Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy National Sewing Month! - Part 2

September is National Sewing Month!  To celebrate, ByAnnie.com is sharing 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 featured bags from our Project of the Month program called Let's Get Organized. Part 2, 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 2: Travel Handmade Bags


                 
Bag 1 - All Bottled Up
Perfect bag to protect essential oils, nail polish, or other small bottles.  You learn the basics of bag making, such as how to work with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, mesh, fold-over elastic and zippers.



Bag 2 - Laptop Computer Carriers 2.0
A functional, custom computer case in your favorite fabric!  A great way to learn skills on how to attach a border, make padded handles, install zippers and learn tricks for sewing around curved edges.
                 



                 
Bag 3 - Jet Set 2.0
A wonderful bag for your travel pillow & accessories. You'll continue to practice the skills you've already learned, and mix it up by installing an outer zipper, paddled handle and handware.



Bag 4 - Double Zip Gear Bag
A perfect bag to keep you organized, you'll learn a new way to install zippers, as well as how to make slip pockets from mesh, and tips for attaching hook-and-loop fastener.

                 


                 
Bag 5 - Backseat Babysitter
Great for keeping your passengers occupied and car clutter free!  You'll improve your prior skills, practice installing zippers in vinyl pockets, and learn how to make dimensional pockets.



Bag 6 - Back At Ya 2.0
Great for a small purse or child's backpack, you'll learn how to attach invisible magnets, make staggered slip pockets, make adjustable straps and more!

                 


                 
Bag 7 - Travel Essentials
Carry your travel essentials in style, with this handy set.  Learn to put a zipper into a curved pocket, discover ways to strengthen handles and straps, and use stabilized facings to cover raw edges of pockets.



Bag 8 - Zip It Up!
Great, streamlined zippered organizers with mesh and vinyl pockets to keep items secure. Refine your previous skills and find out how to attach a zipper along the outside, curved edges.

                 


                 
Bag 9 - Get Out of Town Duffle 2.0
A stylish and sturdy overnight bag, a must-have travel necessity.  Discover tricks for making sure things are centered and evenly spaced, and master joining the ends of your binding.



Bag 10 - Pack It In!
Streamline your packing with these perfect organizing cases.  Discover more secrets for working with mesh, and continue to perfect your binding skills!   

                 


                 
Bag 11 - Going Places Garment Bag
A spacious and sturdy garment bag, with adjustable straps and plenty of pockets!  Learn how to quilt large pieces, attach a vinyl window, and a new technique for adding adjustable, detachable straps.



Bag 12 - Ultimate Travel Bag
The perfectly functional bag is carry-on compliant and sure to turn heads.  Learn how to add a special strap to secure the bag to rolling luggage, and a special trick to make side pockets more usable! 

                 


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 ByAnnie.com 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 marketing@byannie.com.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Our Favorite Tool, Used for Everything from Piecing to Quilting to Binding!

Did you know that ByAnnie.com has a wide range of free online tutorials to help you learn to do everything from work with Soft and Stable® to sewing a Folding Wallet?

As part of the Road to California Bag Challenge Blog hop, today we are highlighting our video series on how to finish a piece with binding using ByAnnie's Stiletto & Pressing Tool. We hope these help you achieve fast results and help you make better and more functional bags!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: See details at the bottom.



ByAnnie's Stiletto & Pressing Tool Tutorial Series


An Overview of Uses for ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool
Find out some of Annie's favorite uses for this fantastic tool!



Using the Stiletto as a Walking Foot
In this video, we'll show you how to the Stiletto portion of this tool can act as a walking foot, allowing fabric to be sewn to a piece of Soft and Stable®.



Pressing Seams
Watch how we use the Pressing portion of this tool to press down your seams right at your sewing machine.  No more trips back and forth to your ironing board!




Attaching Bindings to Vinyl
Learn how to attach your binding to a vinyl pocket.  With the Stiletto's help, see how easy it is to get a professional, flawless-looking finish.



Attaching Bindings to Mesh Pockets
Discover how much easier it is when using the Stiletto & Pressing tool while attaching your binding to the trickier mesh fabric.



Attaching Bias Bindings
In this video, Annie demonstrates how to attach bias binding.  Using the Stiletto and Pressing Tool makes going around corners so much easier!



ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool: Introduction
Learn more about how ByAnnie developed this great tool and what it can be used for.





Giveaway!  ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool!
As part of the blog series we are giving away two ByAnnie Stiletto and Pressing Tools (a $20 value).

The two random people that do both of the following before September 20, 2017 win!

1) Comment below about what you learned from the videos.
2) Email us at marketing@byannie.com with your home address.


The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The last day to submit your bag to the challenge is October 1st, 2017. Official rules and entry details can be found here:

This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous posts, Click here.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy National Sewing Month! - Part 1

September is National Sewing Month!  To celebrate, ByAnnie.com 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 ByAnnie.com 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 marketing@byannie.com.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Handles, Straps and Hardware: Tips and Techniques

Did you know that ByAnnie.com has a wide range of free online tutorials to help you learn to do everything from work with Soft and Stable® to sew a Folding Wallet?

As part of the Road to California Bag Challenge Blog hop, today we are highlighting our Hardware and Strapping video series. We hope these help you achieve fast results and help you make better and more functional bags!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: See details at the bottom.



Hardware and Strapping Tutorial Series


Hardware, Handles and Straps: An Overview
Learn how to make basic fabric handles and straps and get them ready to attach to your bag.



Preparing Detachable Straps
Discover the tricks to making sturdy, functional straps that will match your project beautifully. Annie covers inserting strapping and how to finish the ends.



Choosing Hardware
In this video, we'll show you the hardware available at ByAnnie.com and share tips for picking out just what you need for your next project.



Making an Adjustable Strap Using a Wide-Mouth Slider
Watch step-by-step as Annie shows how to attach a widemouth slider to make a strap adjustable for carrying over the shoulder or for carrying cross-body.




Making a Detachable Strap
Learn to attach the necessary hardware to make an attachable/detachable strap.



Making an Adjustable, Detachable Strap Using a Strap Adjuster
Discover how to make an adjustable, detachable strap if you are using a strap adjuster rather than a slider.



Using 1/2" Hardware for Adustable, Detachable Straps
In this video, Annie demonstrates how to make an adjustable strap using 1/2" hardware. She shows how to attach sliders to make the strap adjustable and swivel hooks to make it detachable.



Hardware, Handles and Straps: Conclusion
Annie wraps up this series of videos. Thanks for watching! We hope you've learned some useful techniques for making handles and straps for your bags.




Giveaway! 1.5" Nickel Carrying Strap Kit
As part of the blog series we are giving away two Carrying Strap kits, which include strapping and hardware (a $25 value) to make an adjustable/detachable carrying strap.

The two random people that do both of the following before August 20, 2017 win!

1) Comment below about what you learned from the videos.
2) Email us at webmaster@byannie.com with your address.


The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The last day to submit your bag to the challenge is October 1st, 2017. Official rules and entry details can be found here:


This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How to Attach a Zipper

We have been missing deadlines recently and this post is a full month late. Because we are so far behind, we are keeping it short and sweet.

Please check out this video on attaching zippers to we did in conjunction with Fat Quarter Shop. We think you will enjoy it and learn a lot!





This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The challenge opened on June 15, 2017. The official rules, regulations, and conditions along with the entry form will be available online at Road to California website.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017

R2CA Blog Hop Theme and Judging

Today begins a bi-monthly meander around the web visiting some amazing quilters and sewists in the handbag-makers world.  The trip is inspired by the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge and we’ve asked each to share some of their favorite tips for bag making and embellishment with us. We hope these tips expand your bag making skills and offer new creative insights.

At various stops along the way, you’ll have the chance to win some fun bag-making supplies, from stabilizers and fabrics to bag hardware and zippers. All you have to do is follow the instructions of each participating blogger for your chance to win.

For your chance to win a prize in this blog, please see the instructions at the bottom.

Thanks for playing along and for joining us on this journey.
ByAnnie.com patterns (left to right): Carry On! Travel Bag, Bowl Me Over, Every Day Every Way, Bowl Me Over, Ultimate Travel Bag
Contest entrants are competing for $1200 in cash prizes and merchandise. As part of these awards, ByAnnie.com will be providing a $200 Gift Certificate to the person who, in the opinion of the three judges, best interprets the theme of the " On the Road" contest.

