I actually own a few patterns from Cozy Nest Design. A while ago Sarah posted a tester call for the Cozy Cakes Backpack and I thought it was insanely cute. Even though I didn't test it, I saw a lot of positive feedback from the testers, and they all seemed to really enjoy working with her, so I snatched it up as soon as it came out. And then I ended up getting a few others along the way. If you remember, I made the Little Bunny Poo Poo treat bag for my kids for Easter and it was a big hit. My friend Tiffany makes the Goody Good Gumballs Treat Bag for her shop (Tiff2any Designs) and they are adorable as well.
Either way, I've really liked working with Sarah's patterns, so when she said "blog tour?" I said, ME!
And here we are! Welcome to Day one of the Convertible/Reversible Bag Tour. Make sure you read till the end, as Sarah has graciously organized a lovely giveaway to go with the tour! This bag is pretty ingenious, actually. As you can see in the picture, it actually converts 4 ways, giving you 4 totally different bags. If you're newer to sewing, take it slow, and follow along carefully, and you'll be just fine. The bag calls for a bunch of different hardware, but it is easily adapted how you like (ie leaving off the D-rings or using snaps to end the straps instead of swivel hooks). Even her instructions for sewing on the zippers are clear and easy to follow!
When it comes to this bag, fabric selection took me just as long as sewing the bag did. Mostly because I was so excited about the idea that I could have two completely different looks all within one bag. For *Bag 1* I used a really pretty princess like pattern from Clothworks, and to be a little more trendy with *Bag 2* I went with a black and white for the main and did the contrast in a bright pink to make it pop.
My *Bag 1* is very everyday style for me. I'm calling the look "classy princess," and am seriously considering making myself a dress that matches... *Bag 1* has two options, a larger bag, which is perfect for everyday use - even when I toss in wipes and a diaper! And for the rare occasions that I make it out without the kids, I can fold it into the smaller option, which uses the same shoulder strap, but is perfect for those kid-free trips!
For *Bag 2* I attempted to go with something that was a little more eye catching. Something I would use when I was out with my friends shopping, maybe. And then, once our shopping trip was complete, I can turn it into the clutch with the fold-over flap to take with me to a nice quiet drink! (The following scenarios are all me reminiscing my pre-child days...shhhh) I totally love the little clutch version, and am dying for a chance to use it.
They look like two separate bags, right? It blows my mind how this is one bag that converts into all of these options. In fact, once I was done, I may have spent an absurd amount of time flipping from option to option in awe. I did my bag in quilting cottons, but if you use a laminated cotton, you would have a waterproof interior/exterior as well. AND the pattern includes instructions to make a little vinyl pouch to go in the bag for makeup and such.
If you haven't noticed, I have this slight obsession with organization. This is important because this pattern has a lot of pieces, and they can get a bit mixed up if you aren't careful. Sarah solves this dilemma perfectly - the pattern comes with printable labels that you can cut out and pin to your pattern pieces to keep them all organized as you work your way through constructing your bag. They are amazing. And the pattern itself is laid out so you can check off each piece that cut for the bags, and then check of step by step as you go through the pattern itself. The whole layout of the pattern made me so peaceful while sewing it. Even if it looks a little daunting from all the pieces, you will have no issue working your way through with the great system Sarah used! SO, if you haven't yet, hop over to her shop and pick up the pattern and start picking out your fabrics!
Monday, July 28th
Maria of Mia's Creations
Niki Stringer of Roonie Ranching
Tuesday, July 29th
Lynn Potts of PottsCrafty
Marilyn Brandt at Shades of Bold
Alyssa Carrion at Keep Calm & Carrion
Wednesday, July 30th
Liz Schaffner at MOMENTS
Sarah at Cozy Nest Design
Thursday, July 31st
Amy Macdonald with Friends Stitched Together
Kathy from Handmade Dress Haven
Judith Clauss of Judith Stitches and More
Friday, August 1st
Jonie Brooks with Knot Sew Normal
Lorena Rey of my way of...
Bethany Rapp with Sweet Bee Buzzings
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