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!
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}
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!
I think bags like these would look awesome in Amy Butler's fabric lines, like Belle Turquoise Gothic Rose. Thanks!
I would probably use something by Amy Butler
Love the ones shown here but I am leaning toward Cabbage Rose Batiks or maybe Acorn Grove Batiks.
I love making bags and would use Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Abstract Op Art Reflections would be so fun!
I think tha Asian Peony fabrics would glam up any bag you made with it
I would love to make some of these bags in any of Bonnie and Camille's lines.
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!
Geocentric canvas from Cloud 9. I think the designs are prefect and I prefer a heavier weight fabric for bags. Thanks!
any of these bags would be fantastic in Pat Sloan's bobbins & bits !!!!
Bluebird Park, I think.
I think I'd use a fabric by Kaffe. There's something about the combination that just speaks to me!
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.
So Happy collection is bright and cheerful. I know I'd make at least one purse from that collection.
I have some Norwegian Woods fabric that would be great for one (or several) of these bags! Thanks for the giveaway!
HI,I THINK CABBAGE ROSE BATIKS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!
Acacia! Woo hoo!
I've been hoarding some Simply Color to make some cool bags with
I would use Indigo Garden Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics.
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!!
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!
I love the polka dots in the 8 Days a Week collection. That would make a fun bag!
I love to make bags and this book looks wonderful! I love Tula Pinks new line of fabric with the foxes 🙂
I would use Soho Chic by Sandy Gervais. Her vibrant colors would certainly be in fashion. Love them.
Something from Joel Dewberry's Bungalow collection, I think.
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!
I love the Sidewalks collection. Thanks for the chance to win.
I would like to make a purse to carry at Christmas from Hip Holiday fabrics.
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.
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.
I like Kate Spain's Sunnyside collection.
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
I have Amy Butler fabric for these bags!
I'm eagerly waiting for Jeni Baker's Dreamin' Vintage. Thanks for the chance to win!
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.
What pretty designs. Hope you pick me.
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!
I would use Tula Pink Acacia. Love the hummingbird fabric.
I would use one of Amy Butler's fabrics~ these patterns just beg to be colorful and bold. Thanks for the fun!
I would use Bluebird Park, but I'm spoilt for choice on which bag to start with
I would make a bag with Attic Treasures. Love the florals and the pastels.
I've seen some beautiful bags made from Joel Dewberry and Kate Spain fabrics. I'd probably pick something from one of their lines.
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!
I think Heather Bailey's True Colors would make a beautiful bag.
I would add to my Angela Yosten "Flats" that I have left over from my "All Aboard" projects. email@example.com
I am thinking Anna Maria's dowry would be beautiful for a bag.
I would love to make one from the Fox Field line by Tula Pink!
I would love to make fall bag from Pumpkin Spice from Timeless Treasures.
i think something whimsical like an eye spy bag or a travel bag with airplanes, etc… even if it's from a kids print.
I like the abstract op art fabric.
I would love to make a bag out of Anisa by Hoffman Fabrics. Wonderful prints!
I would have to use Prose-Billet Doux, it is such a sophisticated palette.
I like Joel Dewberry's Bungalow (or maybe Notting Hill).
I'm liking "Mellow Yellow" or "The Design Studio Collection". Thanks for the chance to win.
Oh, I would love a Christmas bag done in the Merry Little Christmas line from Riley Blake.
Oh my no brainier Tula!!!! Tula & Sara go hand in hand.
I would love to us some Acacia to sew up one of those cute bags! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Difficult choice but… Nordika by Jenni Baker is my favorite !
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
Ever since I saw those patterns Ive dreamt of having a bag in Notting Hill by Joel dewberry!
I would love to make one from Tula Pink's Arcacia and maybe a second from Art Gallery minimalista!
So many choices!! Nantucket calls my name, or Cabbage Rose Batiks!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous book!
I would use My Sunshine by Riley Blake! thanks!
I would use My Sunshine by Riley Blake! thanks!
I would use some Technicolor. Thanks for the giveaway.
I would like a bird bag using a garden for Olivia.
I would use fabrics from Anna Marie Horner's Dowry collection.
Adventures would make a great bag!!
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.
I would use Bliss. I love the way black, white and grey look together.
Beautiful Bags! I would use the Fat Quarter Bundle, A Soldiers Story if I won the book !
I would probably pick something from Riley Blake.
Thanks for the giveaway
I would love to make a bag using kona bright solids, so it would go with everything. Thanks for this awesome chance.
