The Elora is the Most Stylish Backpack Ever!

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A couple of our long-term testers were unable to participate this time, so we were very lucky to have added two new talented bagmakers to the group. As usual, the group's enthusiasm and insight help make the pattern the best it can be.

Let's lead off with Sue Reed of Dreamscape Studio. She used a custom printed vinyl from Kenilworth Fabrics, and a quilting cotton for the lining. The antique brass hardware is from Emmaline, and the zippers from Zipper Valley. For stabilizers she used SF101 and Bouncyfirm. 

That leopard print lining fabric is a perfect complement to the exterior vinyl!


Kellie Toles of Sewful Creations chose a printed vinyl from Your Vinyl Source, black vinyl and mesh from Hobby Lobby, waterproof canvas from Fabric Wholesale Direct, Decovil from House of Threads, hardware from Emmaline Bags, purse feet from Ning Bags, and zippers from My Handmade Space.
Not only is Kellie's bag beautiful, her model choice is as well!
Using an upholstery fabric for the exterior, WPC for the lining, and rose gold hardware, new tester Tracy Julien of Creations by Torchon made a very striking bag. Check out her beautiful topstitching!



Rebecca Hansen of Two Leos Design had this to say about her materials: 
"My exterior is faux leather from BoDeeOh with the exception of the flap. The interior is my favorite Monstera canvas by Rifle Paper Co. Hardware from Emmaline and Moremeknow. I stabilized with decovil light and heavy. Zippers from MyHandmade Space and straps from Hobby Lobby." 
Her color combo made a very classy bag.
Long-time tester Ulrike Puckering of The Busy Sewing Room used faux leather in navy and burgundy for the exterior, blue polyester satin for the lining, hardware and zippers from Zipperstation UK. Ulrike substituted clear vinyl for the mesh as her personal preference. Her bag was sewn on her vintage Singer 201K. 
A beautiful bag and as always, beautifully styled photos. 
More vinyl from BoDeeOh! Becca Olson of Turtle Trax Too lined her bag with WPC from Joann's, and used stabilizer and hardware from Amazon. She interfaced with a 2Minutes2Stitch product (our favorite!).
Our second new tester Keleesha Marley of #Marleysews wowed us with her colorful bag, which she said was a birthday gift to herself (NOT selfish sewing!).She said, "I used waterfall vinyl exterior- Wizardry Stitchery&Craft. 
Lining. Water resistance canvas from Moremeknow. Zipper pulls- Sewldout. 
Zippers- from my stash. No interfacing used (with WPC none needed!)."
A big thank you as usual to all of our testers. They always go the extra mile to make a bag that is the best representative of our pattern and we appreciate them for all they do!
Whether you are a beginner or an expert bag maker, we'd love to have you join our Facebook Pattern Group. Ask questions, give guidance and encouragement, share your makes, and join in the conversation.
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