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Sporty Strap Pack Sew Along – Post #3: Finishing the Bag

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Welcome to the second post of the Sporty Strap Pack sew along! This is the one-shoulder backpack pattern featured on the cover of our book On the Go Bags, co-written by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags.

Janelle kicked off our sew along with several helpful posts for those of you sewing the Airport Sling Bag, (another one from the book!) which you’ll find here:

Airport Sling:

Sporty Strap Pack:

You may have already joined the On the Go Bags Facebook group, but in case you haven’t, check it out for all of the sew along info.You can share your bag progress, ask questions, and even enter to win prizes just for sewing along! We’ll do about 2 weeks of instruction for each bag, and then you’ll have 4 weeks to finish for a chance to enter your bag for giveaways.

Sporty Strap Pack Riley Blake

Here’s the bag again, featured in Keep on Groovin’ from Riley Blake Designs.

Adding the Zipper Flap

In the last post, we talked about getting the pockets and straps made for the bag. Now we are focusing on that zipper and zipper flap.

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Fold your interfaced zipper flap piece in half. Prepare the zipper tabs by folding in half, then opening up and folding each raw edge in an extra 1/4″ toward the center. Insert both ends of your 18″ zipper into one of these zipper tabs about halfway.

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Cut off the metal stopper end of your zipper if needed to get it to 18″ in length.

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Here’s another view showing how I inserted a zipper end in a zipper tab. Note that it goes about halfway down. This is because you want to extend the zipper with fabric, in a sense, and leave a little fabric to sew through at the very tip to where you don’t have to sew through the actual zipper along with all the layers of your backpack.

Now stitch the zipper tab to each end of the zipper as shown in the book.

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Here comes the scary part. But it really doesn’t have to be scary! Take the lining panel and outer panel that look like this (neck pointed slightly to the left) when placed right sides together, with the lining closest to you. Or refer to the pattern notches and directions in the book. Place your long ruler 1 1/2″ from the left side of the neck, traveling straight down to the center of the bag pieces. Use your rotary cutter to slice through both layers along this line. You can mark it with a pen to be safe!

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Slice! That wasn’t so bad.

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Next, take the left half of the outer body piece you just sliced and place it in front of you, right side facing up. Place the zipper flap, which you pressed in half earlier, on top so the raw edges align. Then, place the zipper on top of that, with the zipper pull side face down. The right edge of the zipper will align with the raw edges of your outer panel and zipper flap. Pin together if you’d like… we’ll be adding one more layer!

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Next, layer the half of the lining flap you cut earlier face down on this stack. Make sure it has the same shape/notches as the body piece below.

Pin or clip everything in this stack together (not pictured)…

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Carefully removing pins as you go, stitch together everything you pinned together in the last step. Use your fingers to make sure everything stays aligned along the raw edges as you sew.

The zipper will especially want to get away from you when you are stitching past the zipper pull. No worries! Just lift your presser foot when you get close, raise the needle, unzip the zipper a bit, and continue stitching. I like to start with it in the middle, and then move it out of my way back toward the beginning so I can finish stitching in peace.

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When you have completed this step, your panel will look something like this. You can see the zipper flap naturally falls over to the left of the zipper.

Now take that whole panel and fold it in half, so the wrong sides of the fabric are facing…

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And press it so it looks like this. Fold the zipper flap over the zipper and press.

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Now topstitch two lines to the left of the zipper flap, on the outer fabric, going through the lining fabric on the other side.

Notice how my lining is sticking out a bit below my outer panel? Not concerned… we’ll trim that off in a bit, as well as the excess zipper tab peeking out.

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Okay, now it’s time to take your remaining outer body panel (the right half when you sliced it earlier) and place it right side up in front of you.

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Next, take the bag panel we just worked on. Stack it on top, so the zipper edge is facing left and the neck is pointing up. Line up the raw edges.

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To complete this “bag sandwich” you’ll add the final half of the lining panel, face down.

Pin along the raw edges as before, and stitch.

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Now repeat the same steps as before, pressing and topstitching. More details on this in the book.

You’ve got it!

 

Putting it all together

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Remember that bag panel with the pocket and straps? Grab it, and stuff the straps inside the pocket. Add some pins if you’d like. You’ll want them out of the way.

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Okay, now pin the two outer fabric panels together. the one on the bottom (right side facing up) has the pocket. The one on top (right side facing down) has the zipper. Since you don’t want the lining to get caught, roll it up like a burrito in the center and pin.

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Important tip! When sewing around the neck, you don’t want to sew too much of the strap corners. This is because you’ll want the strap free so it can swing in any direction. We’ll be covering this raw edge with the strap facing later. So either before or after you do this step, you can unpick a few stitches to get that top strap out of the way. Then, just use your fingers to manipulate it through the sewing machine so you don’t have to sew the strap too… just the outer body panels!

