Monday, March 11, 2013

Satchel Bag {Made!}

I've been sewing! Samantha's newest pattern is the Satchel handbag and - lucky me - I got to take it for a test run before it's debut in her etsy store

A medium-sized messenger bag, this pattern has lots of great details - both fun and functional. 
I made mine in a cotton duck, with a shabby rose print and lined it with a natural canvas to it's really sturdy.

I used antique brass hardware, but I was unable to find a tri-glide slider for the adjustable strap in the right color. No problem! I found a pretty belt buckle and just removed the prong with pliers!

I love how versatile this style bag is. You can see how although our bags are nearly identical, my version looks so different from Samantha's pattern cover just because of my fabric choices.
(can you tell I'm ready for spring?!)

One detail I love is the button-closed tabs on the sides. I used some carved wooden buttons, they were a tad pricey at $6 a pair, but they complemented the fabric so well I couldn't not use them.

The bag is fully lined with fusible fleece, and the bottom, sides and handle are all lined with buckram and/or a heavy fusible interfacing to give the bag it's crisp shape.

The bag is rated intermediate/advanced, but I think an experienced beginner could manage it with some patience - and an automatic button-holer.

Feel like taking this bag for a spin? 
I've already given the one I made to a friend - but you can make one for yourself!

Tell us! Do you carry a different bag each season?

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Satchel Bag Pattern Giveaway!

I'm so excited to host another giveaway from Mrs H handbag patterns
This time Samantha has offered up her newest pattern, the Satchel handbag to one lucky ASG in the SLC reader! 

This pattern has all the great details we've come to expect from Samantha - interior zipper pockets, adjustable straps and clever design.

I've already made up my own lovely version, you can get a look at it in this post.

 Not feeling lucky? 
That's okay, you can stop by Samantha's Blog: At Home with Mrs H for a coupon code to receive 10% off everything in her Etsy shop!

There you'll find more than just great purse patterns, she also carries handbag supplies like tri-glide sliders and lobster clasps.

Enter Below, Good Luck!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

2013 Discounts for ASG members!

Your American Sewing Guild membership can more than pay for itself when you take advantage of the many generous offers from our sewing industry supporters -- discounts on sewing products, publications and events, 
plus free shipping and more! 

Our wonderful sponsors provide items for door prizes, grand prizes and goodie bags at our retreat.
thanks to their generous donations, everyone who attended was able to receive an awesome prize! Wow!
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