Wednesday, February 7, 2018

June's Cottage Satchel

Welcome to Day 3 of the fabulous June's Cottage Maker's Tour and my turn to do a big reveal!

All of us in the tour have been busy working on our secret projects since December last year so it’s wonderful to finally be able see what everyone has been making. If you’re just finding the tour today head over to Alyce Blyth (@blossomheartquilts on IG) to see the first stop of our tour on February 5th and then Cassie (@lilyshinecreates on IG) for yesterday’s makers reveal. Our makers tour ends this Saturday February 10th with @briarhilldesigns themselves and an amazing RJR Instagram giveaway you won’t want to miss!

So what exactly is June’s Cottage I hear you ask? June’s cottage is the beautiful floral brainchild of RJR fabrics latest designer duo Briar Hill.

Photo by Briar Hill

Briar Hill consist of sisters in law - Julia and Caverly and they are fellow Canadians. I was lucky enough to get talking to them at my Etsy Made in Canada show a couple of years ago when they were just in the process of designing this range so I was super excited when Julia and RJR fabrics got in touch last year to see if I’d be interested in joining their makers tour and sew something with it.

Being a bag maker I of course couldn’t resist making a bag and now also had the perfect excuse to sew up one of the many bag patterns I’ve bought but haven’t got round to making yet. Choosing which bag to make was easy as I decided to keep it Canadian and go for one of the many gorgeous Blue Calla bag patterns I have.. The snapdragon satchel (affiliate link)

Choosing which fabrics to use out of the June’s Cottage range on the other hand was much harder. I love so many of them.. the watercolour “Prized roses” especially. Eventually I managed to whittle down my choices to 4, sent off my fabric requirements email to RJR fabrics and sat back to wait for them to arrive. 

Just a few weeks later they arrived and as always seems to happen with digital prints versus the real fabrics they were even more beautiful in person. 

I got to work straight away figuring out which cork colour would go best.. in the end I opted to use my navy cork with the Nova Prized roses (blue colourway), the Baby’s breath in Ribbon (deep purple) and Rosebud in Bonnet (light purple). The meadow (green) Prized Roses are gorgeous but unfortunately don’t match any of the cork colours I have.. what a shame (wink) I’ll have to soon go online shopping at my favourite Canadian supplier MM Cork supply for something to mix with those gorgeous purple and greens.

Next decision was the hardware.. I have a thing for gunmetal coloured hardware at the moment but against the delicate florals it was too dark so I opted for my super shiny Emmaline bags nickel coloured hardware instead which was perfect! 

Anyway enough chat about what and where... let’s get into all the fabulous bag features and more photos!

The snapdragon satchel has very pretty and unique pleated side panels. I chose the deep purple Baby’s breath print as I felt the small scale of this print would especially suit the little half inch pleats.

Those of you that have made this satchel already may have aligned your pleats the other way up.. I liked the look of them with their open edges facing the bottom so that’s the way I pressed them. The pleats work just as well pressed the other way up though!

So as not to make the exterior too jazzy I chose to use the same baby’s breath print for the bottom flap too. That way I could feature my favourite Prized Roses print in Nova on the top flap and inside the crossbody strap. 

Now for the inside... I love using lighter colours for bag interiors as they make it soo much easier to find things when hunting for them in the bottom of your bag. The rosebud in Bonnet is just perfect. The pattern has both a slip pocket and zippered pocket inside but I decided on doing just one divided slip pocket to leave more room in the main compartment.
The bag flaps are both secured with magnetic snaps. I used a slimline one for the lower purple flap and a gorgeously shiny half moon one for the Prized roses flap.. it has a larger plate on the inside of the flap and the glossy half moon piece on the outside.

But that’s not all... I bet you’ve all been wondering why there are two flaps?! Well it’s because there’s a fabulously handy exterior slip pocket under the purple flap! Deep enough to tuck not only your mobile phone but all sorts of things everyone likes quick access to... maybe your pens/keys/lipstick/tissues!

Lastly all Satchels need a good strap and this one is adjustable.. the pattern clearly shows you how to make it. The only change I made to mine was to do a two tone strap.. cork on the outside and prized roses on the inside. 

So there you have it.. my June’s Cottage snapdragon satchel! I think it’s stunning and a fabulously versatile bag.. equally good for everyday use or a night out.

This satchel is available to purchase over in my online store! For all the size specifications etc head over to the website and check it out here.

Don’t forget to check out the next stops on IG of our makers tour over the next few days at...

February 8th @aggieandfrancois
February 9th @Katylivings
February 10th @BriarHillDesigns

.... and come on over to my IG @tangledblossoms on Saturday for all the details on the big $250 RJR sponsored giveaway on Instagram! 

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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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!

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  • 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
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