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Here’s another great tip! When sewing the body panels together, your lining will be pinned to the center, right? What happens when you inevitably have to sew over the tip of the lining, near the zipper? It’s okay…. just go right over it. for the inch that you need to, but pull back the lining before and after the zipper so it doesn’t get caught in your stitch line. You want it to be free for the next step…

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Take the lining panel (the one with the elastic pocket, and place it face down on the other lining panel (the one with the zipper. Pin around the edges of just the lining panels. You can pin the body pieces out of the way, if you’d like. Stitch, leaving a hole for turning.

Note: I’d love it if someone wanted to try leaving their turning hole in the side instead of the bottom of the lining. After several bags, we think this might be easier!

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Here’s what your bag will look like after the body pieces are joined and the lining pieces are joined. It’s kind of like a star fruit!

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Tip! Your bag has probably shifted a little bit. Since one panel has a zipper and one doesn’t, one will naturally be larger. Just use your rotary cutter to gently trim off the excess lining. The shape of this bag is very forgiving.

 

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Turn that bag right side out and pin the lining closed so you can hand or machine stitch it.

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When you get to this 1″ section nearest the zipper, you might have to just bite the bullet and hand stitch it. Or be lazy like me, and just leave that bit of the lining open.

Prep the Strap Facing

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This one is pretty straightforward in the book, but I wanted to give you some pics of the strap facing I sewed for the bag…

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Here it is right side out.

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And here it is stitched to the bag strap. Ta da!

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I think a matching or contrasting strap facing can work well here, so feel free to change your mind. It’s just a small scrap of fabric, so pick something you’ll be really happy with.

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Remember that strap buckle? I rarely read the instructions when putting one on… I kind of  slip it on and off in different directions until something just “feels right.” This is why my husband and I can never assemble IKEA furniture together. He wants to read the directions, and I’m all… “Eh, this looks like it could go here.” :)

Thank goodness for instruction-type people!

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Here is a fresh look at the back of the bag, which shows the strap situation a little better. When I took it to Chicago, it was a little “slidey” on me, so if that happens to you, just take it out and try, try again.

Tip: Burn and melt the end of nylon strapping with a lighter for a few seconds to keep it from unraveling.

Goodness, this was fun!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sporty Strap Pack Sew Along! I hope it encouraged you to try something new, and that it was fun and not too intimidating. Those who know me also know that I’m often sewing during my son’s nap times or late at night. I may have only small amounts of time to work on a bag, and then I get interrupted… Then I come back and make a mistake, losing my train of thought. It happens! We can all be brave and try something new, and let our seam rippers do their jobs. :)

And now, here’s where you can link up your bag for prizes…. 5 winners will be randomly selected from all entries submitted by June 15th! Don’t forget to enter your finished Airport Slings by May 30th… you’ve still got time!

 

And if you have a moment, we’d also like to invite you to upload a picture of your finished bag (any one from the book) to an Amazon review, to share with the world. And share it on the Facebook group, because we want to ooh and ahh over it. :)

 

Sporty Strap Pack Sew Along – Post #2: Straps + Pockets

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Welcome to the second post of the Sporty Strap Pack sew along! This is the one-shoulder backpack pattern featured on the cover of our book On the Go Bags, co-written by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags.

Janelle kicked off our sew along with several helpful posts for those of you sewing the Airport Sling Bag, (another one from the book!) which you’ll find here:

Airport Sling:

Sporty Strap Pack:

You may have already joined the On the Go Bags Facebook group, but in case you haven’t, check it out for all of the sew along info.You can share your bag progress, ask questions, and even enter to win prizes just for sewing along! We’ll do about 2 weeks of instruction for each bag, and then you’ll have 4 weeks to finish for a chance to enter your bag for giveaways.

Sporty Strap Pack Riley Blake

Here’s the bag again, featured in Keep on Groovin’ from Riley Blake Designs.

Making the Straps

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In the last post, we got all of our pieces cut out and stabilized or interfaced. Here are the right sides of the strap pieces. You’ll see the 2 small and 2 large ones. The nylon strapping gets pinned onto 1 of each, with the longer strapping pinned to the shorter strap, and the shorter strapping pinned to the longer strap.

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In the Facebook group this week, Melissa asked me if the stabilizer for the curved strap goes right up to the end of the fabric (as pictured above), or if it gets pushed back a 1/4″, to allow for an easier time sewing the seam allowance. My answer: Push the stabilizer 1/4″ back from what is featured in the picture, so it’s not butting up against the edge of the strap. This will go through your sewing machine easier.

Truthfully, I didn’t trim back my stabilizer on any of my Sporty Strap Packs, because my sewing machine sews right through them! I reduce bulk after sewing with a pinking rotary cutter, so the straps lay nice and flat after topstitching. But that suggestion on cutting back the stabilizer to be a little smaller than the straps will help you out if your sewing machine has a rough time going through multiple layers. :)

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Here are the interfaced sides of each strap after they are sewn to the matching one. See that little nylon strapping hanging over the edge? We’re gonna trim that off next.

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I like to use a pinking rotary blade to trim off the entire curved edge of both straps, including the nylon strapping. You can also notch the curves with regular scissors or pinking shears.