How will you interpret that theme? Will you make a big travel bag for carrying everything you need for a weekend away? Maybe you’d prefer to make a garment bag with lots of pockets for all your accessories?

Will you use fabrics depicting sights and sounds seen when you are “On the Road”?

How about an organizer to put on the car seat to hold all your toddler’s toys and snacks?  If you’re a parent to a small one, your idea of “On the Road” might be pushing a baby in a stroller through the park or zoo.
ByAnnie.com Patterns: Ultimate Travel Bag, Going Place Garment Bag, Road Trip, Backseat Babysitter
However you choose to interpret the theme, we look forward to seeing your creations!

Today also begins your creative process in the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge. We hope this post will inspire you to plan the process of making an amazing bag. Will your bag be the winning entry in 2018?

To start the process, let's talk about creativity itself. 

Many major thinkers of today agree that there are four major stages in the creative process: preparation, incubation, insight, and evaluation.(Source) For the purposes of this post we are going to also include a fifth stage: elaboration. (Source)  Let's delve into these now!




The Creative Process

Preparation:
Creative ideas and even ideas themselves don't appear out of thin air. Quite the contrary! 

Great ideas build on relationships that the creator recognizes in the world and then rearranges to make something new. 

Along the course of this blog tour, you will see lots of fun ideas:

May 15: Sew Sweetness will use an innovative new material. 
June 5: StudioKat will share ideas on great bag exteriors. 
July 1: ByAnnie.com will show a variety of ways to use zippers. 
July 15: A Quilting Life will adapt patterns to include patchwork pieces. 
August 1: Emmaline Bags will put bag hardware on full display. 
August 15: ByAnnie.com will go through creating handles and straps.
September 1: Renaissance Ribbons will create texture and color with ribbon.
And finally, ByAnnie.com will close with a must-see binding tutorial.

Don't forget to visit your local quilt shop or hunt through your stash along the way to make sure you have your color and pattern library in mind, too!

Use all these resources to come up with new ideas and innovate on the bag you are making. Your final project will be stunning and unique to you!
ByAnnie.com Pattern: Netbook Computer Carriers




ByAnnie.com Patterns: Bon Voyage, Get Out of Town, and Fetch Your Sketch
Incubation:
Okay, so you have done your reading, looking, thinking, and organizing. Now just enjoy the spring/summer (fall/winter in the southern hemisphere).

Get out there and look at nature. Take a bath. Have a nice dinner. Go for a drive or take a trip. Get on the road. You'll find more inspiration out there and you'll discover needs you didn't think about at first.



Insight:
Boom! You've hit on it and you know what you're going to do. This may happen while sitting in early morning traffic, strolling through a park, changing a baby's diaper, or just as you lay down for the night. It might also happen while you are halfway through with your first idea and now you have two projects to create. No worries. You hit on it! You know what to do. So get to it!

Side note: If insight does come to you while taking a bath, you are among good company.
ByAnnie.com Pattern: Changing Station
   



ByAnnie.com Pattern: Got Your Back

Verification:
Yeah, we know. It actually isn't that simple. So you have a great idea for a bag that looks like an ostrich and can walk by itself. It would be a great companion on your upcoming trip, but just how do you attach those feathers... let alone make it walk? Time to start the creative process once again.

During evaluation, it might also be helpful to know the criteria that the judges will use. This can help you focus your ideas on a category you might want to win and help you keep in mind some of the qualities we have identified as important. Don't let this criteria rule your creative process, as the ultimate goal should be making a bag YOU are proud of, not one that meets a criteria. Still, it may prove helpful in focusing your ideas.

"On the Road": the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge Judging Rubric -- click here.




Elaboration:
Finally, you come to hard core elaboration. We add this step because at the end of the day we are truly making something. We aren't just coming up with ideas, but instead turning that idea into a physical reality. Get to your sewing room. Cut that cloth, sew those pieces, prick your fingers, and pick those stitches.

Then sometime between June 15 and October 1, 2017, submit your images to the Road to California Bag Challenge committee and prepare for a wonderful show!

