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I guess I’m getting a bit Carried Away….

Perhaps you have heard or read about a brand new Pattern Collection?

It’s called The Carried Away Pattern Collective, and it’s brought to us by none other than Alicia Miller of Swoon Patterns along side Celine Allaert of Blue Calla Patterns.  For bag makers discovering this partnership for the first time, it must be akin to discovering Peanut Butter Cups for the first time.  How did anyone ever get by without this perfect pairing?  …and why didn’t they think of it years ago?!  We (as bag makers) can NEVER get enough of a trendy and well written bag pattern and the pattern market is flooded with them,  but these 2 designers are the cream of the crop.  They consistently produce well written and thoroughly tested bag patterns.


The Carried Away Collective is comprised of a 6 month subscription for bag patterns.  On the 15th of each month from August 2018-January 2019 subscribers will receive a new pattern in their accounts to download. This pattern will have been kept a secret until it is released into the download accounts.  The theme to this collection “Every Day Bags” bags.  To become a member, it is a cost of $35USD.  This is a 1 time fee.  You get the all 6 patterns for this price.  You can join anytime in the 6 months, and upon joining the already released patterns you will receive immediately..with the others following on the 15th of each future month until January.

There is even a dedicated Facebook group for support and showing off your bags of course!

I’m so excited to show you my tester for the first pattern in the Collective.  August was a Swoon bag and so this is Sierra Zip Top Bag. It’s got a pocket inside as well as an exterior slip pocket for a phone.  There’s an optional cross body strap that can added as well.

Approx size: 13″ long x 10″ tall x 6″ deep


My bag is done in Faux leather with a black and beige twill fabric.  It has a slightly slouchy feel to it, but it could be firmer if one chooses to beef it up with foam or additional layers of fusible woven interfacing.  This bag is quickly done once you have finished your strapping!  I do recommend Double Sided Tape to do those= Total time saver!

So, what are you waiting for??  Go get your subscription! Stay tuned for September’s release by Blue Calla.









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Winner of the Canada 150 In the Bag Blog Tour

Thank you all for reading and commenting on my Canada 150 post!! I have randomly chosen a winner to receive the Free TOTE pattern of their choice from Blue Calla Patterns.  This is selected from the comments on my Canada 150 post.

(Re: the many Giveaways for the Blog Tour, please scroll back to see the Rafflecopter link is in my Canada 150 Blog tour posting at the bottom.  When you click, it will take you to the widget where the names are published.)

For my OWN giveaway though, I had to do this OLD SCHOOL!  I wrote everyone’s names down on a piece of paper, cut them up, mixed them into a bowl, and drew a name.  I will try contacting them (as best as I can because several of you don’t really have a profile/email).  After 48 hrs, if it has not been claimed, I will draw again!  and same goes until I can actually contact the winner!

Here are some pics of the draw bowl!

AND the Winner is!!!  Rachelle Bigham Baker!!

Please contact Blue Calla for your tote pattern Rachelle!!