Friday, November 8, 2013

Big City Bags Blog Tour


We have a sassy, stylish, and sophisticated surprise for you today! It is our stop on the Big City Bags Blog Tour and we are excited to show you some of the hip, fashionable projects in Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness' first book! And as an added bonus, we are giving away an digital copy of Big City Bags to one of our lucky readers! Let's get started!

There is something magical about wearing an item that you have created. Or giving a handmade gift and seeing your friend wear it proudly. With Sara Lawson's first book, Big City Bags, it is easier than ever to construct high-quality, stylish bags that will WOW. With these bags, you will certainly be dressing to impress.


Sara's instructions are well written, easy to follow, and in full color, which can help make the most advanced techniques that much easier. For the newer bag maker, she also includes everything you need to know about interfacing, clasps, zippers, purse feet, and more. The techniques in the book range from intermediate to advanced, but if you are ready to tackle a sewing challenge, this book is just what you need to start making sophisticated bags.


Want to give bag making a go? Big City Bags will be available soon at Fat Quarter Shop, so freshen up on your basic skills and get ready to start sewing bags! Wouldn't these make perfect Christmas gifts for your fashionable friends (or for yourself;)?


Today, to celebrate the launch of Big City Bags, we are giving away a copy to one of our fantastic Fat Quarter Shop customers! Just leave a comment on this post letting us know what fabric collection you would use to sew your first Big City Bag for a chance to win an e-book! Good luck! UPDATE: LeAnn is our lucky winner! You have been emailed to claim your prize!

153 comments:

Bobbie Bentneedle said...

I am torn but think I'd have to try it in Lori Holt's Bake Sale... So many fabrics, so many ideas... so little time ;0}

Michele Moskaluk said...

That's a tough decision but I think something geometric like Op Art Reflections. I rarely like patterns for sewn bags, but I genuinely would make all of these!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think bags like these would look awesome in Amy Butler's fabric lines, like Belle Turquoise Gothic Rose. Thanks!

JustPam said...

I would probably use something by Amy Butler

Willa said...

Love the ones shown here but I am leaning toward Cabbage Rose Batiks or maybe Acorn Grove Batiks.

Jennifer said...

I love making bags and would use Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Thanks for the chance to win!
-Jennifer
jennifer(dot)dickinson1(at)gmail(dot)com

Monica said...

Abstract Op Art Reflections would be so fun!

Rebecca said...

Oh wow
I think tha Asian Peony fabrics would glam up any bag you made with it

Susan Smith said...

I would love to make some of these bags in any of Bonnie and Camille's lines.

Sarina said...

I still have some of that same Tula Pink fabric! That bag is darling. I may just have to copy it! Thanks or the chance to win this awesome book!

Jess said...

Geocentric canvas from Cloud 9. I think the designs are prefect and I prefer a heavier weight fabric for bags. Thanks!

barefootT said...

any of these bags would be fantastic in Pat Sloan's bobbins & bits !!!!

Melissa at Missouri Mel said...

Bluebird Park, I think.

Mary said...

I think I'd use a fabric by Kaffe. There's something about the combination that just speaks to me!

Lynda said...

the first page of fabrics jumped out at me - Adventures by Stephanie Marie for RJR would make some fantastic bags - and I am not necessarily a purple lover, but do love the prints.

Gill said...

Bungalow!!

Liz Rehrauer said...

So Happy collection is bright and cheerful. I know I'd make at least one purse from that collection.

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I have some Norwegian Woods fabric that would be great for one (or several) of these bags! Thanks for the giveaway!

Robin (noteverstill/noteversewing) said...

Tule!

Linda said...

HI,I THINK CABBAGE ROSE BATIKS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Colleen said...

Acacia! Woo hoo!

maggieinthemountains said...

Sunnyside!

maggiecolorado@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Acaia!

allierae said...

I've been hoarding some Simply Color to make some cool bags with

Janarama said...

I would use Indigo Garden Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics.

Alicia said...

DEFINITELY an Amy Butler design - probably Gypsy Caravan because that collection gives me ideas out the wahzoo!!
Thanks for the chance to win! I'll have to get this book anyway if I don't win!!

Ali said...