I would use Dowry by Ann Maria Horner for my new bag from Big City Bags book.d
I have some Norwegian Woods fabric that would look awesome
I would love a new bag from Jeni Bakers Nordika. Thanks for the chance to win!
I would use MidWinter Reds for an all season travel bag!
I think I would use either Salt Water or Acacia for a new bag.
I would use Nile Acacia by Tula Pink. Thank you for a chance to win!
Great looking bags. I always love Joel Dewsbury's fabric for bags. Any of his collections look stunning. His or Tula Pink. Thanks.
I think Safari Moon would be great for bags.
I LOVE fabric bags! Probably something from Any Butler would look good. Thanks!
they are all so beautiful! I do love the Napa Tonga! Fun and bright!!
So many choices! I'm really in love with Acacia and Bluebird Park, so maybe I'd choose one of those. Love this book!!
I would love to use Op Art Reflections! kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet
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!
I would use the "Don't let the pigeons drive the bus." Love that collection for a bag.
I think I would use something like world tour. I love the colors and designs of it:)
Definitely Napa Tonga! Has to be purple!
I love purple, so I'd have to go with the Napa Tongas.
I would use In Full Plume Neutral or Spa Retreat Batiks. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Anything by Ellen Luckett Baker. Great linen prints amazing prints.
I would use Barcelona by Zen Chic
I got it paired dow to about thirty and then closed my eyes and pointed. The winner is. Turning Tides Soho Solids.
I think I would use the prints from Scrumptuous
Art Gallery Pat Bavo, the bright coloured fabrics will be perfect.
So many fabrics would be beautiful in one of these bags, but kinda partial to Foster A Garden For Olivia
I would love to use high street by Moda, I just love it!
Parisian by timeless treasures would look great , I think 🙂
Love Amy Butler's fabric–something in black or dark blue with something in each–not a plane color.
I love all of Sara's designs. My favorite collections right now are Alison Glass' Sunprint and Lori Holt's Bake Sale.
I think I'd make more than one!!! But I'd probably start with some Napa Tonga Batik.
So many to pick from, but I think it would be Soft Glimma!
Amo el otoño, me encanta Autumn Serenade of
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.
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!
I would put this in an Amy Butler line, not sure which one yet.
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!
thanks for the chance to win this fab book – I'd use Joel Dewberry's new line to make one of these bags !
I would use Parisian by Timeless Treasures
I'd use Bungalow
I would pick Parisian by Timeless Treasures to give it a french vibe and any bag would look good in black and white.
These bags would look terrific in any of Amy Butler's fabrics!!
Lola by Dear Stella.
I would use Allison Glass' text prints.
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!!
I think I would use Minimalista! Oh what fun!
I think I'd use Tula Pink's new Acacia line..
I would love to use Pat Sloans bobbins and bits. Thanks for hosting this giveaway
It is hard to choose just one but I love Joel Dewberry's Hillside Bungalow
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!
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.
I think the new "Downton Abbey" collection would look lovely made into one of these gorgeous bags!
I think the bags are great. I think that Amy Butler's fabrics are fabulous.
It is not an easy choice, but I work with http://www.fatquartershop.com/indigo-aphrodite-stonehenge-fat-quarter-bundle
Kaffe fasset shot cottons
Something in the 30's playtime! Thanks
I would use Soho Chic. Love the colors in this collection. Thanks for the giveaway.
I would love to use Riley Blake Bake Sale Gray Large Floral
I would use Acorn Grove Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics – so elegant!
I like Acorn Grove Batiks. The color palette is my favorite.
I'd love to use a fun geometric pattern by Michael Miller.
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Anna Marie Horner's "Dowry" would be fantastic for any of these bags.
It would have yo be something from the Oink A Doodle Moo collection!
I would use Bluebird Park for a sew sweet City Bag.
I would pick something from Amy Butler's lines, or Joel Dewberry!
I would love it in Fern Edges Fat Quarter Bundle
Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics! Yes!
I think Bed of Roses would make a nice bag but then maybe Cabbage Roses would. Maybe I'd make one from each.:)
Very tough choice, but I finally chose Sunburst:
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!
Love the Turquoise Gothic Rose!
Love the Turquoise Gothic Rose!
I would use Nordica – love making bags!
I think Blueberry Park would make a sweet City Bag.
I think I would try Frolic a Winter Wonderland or American Gothic. There are lots of other possibilities too.
Joel Dewbury. Love his mix of big and small prints and the colors are so bigt city. Thanks.