags in this blog. Be sure to read this entire blog for information on discounts during the blog tour and even a chance for two lucky readers to win this pattern.

The pattern (like all of Chris W Designs patterns) is clearly written with lots of helpful illustrations and great sewing tips. It is part of her Easy Street collection of patterns. The pattern comes with two flap styles and with both a grommet and no grommet version. The top flap closes with a magnetic snap. The grommet version also has a pull strap. The bag is designed for fabric with vinyl or cork accents but you will see that I have adapted it for leather. It has a vertical zip pocket on the front. Inside is another zip pocket, a slip pocket and a roomy center. It is a comfortable smaller cross-body bag that is perfect for carrying daily essentials, finishing to about 9" wide x 10" high x 3.5" deep.



Above are photos of the backs of my 4 purses. This bag is a cross-body bag and the back lies nice and flat against your side. It also stands nicely on its flat base. The photos below feature views of the large vertical front zipper pocket that is perfect for your phones, keys or glasses.

View featuring front vertical zipper pocket
View featuring front vertical zipper pocket

View featuring front vertical zipper pocket
View featuring front vertical zipper pocket

The next series of photos shows interior views with the zipper and slip pockets.




For my leather bags, I used full grain designer leathers in the 3-3.5 ounce weight for the exteriors and home decorator fabrics for my linings. For the cloth version I used a heavy cotton fabric exterior with vinyl accents and cotton fabric for the lining.

This bag is fun to sew and can be made rather quickly. For fabric with vinyl or cork accents, your domestic machine should work fine. I believe that this bag can easily be made by any sewer who is a confident beginner or above. If you want to use leather, you will need an industrial machine and knowledge of working with leather.

If you like to sew to sell, this is also great pattern for you! My clients have loved it! You can buy the pattern from Chris W Designs here.

Two lucky people will win a free pattern for Fiona's Freeway! To enter, just post a comment below with your answer to this question: What is your favorite style handbag? This contest will end on the 15th of November 2017. I will assign a number for each entrant and the winning numbers will be chosen by Michelle of Michelle's Creations.  The winners will be posted a couple days after the 15th. You can find the link to her blog below. Scroll down for more contests, tour schedule and lots more!

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

  • ChrisW Designs is taking 20% off all patterns until end of day (Australian Central Standard Time) November 21. Code GlobalBlogTour17 (applied automatically with this link. Buy without fear: If you purchase during the tour and then win a pattern, your purchase price will be refunded.
  • Handbag Hardware Australia (aff link) is offering a 10% discount for the duration of the tour. Use code: CWD10. (Excludes interfacing and Emmaline Bling.)
  • Bobbin Girl has a 10% discount using code BLOGTOUR17. (Not to be combined with any other discount or rewards points.)
  • Gold Star Tool is taking 15% off for our tour readers. Use code chriswdesigns.
  • Zipit (aff link) is also offering a 10% discount on shop items. Use code ChrisWDesigns.



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Tour Schedule

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Friday, November 17
Saturday, November 18
Tuesday, November 21
  • Giveaway winners announced on all the blogs:
ChrisW Blog, Glitter in my Coffee, Michelle's Creations, Flying by the Seam of my Pants, Serial Bagmakers, Tiger in a Tornado, Vanaehsa, Judith Stitches and More, Doctora Botones, Sewsewilse, Suck It Up Buttercup, Vicky Myers Creations, Marvelous Auntie M, inspinration, Fée bricolo, Trisha's Craft Corner