I have some of Pat Bravo's Indie line that I've been wanting to make a bag out of - thank you for the giveaway!

Krystal said...

I love the polka dots in the 8 Days a Week collection. That would make a fun bag!

Beth said...

I love to make bags and this book looks wonderful! I love Tula Pinks new line of fabric with the foxes :)

Debi Horne said...

I would use Soho Chic by Sandy Gervais. Her vibrant colors would certainly be in fashion. Love them.

Debi Horne
debihorne54@yahoo.com

Pinspot said...

Something from Joel Dewberry's Bungalow collection, I think.

Ginrei said...

I have a yard of Little Red Riding Hood fabric by... Kokka or Cosmo, I can't remember... well! A Japanese fabric, which is just waiting to get turned into a purse!

Kathy L said...

I love the Sidewalks collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Marie said...

I would like to make a purse to carry at Christmas from Hip Holiday fabrics.

Colleen M said...

I know I have some Ruby fabric in my stash that would look wonderful. I love to make purses:) Thanks for the chance to enter.

Katelyn Vawter said...

It's SO difficult to pick. But I think I would go with Color Me Happy. I love the V&Co new line! And these bags look so fabulous.

Cindy Swoveland said...

I like Kate Spain's Sunnyside collection.

Becca said...

Think it would have to be the Henley red, white and blue British prints collection. Little double decker buses and crown would look so cute

LappVivi said...

I have Amy Butler fabric for these bags!

Tanya said...

I'm eagerly waiting for Jeni Baker's Dreamin' Vintage. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Anna Marie Horner's Dowry range would look wonderful used for these great bags!! This looks like a really excellent book! Thank you for the chance to win.

Robin C said...

What pretty designs. Hope you pick me.

Toohey said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I will sit with the book in my sewing room staring at my stash and see what inspires me. You never know until you start!

Teresa Linscott said...

I would use Tula Pink Acacia. Love the hummingbird fabric.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I would use one of Amy Butler's fabrics~ these patterns just beg to be colorful and bold. Thanks for the fun!

Kendra Watson said...

I would use Bluebird Park, but I'm spoilt for choice on which bag to start with

Emily C said...

I would make a bag with Attic Treasures. Love the florals and the pastels.

Tiffany said...

I've seen some beautiful bags made from Joel Dewberry and Kate Spain fabrics. I'd probably pick something from one of their lines.

Granny's Attic said...

Adorable You Whoo! I don't know how well it will work for a bag, but I can sure do something for my baby granddaughter, who loves owls!

GO STARS! said...

I think Heather Bailey's True Colors would make a beautiful bag.

Janice Clemens, Quairading, Australia said...

I would add to my Angela Yosten "Flats" that I have left over from my "All Aboard" projects. clemens@westnet.com.au

Ramona said...

I am thinking Anna Maria's dowry would be beautiful for a bag.

Andrea @ Sew Divertimento said...

I would love to make one from the Fox Field line by Tula Pink!

Joan H. said...

I would love to make fall bag from Pumpkin Spice from Timeless Treasures.

donna said...

i think something whimsical like an eye spy bag or a travel bag with airplanes, etc... even if it's from a kids print.

karen said...

I like the abstract op art fabric.

Anonymous said...

I would love to make a bag out of Anisa by Hoffman Fabrics. Wonderful prints!
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I would have to use Prose-Billet Doux, it is such a sophisticated palette.

Melanie said...

I like Joel Dewberry's Bungalow (or maybe Notting Hill).

Lisa E said...

I'm liking "Mellow Yellow" or "The Design Studio Collection". Thanks for the chance to win.

Robin said...

Oh, I would love a Christmas bag done in the Merry Little Christmas line from Riley Blake.

linynp said...

Oh my no brainier Tula!!!! Tula & Sara go hand in hand.

Anita said...

I would love to us some Acacia to sew up one of those cute bags! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Florence said...

Difficult choice but... Nordika by Jenni Baker is my favorite !

jessica said...

SO many options! I currently love Barnegat Bay, Draft Just my Type and Nantucket. There are more, but these I can remember! :) mfrapp_83 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Mariana Galvagno said...

Ever since I saw those patterns Ive dreamt of having a bag in Notting Hill by Joel dewberry!