Now turn those straps right side out, press….

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…. And add your two layers of top stitching! Mine are about 1/4″ from the edge, and another 1/4″ inside that.

If your nylon strapping didn’t stay perfectly centered, you can rip out some stitches in the end and reposition the strapping to try again. Make sure to do this before topstitching, though.

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Here is how they look attached to the outer panel of the Sporty Strap Pack. I recommend pinning and basting in place. Make sure you baste them to the panel that has the neck slightly slanted to the right side. (See the note in the book about the notches on the pattern piece if you need more help figuring out which side is which.)

Making the Flat Pocket (and Pocket Flap)

I’ve used contrasting pockets on this bag, but you can also choose to match the fabrics for the outer bag and pockets, like the one on the book’s cover.

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When we were writing the book, Janelle came up with this neat idea to have one curved pattern piece that coordinates with multiple patterns. So all you need to do to “curve” the bottom corners of your pocket flap is find the appropriate curve line on the pattern piece and line it up as shown. Repeat with the second corner of your pocket flap.

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To find the center point of your pocket flap and flat pocket, fold them in half and use your finger to make a crease. Then apply the magnetic snaps as explained in the book. If you’ve never used a magnetic snap, I think you’ll find them quite easy to master, and they add a lot of bang for your buck as far as making your pockets look professional.

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Here are both my curved pocket flap and flat pocket pieces with the magnetic snap attached. Note that I’ve inserted the magnetic snaps into the stabilized pieces. I make the tiniest hole with my seam ripper, and then force the magnetic snap prongs through the layers. This way, I can avoid having to use fray check. But that’s always an option if your holes end up being very big and you want to prevent them from tearing.

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After the magnetic snaps are in place, stitch the flat pockets together leaving a gap in the top side (see the pins). Do the same with the pocket flap. See where I’ve pinned it? The top flat side is where you’ll turn it.

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Now turn that flat pocket right side out, and add two lines of topstitching 1/8″ from the edge, and 1/4″ from the top edge to close that turning area. Place the pocket on your bag front (the one with the straps attached) as shown, using the measurements from the book as your guide.

Pin the pocket in place and stitch around the three bottom sides.

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After that pocket is stitched on, place your pocket flap on the bag so that the metal snaps connect. Pin the flap in place and use a single line of stitching 1/8″ from the top edge to attach it to the bag front.

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Here is the flap opened after sewing it to the bag. Plenty of room between it and the top of the pocket, which is great for stashing your cell phone or keys securely!

Making the Elastic Pocket

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Remember that corner template? We are going to use this again. Refer to the book to make sure you are cutting the correct curve for the elastic pocket. Curve the two bottom corners of both pocket pieces. This will be along the 10″ side.

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Now stitch them together, leaving a gap in the curved bottom for turning.

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Turn the pocket right side out. Here, I am using a frixion pen to mark a straight line 3/4″ from the top, which will create my elastic casing.

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Rip out a few stitches on both the right and left sides of the pocket, just above the line you sewed in the last step. Insert your elastic and safety pin, referring to the directions in the book for completing the elastic pocket. I hope these photos help give you extra visuals to explain the process!

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Here is the almost finished elastic pocket. Just stitch to secure the longer end, and trim off that elastic.

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Next, pin the elastic pocket to your bag lining piece which has the neck curved slightly to the left, as shown above. See your pattern piece and notches for further clarification. Remember, the bottom of the pocket is still opened, with the seam pressed in 1/4″. We’ll be stitching that down as we sew all around the pocket’s left, bottom and right curve.

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Here’s picture of the gathered pocket sewn onto the lining and the flat pocket sewn onto the outer bag with straps. Although, the pocket flap should also be sewn on… I just hadn’t gotten a picture of that yet.

We’ve accomplished a lot today!

If you have any questions about the Sporty Strap Pack Sew Along, feel free to ask them in the On the Go Bags Facebook group! I’ll respond to any questions on the group or will incorporate them into future sew along posts.

Thank you for sewing along with us. It means so much to me and Janelle, and we are humbled and grateful every time we see one of your creations!

If you have a moment to go post a review of the book on Amazon or CTPub.com, that would be so generous of you. Pssst… you can even add your bag photos and comments to the review page!

 

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Sporty Strap Pack Sew Along – Post #1: Supplies, Cutting & Interfacing

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Today is the first post of the Sporty Strap Pack sew along! This is the one-shoulder backpack pattern featured on the cover of our book On the Go Bags, co-written by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags.

Janelle kicked off our sew along with several helpful posts for those of you sewing the Airport Sling Bag, (another one from the book!) which you’ll find here:

Airport Sling:

Sporty Strap Pack:

  • Post #1: You are here!

You may have already joined the On the Go Bags Facebook group, but in case you haven’t, check it out for all of the sew along info.You can share your bag progress, ask questions, and even enter to win prizes just for sewing along! We’ll do about 2 weeks of instruction for each bag, and then you’ll have 4 weeks to finish for a chance to enter your bag for giveaways.

