Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy National Sewing Month! - Part 2

September is National Sewing Month!  To celebrate, ByAnnie.com is sharing some of our favorite bag patterns for inspiration!
With each pattern, you'll learn new skills and have the opportunity to try out different products and supplies. 

Part 1 featured bags from our Project of the Month program called Let's Get Organized. Part 2, will feature bags from our Travel Handmade program.  For both of these programs, we partner with your local quilt shop to help them provide you with great discounts on our products and also organize classes to help you get the projects done. 

Ask your local quilt shop to contact us for more information about joining the Project of the Month programs.


Blog Special -- 10% off the featured patterns!
See details at the bottom.



Part 2: Travel Handmade Bags


                 
Bag 1 - All Bottled Up
Perfect bag to protect essential oils, nail polish, or other small bottles.  You learn the basics of bag making, such as how to work with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, mesh, fold-over elastic and zippers.



Bag 2 - Laptop Computer Carriers 2.0
A functional, custom computer case in your favorite fabric!  A great way to learn skills on how to attach a border, make padded handles, install zippers and learn tricks for sewing around curved edges.
                 



                 
Bag 3 - Jet Set 2.0
A wonderful bag for your travel pillow & accessories. You'll continue to practice the skills you've already learned, and mix it up by installing an outer zipper, paddled handle and handware.



Bag 4 - Double Zip Gear Bag
A perfect bag to keep you organized, you'll learn a new way to install zippers, as well as how to make slip pockets from mesh, and tips for attaching hook-and-loop fastener.

                 


                 
Bag 5 - Backseat Babysitter
Great for keeping your passengers occupied and car clutter free!  You'll improve your prior skills, practice installing zippers in vinyl pockets, and learn how to make dimensional pockets.



Bag 6 - Back At Ya 2.0
Great for a small purse or child's backpack, you'll learn how to attach invisible magnets, make staggered slip pockets, make adjustable straps and more!

                 


                 
Bag 7 - Travel Essentials
Carry your travel essentials in style, with this handy set.  Learn to put a zipper into a curved pocket, discover ways to strengthen handles and straps, and use stabilized facings to cover raw edges of pockets.



Bag 8 - Zip It Up!
Great, streamlined zippered organizers with mesh and vinyl pockets to keep items secure. Refine your previous skills and find out how to attach a zipper along the outside, curved edges.

                 


                 
Bag 9 - Get Out of Town Duffle 2.0
A stylish and sturdy overnight bag, a must-have travel necessity.  Discover tricks for making sure things are centered and evenly spaced, and master joining the ends of your binding.



Bag 10 - Pack It In!
Streamline your packing with these perfect organizing cases.  Discover more secrets for working with mesh, and continue to perfect your binding skills!   

                 


                 
Bag 11 - Going Places Garment Bag
A spacious and sturdy garment bag, with adjustable straps and plenty of pockets!  Learn how to quilt large pieces, attach a vinyl window, and a new technique for adding adjustable, detachable straps.



Bag 12 - Ultimate Travel Bag
The perfectly functional bag is carry-on compliant and sure to turn heads.  Learn how to add a special strap to secure the bag to rolling luggage, and a special trick to make side pockets more usable! 

                 


Reminder: Submit your bags to the Road to California Bag Challenge
Don't forget to submit your bags to the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge! Click the link here to view our recent newsletter which provided details and a step-by-step instructions for how to register.


As a special for National Sewing Month we are providing a 10% discount on all patterns feature in this blog.

Please go to ByAnnie.com and use the following discount code at checkout: 2017NSM. 


We'd love to see your bags when they're finished!  Send photos of your completed projects to marketing@byannie.com.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Our Favorite Tool, Used for Everything from Piecing to Quilting to Binding!

Did you know that ByAnnie.com has a wide range of free online tutorials to help you learn to do everything from work with Soft and Stable® to sewing a Folding Wallet?