Leanne V said...

I would love to make one from Tula Pink's Arcacia and maybe a second from Art Gallery minimalista!

KaHolly said...

So many choices!! Nantucket calls my name, or Cabbage Rose Batiks!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous book!

Lee said...

I would use My Sunshine by Riley Blake! thanks!

Lee said...

I would use My Sunshine by Riley Blake! thanks!

llavmc said...

I would use some Technicolor. Thanks for the giveaway.

Marca said...

I would like a bird bag using a garden for Olivia.

Bohemian Mimi said...

I would use fabrics from Anna Marie Horner's Dowry collection.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Adventures would make a great bag!!

Michele said...

I've been waiting for this book to be released ever since Sara first announced it on her blog. I haven't made any bags yet but I will be as soon as I have my hands on a copy of her book. I hear it is just fabulous and High Street would be my pick of fabric collections to use. Now to just decide which colorway...tough choice for sure. Thanks for the chance to win.

delaineelliott said...

I would use Bliss. I love the way black, white and grey look together.

Anita Gambrell said...

Beautiful Bags! I would use the Fat Quarter Bundle, A Soldiers Story if I won the book !

Nancy said...

I would probably pick something from Riley Blake.
Thanks for the giveaway

Lori said...

I would love to make a bag using kona bright solids, so it would go with everything. Thanks for this awesome chance.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I would use Dowry by Ann Maria Horner for my new bag from Big City Bags book.d

legato1958 said...

I have some Norwegian Woods fabric that would look awesome

susie
legato1958@aol.com

Heather Hambrick said...

I would love a new bag from Jeni Bakers Nordika. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ellie Guhl said...

I would use MidWinter Reds for an all season travel bag!

Karen said...

I think I would use either Salt Water or Acacia for a new bag.

kitty said...

I would use Nile Acacia by Tula Pink. Thank you for a chance to win!

Mom C said...

Great looking bags. I always love Joel Dewsbury's fabric for bags. Any of his collections look stunning. His or Tula Pink. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

I think Safari Moon would be great for bags.

Paulette A. said...

I LOVE fabric bags! Probably something from Any Butler would look good. Thanks!

Josie McRazie said...

they are all so beautiful! I do love the Napa Tonga! Fun and bright!!

Quel said...

So many choices! I'm really in love with Acacia and Bluebird Park, so maybe I'd choose one of those. Love this book!!

Kathy Sue said...

I would love to use Op Art Reflections! kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Marie Chat said...

I love the designs in A Garden for Olivia and I would choose the Water colorway. I think the birds and abstracts to go with would make a darling bag. Thanks!

John Mack said...

I would use the "Don't let the pigeons drive the bus." Love that collection for a bag.

Rebecca Parsons said...

I think I would use something like world tour. I love the colors and designs of it:)

Nancy said...

Definitely Napa Tonga! Has to be purple!

LeAnne said...

I love purple, so I'd have to go with the Napa Tongas.

Sandy said...

I would use In Full Plume Neutral or Spa Retreat Batiks. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Marie said...

Anything by Ellen Luckett Baker. Great linen prints amazing prints.

Qltr89 said...

I would use Barcelona by Zen Chic

Susan said...

I got it paired dow to about thirty and then closed my eyes and pointed. The winner is. Turning Tides Soho Solids.

Patty D from NC said...

I think I would use the prints from Scrumptuous

Cherie22 said...

Art Gallery Pat Bavo, the bright coloured fabrics will be perfect.

Shirley said...

So many fabrics would be beautiful in one of these bags, but kinda partial to Foster A Garden For Olivia

Tabitha Keener said...

I would love to use high street by Moda, I just love it!

Sue Moore said...

Parisian by timeless treasures would look great , I think :)

Nancy in IN said...

Love Amy Butler's fabric--something in black or dark blue with something in each--not a plane color.

Donna Phelps said...

I love all of Sara's designs. My favorite collections right now are Alison Glass' Sunprint and Lori Holt's Bake Sale.

Karen said...

I think I'd make more than one!!! But I'd probably start with some Napa Tonga Batik.

Angela White said...

So many to pick from, but I think it would be Soft Glimma!

