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Welcome back, I hope you're enjoying the blog hop so far. See the schedule near the bottom of this post to make sure you catch up with everyone. Today I'm sharing a project from On The Go Bags, a book co-authored by Canadian Janelle MacKay. Janelle is the creative genius behind Emmaline Bags, where she designs and sells bag patterns and hardware. She also has a Craftsy class that is offered at a 50% discount for the duration of the blog hop. Plus you can enter to win a $25 store credit to Emmaline Bags; the giveaway is at the bottom of the post.
I made the Two-Bottle Tote from the book. I thought it would be a great bag for the summer, when I tend to head to the beach or go to backyard barbecues. I think it makes a great hostess gift too. The bag is generously sized to hold 2 bottles (of your favourite beverage, wine perhaps?) with a centre divider. It's quite clever actually because you can use the divider or fold it out of the way for one large compartment. In fact, each section is big enough that you could use one for a wine bottle and the other for snacks, or even fare for a romantic picnic!
I used a foam stabilizer and I really like the shape of the bag. This was my first time making a decorative belt and I got to put in eyelets too! I got my belt buckle from Emmaline Bags as well. I really enjoyed making the bag and found it quite simple to make by following the instructions in the book.
The book is full of great patterns, 15 in total, plus tips and techniques for a professional look to your sewing. Janelle has 3 patterns in On The Go Bags: Park Blanket, Two-Bottle Tote and Airport Sling. The other patterns in the book are from a mix of my favourites and some new-to-me designers, all coming together for a really great variety of functional bags for life "on the go." The projects range from easy to advanced, making it a great book for beginners and experienced sewists alike. Want to grab a copy for yourself? Right now promo code CANADA will save you 20% off everything at C&T Publishing, so you can get the ebook or the book, or even both (like me) and make some great bags!
Did you know Canada has our very own fabric company?! I think that is just so cool! So I decided to make my project truly Canadian by using fabric from Camelot Fabrics, a Canadian company. For my Two-Bottle Tote, I chose Mama & Me, a truly adorable collection designed by Andrea Turk from Cinnamon Joe Studio. I love that it has some sophisticated prints, and some fun prints, making it a perfect line for coordinating Mama and kid items. Watch my blog later in the hop, for how I used the kid coordinates. Camelot has also contributed a FQ bundle from this collection as a prize in our giveaway. Make sure to enter every day for another chance to win.
Looking for Canadian shops that carry Camelot Fabrics? Flare Fabrics has Nordic, Bambino, and other select prints in stock; Sitka Fabrics has Heavy Metal, Mixology and several others, including licensed prints; Funky Monkey Fabrics offers a large selection of licensed Camelot prints, plus select others including Mama & Me; Stay Home Fabrics carries the Elixir collection (one of my favourites) and also has some Beyond the Backyard; Fabric Spark has a couple prints in their sale section, and Fabric Please has Elixir, Rise and Shine, and Mixology. The best part is that many of them are also offering a discount to the blog hop readers! Check the Sales Tab for all the sale details.
Good luck! Make sure to check in every day for another chance to win.
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Hi! I'm Reece and I love to sew! I'm also a mom and a wife. I love being crafty and sharing tips.
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