I am in an organizational frame of mind now that the holidays are over and have resolved that this year I am going to act – instead of react – to every opportunity that comes along. We have decided on an editorial level, to write this newsletter from a shop owner’s perspective – which means we are thinking three months ahead at any given time.
But, when you are a quilter – shop owner or not – you DO have to plan your life at least three months ahead so you have time to make the projects in a timely manner. So lets vow NOT to be finishing samples the night before – or the day of the class any more!
On that note, why not make some samples of some of the newest tote bag patterns? We all know that they are popular in Spring and Summer, so let’s make the samples now! They are great buys for shop hops – and would be the perfect Make It/Take It classes for Spring Break. After all, we don’t ALL get to leave town – so lets plan some fun for the ones that stay home!
But what inspired this article? Check out the new line of Bag Handles from Emma Creation they come in fourteen fashion colors and are polka dot no less! How cute is that? Talk about the details making a purse – you won’t be able to keep them in stock!
Item #PAH13012-2 Retail $10.00
All of these bags can be finished in a class setting – and making just one is never enough! Here are my top five picks – for five days of classes!
Maggie – by Lazy Girl Designs
Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs has her new “Maggie” bag in the top 20 patterns. This cute little bag is made out of 10″ squares and is the perfect bag for a camera or cell phone. It comes in two sizes – and is cute as a button! In fact, what a great way to showcase an antique button from your collection! The wrist strap could be made out of vintage ribbons and trims to give it that personal touch! What is not to love? Display the pattern with some packages of 10″ squares for an instant combo. We happen to have some by Studio E – just check our website under Fabric – with the subcategory of pre-cuts!
Item #LGD126 Retail $8.00
The Tulip Bag by Anything but Boring
I love the way they have sized this purse – grapefruit (6″); melon (7″); bowling ball (8″) and basketball (9″) – and all of these sizes are included in the pattern. All but the largest one can be made in less than two hours. It’s a different size and a different shape from most of the bags out there so it is sure to catch everyone’s eye! And when you can make one in two hours or less, why stop at one? These may even be Easter baskets for the girls at my house this year. Can you picture my two year old granddaughter having a “grapefruit” purse to match her mother’s “bowling ball”? How cute is that!
Item #ABB07084 Retail $12.00
Wallet and Grommet by Maple Island Quilts
With a name like that, this one gets my vote for originality. Who would have thought that Dritz would be selling more of these to make totebags than they ever did to make curtains??? They now come in every color imaginable. Just visit our website – and type in grommets. They even come in different shapes now – what a way to make a personal statement! This is a great class because people are nervous about working with the grommets and don’t realize how easy it is. And, in most cases, a package makes two bags. As advertised – this pattern comes with a matching wallet! Who doesn’t love a two for one!
Item #MIQ141 Retail $
Item #44364DH Retail $10.69
Snap Happier by Stitchin Sisters
Snap Happy is the number one pattern for a reason! They are adorable – can be made in less than an hour – and have a clever gimmick! They snap closed because you insert a carpenter’s metal tape measure in the top. Now they have come out with a larger version. For those of you who loved the first, the wait is over!
Item #57PT Retail $8.50
Sweet Harmony by Amy Butler
Let’s face it – the covers of her patterns are just luscious! Can you tell her husband is a photographer??? But Amy’s longevity is due to the quality of the product – and this one is no exception. It too comes in two sizes so choose the one that is right for you. I would save this one until later in the week when they have a little more experience behind them! It isn’t hard but has a little more detailing than most of the others – so if your customers have some experience in tote bag construction under their belt, they will breeze right through!
Item #AB042SW Retail $12.95
Don’t forget to order everything else you will need – magnetic closures, fusible fleece, grommets, etc. We carry so many that I can’t list them all here but a few of my favorites are by Nancy Zieman.
She released these accessories with her tote bag template line from Clover. The magnetic clasps in her line are great and I especially love the purse handle interfacing. It comes in all different widths and lets you make professional looking fabric handles in just a matter of moments! Just visit our website and type in Nancy Zieman to get a full range of her products. To view all of our bag and tote accessories, go to our website and click on notions. Then choose “bag and tote accessories” as a search option. We carry everything you need to turn any pattern into a one of a kind original!