Sporty Strap Pack shoulder backpack

Let’s Get Started!

The Sporty Strap Pack is a practical one-shoulder backpack pattern that you can sew in one fabric or coordinating prints for a little pizzazz! I took this version with me to Chicago for a girls’ getaway with my mom, and it was just the right size to carry my DSLR camera, a light sweatshirt, and my wallet. I love wearing this bag!

I was inspired to design a one-shoulder backpack for my friend who needed a small bag to take her dog out to go on walks, to carry a treat, plastic baggie, a sweater, and a bottle of water. I soon realized that this would be a great smaller backpack to replace my big diaper bag as my son grew into toddlerhood and didn’t require so many things to leave the house.

Sporty Strap Pack Riley Blake

The fabric featured on this bag is the fun Keep on Groovin’ from Riley Blake Designs. Yeah!

The bag front features a magnetic snap pocket and the inside features an elastic pocket. Each time I make this bag, I change up the pockets just a little, with a contrasting flap or something to spice it up. The back of the bag has a zipper and a covered zipper flap, which I’ll show you here….

Back of Sporty Strap Pack

See the zipper? It’s hidden underneath the zipper flap!

The straps are kind of neat to sew, too. Each top and bottom strap has a piece of nylon strapping coming from it, and is topstitched for detail and strength. Finally, you can add a plastic buckle with an adjustable slider to customize the pack to fit you.

Supplies & Fabric:

  1. I used a quilting cotton, but you can also sew this bag with a canvas fabric. Both are plenty sturdy with the proper interfacing. I’ve used Pellon SF 101 Shape Flex as my interfacing and Pellon Fusible Thermolam as my stabilizer. If you are using canvas, I’d still recommend interfacing and stabilizer.
  2. As for the type of fabric print that works well for this bag, I’m going to suggest going with a small to medium-scale print, or something like the solid Essex linen featured on the cover. I’ve found that large-scale prints (huge florals) and such don’t work as well with the kidney shape of the bag. If you’re determined to use a larger-scale print, why not tone it down with solid front pocket and flap? I’ve shared some other examples of the #sportystrappack on Instragram in case you need some inspiration!

What fabric and hardware am I using?

Sporty Strap Pack materials list

Here is the complete fabric and supplies list from the book! Please note that I’m going to suggest an 18″ zipper instead of the 16″ zipper listed. This was an error in the editing of the book, and has been changed in all digital and reprint editions. If you’ve already purchased a smaller zipper, you can make your zipper tabs a bit longer to compensate.

Other than the zipper, the only real hardware you will need is a magnetic snap!

 

Cutting Fabric:

Are you nervous to make that first cut? Don’t be! I completely messed it up, but realized my error and was able to fix it, no problem! Hopefully these cutting tips will help you all breeze through the cutting of the Sporty Strap Pack!

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Trying to save time, I folded my blue dot print and orange car print in half from top to bottom. This worked fine for the blue, since it’s not a directional print, but not so well for the cars…

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Oops! On the left lining piece, you can see that the cars are right side up. On the right lining piece, they are upside down. Luckily, I had enough fabric that I could cut a new right lining panel, and you should, too! But to save yourself the time and effort, just cut any directional fabrics one at a time! Do not cut through two layers, or you might make a mistake like I did.

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Here I am cutting out that lining piece the right way… one at a time. Always a smart move with directional fabrics!

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Once you’ve cut your body pieces from the outer fabric, go ahead and trim off that curved to give yourself a clean edge. Then cut a long strip 3.5″ wide through both layers for your straps.

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Cut that long strip into your short strap and long strap. See how easy!

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Next, I’m going to show you a tip for centering a print.

Here, I’m cutting out my front pocket. Because I know I want it to be 7″ wide and I also want at least some of the car circles to be centered, I’m going to fold my fabric right sides together and fold it carefully so the circles are centered. Then, I place my ruler at the 3.5″ mark.

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When I unfold my cut pockets, the van circles are perfectly centered!

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Next, just trim that long pocket piece into two pockets of the correct height.

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I used the same centering trick for the pocket flap… Just divide the width of the pocket flap by two, and that will be  your measurement for cutting along the folded fabric. Cut along the fold to get a pocket flap of the correct width, then cut two pieces to the correct height.

If you aren’t using a directional fabric, it’s your lucky day! You can skip all of these tricks and just cut normally through two layers of a folded piece of fabric to get your matching pieces.

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Here’s my elastic pocket piece. Because my print is only slightly directional, I just cut through two layers to get my pieces.

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Don’t forget to cut out your interfacing and stabilizer (pictured above). You might notice here that in the center column, my long top strap piece isn’t long enough (just a few inches short). It’s okay to piece stabilizers together if needed to get a long enough strap piece. Just fuse one to the fabric, then fuse the next piece beside it.

Here are all of the interfaced and stabilized pieces!

