Friday, January 3, 2014

Are You Ready?

This month marks the kickoff of the Big-City Bags Sew Along.  Do you have your book?  Fabrics?  Notions?  I have had mine ready for awhile and can't wait to get started as soon as I get my sewing space in order.  I've got to get it organized so I can get the creative juices flowing :)

The first bag in the book is the Fireside Bowl Bag. 

(Photo used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

Just a reminder of the rules:
  • The book is available now through so get your copy now!
  • There are twelve projects in the book making it perfect for a year long sew along featuring one bag per month
  • The sew along will start on January 1, 2014 (I'm a couple of days late, sorry!)
  • We will be sewing the books in the order they are in the book.  Only the bag for that specific month will be eligible for the link up.
  • The bag must be complete to qualify for prizes.
  • On the first of every month I will announce a new project and prize. 
  • You will have from January 25th until midnight on January 31st CST to link up your project for a chance to win that month's prize.
  • I hope to have some wonderful ladies help me out by sharing their takes on the project, as well as with their tips and tricks for completing them.
  • Join the Flickr group to see all the projects that have been made.

This month's sponsor is ByAnnie's Soft & Stable who has generous agreed to give away a package of one of her products that will come in handy when making nearly any bag.  I've been given a package to test myself and can't wait to use it and let you know my thoughts!

I can always use more people that would like to participate in the informal blog hop.  Just leave a comment or send an email to me at

So in order to end up with a great new handbag and a chance at a great prize you'll need to get to work.  Don't forget to put progress pics up on the Flickr page.  I can't wait to see what you all are making!

Our Wonderful sponsors:

And a special offer from zipit:  15% off of all orders for those sewing along
Use code sewingwithsqueak at checkout to apply the discount


  1. As soon as my machine comes home from the shop I will be starting on my bag! Have the fabric and notions all picked out and waiting patiently...

  2. Fun, can't wait, I am glad you clarified that we would be following the book.

  3. Just finished mine!! I love this pattern!

  4. Where and how should we link up our completed projects?