Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sew-A-Long!

Sew Together Bag
 Sew-A-Long!
  
It was almost Christmas time, and I wanted to make my employees something special.  I stumbled upon the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented and can I just say... It is brilliant!  There is something addictive about this pouch and its multiple zippers and it’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything! 

Zippers used to scare the crap out of me.  I avoided them at all costs.  I decided a few years ago that I was going to conquer zippers and realized that my fear of zippers was nuts.  They are not a big deal!  In fact, they are fun and make everything just a little classier.  

As I continued to make bags for gifts and swaps, my customers started asking me to teach classes.  I thought it would be more fun to team up with Michelle @Sewdemented and Jennie@ Zipitzippers and host a Sew-A-Long!  We will start on Friday, March 14th and I will post a new step each day with tons of pictures.  So, first things first, order your pattern and zippers and start cutting!  Day 1 will be here before you know it!

           1.   Order your pattern.  You can order a printed pattern from The Quilt Barn  or purchase a downloadable pattern from Michelle at her new website.  We will be making the inside of the bag first, so cut out everything but the outside panel.  You can find Michelle's blog HERE and follow her on IG @sewdemented

2.      Jennie at Zipit is generously giving us 15% off her already AMAZING prices on zipper orders during our Sewalong!  Go to her ETSY STORE and use the coupon code QUILTBARN.   I order my zippers from Jennie because the prices are great and the shipping is lightning fast!  Order a bunch of 9-10" zippers and a handful of 18-20" zippers because you are going to need them when you catch the bug!  You can find Jennie on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter ZipitZippers.  You can find her blog HERE and follow her on IG @kungfucowgirl.

3.  Hop over to our BLOG www.quiltbarn.blogspot.com on Friday, March 14th to start sewing with us!  Post your photos to our flickr group "Sewtogether Sewalong".  Start with a picture of your fabric choices - we are dying to see what you've chosen for your Sew Together Bag!  Hashtag your progress with #sewtogethersewalong on Instagram and Facebook, too!

See you on March 14th!

Heather & The Quilt Barn Chics 

Click below to
"sewalong" with us!


55 comments:

  1. I ordered my zippers!!! I've been meaning to make this bag!

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  2. I'm excited to make another of these bags. The first one I made gave me fits so I'm happy to have help along the way!

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  3. I've had this pattern for a couple of months now, but hadn't sat down to put it together. I'm looking forward to the sew-along....any chance for a blog button to make finding the posts easier?? {grin}

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  5. A button you wish? A Button there is! See the new "Sew Along" button at the top of our blog!

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  6. I've had this pattern for months and haven't made it yet. Just started following your blog and I'm excited to participate in the sew along!!! Got the heads up from Corey at 'little miss shabby'!

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  7. Oh I'm going to be in there like swimwear! A bit late, don't have any zips/fabric but better late than never right? Cannot wait to see the first installment!

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  8. I'm super excited about starting this! I am 9 hours (I'm in the Middle East) ahead of Central time (back home in the Midwest) so waiting for all you sleepy heads to wake up!!! Have fun everyone! Alia

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  9. Hoping to join in this weekend! A bit of a novice sewer - question regarding zippers. I noticed there are all sorts of open ended, etc, and I just don't know what that means :) Any hints? I'm in the UK, so will be buying them (and my fabric) here this weekend :)

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  10. Maureen,

    Nylon coil zippers were used for this sewalong. Just single, closed ends. I've learned alot about zippers from Zipit's blog www.zipitzippers.blogspot.com - check it out!

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  11. Doing great thanks to your instructions!!!! Great tutorial!!!!

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  12. Thanks so much for this info! I am needing to order zippers for my upcoming retreat & the girls are going to love my bag (assuming I get it made in time... :-))!

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  13. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I have just finished the bag and added some photos to the flickr gpage.

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  14. I really wanted to sew this bag, but when I go to craftsy now the pattern is no longer available, anyone know why?

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  15. Hi there, I'm really interested in sewing this bag now…but it's no longer showing the pattern available on craftsy now…any idea's why?

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  16. I really wanted to sew this bag, but when I go to craftsy now the pattern is no longer available, anyone know why?

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    2. You can still buy this pattern on Craftsy. $12

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  17. This pattern no longer available on Craftsy! Oh no! Any ideas of another method of purchasing for download anyone?

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  18. So, I'm not sure how to get in contact with Sew Demented, but maybe you know. Someone has stolen this design and is selling patterns of it on craftsy:

    http://bionicgearbag.com/

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  19. Hi Heather! Thank you for this tutorial! As i can not buy The pattern, I am from Portugal, will you tell me measurements sรณ that i can try to do it??? Thanks and kind regards
    Telma

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    1. Telma, You can purchase a downloadable version of the pattern from the designer's website. www.sewdemented.com

      Thanks!

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  20. I have the pattern, will get the zippers & other notions in a day or 2. Have been SO afraid of zippers that I've set myself up negatively. Not going to do that any longer! I want to master this & share the process at the quilt retreat. Thank you for making the tutorial available even if it's long past the March date!

