Island Batik “Its in the bag” Blog Hop

The items used to make this bag were given to me by Island Batik as part of their 2020 Ambassador program.

Hey Guys,

Today is my stop on the Island Batik “Its in the bag” Blog Hop in partnership with Byannie. For this months challenge we got to choose a pattern from By Annie and were given select fabrics from a brand new collection. I chose the Round Trip Duffle pattern and the fabrics i recieved were from the collection Metropolis designed by Kathy Engle which will be shipping to stores this month. These fabrics scream Autumn, so if thats your vibe your gonna love em!

Aswell as the pattern, we also recieved everything we needed to make the project, including the famous Soft and Stable, zips, mesh, webbing and hardware.

This challenge was quite a daunting one for me as im not very experienced in bag making, especially a complex one like this with a million pockets. I concentrated so much that i forgot to take photos during construction but it was super enjoyable. The pattern is very well written and also comes with an add on video that you can access from your account using the code included within the pattern booklet. I made one slight change which were the handles, the pattern states to enclose the webbing inside fabric for the handles but i really liked the contrast of the white next to these fabrics so i left it “raw” if you will. I quilted and constructed using Aurifil 50wt in 2600 and Schmetz micro tex needles.

Im so pleased with how it turned out and have decided to gift it to my parents, they have quite a few weekends away and this will be great new holdall for them to use.

Thankyou so much to Byannie for being so generous sending all the supplies for us to work with, This challenge has been super fun and for me, a skill building one, which is great, i love learning new skills.

PS Island Batik are giving away bundles of new collections every week during this blog hop, so do check them out, This week you could be in with a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Lemon grass or Mandala magic. click here to enter. and do also check out my fellow Ambassadors There has been some gorgeous bags made already and still more to come x

Thanks so much for reading x

Until next time..

Happy Sewing!

Jo x

Island Batik January Challenge

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Its the first Island batik Ambassador challenge of the year and this month is “Lets get scrappy!” the brief is:

  • Ambassadors choice
  • Any size
  • Any technique

Scrappy sewing is one of my favourite kinds of sewing to do, I keep all my scraps, even the tiny pieces! I find it so relaxing and the end result always turns out different to the next/last! I got rummaging through my box of fabric and found lots of scraps from last years shenanigans.

Something I actually need and have been meaning to make is a drawstring bag, big enough to hold my nail varnish collection so that’s what I decided on.

I started by cutting a piece of solid grey fabric and batting a little bigger than I needed (around 13″/14″ square), from there I would keep adding scraps of fabric on top sewing around each piece to secure it until the whole piece was covered. I find that adding the batting underneath gives it a bit more stability and makes it easier to sew, I used Hobbs 100% cotton.

Once all my fabric was sewn on I quilted using my favourite technique, matchstick, this way of quilting is honestly so forgiving, you really don’t need to be precise its still looks great at the end. It also gives your project extra stiffness so is great for bags and things like that. I used Aurifil 2425 50wt from the Sardina colour builder box. I made 5 panels in total and trimmed each one down to 12.5″ square.

I constructed my bag the same way you would a cube and repeated with the lining. For the lining I used Amethyst Petal from the Wildflower collection. undefined

For the drawstring channels I cut a selection of 4 pieces measuring 10″ x 3″ which I put at the centre top of each square and I found some peach coloured rope from my stash that worked beautifully with the colours on the bag.undefined

It turned out a really great size and I even have room for more nail varnish now! 🙂

Thankyou so much for reading guys

Until next time..

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx