Leather Colorblocked Tote (+Giveaway!)

The Leather Hide Store provided the leather for this project and the giveaway prize. All content and opinions are my own. Make sure you read through to the bottom of the post to enter their giveaway!

leather, canvas, tote, sewing, knitting, bag

I think this might have been the hardest sewn gift to give away yet. I made my sister this knitting bag for Christmas, but when I slipped my knitting things into it for these photos, they looked so at home in them…

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

That’s how much I love my beautiful big sister, who put up with my annoying “you are so bossy” complaints in my younger years, and now talks me into knitting projects so we have excuses to message and call each other as adults.

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

Beth has classic style and loves autumn colors, and I tried my best to choose colors that reminded me of her, but my O.M.G LOUD COLORS!!!! preference burst through on the pocket lining. If she hates it, she can just keep that sucker closed. sorry, sis.

The Bag Design Details

At first glance, this tote looks simple and straightforward. Well, it is simple and straight forward, but it has some fun design tweaks that I am nerding out all over.

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

First, leather! Is my leather enthusiasm getting to ridiculous on here? It just adds so much class to a project that I keep coming back to it. (I’ll tell you more about where I got my leather in a minute.)

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

Second, this isn’t a straight up rectangle tote. The top opening is smaller than the base which prevents it from tipping over, and keeps the top “winging out” like  a poorly drafted a-line skirt (if that makes sense).

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

Thirdly, the leather provides just enough structure to the bag,without getting into all sorts of stabilizers and interlinings. Structured, but not too structured.

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

Finally, I figured out how to sew in a divider pocket into a flat-bottomed tote.  (happy dance of victory!) I really should write it up sometime, because I can’t be only Bag Making Geek that is interested in this sort of thing.

The Leather

Dark Copper Mountain Leather Hide remnant from leatherhidestore.com

When my package from The Leather Hide Store came, I was more excited than a kid on Christmas. They shipped it safely rolled in a long skinny box, and despite it being a “leather remnant” there.was.so.much.leather (about 20 square feet). I may or may not have danced around my living room wearing this hide as a cape. heh. The hide I chose for project is called “Dark Copper Mountain Saddle” and it is a nice thick leather, but it is not so thick that your home machine can’t sew through it. (See their Leather Buying Guide for more details.)

Dark Copper Mountain Leather Hide remnant from leatherhidestore.com

Leather really has a bad, and undeserved!, reputation for being difficult to work with. If you are intimidated by it, give it a chance to win you over! Use a “leather needle”(I used a size 18 for this 3 oz leather), a roller or a walking foot to help it feed nicely, and no pins. That will do it. I’ve cover these leather sewing tips in more detail here. 

To help you pull the trigger on your leather sewing, The Leather Hide Store is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of you!

But what should you show with such luxury as genuine leather? Well, I’m glad you asked, because me and some other Super Fabulous Bloggers have been collecting all the amazing leather tutorials and patterns that we can find. Check it out…

Then don’t forget to…

Enter The Giveaway

This giveaway will award one winner a $50 gift certificate to leatherhidestore.com. It is open to residence of US & Canada, 18 years and older, only entry per household. It will run until January 27, 2014th at 11:59 PM EST, winner will be chosen and contacted within 48 hours and they will have 48 hours to accept the prize. (Detailed terms and conditions found in the link on the Rafflecopter widget.)  Enter using the widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Leather color-blocked divided tote, knitting bag friendly - designed by sewfearless.com

Good luck!

Again, thank you to the Leather Hide Store for sending me this leather to work with and for sponsoring this giveaway.

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day

This is veeeerrrrry last minute, but I decided to join in the fun at Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day.

Welcome, Giveaway Day Guests! I’m Jodi and this is Sew Fearless! I am a sewing addicted mom of 5 with a special passion for tackling the projects that intimidate me, then sharing all the tips and tricks I learned with my readers. Click on the “Project Galleries” menu above to see examples of these projects.) I also have a number of fiercely practical sewing patterns out including the “Pajama Eater” pillow (feed it your pajamas in the morning, wear them again the next night!).

Sourcing Bag Hardware

Ready for a giveaway? I found an 8 inch and 14 inch internal tubular purse frame in my stash. My Mommy Poppins bag pattern is designed for a 12 inch purse frame, however, it includes instructions on how to resize the bag to fit any size frame. For example, I used an 8 inch purse frame to make the “Mini Poppins” bag, and one of my pattern testers used a 16 inch frame to make her Mega Poppins.

Mini Poppins Bag

For this Giveaway Day, I am giving away a Bag Hardware set  - your choice of one purse frame (either 8 inch or 14 inch, your choice), 4 D-rings, two trigger clasps, and Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern (PDF). (Open to USA residents, 18 years and up,  only.)

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Mommy Poppins Bag and Wallet, designed by SewFearless.com

Read more about the Mommy Poppins Bag here.

The Fall/Winter 2013 Sew Fab Pattern Bundle Sale!

Once again, I’ve thrown one of my sewing patterns into the Sew Fab Pattern bundle sale! Read on for all the details!

Welcome to the Fall and Winter 2013

Sew Fab e-pattern Sale Event!

Last February was the first ever Sew Fab e-pattern Sale and it was so successful and was so well received that Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute, the creator and administrator of the sale, decided to have more!  This sale is bigger and better than the first, with plenty of patterns to get you through the fall and winter (if you live on this side of the hemisphere), and a few warm weather patterns thrown in for those of you who live on the other side of the world.  You’ll also find more gender neutral patterns for those of you who are sewing for boys.  And what about you?  Of course there are a few women’s patterns thrown in for some selfish sewing too!

Over the past several weeks a lot of behind the scenes planning has taken place to bring you this newest bundle of ePatterns from many of the top established and up and coming online sewing pattern designers.  The result is a bundle of 26 PDF sewing patterns that you’re going to love!

For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers have come together to bring you 26 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at well over $2oo.oofor the incredible price of $29.95!!!  That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!  Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway with several prize packages from some of your favorite online fabric shops!

For less than $30.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again.

The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft.  Each designer has contributed one of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please!  Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is!  After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will.  Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern!  At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size.  Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

Now for the good stuff… the PATTERNS!

26 amazing ePatterns from 26 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle.  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the images for more  information about each pattern.):

Reversible Zippy Hoodie from Kitschy Coo, Ananda Pants from CHOPSTIX, The Sally Dress from Very Shannon, Best Harem Pants from Too Sweets , Notebook Slipcover from Gingercake, Junebug Dress from Craftiness Is Not Optional, Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, Skinny Jeans from peek-a-boo, Pajama Eaters from Sew Fearless, Ruffle Dress from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Go To Cape for Women, Sadie Grace Nightgown from Seamingly Smitten, Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns, Zermatt Bow Swing Coat from See Kate Sew, Tumble Tee from imaginegnats, Nituna Jacket from Figgy’s, Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June, Gathers and Giggles Quilt from Sew Much Ado, Billy Car Play Mat and Roll Up from Handmade Therapy, Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing, Candy Carousel Dress from Molly Blossom, Convertible Clutch from LBG Studio , Infinity Sweater from One Girl Circus, Undies Pattern from From the Red Kitchen, Owl Backpack from The Sewing Loft, Ethan Shirt from the Scientific Seamstress

This Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from September 30th at 8 a.m. EST through October 8th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 26 PDF sewing patterns from 26 of the best designers out there!

And now for The Sew Fab Giveaways!

I’m so excited about these giveaways!  Can’t buy the pattern bundle?  It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter.  Each of these prizes will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with what you need for your upcoming projects.  There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to all of the giveaway packages.  Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.  

#1: $50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly who began her shop as a side business, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer.  You’ll still find the same level of service at Fat Quarter Shop, along with an extensive selection of high quality fabrics at great prices.

#2: $50 Gift Card to Girl Charlee Fabrics

Girl Charlee Fabrics is your retail and wholesale source for unique knits fabrics at the best price.  Browse their wide selection of fabrics and specially select knit specific sewing patterns from independent designers.

#3: $50 Gift Card to Modern Yardage

Modern Yardage has a curated team of talented designers who design fabric exclusively for them. They print your fabric on-demand and offer their prints in small, medium, and large scale and as many as 10 different color options.  Designs  are printed in the standard 44″ width on 58″ wide, pre washed, 100% cotton quilting weight fabric, and they use the 12″ margin to print features about their designers, free projects and patterns for you, and other fun goodies!

#4: $50 Gift Card to Michael Levine, Inc.

Located in the heart of the Los Angeles garment and fashion district, Michael Levine, Inc. is one of the Largest fabric retailers and wholesalers in the nation. With two retail outlets and a super stocked warehouse, Michael Levine, Inc. is the place to buy fabric. 

#5: $50 from Finch Sewing Studio

Finch Sewing Studio provides a curated selection of modern fabrics and cool tools. Our classes are offered in our physical shop in Loudoun County, VA. We offer fun, on-trend classes for beginner and experienced sewists alike. We teach the skills and provide the materials to make beautiful, handmade goods.

#6: $50 Gift certificate from Fabricworm

Fabricworm offers a selection of fresh, modern fabrics that you’ll love, including organic fabrics and japanese import fabrics.  You’ll find children’s fabrics, fabric bundles, quilt kits, and free sewing patterns when you visit Fabricworm’s shop.  Come by and search their great selection today!

Sign up for the Sew Fab Newsletter to get the latest Sew Fab News!  Winners will be announced in the newsletter as well as upcoming sales and other news pertaining to the Sew Fab Sale and the world of pdf patterns.
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*Patterns included in the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle are intended for personal use only.  The selling of patterns without designer’s permission is prohibited and punishable by law.  Please contact individual designers for licensing requirements if you desire to create and sell clothing from patterns that have been purchased through this sale.
**For answers concerning sale terms and customer service questions, please see the FAQ page.

The “I Love You, Guys, and Will Always Disclose” Disclosure: The majority of this post was written by the sale coordinator, Jenny, as a contributing designer, I receive a portion of any pattern sales made through this post.

Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern & Kit Giveaway!

The Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern available at SewFearless.com

After months and months of promising it has finally arrived! The Mommy Poppins Bag pattern!!!! I want to thank you all for your patience. I decided to take the time to make this pattern everything I wanted it to be and I think I succeeded. So, let’s celebrate shall we?

Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern

First off, the Mommy Poppins Bag PDF pattern is available for purchase here. (If you are reading this post in your email inbox or in your blog reader, you should be able to see some fat coupon codes at the end of this post. Not a subscriber yet? See the sidebar to sign up!) 

The Giveaway

Just to show you how very excited I am about this pattern I’m giving away one hardware kit (the frame, 6 d-rings, and 2 swivel snap hooks) with a copy of the pattern, AND two more winners will receive their own copies of the pattern too! (Don’t wait to see if you win to buy your pattern though. If you have already purchased the pattern and you win, I will refund the purchase price.)

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Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern Release Party Next Week!

Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern Release Party April 22nd!

The Mommy Poppins Bag pattern will be released next Monday April 22nd, 2013! To celebrate, we will be having a pattern release party! What does that mean?

  1. There will be a GIVEAWAY! Not only will two lucky people receive a free copy of the Mommy Poppins Bag pattern, but a third person will receive a Mommy Poppins Bag hardware set. 
  2. Email and RSS subscribers will receive coupons for the Mommy Poppins Bag and my other patterns for use next week only.
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  3. During the rest of the week, I’ll be sharing the pictures and posts by lovely pattern testers. They really made some stunning bags and I can’t wait to show them to you!

See you next Monday!
- Jodi