Monday, 1 December 2014

Bag of the Month club '15

Hey everyone! I am very excited that today, pre-orders are going on sale for the Bag of the Month Club for 2015! If you are not familiar with the club, please click here to view the club offerings for 2014 so you can get a taste of the quality of bag patterns that are in store for you in 2015!

The Details

6 of the best bag sewing pattern designers in the business are teaming together to bring you a 6-month membership club. The club runs from January-June of 2015. Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand-new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, delivered directly to your inbox. If you are familiar with even one of the designers, then you know that you can expect a high-quality and easy-to-understand sewing pattern each month! The bag designs will be a mystery until each pattern is revealed every month. We promise, they will definitely be worth the wait! The patterns will be exclusive to the club for the duration. Each pdf pattern will be delivered on the 1st of the month, and will include detailed instructions, illustrations/photos, and templates needed to make the bag pattern. If you join after the club begins, you will receive all patterns released to the club up until that point (for instance, if you join on February 14th, you will receive the patterns for January
and February automatically).


We are all so excited for you to join us! The one-time fee for 6 months of Bag of the Month Club is $40 (£26 ish) , during which time you will receive 6 pdf bag sewing patterns. HOWEVER, if you sign up during the month of December 2014, you will receive an early-bird membership fee of only $35 (£23 ish) ! The club runs from January through June of 2015. The club is a great value; pdf bag sewing patterns usually cost around $10 each, and you will be receiving 6 patterns for only $40 (or $35 in December)!

The Designers

 January - I'm up for January, I'm a pattern designer living in Wales with a group of pretty yet practical bags in my pattern library. January's design is a bag that most bag makers have always wanted to learn how to make, and is incredibly simple with the right instructions. Embrace a new challenge for the new year!

February - Sara is up for February. She like bags with a lot of pretty details, and we had a lot of requests last time for smaller bags, so she's going to see what she can come up with! Smaller bags are challenging for her to design, but she's up for it!

March - Anna from Noodlehead has many versatile free tutorials and paid patterns on her site, many of which are wildly popular with quilters! Anna's first book is due out in February, called Handmade Style: 24 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear.

April - Janelle of Emmaline Bags. Janelle has a thriving pattern business, where she also sells all the hardware, handles, and interfacing needed to make the bag patterns in her shop. Janelle's first book is coming out in 2015.

May - Betz White is a bag designer and textile artist, and she is the author of three books, most recently Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow. You can find her patterns available on-line in her pattern shop, as well as her video classes on Creative Bug and Craftsy.

June - Chris of Chris W. Designs is an Australian bag pattern designer, and Chris has sewing patterns available for various skill levels. Her linky party, Bag Brag Tuesday, is also great for linking up your finished projects and seeing what everyone else is making!

How Do I Join?

All you have to do to join is click on the ‘Add to Cart’ button below, and you will be able to sign up and pay for the club via Paypal. Also join us on Facebook and Flickr for photo shares of members’ bags and member questions! Add to Cart

Current Subscriber Notes: All patterns will be sent automatically on the 1st of the month using automated software. If your Paypal e-mail address is different from the e-mail where you would like to receive the patterns, just drop Sara a line and she will make that adjustment. If you feel that you have missed a mailing (please check your spam folder also!), or you have a question about the club, please do not hesitate to e-mail Sara at any time and she will work quickly to solve any issues! sara(at)sewsweetness(dot)com. Thank you!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Thank y'owl for being there!

In the U.K. the majority of our maternity and ante-natal care is provided by midwives. We then have a midwife to attend the birth, two if you're lucky, and then post-natal care is also provided by midwives for the first few weeks.

In my local health board area, you only see a consultant if you're considered high-risk, or have something different to 'usual'. Of course everyone is unusual because there is no normal with pregnancy so I was referred to the consultant thrice, and thrice I was referred back to the midwives.

