Patterns by Annie Project Bags 2.0

In addition to sewing and crochet, I also enjoy cross stitch. I usually toss my current cross stitch project in a basket or plastic zipper bag. Somehow those methods of storage seem to bother me. Perphaps it is because I can sew and I feel a bit guilty about using such conventional means for storage solutions!

When Patterns by Annie released their new, updated version of the Project Bags pattern, I ordered it immediately to stock in my Etsy shop.

I started a sweet little fall cross stitch project a few weeks ago, and whilst listing this pattern in my shop and holding it in my hand, I had an epiphany! Make one of these in which to carry my cross stitch supplies! (I bet you already knew that’s where I was going with this story)

Here it is housing my fall stitchery:

The pattern includes instruction for four sizes. I stitched up the size large and I explain my reasoning in the below video. The background (mermaid fabric) is from a previous project. Oh, and I made that cute tassel with my granddaughter.

For a closer look at this handy project bag, click on the video below:

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Until next time, Happy Sewing!!!

Got Your Back 2.0 – Backpack Pattern

This handy Patterns By Annie (pattern #PBA198-2) backpack pattern is a great size for everyday use, as well as for special outings. I quilted 1 1/2 yards of fabric and Soft and Stable before I cut all the pieces.

Here is a look at how I did that:

Here are some photos of the interior:

There are no exposed seams, they are all finished off with bias binding. The front exterior has a pocket with credit card slots and a flap with a magnetic closure:

The back exterior features a large zipper pocket, a carrying handle, and adjustable straps:

There is a slip pocket on each exterior side panel:

Here is a video review of the backpack:

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Ring Sling

This bag pattern (#patternsbymrsh) was part of the Bag of the Month Club for Jan-Mar 2019. It has become one of my favorite handbags. It is roomy, easy to see inside, durable, and it is not slouchy.. I used vinyl and cotton canvas for the exterior.

If you plan to use anything other than quilting cotton for your bag, you will most likely need a heavy duty sewing machine. I used my Baby Lock Destiny II for all the components, but when it came to assembling all those components into the actual bag, I had to switch to my old, reliable, sew through anything Husqvarna-Viking Mega Quilter.

The interior features two slip pockets and one zipper pocket. I used quilting cotton for the slip pockets and waterproof canvas for the lining and the zipper pocket. I did not use interfacing (except in the handle and the interior slip pockets, where I used SF101) because the waterproof canvas and the vinyl are stable enough on their own.

A By Annie handbag zipper in ivory was the perfect match to my vinyl and waterproof canvas.

For bling and function, I used Emmaline Bags hardware in antique gold finish.

The cotton canvas print on the exterior is not there just for appearance. Those are exterior slip pockets on both the front and back of the bag. Fusible fleece between the interior and exterior layers of the outside slip pockets helps give stability.

The handle is nice and long to accomodate a cross body style, or it can be shortened with the adjustable slider to slip over your shoulder, or to simply carry.

Last month I shared a video on the Ring Sling. You can watch it here:

I hope this review was helpful to you. Please leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from other stitchers.