Free Tutorial: Make a Fetch Your Sketch Eraser




PBS Video on Creativity: https://youtu.be/weIQIthC3Ks
Delve deeper into creativity:
We loved researching this post and thought that the following video was educational.

Check it out from PBS.

PBS Video on Creativity: https://youtu.be/weIQIthC3Ks




Win A Fun Fabric Pack!
Share your thoughts on how you approach the creative process by commenting below.
We'll pick our two favorite comments
and award the writers with a fun prize!

Fat Quarter Fabric Pack
Girls Night Out*
by Terri Degenkolb
from Windham Fabrics

*This fabric won't be in stores until July, 2017, but Windham Fabrics graciously provided two Fat Quarter packs for prizes. We've loved making samples for Market using this line and know you'll enjoy playing with it, too!

Winners will be picked on May 15, 2017, from comments posted through May 14, 2017, and will be notified by email. Be sure your comment or blogger profile includes a valid email address.

Girls Night Out by Terri Degenkolb - Windham Fabrics




The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The challenge will open June 15, 2017. That is when the official rules, regulations, and conditions along with the entry form will be available online at Road to California and ByAnnie.com’s websites.


This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Introducing the 2018 Bag Challenge Blog Hop

We are super excited to be sponsoring the 2018 Bag Challenge at the Road to California Quilt Show. This challenge will feature new rules, new winning categories, new awards, and a fun new theme "On the Road."

To see a full introduction to the "On the Road Challenge", please read Road to California's announcement on their blog.




This year, the Road to California team has removed the requirement to use a specific fabric, giving you the option to use everything from quilting cottons to cork to ribbon and beyond! Our blog hop was inspired by this new freedom and our purpose is to use it to introduce readers to new materials, new techniques, and fun ideas.

In addition to great information, there will be a chance to win some fun bag-making supplies at most blog stops. Details for winning each prize will be on each blogger's post. Be sure read the blogs early so that you can win some swag!

To get the prize-giving process started right, readers of this blog have the opportunity to win one of four $20 shopping credits to ByAnnie.com.

To win you must:

Be one of the first four people to comment on this blog stating what type of bag you might enter in the challenge and something special that you might use in the bag. 

--AND--

Share this blog on your Facebook and ensure that we (ByAnnie.com) are included as a mention.




Schedule of Blog Posts

April 1, 2017
Announcing the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge
by Road to California



April 15, 2017
Introducing the 2018 Bag Challenge Blog Hop
by ByAnnie.com
Prize: Four $20 shopping credits to ByAnnie.com 



May 1, 2017
2018 On the Road Bag Challenge:  Introducing the Theme & Judging
by ByAnnie.com
Prize: Fabric Pack from Windham Fabrics



May 15, 2017
Sewing with Cork Fabric Video Tutorial
by Sew Sweetness

                   



June 5, 2017
What makes a Bag Exterior Compelling?
by StudioKat
Prize: $40 Shopping Spree at www.studiokatdesigns.com.



June 15, 2017
First Day to Submit & Full Announcement of Rules
by Road to California



July 1, 2017
Zipper and Pocket Techniques
by ByAnnie.com
Two prizes: Zippers by the Yard with Multicolored Pulls (one white, one black)



July 18, 2017
Adapting Patchwork to Patterns
by A Quilting Life
Prize: Creekside Fabric Pack by Sheri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics



August 1, 2017
Bag & Wallet Closures - Tips, Tricks and Options
by Emmaline Bags
Prize: Two $40 Gift Certificates for shopping at Emmalinebags.com ($40 Canadian Dollars)



August 15, 2017
Handles, Straps and Hardware: Tips and Techniques
by ByAnnie.com
Prizes: Two 1.5" Carrying Strap Kits with Nickel or Antique Brass Hardware ($25 value each)





September 1, 2017
Prize: Designer Ribbon Pack by Tula Pink (Slow & Steady Collection)



September 15, 2017
Finishing With Binding!
by ByAnnie.com
Prize: ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool



October 1, 2017
Close of Entry Period Celebration
by Road to California





The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The challenge will open June 15, 2017. That is when the official rules, regulations, and conditions along with the entry form will be available online at Road to California and ByAnnie.com’s websites.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.