February 14, 2015

The Retreat Bag - A FREE Sewing Tutorial


This cute boxy looking pouch is a gem! I am so pleased with how these turn out.  It's just perfect for any retreat, or gift, or swap bag, or make-up bag, or wet bag, or shaving bag, or pencil bag, or toy bag…. did I say sewing bag?


The Retreat Bag is a simple zippered pouch with a wide base and a wide structured opening. There is a casing in the top where you insert two wire frames (one on each side), which helps it stay open when open, and helps turn the corners down when closed. It has two optional slip pockets inside and a long zipper that helps it open wide.





by Ellen Wiedman
The key to having a nicely shaped Retreat Bag is interfacing, interfacing and interfacing. One layer of interfacing and then a layer of fusible Thermolam Plus fleece on the exterior, in addition to interfacing on the lining and you are all set. Even with the interfacing, it makes up really quickly. You could try it with other soft stabilizers as well, and if you chose to, you could even leave out the frames and let it stand up proud. (But I think the frames really make it!)



The girls at the 2015 NCW Retreat in NSW (yet to be blogged about) tried it out first and then helped me name it. Here are some of their photos!!


by Danielle from Paisley Avenue

By Andrea from Bubs by Andie

by Ellen Wiedman

by Jodie from Three Little Chickens

Simone added some of my cute metal zipper ends to her bag. I think they make an awesome addition!
You can find the Zipper Ends HERE.

by Simone Symonds


by Simone Symonds


by Nyssa Lesniak

by Melisa from Melisa Jane Handmade

by Melanie from Buntings & Things

by Kristina Hambly
By Cynthia Phillpotts

By Cynthia Phillpotts

by Gail Newman

In these two pictures below, Simone has used some oilcloth and left the pockets out to make a wet bag! Perfect for traveling.


by Simone Symonds


After I  instructed them on how to make it, and promising to write a tutorial for it, I came home to Canada refreshed and retreated (actually very jet lagged) and made a few minor changes. Changing the way the zipper is constructed and the wires are put in helps it keep it shape a bit better and fold down nicer at the top.


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If you make this bag, please send me some photos of it in action, or post them in the Emmaline Flickr photo pool.  

If you haven't joined the Emmaline Facebook pages yet, please do so to stay up to date on the latest tutorials, patterns and bag hardware.
Here they are:

Emmaline business page and
Emmaline Sewing Patterns Group - fun Facebook group for chat, help and inspiration


  Janelle

January 22, 2015

Bag of the Month Club 2015 - PRIZES!!!


Hello 2015 Bag of the Month Club members.  The prizes have all been organized for this years contest and we are proud to announce that our amazing sponsors have been very generous and we are lucky to be able to provide 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prizes for each of the 6 bag designs, as well as 6 randomly drawn prizes.

To Enter: 
If you are a club member, please link up your completed bag photos to the FLICKR GROUP by July 15th, 2015. You can enter as many bags as you like, but they must be bags from the Bag of the Month 2015 club offering only. Upload a couple of clear photos of your bag so we can see inside and out and feel free to link to your blog, website or shop listing.  

Judging will be done slightly different than last year. This year the designers will work together to pick several finalists for each bag design, and we will have public voting to choose the winners. More details will come closer to July. (If you are not a member, it's not too late to join, just CLICK HERE and you can read all about it.  The past month's patterns will be sent to you after payment.)

Our Sponsors:





The Prizes: 
(All $ Amounts are in the form of Gift Certificates.)

January Bag Pattern - by Samantha from Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H.
1st Prize: $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop & $25.00 from Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from byAnnie.com & $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Samantha Hussey
February Bag Pattern - by Sara from Sew Sweetness
1st Prize: $25.00 from Hawthorne Threads & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from byAnnie.com & Sara Lawson's upcoming book "Windy City Bags"
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Sara Lawson



March Bag Pattern - by Anna from Noodlehead
1st Prize: $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from byAnnie.com & Anna Graham's upcoming book "Handmade Style"
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Anna Graham


April Bag Pattern - by Janelle from Emmaline Bags
1st Prize: $25.00 from Hawthorne Threads & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from byAnnie.com & $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Janelle MacKay


May Bag Pattern - by Betz White
1st Prize: $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from byAnnie.com & Betz White's book "Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow"
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Betz White


June Bag Pattern - By Christine from Chris W. Designs
1st Prize: $25.00 Hawthorne Threads & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from byAnnie.com & $25.00 from Hawthorne Threads
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Christine Welsh


Randomly Drawn Prizes:
$50.00 Gift Certificate from the Online Fabric Store
$50.00 Gift Certificate from the Online Fabric Store


(1) Free “Weekend Duffle” class on Craftsy.com, by Betz White 


Plus...
(3) 3-in-1 Betsy Bag Patterns by Betsy LaHonta, provided by C&T Publishing


Thank you so much to the Fat Quarter Shop, ByAnnie.com, Hawthorne Threads, the Online Fabric Store, & C&T Publishing, PLUS - my fellow bag designers Sara Lawson, Samantha Hussey, Christine Welsh, Betz White and Anna Graham for your wonderful prize contributions!!  Let the bag making begin!

Thank you for reading!
  Janelle

December 23, 2014

Holiday Sale!!

It's been a wonderful year at Emmaline Bags & Sewing Patterns. Thank you all for the wonderful support and feedback. Exciting things are happening in 2015, so let's bring on the NEW YEAR!!    

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!!




  Janelle

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