Sunday, June 11, 2017

and the winner of my giveaway is.....

Thank you all for your lovely comments about my bag! Now our Canada150 tour has ended it's time to let random result pick the winner of my own giveaway - a $35 Tangled Blossoms Design voucher to spend in my store. Scroll to the bottom if you just want to see who won! :D

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(Big Drum Roll) and the winner of my voucher is.........


place #1:Laura05 June, 2017 13:03

Congratulations Laura05! Please get in touch in the next 48hrs with your email address so I can send you your voucher code.  Fiona xox (if i don't hear I will draw a new name)

Who won our Canada150 rafflecopter draws?
Just head back to the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of my previous post to see all the winners!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wave to Canada's Birthplace!

Welcome to the Maritimes where you'll find Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Canada's very own Birthplace - Prince Edward Island (Canada's smallest province)! 

PEI is the home of all things Anne of Green Gables and the super delicious Cows Ice cream which you have to try if you ever get the chance! To get to me here in Nova Scotia just head along the 12.9KM Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick (Canada's only constitutionally bi lingual Province) and then into Nova Scotia (Canada's second smallest 


Our whistle stop history tour ends just along the road from me in Annapolis Royal where exciting things have been happening and just in time for Canada's 150th Birthday! Annapolis Royal has its very own official tartan and it's all thanks to the determination and design skills of Kimberly Gunn from Tartan Wave.


So when I discovered the mystery bag pattern I was getting to sew was Fabulous Home Sewn's Military messenger bag I knew right away that Kimberley's Tartan, Fenna's pattern and my favourite chocolate brown cork would be the perfect combo.

The Military messenger bag has just been released in Issue 15 of One Thimble magazine and it is an intermediate level pattern. It's finished size is approximately 12" high x 10.75" wide x 2" deep - the perfect shape to hold a computer or use as a roomy book bag. The flap fastens with two magnetic snaps and has two shape options.. an asymmetric one with one bellow pocket or a symmetrical one with two bellow pockets. For the adjustable cross-body strap you can use either webbing or the same fabrics as your bag. The pattern has both written instructions and plenty of step by step photos which makes it very easy to follow. If you are a beginner bag maker.. the only part you may find a bit tricky is sewing your bellow pocket(s) onto the flap. 

I made a few changes to my military messenger bag as I have some fabulous blingy strap hardware that I've been dying to use for ages.. so instead of using the webbing all around the side(s) & bottom of my bag I used my BringBerry U shaped strap connectors and snap hooks instead.

In order to use these connectors I recommend you make a few templates.. one so you can cut the perfect shape on the bottom of your strap and another to mark the position of your screw holes to attach it to your bag. I pressed the back of the strap connector into a piece of paper to make little impressions and then pierced holes in the paper to give me the perfect screw hole template. 

For the curve template.. I drew tightly around the outside of the U connector and then trimmed around the inner line of my pencil markings. Then tried sliding the paper into the connector.. it was still a little big on my first go so  trimmed a tiny bit more and it was then perfect.


If you're using cork like I did you will also need a punch to cut the right size of holes through all your layers for all connector screw holes and rivet holes to nestle into. I used an 8 inch long x 2.5'wide strip of cork folded in half both width wise and lengthwise to make my connectors with a D ring at the folded end. 


I also use a piece of Peltex inside under my washers and screws when I secure my strap connectors to my bag with a little metal glue in the screw holes to make sure everything is absolutely 100% secure. In my bag flap I used fusible fleece just as the pattern suggested but as I like my bags to have a firmer body I used soft and stable foam on those pieces instead.

I think you can never have enough pockets so I also added a simple slip pocket to my interior too.

The bellow pockets on the flap are fabulously roomy.. the reason why I didn't put the grommets in my pockets as mentioned in the pattern is because I didn't want anything to detract from the tartan. 

On a plain fabric I think they'd make a lovely little detail.

So how did my messenger bag turn out? I'll let you be the judge but I absolutely LOVE it! 

Now for my giveaway... just leave a comment on this blog post below for your chance to win $35 to spend as you wish in my online store

The Giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be chosen by random draw generator at 2pm Atlantic Canada Time Tuesday 6th June 2017 ... now extended until the end of our InTheBag tour so everyone this week gets a chance to enter! Winner will be announced 2pm Atlantic Canada Time on the 11th June 2017!

Each blog has an exclusive giveaway, so be sure to visit them all.

And don't forget to enter our main Canada 150 in the bag rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win one of the many amazing prizes!

Tour Discounts

  • 10% off! Tangled Blossoms Design is offering 10% off anything in stock for the duration of the tour. Offer expires June 10, 2017. Use discount code HAPPYBIRTHDAYCANADA
  • 15% off! Bringberry Handbag Hardware and Design is offering 15% off anything in stock for the duration of the tour. Offer expires June 10, 2017. Use discount code LOVECANADA150

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dahlia Drawstring Bucket Bag Pattern by Blue Calla

Hello and welcome to day 3 our Canadian blog hop tour! 

We had soo much fun doing our last blog hop we couldn't resist planning another one and this time we have even more bloggers joining us YAY. I can't wait to see over the next 10 days what everyone else has been working on and we have three fabulous prize packs up for grabs at the end of our tour so don't forget to enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post! 

