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5 Lessons Learned Altering the Cici Tote Bag Pattern's Recommendations

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5 Lessons Learned Altering the Cici Tote Bag Pattern's Recommendations

Our second pattern, The Cici Tote Bag is a structured bag made with home decor fabrics and vinyl accents, stabilized with Peltex. I chose to make mine from linen and used foam. I learned some things along the way and hope to save bagmakers the same frustration I experienced.

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It's Not Selfish Sewing! Take Time to Make Something for You

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It's Not Selfish Sewing! Take Time to Make Something for You

The term "selfish sewing" really rubs me the wrong way. Even if said tongue-in-cheek, the snarkiness of it is just wrong. Sew for yourself and proudly (and unapologetically) proclaim that you made it JUST FOR YOU.  

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The Large Colette Bowler Bag is Big on Style!

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The Large Colette Bowler Bag is Big on Style!

The Large Colette Bowler Bag is a roomy, classic design. Finishing at 15 1/2" x 11" x 6 1/2", this roomy bag fits the criteria for the airline's Free Personal Bag. The large exterior space lends itself well to a variety of design options - no tiny prints needed here!

As usual, our testers surprised us, inspired us, and certainly wowed us! Take a look for yourself. 

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The Bailey Tablet Tote Accents Your Creativity

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The Bailey Tablet Tote Accents Your Creativity

We've added a new pattern to the Beginner Basics Collection. To make sure this Level One design is truly for the Beginner Bagmaker with sewing experience, our group of testers included beginners and proofreading experts (English teachers!). Check out their makes to get your creativity going!

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How We Refreshed and Enhanced the Popular Cici Tote Bag Pattern

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How We Refreshed and Enhanced the Popular Cici Tote Bag Pattern

The Cici Tote Bag has a lot of devotees among bag makers. With new formatting, we also took the time to add some enhanced features, making it even more versatile than the original. This "new and improved" really is!

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