As part of the Road to California Bag Challenge Blog hop, today we are highlighting our video series on how to finish a piece with binding using ByAnnie's Stiletto & Pressing Tool. We hope these help you achieve fast results and help you make better and more functional bags!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: See details at the bottom.



ByAnnie's Stiletto & Pressing Tool Tutorial Series


An Overview of Uses for ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool
Find out some of Annie's favorite uses for this fantastic tool!



Using the Stiletto as a Walking Foot
In this video, we'll show you how to the Stiletto portion of this tool can act as a walking foot, allowing fabric to be sewn to a piece of Soft and Stable®.



Pressing Seams
Watch how we use the Pressing portion of this tool to press down your seams right at your sewing machine.  No more trips back and forth to your ironing board!




Attaching Bindings to Vinyl
Learn how to attach your binding to a vinyl pocket.  With the Stiletto's help, see how easy it is to get a professional, flawless-looking finish.



Attaching Bindings to Mesh Pockets
Discover how much easier it is when using the Stiletto & Pressing tool while attaching your binding to the trickier mesh fabric.



Attaching Bias Bindings
In this video, Annie demonstrates how to attach bias binding.  Using the Stiletto and Pressing Tool makes going around corners so much easier!



ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool: Introduction
Learn more about how ByAnnie developed this great tool and what it can be used for.





Giveaway!  ByAnnie's Stiletto and Pressing Tool!
As part of the blog series we are giving away two ByAnnie Stiletto and Pressing Tools (a $20 value).

The two random people that do both of the following before September 20, 2017 win!

1) Comment below about what you learned from the videos.
2) Email us at marketing@byannie.com with your home address.


The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The last day to submit your bag to the challenge is October 1st, 2017. Official rules and entry details can be found here:

This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous posts, Click here.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy National Sewing Month! - Part 1

September is National Sewing Month!  To celebrate, ByAnnie.com wants to share some of our favorite bag patterns for inspiration!
With each pattern, you'll learn new skills and have the opportunity to try out different products and supplies. 

Part 1 features bags from our Project of the Month program called Let's Get Organized. Part 2, coming on Sept. 16, 2017, will feature bags from our Travel Handmade program.  For both of these programs, we partner with your local quilt shop to help them provide you with great discounts on our products and also organize classes to help you get the projects done. 

Ask your local quilt shop to contact us for more information about joining the Project of the Month programs.


Blog Special -- 10% off the featured patterns!
See details at the bottom.



Part 1: Let's Get Organized Bags


Bag 1 - Stash and Dash
A quick and fun project, which will help you learn all the basics of bag making, such as how to work with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, mesh, vinyl, covered strapping, zippers, bias binding, and hardware.



Bag 2 - Nesting Baskets
A great set for home decor and organization, in making these you'll learn to cut pattern pieces from a template, to make perfect circles for the base and lid, and how to join pieces with curved edges.



Bag 3 - Ditty Bags
Cute all-around bags, in making these you'll learn to make and attach borders and handles, to attach a single-slide zipper, to sew along curved edges, and to make and attach bias binding.



Bag 4 - Project Bags
A must-have for your quilting projects. In making these, you'll improve your skills in quilting, sewing with vinyl, adding zippers, making and attaching stabilized straps, and binding a project. Practice piecing and adding borders too!



Bag 5 - Needle Case
Keep your needles organized and easy to find. In making this pattern, you'll learn to print labels on twill tape using your home printer!



Bag 6 - Open Wide
Great for cosmetics and toiletries, in making this pattern you'll learn a brand-new style of zipper installation as well as a different method of binding the edges of the zipper.



Bag 7 - Thread Dispenser / Sewing Case 2.0
Do you hand-stitch? If so you'll love this project and in making it you'll learn to sew with ultrasuede, the secret ingredient to keeping your threads in place.



Bag 8 - Just In Case
These stylish low-profile organizers are great for on the go. Learn the secrets to installing invisible magnetic snaps and attaching borders and pockets in the proper order.



