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March – Bag of the Month Club

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Well, it’s March! That means it’s my turn for the Bag of the Month Club and to introduce you to my newest pattern: the Campfire Messenger Bag. If you’re not sure what the Bag of the Month Club is, you can pop over here and here and read all about it. So, this design was super fun to dream up. I agonized over different types of closures and hardware and I’m really proud how this pattern turned out.

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A few fun things about the Campfire Messenger Bag:

  • Feature your favorite print on the Flap
  • Adjustable cross-body strap
  • Zippered, pleated and slip pockets
  • Optional top zipper closure
  • Hardware flap closure for professional looking results

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I’d also like to send a shout out to my pattern testers (I’ll be featuring their bags in a bit)! They did such a lovely job and gave me tons of great feedback and I think it made for such a better end product (as always). If you’re in the Bag of the Month club you should already have your pattern in hand. And if you’re not in  the club you can always sign up here (and get the previous as well as upcoming patterns).

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If you’re not in the club, this pattern will be releasing as a single PDF here on my website in July (I’ll be sure to let you know).

Fabric: Deco Print by Sarah Waterhouse (flap fabric on blue bag), Yoyogi Park by Skinny Laminx for Cloud 9 Fabrics, and the reverse side of my favorite denim

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I really want everyone to know that I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments. I really love that we can lift each other up and reach such amazing heights – together. I’m excited to see YOUR creativity shine!

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leather pouch

 

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Well, I decided to finally cut into some leather I had gotten long ago. I cranked out this leather zippered pouch (from the Caravan Tote & Pouch pattern) and another little guy to go along, skipping the front pockets (which I love, but I needed a quick project). Sometimes I feel like after sewing so many prototypes and mucked up projects I need to sew something I know I can make. That would be my fave: a zippered pouch. I seriously hoard zippers like they’re going out of style. You can verify that with Jennie of Zipit.

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So I cut into this beautifully soft and lovely leather and tried this pouch. I tested on scrap leather quite a bit beforehand. I made sure to use poly thread (even tried some Coats Dual Duty heavier thread) and a leather needle. Worked pretty slick on my scrap leather. But every time I tried to sew the end tab on the zipper it missed a few stitches. I didn’t give up easily, I think I gave it about 15 tries on both my machines. Neither machine liked the tiniest of bumps and that’s when the stitches skipped. I’m determined though to keep trying, but on my first leather project I felt like a few skipped stitches wasn’t a bad thing. This leather is pretty thin and I hope to try out something just a bit thicker, out of curiosity. How about you? Do you love using leather or are you a bit scared like me?

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The other companion pouch was the bread and butter, using Bark & Branch cotton canvas that I had picked up at the Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI. Sewed up like a dream, back to comfy cozy forgivable cotton. Mmmm.barkpouch

Pattern: Zippered Pouch from Caravan Tote & Pouch Pattern
Leather: Ortu Leather on etsy
Canvas: Bark & Branch Canvas by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Zippers: Zipit on etsy

Hope you’re having a good February! I feel the days just slipping by. Soon it’ll be spring.

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Caravan Tote & Pouch Pattern!

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This one feels like it’s been such a long time in coming. I am so thrilled that it’s finally here: my newest pattern, the Caravan Tote & Pouch. I’ve made three samples of both the tote and the pouch. I may have more cut and waiting for me to sew up.

Last fall, my friend Heather (.House. of A La Mode) contacted me about a tote she had designed and we ended up turning it into this pattern! I’m super happy she let me go all crazy on fun additions and adding the bonus zippered pouch project. You know I have a soft spot for zippered pouches – and zippers in general. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop or stop by Instagram (@houseofalamode) to see what she’s up to.

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I hope you’ll love this pattern, it has really fun and functional features:

  • Large exterior zippered pocket and exterior flap pocket
  • Knitting needle slip pocket & yarn guides
  • An awesome (if I do say so) bonus Zippered Pouch
  • Perfect for mixing and matching your favorite prints!

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Approximate Finished Dimensions:
Tote: 14” H x 14 1/2” W, 23” including handle, 5” D
Pouch: 7” H x 10 3/4” W

Click Here for More Information and to Purchase

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The Caravan Tote is perfect for knitters! There’s a special pocket inside the front zippered pocket that holds needles. And inside, the pocket has grommets that serve as yarn guides. Plus, they look awesome even if you don’t use them for yarn. The zippered pouch is the perfect place to stash all your knitting notions and fits neatly inside.

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But of course it’s not just for knitters, I think you’ll love the organized features it has no matter how you end up using this tote. This is a fun project because you can customize it to make it work best for you!

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I’ll share a how-to on attaching handles with rivets if you’re interested! Happy sewing and thank you so much for sharing my passion for sewing!

Fabrics:
Framework by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka
August by Sara Watts for Cotton + Steel
Waxed Denim canvas from A.L. Frances on etsy
Notions and hardware suppliers are all linked in the pattern. Yay!

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