Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle (that's me) MacKay (Stash Books).
The book is available as a new release "bestseller" this month at CTPub.com in printed form or ebook, and January 14th on Amazon. I am also selling them on my website at emmalinebags.com (these are probably best to ship within Canada, because of the cost). Overseas International - try bookdepository.com or have your local quilt shop or sewing store get it from their distributor. Many shops will carry these books - please ask!
I'm very proud of the work that Lindsay and I, and all of our contributors, have done to make this book possible. It was a lot of hard work, and there were many hours spent editing, sewing, and illustrating. I'm so happy to be able to say that I had a part in it. I hope you love it too!
If I had my way, every page would be project photos. They were so gorgeous! There would be photos , and more photos. But… apparently an instructional book needs instructions - so I couldn't have my way. But now, I'd love to share another peek inside the book and some of the projects that myself, and a couple of other friends have made. Check out these project photos!!
Airport Sling by Janelle MacKay
This is one of my patterns for the book and I've already used this particular bag quite a bit. The passport pocket is perfect for both passport and boarding pass, and I have my pen handy for the declaration cards upon arrival. But it's not just for traveling, when I get home, I put my passport in a safe place - and just keep on using it! Here's a bit of a secret that you would find out when making it - the front pocket is actually the cut out from the middle of the back panel! I've made this in decor weight cotton and it makes a sturdy shoulder bag or cross body bag with adjustable strap.
Airport Sling by Gwen Lockwood
Gwen was my pattern tester for this bag - and she's been asking to share it for about 1 year!! She did a stunning job in decor cotton, and the world map lining is perfect for this travel bag. She made a larger bag to match, and they have already had a nice trip together.
Laptop Keeper by Rachael Gander of Imagine Gnats
I couldn't wait to make this laptop keeper. My son's laptop (the minecraft laptop) fits perfectly in here and when we have to take off over night this gets thrown right in my bag - and I know the laptop will be safe. I made it in some gorgeous linen fabric and added some Soft & Stable to the back for added protection.
Two-Bottle Tote by Janelle MacKay
Yes, this is a wine tote - for those trips to the neighbour's house, but it's more than that because you can flip the divider to one side and pile it up with groceries or other items you need to cart around. When I first made this sample, I used leather for the strapping and it's quite pretty. I used fabric for the book sample though, because it's more readily available to everyone. It's pretty massive though, you can fit the BIG bottles in this one - but I was okay with that because that will make sure you can use it for so many purposes. How about some wine on one side and a stack of dip containers and bread on the other? Yes, I think so!
Next on my list, the Travel Toiletry Organizer, and early in the year I am planning to have a Airport Sling Sew-Along!! That will be a lot of fun.
We are nearing the end of the blog tour now, with 1 final stop at Sew, Mama, Sew Monday - and you don't want to miss that because they will be sharing a free bonus pattern!
Check out all of these stops, read reviews and enter to win one of the many copies of the book.
You have until December 15th to enter them all - don't miss your chance.
Saturday, Dec 5: ikat bag
Wednesday, Dec 9: Pellon
Monday, Dec 13: Sew, Mama, Sew