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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!


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

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

  7. I love to make bags and this book looks wonderful! I love Tula Pinks new line of fabric with the foxes πŸ™‚

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. 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.

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

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

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

  18. 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!

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!!

  22. 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!

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

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

  26. 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!