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    1. So glad you are going to conquer your fear of zippers! You can do this and teach it, no problem!

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    2. Finished in time for daughter to take to Paris in March. Wonderful tutorial! Thanks so muc

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  21. What a total sweetheart you are for doing this. I'm on Day 3 but it's now October. Your additional help with the pattern is invaluable. The work you have put in to assemble this tutorial is amazing. I will post a photo when I' m finished. Loving the process.
    Annie from cold wet and windy England.

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    1. Thank you for those kind words! I had so much fun putting this sew-a-long together and am currently working on another fantastic pattern by Noodlehead... stay tuned! Can't wait to see your photo! Are you on Instagram?

      Heather

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  22. Couldn't work out how to post on Instagram. Have managed to put photos on Craftsy tho. Good luck with your next project. I'll keep an eagle eye out for it. x

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  23. I'm about to venture into the Sew Together Bag and can't wait. Thank you so much for all the instructions. I know from reading other blogs that they will be extremely helpful! :)

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  24. This is an amazing help for putting this bag together! Thanks for taking us through step by step, holding our hands, and encouraging us.

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  25. I've made five sew together bags to date and continue to use your site as a resource. Thanks for posting pics.....it helps so much!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  26. Could you suggest the exact interfacing you used? I'm either using one too thick or too thin. Hmmm!

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  27. I like to use Pellon 931 or Pellon 911 - hope that helps!

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  28. Thank you for your great Sew-A-Long and your great pictures and explanations! I just finished my first Sew together bag :-)
    Greetings
    Anela

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  29. Thank you for this post! I can't tell you enough hoe helpful it was! I have made 5 of these bags!!!

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  30. Thanks for offering this wonderful tutorial. I was scared of zippers, now not. I would have never been able to make this with instructions alone. Now I want to make more.....thanks for the tip about the walking foot...my zipper foot was worthless. Thanks!!!

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  31. Thank you so much for the SewTogether Bag Sew-A-Long. I just follow this to finish my bag :))

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  32. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Without your detailed pictures and directions I couldn't have made the "Sew Together Bag" as the pattern itself has very few (no) pictures. Once again THANK YOU!

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  33. I know I am on the sew together bag late train, I think I pinned this a year ago. Thank you for taking the time to make your tutorial. I could not have finished the bag without it. You have made my experience so pleasant, and I would make another, loved it. Thank you again....

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  34. I want to thank you for your sew along - a friend asked me to make this bag for her and I ordered the pattern this morning - got it was reading it and I always get confused until I actually start making the things I do... but had seen something on the web when hunting for the pattern about a sew a thon - came back and found you and have read through the whole thing - bookmarked the pages so that I can find them easily as I will be making this bag this next week and I wish that all pattern writers would put the pictures that you have taken in their patterns - so much easier when you can see what they are describing - a big thank you and a Happy New Year to you!

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  35. I'm about 2 years late to join the fun, the this Blog Series has helped tremendously! Thanks for all the pictures and breaking down the steps!

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  36. I did it!!! I made the pouch!!! I have been saving your tutorial for like 6 months...not sure why I was so afraid of this project ...but it was just a huge giant hiding in my craft closet for some reason. Well...with your tutorial...I slayed it!!! YEah!!! It turned out awesome!!! Thank you so much!!! So, question...my friends are artsy people not quilters or sewers...and they all want one for their markers... I see on the pattern I need permission to make to sell. Is that possible or will she not let any one make and sell them? hoping you know the answer before I bother her. Thanks again for all the step by step pictures!!! My photos are on ig. under @sandielove2art the first photo is the last photo so you will have to look for the first in the series of the bag...there are not many.

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  37. Thank you so much for this great tutorial! :D I bought the pattern and made a bag last week but I couldn't have done it without your step by step pictures!! well done! :D

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  38. Like others, I bought the pattern on Craftsy and just finished my bag this afternoon . . . I could not have done so without this tutorial, Heather - Thank you. I SO hope you see all of the gratitude here!! ๐Ÿค—

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  39. I've had this pattern for months and haven't made it yet. Just started following your blog and I'm excited to participate in the sew along!!!

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  40. Thank you I am glad about the encouragement! I love your site, you post outstanding. forskolin

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  41. PLEASE, please don't ever get rid of this site. It has been so valuable to me and as I see on Comments, many, many others as well. Never could have done that pattern without your visuals. Thanks a bunch.

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  42. Beautiful, clear and concise tutorial! Thank you so much! I enjoy these bags so much and they make wonderful gifts. I am so thankful for your helpful tutorial to make the process easy and fun!

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  43. Thanks for such great tutorials. I finsihed two last night and using the walking foot for the zippers was a game changer for me.

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  44. I'd like to make one but can't find the pattern pdf. The links don't really work. Greetings from Germany

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  45. So glad you have this tutorial on your blog. I could not have figured it out without your pictures. Thank you!

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