Bag 9 - Power Trip
Keep all your cords and toys organized! You'll learn to make and attach a sturdy handle and inner zippered pockets, and how to easily bind mesh pockets with fold-over elastic.



Bag 10 - All Aboard! Train Cases
Get ready to travel with these beautiful train cases. In making the project you’ll learn how to sew a zipper on a curved edge and discover how to finish the edges and stitch the binding to the bag to refine the shape.



Bag 11 - Catch All Caddy
Our must-have sewing room accessory, this holds everything. In making it you'll learn how to make bellowed inner dividers and a new style of handles which are padded with Soft and Stable.



Bag 12 - A Place for Everything
Never get to a class without your supplies again, this bag keeps you organized and travel ready. In sewing the bag, learn to make zippers of any length using Zippers by the Yard and discover how to make expandable vinyl pockets.



Reminder: Submit your bags to the Road to California Bag Challenge
Don't forget to submit your bags to the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge! Click the link here to view our recent newsletter which provided details and a step-by-step instructions for how to register.


As a special for National Sewing Month we are providing a 10% discount on all patterns feature in this blog.

Please go to ByAnnie.com and use the following discount code at checkout: 2017NSM. 


We'd love to see your bags when they're finished!  Send photos of your completed projects to marketing@byannie.com.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Handles, Straps and Hardware: Tips and Techniques

Did you know that ByAnnie.com has a wide range of free online tutorials to help you learn to do everything from work with Soft and Stable® to sew a Folding Wallet?

As part of the Road to California Bag Challenge Blog hop, today we are highlighting our Hardware and Strapping video series. We hope these help you achieve fast results and help you make better and more functional bags!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: See details at the bottom.



Hardware and Strapping Tutorial Series


Hardware, Handles and Straps: An Overview
Learn how to make basic fabric handles and straps and get them ready to attach to your bag.



Preparing Detachable Straps
Discover the tricks to making sturdy, functional straps that will match your project beautifully. Annie covers inserting strapping and how to finish the ends.



Choosing Hardware
In this video, we'll show you the hardware available at ByAnnie.com and share tips for picking out just what you need for your next project.



Making an Adjustable Strap Using a Wide-Mouth Slider
Watch step-by-step as Annie shows how to attach a widemouth slider to make a strap adjustable for carrying over the shoulder or for carrying cross-body.




Making a Detachable Strap
Learn to attach the necessary hardware to make an attachable/detachable strap.



Making an Adjustable, Detachable Strap Using a Strap Adjuster
Discover how to make an adjustable, detachable strap if you are using a strap adjuster rather than a slider.



Using 1/2" Hardware for Adustable, Detachable Straps
In this video, Annie demonstrates how to make an adjustable strap using 1/2" hardware. She shows how to attach sliders to make the strap adjustable and swivel hooks to make it detachable.



Hardware, Handles and Straps: Conclusion
Annie wraps up this series of videos. Thanks for watching! We hope you've learned some useful techniques for making handles and straps for your bags.




Giveaway! 1.5" Nickel Carrying Strap Kit
As part of the blog series we are giving away two Carrying Strap kits, which include strapping and hardware (a $25 value) to make an adjustable/detachable carrying strap.

The two random people that do both of the following before August 20, 2017 win!

1) Comment below about what you learned from the videos.
2) Email us at webmaster@byannie.com with your address.


The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The last day to submit your bag to the challenge is October 1st, 2017. Official rules and entry details can be found here:


This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How to Attach a Zipper

We have been missing deadlines recently and this post is a full month late. Because we are so far behind, we are keeping it short and sweet.

Please check out this video on attaching zippers to we did in conjunction with Fat Quarter Shop. We think you will enjoy it and learn a lot!





This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The challenge opened on June 15, 2017. The official rules, regulations, and conditions along with the entry form will be available online at Road to California website.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.