Yes, I know it is Wednesday and my title says Giveaway Thursday. I am doing Giveaway Thursday a day early today.
Angie and I are excited to both be giving away a copies of Amanda Soule’s new book Handmade Home today. (If you don’t own her first book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections, you are MISSING out. Order this book and thank me later. It rocks my world.) We are both huge fans of Amanda’s simple outlook on life, craftiness and pretty much everything about her and were honored to receive early copies of the book.
As soon as we received our copies, we decided to make one of the projects together. And what better project than these cute Mama Bags?
Before I go into details about our experience making the bags, take a few minutes to watch our video of us chatting about the project and the book.
Like I said, Angie is a fabulous seamstress and I can barely sew a straight line (there are pictures below to prove it). Yet, this bag was totally doable for me – and it is labeled “intermediate.” (Granted, Angie did have to guide me a bit. However, now that I have done one, I could easily do it again. Now, if I could just learn how to fill a bobbin…)I think I may make several for Christmas gifts this year.
Here is my fabric with the pleats pinned. I was quite proud of my pleats.
And here Angie is hard at work on the sewing machine.
Angie was very impressed with my pinning skills. Also note my less than perfect pockets.
Of course, what sewing project would be complete without the involvement of a seam-ripper?
And just in case you didn’t get a good look at the bags, here we are holding them – and loving on sweet Elias.
I have two copies of Handmade Home to give away! If you would like a chance to win one, please leave a comment about your sewing experience – or lack there of, if you are like me.
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The winner will be posted on Sunday.