Sporty Strap Pack pieces

From left to right: These pieces get interfacing (the lightweight stuff)…

  • 2 lining body pieces (facing opposite ways)
  • 1 short bottom strap
  • 1 long top strap
  • 1 elastic pocket (I chose blue to contrast with my orange lining fabric)
  • 1 pocket flap
  • 1 flat pocket
  • 1 strap facing (I chose blue to match my outer bag)
  • 1 zipper flap (I chose orange to contrast with my blue outer fabric)

Sporty Strap Pack pieces

From left to right: These pieces get stabilizer (the heavyweight stuff)…

  • 2 outer body pieces (facing opposite ways)
  • 1 flat pocket (I chose orange to contrast)
  • 1 pocket flap (orange to contrast)
  • 1 long top strap
  • 1 short bottom strap
  • 1 elastic pocket (I chose blue to contrast with my orange lining fabric)

That’s a wrap for today! If you have any questions about the Sporty Strap Pack Sew Along, feel free to ask them in the On the Go Bags Facebook group! I can’t wait to see what fabrics you choose for your bags. For some inspiration, check out these others…

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‘On the Go Bags’ Sew Along + Prizes!

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Today I’m excited to share a fun sew along event for my book On the Go Bags, co-written with Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags!

You may have already joined the On the Go Bags Facebook group, but in case you haven’t, check it out for all the sew along info. I’ll share some details here below, as well as the prizes you can win just for sewing along. :)

Janelle​ and I hope you will join us for a leisurely sew along! We’ll do about 2 weeks of instruction for each bag, and then you’ll have 4 weeks to finish for a chance to enter your bag for giveaways!

April 15 to May 30: Airport Sling

 

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Sew along with us to make Janelle’s “Airport Sling” from the book for your chance to win one of these prizes. All prizes will be randomly selected from participants who submit their finished bag photo to the Facebook group by May 30th. Winners chosen on June 1st!

1 winner: 1 package of Pellon Flex-Foam®
3 winners: 1 package of ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable, 36″ x 58″ white
1 winner: Aurifil thread collection curated by Annabel Wrigley, Maribel for Windham Fabrics
1 winner: 1 ebook of the winner’s choice from C&T Publishing
1 winner: 1 Craftsy class of the winner’s choice

May 1 to June 15: Sporty Strap Pack

Sporty Strap Pack Prizes

Sew along with us to make Lindsay’s “Sporty Strap Pack” from the book for your chance to win one of these prizes. All prizes will be randomly selected from participants who submit their finished bag photo to the Facebook group by June 15th. Winners chosen on June 16th!

2 winners: Two coordinating 1-yard cuts from Riley Blake Fabrics
1 winner: Two coordinating 1-yard cuts of Dreamcatcher fabric from Blend Fabrics
1 winner: 1 ebook of the winner’s choice from C&T Publishing
1 winner: 1 Craftsy class of the winner’s choice

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Ready to Join the Sew Along?

  1. Pick up a copy of the book On the Go Bags and…
  2. Round up your materials (listed in the Facebook group if you don’t have the book yet)…
  3. Join the Facebook Group here for more info, which will be posted so you can follow along at your own pace!



NICU Holiday Smocks: Charity Sew Along

NICU Holiday Smocks Charity Sew Along

Today, I’m excited to share a charity sewing project I’m taking part in with my local quilt guild. If you’d like to join us, please stay tuned for how you can help!

Once in the spring and once in November, the Music City Modern Quilt Guild meets together to sew outfits for babies in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU). These teeny, tiny NICU smocks are designed to fit babies weighing 3 to 5 pounds! When babies are in the NICU, it can really be a gift to the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. (With all the monitors & wires, clothing is difficult to get on.)

The NICU smocks pattern is a FREE download from Everything Your Mama Made, and is available on Craftsy. Get it here!

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I decided to get a head start on cutting out holiday fabrics for our November charity project with these beautiful fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! The deer and ornament prints you see above are Treelicious by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. The chevron design is from the Yuletide Greetings collection by Anna Griffin. I discovered I can cut two smocks from a half-yard of fabric and still have a bit leftover.

NICU Charity Smocks (Free Pattern)

Here’s what the finished smocks look like! According to the pattern, you can either finish with a serger or sewn them together as I did here (with the outer and lining fabrics right sides together, flipped outward, pressed and top-stitched). With a serger, these would go together in no time at all. For the back, I used a flannel fabric, and I’m going to pick up some Velcro for the closure “wings.” Just a tiny rectangle on each side does the trick!

As a quilt guild, we sewed together and donated 40 smocks this spring, with some delicious fabrics donated from Ann Kelle. (You can see them here!) For the holiday drive, I’m hoping we can multiply our donation and bring some holiday cheer to even more families at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

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You’re Invited to Sew Along with Us!