CARELI said...

Amo el otoƱo, me encanta Autumn Serenade of
Hoffman Fabrics!

quilt455 said...

It depends on which bag but I know that Bonnie and Camille fabric would be one. These are just perfect for my daughters for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the chance.

northen ex said...

hi I love it so much !i think would use the fabrics from the Ashley Newcomb's Blogger's Choice ...
i wish i could do it!

GranChris said...

I would put this in an Amy Butler line, not sure which one yet.

Mama Said Sew said...

I'd love to make a bag using fabrics from Timeless Treasures' Parisian collection. I think the Cream Script print would make a fabulous bag!

leanne said...

thanks for the chance to win this fab book - I'd use Joel Dewberry's new line to make one of these bags !

Judy1522 said...

I would use Parisian by Timeless Treasures

andri. said...

I'd use Bungalow

Solange said...

I would pick Parisian by Timeless Treasures to give it a french vibe and any bag would look good in black and white.

Debbie P said...

These bags would look terrific in any of Amy Butler's fabrics!!

Cathy said...

Lola by Dear Stella.

Cecilia said...

I would use Allison Glass' text prints.

Karrie S said...

If I didn't have an unlimited supply to all Tula Pink fabric lines, I would go with Heather Bailey's Lottie Da. Thanks for the chance to win. I NEED this book!!

Denniele said...

I think I would use Minimalista! Oh what fun!

Michele said...

I think I'd use Tula Pink's new Acacia line..

Margaret said...

I would love to use Pat Sloans bobbins and bits. Thanks for hosting this giveaway

WPBMOMMY1 said...

It is hard to choose just one but I love Joel Dewberry's Hillside Bungalow

bdaiss said...

Oh, that's the hardest part, isn't it? Finding the perfect fabric? Right now I'm loving Bluebirds Park. But give me 5 minutes and I'll probably change my mind... Thanks for the chance!

Alexandra Sparks said...

I've been wanting to sew a bag and these patterns are great. I think Soho Chic by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics would look wonderful.

Mary Jane said...

I think the new "Downton Abbey" collection would look lovely made into one of these gorgeous bags!

Carol Jordan said...

I think the bags are great. I think that Amy Butler's fabrics are fabulous.

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green23 said...

Kaffe fasset shot cottons

Tabitha Keener said...

Something in the 30's playtime! Thanks

Brenda9465 said...

I would use Soho Chic. Love the colors in this collection. Thanks for the giveaway.

Carmen N said...

I would love to use Riley Blake Bake Sale Gray Large Floral

Donna W said...

I would use Acorn Grove Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics - so elegant!

Marguerite said...

I like Acorn Grove Batiks. The color palette is my favorite.

Lindsey Coggin said...

I'd love to use a fun geometric pattern by Michael Miller.

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Julie said...

Anna Marie Horner's "Dowry" would be fantastic for any of these bags.

Linda Nelson said...

It would have yo be something from the Oink A Doodle Moo collection!

lauraluvsloons said...

I think Blueberry Park would make a sweet City Bag.

Beth said...

I would use Nordica - love making bags!

rrjane011749 said...

Love the Turquoise Gothic Rose!

rrjane011749 said...

Love the Turquoise Gothic Rose!

Miss Nancy said...

I would love to make another bag especially a larger bag. I would love to see this book and I would use Moda's Chantilly. Love those colors. Thank you for the chance to win.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

pasqueflower said...

Very tough choice, but I finally chose Sunburst:
http://www.fatquartershop.com/sunburst-the-design-studio-collection-fat-quarter-bundle

Karen Thurn said...

I think Bed of Roses would make a nice bag but then maybe Cabbage Roses would. Maybe I'd make one from each.:)

CarolCat said...

I would love it in Fern Edges Fat Quarter Bundle
Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics! Yes!

Pat K said...

I would pick something from Amy Butler's lines, or Joel Dewberry!

lauraluvsloons said...

I would use Bluebird Park for a sew sweet City Bag.

Susan said...

I think I would try Frolic a Winter Wonderland or American Gothic. There are lots of other possibilities too.

Mom C said...

Joel Dewbury. Love his mix of big and small prints and the colors are so bigt city. Thanks.