Many of you know I suffer anxiety and panic attacks so I looked into having a doula. She talked through my birthing options with me and I decided to have a home birth to minimise my anxiety. I also hired the doula, an incredibly supportive lady called Catrin from South Wales Doulas, but more about her another time. Long story short, if you're in South Wales and can afford to, hire her immediately! (Only if you're pregnant, it would be odd otherwise, although she does do post-natal support too).

Anyway, where were we, oh yes! So before I even gave birth I felt that Catrin had been well worth her fee so decided to make her a thank you gift. I knew she was the kind of person to appreciate a handmade gift. She mentioned one visit that she likes owls so...KER-CHING! An owl cushion it was.

I used eyelet lace trim for the owl's ruffles and buttons for eyes. All of the fabric came from my scraps bin apart from the floral outer which was a single FQ.

I used a pure wool jacket for the backing, although I didn't fully think about using wool fabric on the bias so it was a tad tricky to sew straight! Thank goodness for walking feet. Walking foots?

Catrin was really pleased with her gift, and I was so pleased I'd been able to make her something.

I made sure she knew that I had started on her gift while I was on the gas & air. Oh how we laughed....

However, it was my addiction to sewing that saw me on my office chair with a bruised coccyx, one week after giving birth, using my crutch to sort of gondola steer myself between ironing board and sewing machine finishing this off!

Secondly then, I felt a bit bad for my midwife who'd been with me throughout my pregnancy. I saw her every week from around halfway through and although she was shocking at appointment times, she was very knowledgeable and very supportive. She wasn't on call the day that Elvis was born, so I had a midwife from Merthyr come over and a second from Pontypridd. As I was having a home birth, I had two midwives.

I wish my midwife had been on call, it was only being in the birthing pool that stopped me lamping the attending midwife for clomping up and down my wooden stairs in her wooden 4" wedge shoes. Honestly, have some respect woman, I'm kinda busy here.

This is the owl cushion I made for my midwife.

 The belly ruffles are made from some crochet trim and the backing is the same linen as the front outer border.

My midwife didn't open hers while she was with me so I don't know if she was overly chuffed with it, but she did call me later to say thank you.

Not that I was showing favouritism at all in giving my favourite one to my doula, Catrin, honest!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Sweet Cicely II

If you haven't heard of Sweet Cicely, you might want to check out my blog post about my beautiful grandmother, Cicely.

Now there's a new sweet Cicely in town and she's definitely making waves! Here she is doing her 'Rocky' look.

She's named Cicely Jane, Cicely after my grandmother and Jane after Dusband's mum who passed away in January 2000. It seems Cicely may be lucky enough to have inherited Jane's beautiful auburn hair, she came out very dark and it seems to be lightening up!

Cicely was born at 5.21pm on Saturday 27th September, at home as planned. She weighed 7lb 6oz and so far is proving to be a hit with all who come for a cwtch!

Please excuse the obvious blog silence that's still to come, it's taken me a week to work out how to have a shower before lunchtime, and even then only because we had back up in the form of my sister in law!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lazy girl's zip ends

Does everyone follow Maria's blog? I hope so, she makes some of the best bags!

A while back she posted photos of some metal zip ends and thus began a search internationally (not just by me) to find who supplied them so that we could all stop having to make zip end tabs!

I found a factory who made them but they didn't reply to my emails and after a while (ok, a few months) my brain finished whirring and I came up with the most ridiculously simple solution.

Funnily enough, Liz from Moment's blog also had the exact same idea, in the exact same week. Great minds think alike, or fools rarely differ?

Anyway, you can check out my lazy girl's zip ends tutorial over on Sew Mama Sew.

Happy lazying! x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Marilyn's Nappy Bag

Hello lovelies,

Check out Marilyn's gorgeous Nappy Bag!

Pop over to her blog to read more about it and see her detailed review of the Nappy Bag pattern.

Marilyn's blog, shades of bold, is so inspiring, she makes such beautiful bags, and very regularly inspires me to get off my bottom and go do some sewing!