Welcome to my September Island Batik Ambassador post, For this challenge we had choose and make a By Annie Bag, I chose the Double Zip Gear bag 2.0. We recieved the whole kit which included everything we need to make this bag.
The fabrics i chose….
The Bag design itself is great, its got multiple pockets, 2 inside, 2 outside and a double top zip allowing you to open the bag very wide, The pattern comes in 3 sizes, small, Meduim and large, i made the Meduim size.
I struggled with the bulk on this when sewing together using my modern sewing machine, but luckily i have a vintage singer 201 which would literally sew through a brick so that helped me out loads!
For this project i also used Aurifil 50wt Thread in colour 2024 and using a Schmetz Micotex Chrome needle.
This bag turned out really pretty, im gifting it to my Mom, if you have been following me for a while, you will know my mom gets lots of handmade gifts xx
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
Its that time again when I recieve very happy mail from Island Batik in the form of 2 giant boxes filled with goodies. This is the second and final shipment of the year filled to the brim with new fabric and awsome products from industry partners and will see me through the rest of the years challenges. Here’s a little peak at what i got…….
A super fun and bright fat quarter bundle of a collection called Color Pop designed by Kathy Engle.
A gorgeous (and i think my favourite from this this box) 2.5″ strip pack of Mandala Magic designed by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works.
A selection of basics to tie in with the fabric collections we have received. A total of 6 yards.
4 yards each of black, white and grey solids and 4 yards of Almond from the neutrals range.
2 packs of these stash builder rolls, each strip is 5″ wide x WOF, you get 4 pieces in each roll and 5 rolls in each pack. These come in super handy!
And finally on the fabric front, I recieved these 2 suprise packages that I can not share with you just yet, but do stay tuned for the reveal later on in the year. Now onto industry partners…….
6 spools of Aurifil Thread 50wt in colours 2600, 2625, 2692, 4026, 1133 and 2134.
A selection of Hobbs Batting, Fusible cotton, 80/20 Black, Silk blend and Fusible batting strips, I haven’t tried any of the fusibles yet so I’m super excited for that!
A new industry partner this year is By Annie, I got to choose one of her patterns and received the full bag making kit, I’m looking forward to making this one.
Another new industry partner this year is Studio 180 Design ltd, I received Deb Tucker’s Diamond Rects ruler and will be using this one very soon in our next challenge.
And last but definately not least, I recieved the Accuquilt Go Me fabric cutter starter set. The challenge for this one is so lovely and I cant wait to share it with you, I’m working on it right now x
So thats everything I recieved in my second box, i’m once again blown away by all the stuff I recieved! Thankyou so much Island batik and industry partners Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt, Studio 180 design Ltd, By Annie and Aurifil thread! Im excited for the scond half of the year and I hope you will follow along with me to see what I make.