Craft Buds and the Music City Modern Quilt Guild would like to invite you to sew along with us! Here’s how it works:

1) Download the free NICU smock pattern here.
2) Print off the last 6 pages, and follow the directions for the preemie 3 to 5 pound size.
3) Sew one or more NICU smocks in cheerful holiday fabrics or child-friendly prints! (We’re using quality quilting cottons for the outside and flannel for the lining.) We’re always on the lookout for cute boy-friendly smocks that can be used any time of year.
4) Leave a comment here anytime before Friday, November 1, 2014 if you plan to sew along, and we’ll provide a mailing address to donate your sewn smocks to our guild’s charity drive (which will go directly to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital). All smocks must be postmarked by November 14, 2014. Alternately, you’re welcome to donate to your local children’s hospital; just contact them first to make sure they can accept them.

We hope you can join us!

Amy’s Pillow: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hi all! I’m excited to be the first guest blogger for Lindsay’s Mosaic Tiles QAL! My name is Amy and I blog over at www.13spools.com.

Mosaic Tiles QAL pillow

I first met Lindsay in the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild and even got to help her sew some of the charity quilt in her book – though I didn’t actually know what I was making the block for at the time!

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

I just thought I would mention a few of the things about the Mosaic Tiles pattern from Modern Bee that I really love:

     – It uses squares, so grab a charm pack to shorten cutting time.
     – The construction is similar to that of a disappearing 9 patch, so it’s fast.
     – The large negative space strips really give this quilt a modern feel and fun composition.

Since December is always a bit of a crazy month – yet also the time when I find myself scrambling for a few extra gifts – I thought a pillow would be the perfect project. Nice and quick, with all the coziness of a quilt. If you’d like to make a 14″ pillow from the Mosaic Tiles pattern, you’ll need:

Mosaic Tiles pillow
The Book
Grab a copy of Modern Bee to sew along!

Background Fabric  (Tula Pink Salt Water)
– Cut 2 additional strips in each size needed for one block.

Focus Fabric (Mirror Ball Dots)
– Cut 1 additional square as needed for one block.

Additional Supplies
– 2 binding strips, or at least 70″ of binding
– (2) 10″ x 14″ rectangles for the envelope backing
– (1) 18″ square piece of batting
– (1) 18″ square piece of fabric for the backing of the quilt (pillow top) sandwich – this fabric will end up on the inside of the pillow and will not be visible

Step 1: Create your 8″ framed squares, as directed in the book.

Step 2: Cut your framed squares into quarters, as directed in the book.

Mosaic Tiles Pillow

Step 3: Assemble the pillow top.

Here is the layout for one completed block, as shown in the book:

Mosaic Tiles pillow

We still need to add 1 row and 1 column to this layout to make a completed pillow top. Here’s the layout I decided on:

Mosaic Tiles pillow

Sew into rows, then sew the rows together to complete the pillow top.

Step 4: Quilt the pillow top.

If you would like to quilt your pillow top for some extra cuddly texture, then make a quilt sandwich out of the pillow top, the batting, and the 18″ fabric square. Quilt as desired!

Mosaic Tiles pillow

I had a lot of fun quilting this project with some organic straight lines, which “bloomed” into dogwoods when they hit each square. To play on the sheen from the Mirror Ball dots fabric, I used a metallic silver thread (see more on metallic thread use here).

Mosaic Tiles Pillow

When done, trim down the backing and batting to match the edges of the pillow quilt top.

Step 5: Prepare the envelope backing.

Along one of the long sides of each of the backing pieces, fold the fabric over 1/4″ and press. Fold over again and press. Stitch just next to the edge to secure the hem. Repeat with other backing piece.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

Step 6: Attach the envelope backing.

This can technically be done at the same time as binding, but I prefer to tack it on first for security.

Lay the pillow top on your cutting mat right side down. Place the two backing pieces right side up on top of the pillow top. Place them on one at a time, lining up the raw edges with the raw edges of the pillow top.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

The hemmed edges will end up in the middle of the pillow back. They will overlap several inches. Pin in place.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

Stitch an 1/8″ in on all sides.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

Step 7: Bind as desired.

For pillows, I like to use a machine stitched zig zag binding. I sewed the binding to the back of the pillow, flipped it over, and zig zagged it from the front. I used metallic thread for this step, as well.

Mosaic Tiles pillow

Ta-dah! A fast a scrumptious pillow. I feel like this color palette works well as a winter pillow.

Mosaic Tiles QAL pillow

And because it’s always so enjoyable to play around on Illustrator, here are a few mock-ups of other fun colorways for this quilt:

Red and Gray

red layout

For this layout, I used only one red color for the squares. 1/3 of the framed squares are made with darker red background strips, instead of gray. Instead of having a darker fabric for the larger cross of negative space, I opted to go with the same gray as I used in the rest of the background. I think this option would look great with some of the reds and Essex Linen I bought recently!

Reds

 Blue Ombre

blue ombre layout

If you read my blog, you know I’m a huge sucker for ombre! This would probably work best with a design wall, so you can lay out pieces as you complete them and continually assess what colors you need next.

Lighter Palette

white background layout

The example in the book, as well as all of the mockups I have given so far, use a gray background, but this pattern would work well with a lighter background, as well! This one gives a nice wintery feel, which I’m into at the moment :).
I hope that gives you all a great starting point for the Mosaic Tiles QAL! Don’t forget to join the Flickr group so you can share any projects you’ve made from the book.

This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along. :)

Prizes! Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Did you see our announcement last week about the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along? We are thrilled that many of you said you’d like to join us in quilting the January pattern from the book Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. Today, we’re sharing some of the amazing prizes that you can win!

Prize Pack

 

Prize Pack2

 

Prize Pack3

These prizes are courtesy of our amazing quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books!

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

Want to Quilt Along?

Here’s a quick overview of the contest!

1. Today December 9, 2013 through February 14, 2014 (that’s Valentine’s Day for all you romantics!), Craft Buds is hosting the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along! This beginner-friendly quilt pattern was designed by Sukie for my book, Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends, so you’ll need to have a copy of the book to participate.

2. We’d love to see what you can create based on the original “Mosaic Tiles” block design. Is it a holiday stocking or tree skirt? How about an eBook cover or messenger bag? Whip up a mini quilt for your Valentine, an apron for your sister or your own quilt design inspired by the block. Anything goes, as long as you create a finished item!

3. During the 10-week quilt along, we’ll be sharing project inspiration, quilting tips and layout options with lots of help from our friends. If you don’t have time to get started in December, we invite you to go ahead and join us anyway! You can join us in 2014 with plenty of time to finish a project before mid-February. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, 12/9
Kickoff! Announcing our sponsors, guest judges + prizes

Monday, 12/16
Guest post: Holiday project and guest post with layout options with Amy of 13 Spools

Wednesday, 12/18
Guest post: Holiday project inspired by block with Sarah of Fabric Seeds

Monday, 12/30
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles layout options with Katie of ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts

Wednesday, 1/1
Happy New Year: Still 6 weeks to sew along!

Friday, 1/3
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Katy Cameron of The Littlest Thistle
+ Halfway mark: Link up your progress!

Monday, 1/6
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Monday, 1/13
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Darcy of Modern Cozy

Wednesday, 1/15
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Kim of Kim’s Krafts

Monday, 1/20
Featuring other projects from “Modern Bee”

Wednesday, 1/22
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles quilt by Katy of Lethargic Lass

Monday, 1/27

Guest post: Project by January of Sew Sew Go

Friday, 2/14
Happy Valentine’s Day! Deadline for entries at midnight, EST.

Guest Judges

Guest Judges 2

After all entries have been received on 2/14, Our lovely guest judges will choose winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on overall creativity, execution and innovation of the original pattern.

All official entries must be received by the 2/14 deadline and linked in the form above. If you have trouble linked up a photo of your project, you may e-mail your entry to lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll add it for you.

We’d also love for you to add and project or progress photos to the Modern Bee and Craft Buds Flickr groups. If you instagram, make sure to include the hashtag #modernbeebook to your progress photos!

Modern Bee Quilt Along

Grab a Book!

If you already have the Modern Bee book, you’ve got all you need to sign up for the quilt along! If you don’t have the book, you can purchase a copy at select Jo-Ann Fabric stores, quilt shops or online at any of the following spots.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
C&T Publishing
Lindsay Sews
Other

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Do you Plan to Sew Along?

Leave a comment on this post or the original post. This way, we can stay in touch, get to know each other and share our progress! Quilting is lots more fun with friends, and we cannot wait to see what your create. It’s not required to have a blog.

Grab a Button!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Announcing the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for handmade holidays . . . and being incredibly busy. That’s why I’m excited to announce a super-fun and simple quilt along that you can easily take part in, no matter how much more shopping, wrapping and baking you have to do!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Next Monday, 12/9 through 2/14 (that’s Valentine’s Day for all you romantics!), Craft Buds is hosting the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along! This beginner-friendly quilt pattern was designed by Sukie for my book, Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends.

Mosaic Tiles

Participants are not limited to making quilts, however. We’d love to see what you can create based on the original Mosaic Tiles block design. Is it a holiday stocking or tree skirt? How about an eBook cover or messenger bag? Whip up a mini quilt for your Valentine, an apron for your sister or your own quilt design inspired by the block. Anything goes, as long as you create a finished item!

During the 10-week quilt along, we’ll be sharing project inspiration, quilting tips and layout options with lots of help from our friends. If you don’t have time to get started in December, we invite you to go ahead and sign up anyway! You can join us in 2014 with plenty of time to finish a project before mid-February. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, 12/9
Kickoff! Announcing our sponsors, guest judges + prizes

Monday, 12/16
Guest post: Holiday project and guest post with layout options with Amy of 13 Spools

Wednesday, 12/18
Guest post: Holiday project inspired by block with Sarah of Fabric Seeds

Monday, 12/30
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles layout options with Katie of ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts

Wednesday, 1/1
Happy New Year: Still 6 weeks to sew along!

Friday, 1/3
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Katy Cameron of The Littlest Thistle
+ Halfway mark: Link up your progress!