As we're celebrating all things Canadian I had the perfect excuse to use one of the many Blue Calla Patterns I have and after finding the most delicious grommets I just couldn't resist making the Dahlia drawstring bucket bag. Celine has recently had a fantastic sewalong on the Dahlia bag on her blog and has kindly agreed to extend her sewalong offer of 40% off the pattern for the duration of our tour by using the code "dahliasal".

The pattern comes in pdf format and is 28 pages long in which Celine thoroughly guides us through how to make the Dahlia Bag step by step with a combination of easy to follow written instructions and full colour photos.

After I printed out and assembled the pattern pieces I should mention that I had planned to use some of my Alison Glass Ex-Libris Bookplate fabric to make this bag but I completely changed my mind after finding my cork colours weren't as good a match as I wanted... so back to the drawing board. 

Some of you may know  that in addition to making and selling handbags I also sell Tula Pink, Amy Butler & other Free Spirit fabrics online here in my store. It's great to have lots and lots of gorgeous fabrics to choose from but the drawback is that it can take me ages to decide what fabrics to use! After pulling lots and lots of bolts off my shelves and laying the pattern pieces out on them I realized the size of the front, back and side panels would be absolutely perfect for showing off one of my favourite Tula Pink Moonshine fabrics - Deer Me in strawberry which also happened to match two of my cork colours and went fabulously with Tula's Tudor Windows in Tart for the lining. 

I printed two copies of all pattern pieces that were to be placed to cut fabrics on a fold as I planned to fussy cut my Deer Me fabric and I find it easier to fussy cut with a full size pattern piece rather than just half the pattern piece on a fold. I also printed extra copies of the side pattern pieces so I could make a separate side panel pocket pattern piece as I had decided to use cork fabric for the side pockets and needed to modify that pattern piece a bit. 

There are quite a few parts to cut out but it's very straight forward when you separate everything into their specific piles. 

After cutting everything out I set to work fusing my SF101 woven interfacing, Thermolam and Peltex 71F to their specific parts and with that all out of the way it's onto the fun.... sewing! First you start off with the strap assembly. The pattern stipulates making one rectangle ring but the matchy matchy OCD in me had to make two so both sides of my shoulder strap would be attached to the bag in the same way. I also decided to add a rivet to each too add some extra reinforcement. My rectangle rings and rivets btw came from the wonderful emmaline bags in Alberta and my interfacing etc from Flare fabrics based in BC, Canada.

After the strap assembly you move onto the side panels and pockets. As I mentioned earlier I decided to use cork for my pockets and as cork is quite springy and thick I decided to add a 3/8ths inch seam allowance to the top of the pocket pattern piece so I could use cork for the outside and my lining fabric for the inside of my pocket. After basting the finished pocket pieces to the side panels you add the side pocket overlays. I chose to do mine in my creamy white cork so they would stand out against the Deer Me and Bordeaux red cork

Here I have to confess that I got totally absorbed with sewing Dahlia now and completely forgot to take photos of my adding the front panel overlay and the rivets I added to my side pocket overlays... but after you've done those and sewn the sides to the front & back panels it's straight onto adding your bottom. I wasn't taking any chances of the layers moving about so after matching my centers I used lots of clips to hold everything in place.
 and then all of a sudden it's all coming together! Squeeee she's looking soo pretty <3  
The lining goes together in the same way but has 2 pockets (1 zippered and 1 slip pocket) instead of overlays.
Then it's onto the final assembly... Sewing the exterior and lining together leaving an opening in the top and turning it right sides out

 Top stitch all around the top opening edge and......
Mark the positions to add your grommets - these gorgeous shiny nickel snap grommets come from Karen Pickard of BringBerry Hardware based in New Brunswick. For info on all of her hardware you can join her Facebook group here. Just to make sure I had mine in the right place I put two of mine on the pins to take a look.

The final step is to make the drawstring and cincher. I decided to use my creamy white cork again and because the cork fabric is a bit bulkier than quilting cotton I made my cincher a little bigger and secured it with two more Emmaline rivets. For thet extra blingy touch after threading the drawstring through all the grommets and cincher I finished my Dahlia by adding a shiny nickel end to each of the drawstring ends. 

I loved sewing this bag! She's bigger than I expected and a great size for a mummy bag with littles. Plenty of room for drinks bottles and all those other bits and bobs we carry around. 

I have one more thing to make before I list her in my Tangled Blossoms etsy shop - a matching drawstring bag to put her in which I make for every bag I make.

Here's some more photos of my finished Dahlia inside and out and don't forget to enter our rafflecopter giveaway below!


Canada Day 2016 Blog Hop Schedule
Be sure to visit each of these fantastic blogs this week for more on our outstanding Canadian designers and suppliers and don't forget to enter our giveaway for some yummylicious prizes.

June 24: The Tour Starts HERE at Happy Okapi
June 25: Celine guest posts on Happy Okapi; Marsha @ Seam of my Pants
June 26: Fiona @ Tangled Blossoms Designs; Carla @ Half Dozen Daily
June 27: Sherry @ Thread Riding Hood; Reece @ Happy Okapi
June 28: Nicky guest posts on Seam of my Pants
June 29: Daniela @ On the Cutting Floor; Reece @ Happy Okapi
June 30: Michelle @ Michelle's Creations
Canada Day--June 31*: Ula @ Lulu & Celeste
July 2: Marsha @ Seam of my Pants
July 3: Keshia @ Sand Dollar Design Studio
July 4: Wrap Up @ Happy Okapi
* Yes, we know!