Bag of The Month Club

In December I had seen a post somewhere mentioning a club called The Bag Of The Month Club, and the name piqued my interest. I love sewing bags for myself for fun on the side, but some times I really get stuck when choosing a pattern or design I want to try next. This club said Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand-new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, delivered directly to your inbox. and that sounded perfect to me!
For January the bag was called The Companion Carpet Bag. At first I was a little worried, because the bag has a tubular frame, and metal bag feet, both things that I have never done in a bag. Of course the best part about the club is pushing myself to make things that I may have not ever picked, or I thought might be too hard. In the end the bag came together very easily. The only problem I ran into was hemming and hawing over straps. I didn’t buy a pair of sew on straps when I saw some, and then once I was ready to commit I was nearly finished my bag and too impatient to wait for some to arrive in the mail. In the end I decided on some straps that had come in a mixed bag of stuff from one of the previous Salvation Army fabric sales, and attached them with some grommets after the bag had been assembled (so now you can see them on the inside, but I don’t mind)

I used my fabrics this one for the outer, and the coordinating fabric for the lining and inside the front pocket.
I can’t wait to sew up February’s bag using some of this fabric so I can have an assortment of toy covered bags.

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10 Responses to Bag of The Month Club

  1. Cadry says:

    Amazing! Great job, Heidi! As a person who can barely sew a button, people with sewing skills like yours are inspiring!

  2. Katie says:

    I need to get on your calendar for a sewing day. Now that you’ve made this, you can talk me through it :) This would make a great travel bag. I love it. and…you are so brave and patient to take on new sewing endeavors. After sewing all the POTM items, I’d be burnt out!!!

  3. Chris says:

    Chris =]

  4. Heidi Kenney says:

    Katie, the bag sewing is like a fun break from “work” sewing haha…Lets plan a sewing day soon!

  5. Heidi Kenney says:

    Cadry, aww thanks so much! It felt really good to step out of my comfort zone :)

  6. Kya says:

    It looks so awesome! :D You have done such a great job and your fabric is very cool!

  7. Tracey says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this.

    When I first read “Bag of the month club” paired with the photos of this bag, I was confused. How could there possibly be a bag of the month club with such amazing bags?
    The closure on this one is very Mary Poppins, love that.
    Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to challenge myself too!

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    Tracey, Oh thank you so much! :)
    Yes I feel just like Mary Poppins with this bag.