Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy National Sewing Month! - Part 1

September is National Sewing Month!  To celebrate, wants to share some of our favorite bag patterns for inspiration!
With each pattern, you'll learn new skills and have the opportunity to try out different products and supplies. 

Part 1 features bags from our Project of the Month program called Let's Get Organized. Part 2, coming on Sept. 16, 2017, will feature bags from our Travel Handmade program.  For both of these programs, we partner with your local quilt shop to help them provide you with great discounts on our products and also organize classes to help you get the projects done. 

Ask your local quilt shop to contact us for more information about joining the Project of the Month programs.

Blog Special -- 10% off the featured patterns!
See details at the bottom.

Part 1: Let's Get Organized Bags

Bag 1 - Stash and Dash
A quick and fun project, which will help you learn all the basics of bag making, such as how to work with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, mesh, vinyl, covered strapping, zippers, bias binding, and hardware.

Bag 2 - Nesting Baskets
A great set for home decor and organization, in making these you'll learn to cut pattern pieces from a template, to make perfect circles for the base and lid, and how to join pieces with curved edges.

Bag 3 - Ditty Bags
Cute all-around bags, in making these you'll learn to make and attach borders and handles, to attach a single-slide zipper, to sew along curved edges, and to make and attach bias binding.

Bag 4 - Project Bags
A must-have for your quilting projects. In making these, you'll improve your skills in quilting, sewing with vinyl, adding zippers, making and attaching stabilized straps, and binding a project. Practice piecing and adding borders too!

Bag 5 - Needle Case
Keep your needles organized and easy to find. In making this pattern, you'll learn to print labels on twill tape using your home printer!

Bag 6 - Open Wide
Great for cosmetics and toiletries, in making this pattern you'll learn a brand-new style of zipper installation as well as a different method of binding the edges of the zipper.

Bag 7 - Thread Dispenser / Sewing Case 2.0
Do you hand-stitch? If so you'll love this project and in making it you'll learn to sew with ultrasuede, the secret ingredient to keeping your threads in place.

Bag 8 - Just In Case
These stylish low-profile organizers are great for on the go. Learn the secrets to installing invisible magnetic snaps and attaching borders and pockets in the proper order.

Bag 9 - Power Trip
Keep all your cords and toys organized! You'll learn to make and attach a sturdy handle and inner zippered pockets, and how to easily bind mesh pockets with fold-over elastic.

Bag 10 - All Aboard! Train Cases
Get ready to travel with these beautiful train cases. In making the project you’ll learn how to sew a zipper on a curved edge and discover how to finish the edges and stitch the binding to the bag to refine the shape.

Bag 11 - Catch All Caddy
Our must-have sewing room accessory, this holds everything. In making it you'll learn how to make bellowed inner dividers and a new style of handles which are padded with Soft and Stable.

Bag 12 - A Place for Everything
Never get to a class without your supplies again, this bag keeps you organized and travel ready. In sewing the bag, learn to make zippers of any length using Zippers by the Yard and discover how to make expandable vinyl pockets.

Reminder: Submit your bags to the Road to California Bag Challenge
Don't forget to submit your bags to the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge! Click the link here to view our recent newsletter which provided details and a step-by-step instructions for how to register.

As a special for National Sewing Month we are providing a 10% discount on all patterns feature in this blog.

Please go to and use the following discount code at checkout: 2017NSM. 

We'd love to see your bags when they're finished!  Send photos of your completed projects to

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