Take Your Bags to the Next Level

Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags provides the most amazing bling to take your purses, totes, and wallets to the next level.

Her latest additions will arrive soon. They are available in a variety of finishes so check our website for ALL of the choices. But, these examples will give you an idea f the possibilities.
















All of her bling is reasonably priced and can turn a “homemade” into a “handmade” with class!

Paper-Piecing with a Little Bit of Whimsey

Super Cute Paper Piecing by Charise Randell is full of charming little projects that provide instant gratification. These little bits of paper-piecing are the perfect foundation for totes, bags, pouches, pillows, and even a small quilt.

In this case, the projects are so cute, you don’t need any commentary from me:


What a great way to add paper-piecing to your skill set! And, if you already paper-piece, this book is a no-brainer!

Emmaline is into Bags

These frames by Emmaline Bags were a big hit at Market.





These rods create the framework for bags that pop open like an old fashioned medical bag.  They come in two sizes that retail for less than $5.00!  The frames include the link to her website where you can download a free pattern for a retreat bag.









The large frame can be used to create this Lunch Bag.  Just to be clear, this is NOT a free pattern and is available on our website.





What makes ALL of her bags special is the addition of the hardware – also very affordable.  Zipper pulls and metal tags add a professional look to every bag so your customers will want these as well.  Check out the entire line of Emmaline products on our website.

An Abundance of Annie

In case you hadn’t noticed, Patterns by Annie is now simply By Annie – because that gal has her act together!  She is providing everything you need to create professional looking bags – Soft and Stable, hardware; zippers, mesh, fold over elastic, strapping, and the perfect design for every occasion!

She was the hit of Market and instantly had five patterns in the top 100!























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Did you realize that 20 of the top 100 patterns are bags???  If you aren’t offering a bag of the month club, you are not meeting your customer’s needs!  Who can make just one?  When their friends and family see them, they will ALL want one – and may take a class for the first time because they may find it less intimidating than a quilt!  What a great way to gain new customers!


Totes with Style

These new totes by Riley Blake are so reasonably priced that they would be great favors for your next quilting event.


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These sturdy, reinforced bags will quickly become top sellers.  Simply display them by the register.  You could even offer their choice of one free with a qualifying purchase!  I know these bags are not due in until April – but many of you are planning your shop hop events now and are looking for something “new”.  You can’t get any newer than this!


Charlie’s Aunt Fall Releases

I love the vintage style of Charlie’s Aunt satchels.  They fill my need for Downton Abbey withdrawal! These 1940’s inspired designs are the perfect companions for the popular wools that are showing up everywhere.  The button embellishments could be straight out of my mother’s button box!


The Brancaster Messenger Bag features an asymmetrical flap and front pocket.  This nine by thirteen inch size would be a great diaper bag.  Or picture it in Scarlet and Grey Shannon Suede with the OSU logo appliqued in place of the buttons.  The possibilities are endless!  (And for those of you who were curious, Brancaster is a beach community on the North Norfolk Coast Line.)


The Breckland Bag also features asymmetrical flaps but looks totally different.  I love when the pockets become a fashion statement!  (And by the way, Breckland is an area of Norfolk.)

The awe factor is in the details so be sure to have coordinating buttons in stock!


Swoon over these Bags

The Swoon bags have those added touches that turn homemade into designer original – for a fraction of the cost.  They add pleather accents; metal magnets and buckles – this attention to detail makes all the difference.

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The Blanche Barrel Bag includes side pockets for keys and a cell phone as well as piping and leather trim to add that designer touch.  The City Tote is simply a classic!

Paradiso Designs has a wide variety of Pleather to choose from in several textures to give your bag that special touch – and protect the bottom of your bag.  It is easy to cut and easy to sew.


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Not all of the bags have leather trim.  They can be just as dramatic with a coordinating fabric.  Some of these Swoon bags are in stock, more are expected later this month.  And, did you know that we have over 600 Bag and Tote Accessories to choose from?  Check them out today.

Japanese Style – Part Two

Akemi Shibata’s book – Quilted Bags and Gifts features 36 projects that prove that  the best gifts DO come in small packages!  Her eye for detail is reflected in every single gift and turns every day into heirloom quality – but most can be completed in a week-end.


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And at just $22.99, this book is a BARGAIN!  We carry many of the leather handles which gives each piece that professional look.  They are listed as companions for the book. Akemi combines taupe fabrics with colorful prints to create true works of art.  Why not incorporate a sense of style into YOUR every day life?

Japanese Style – Part One

When three books in the top 50 are by Japanese designers, you know that their sense of color and style has become main stream worldwide!

Yoko Saito’s “Scrap Valley” and “Traditional Block Patterns” will be in stock later this month.


You know you love them already!  The muted fabrics allow the actual patterns to take center stage.  Scrap Valley includes multiple projects big and small:
























This book is simply beautiful from cover to cover!  The photography is exquisite!

Yoko’s block book includes 64 different blocks combined in different projects and settings.  Could the quilt made from these blocks be this generation’s Dear Jane?  I can’t wait to find out!