Monday, 1/6
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Monday, 1/13
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles project by Darcy of Modern Cozy

Wednesday, 1/15
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles bag by Kim of Kim’s Krafts

Monday, 1/20
Featuring other projects from “Modern Bee”

Wednesday, 1/22
Guest post: Mosaic Tiles quilt by Katy of Lethargic Lass

Monday, 1/27

Guest post: Project by January of Sew Sew Go

Friday, 2/14
Happy Valentine’s Day! Deadline for entries at midnight, EST.

 

Modern Bee Quilt Along
Guest Judges and Prizes!

Next Monday, I’ll be back to let you know about the fabulous prizes offered by our quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books.

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

We’re also going to ask for some help from some lovely guest judges, who will choose winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on overall creativity, execution and innovation of the original pattern. We’ll share full details on the prizes and rules next week! But for now, you can get started and . . .

Grab a Book!

If you already have the Modern Bee book, you’ve got all you need to sign up for the quilt along! If you don’t have the book, you can purchase a copy at select Jo-Ann Fabric stores, quilt shops or online at any of the following spots:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
C&T Publishing
Save 25% on your order of $25+ through midnight TONIGHT, 12/2 with code TURKEY2013.
Lindsay Sews
Order an autographed copy directly from my shop. The first 10 orders as of this posting will receive a free gift!
Other
Check out other buying options via Google Shopping.

Do you Plan to Sew Along?

We’d love for you to add a link to your project or WIP below. This way, we can stay in touch, get to know each other and share our progress! Quilting is lots more fun with friends, and we cannot wait to see what your create. :)

Alternately, you may send your entries to lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com by 2/14 to enter to win prizes!

Grab a Button!

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Prizes! Craft Book Month 2013

If you link up your craft book project during Craft Book Month 2013, here’s what you can win! Click here for all rules and entry information. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Prizes

1 Winner: Sun Print Text half-yard bundle by Alison Glass for Andover

1 Winner: Roly Poly Pattern and 2 yards of cotton lawn from imagine gnats

1 Winner: $25 Gift Certificate for fabric at Owl + Drum

1 Winner: Signed copy of ‘Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris’ +
1/8″ gingham fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Design from Fabric Seeds

1 Winner: Four PDF patterns from Emmaline Bags:
the Emmaline Bag, the Steph-in-the-City Bag, the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and the Boyd St. Bowling Bag

1 Winner: 3 PDF Patterns from Clover + Violet

1 Winner each (3 total): Simply Fat Quarters book, Angles with Ease book from Fat Quarter Shop, and Simply Retro book from Fat Quarter Shop

1 Winner: Casual Lady Pattern PDF from Go To Patterns

1 Winner: Volume One for Five & Ten Designs from The Sewing Rabbit

1 Winner: Flip Dolls & Other Toys book, Stitched Blooms book & Stuffed Animals book from Lark Crafts

1 Winner: Quilting Block + Pattern-a-Day 2014 Calendar and the
Posh Retro Reels Planner from Andrews McMeel (U.S. and Canada only)

1 Winner: Becoming a Confident Quilter book and Quilts Made with Love book from Martingale (U.S. only)

1 Winner: Sewing for All Seasons book and 1, 2, 3 Quilt book from Chronicle Books

1 Winner: Skirt-a-Day Sewing book and Sewing School 2 book from Storey Publishing (U.S. only)

Bonus Giveaways

All month long, we’ll be featuring pop-up giveaways at Craft Buds. You can comment on these posts for your chance to win to win!

1 Winner: Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends from Stash Books (U.S. only)


1 Winner: Pre-Cut Patchwork Party book from Quayside Publishing Group

1 Winner: Quilting Happiness book from Potter Craft

1 Winner: Anniversary Tin with fabric, zippers and thread from Coats + Clark

Craft Book Month 2013!

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month log with a blog hop of your inspirational craft book projects, a crafty contest, free patterns and prizes!

Craft Book Month

Don’t let those craft books sit on your shelf and collect dust! We want to see what you’ve been making. That’s why we’ve lined up a list of fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

 

Blog Hop

Week One
Monday 9/2: Fabric MuttLRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover & Violet
Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher

Week Two
Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew
Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten

Week Three
Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside
Tuesday 9/17: The Littlest Thistle / CraftFoxes

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!

2012 Craft Book Month Projects (L to R): Sew Crafty Jess, Sewing Rabbit, Stitched in Color, MissKnitta’s Studio

To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.

Rules

1) One entry per person.
2)
Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013.
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back to
Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from our Craft Book Month sponsors!

Sponsors: Andrews McMeel / Chronicle Books / Clover + Violet / Coats + Clark / CraftFoxes / Emmaline Bags / Fabric Seeds / Fat Quarter Shop / Go To Patterns / imagine gnats / Martingale / Lark Crafts / Owl & Drum / Potter Craft / Quayside Publishing / The Sewing Rabbit / Stash Books / Storey Publishing

** We’ll be updating this page with more info on prizes and sponsors. This is also where you can link up your projects, starting any time in September! **

 

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

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