Tuesday, April 28, 2015

time to travel blog tour - swansea bag

I know that lots of moms of boys feel that there are not enough fun patterns available for boys.  I'm sure I would feel the same if my boys were young enough to actually be willing to wear what I sew ;)  But I have noticed lately that lots of pattern designers are listening to their customers and making a real effort to design more (not-so-basic) boy patterns.  The e-book Time to Travel, which is presented by Sewing With Boys (a group of women focused on creating wonderful things for their boys,) is a great example of fun sewing projects created with boys in mind.  The e-book includes the Swansea Bag, the Just Like Papa briefcase, the Ready Set Go! wallet, an adventure belt, and a few other fun extras!  And it's on sale for the rest of the blog tour, through May 1st!

Disclaimer: I received the Swansea Bag pattern for free as part of the blog tour.  But, as I have stated before, that does not influence my review of the pattern.  I appreciate that anyone who purchases this pattern is choosing to spend real money, and I do not want them to think that I would recommend a pattern that I do not like!  And I would recommend this particular pattern :)

Now, I know if I saw the pictures of this particular bag, I would wonder what it has to do with sewing for boys :)  Honestly, nothing!  But it does show that these patterns are not limited to boys.  After all, girls have adventures too!

The funny thing is, when I started sewing the bag, I wasn't actually sure what I was going to use it for.  But as I sewed, I realized that one of our impossible-to-roll-properly sleeping bags would probably fit perfectly in the child size version of the Swansea Bag.  And, sure enough, it did!  And then I wished I really had sewn a boy version since this particular sleeping bag actually belongs to one of the boys ;)  Oh well, I guess that's a good excuse to sew another one.

I did make a couple changes from the pattern (what's new!) such as creating a color block exterior to show off the adorable umbrella and raindrop fabrics.  I also opted to line it and add x-stitching where the strap connects to the bag for extra strength since I expect my kids to be pretty hard on it over time.  They don't tend to be too gentle with anything, and I'm sure this bag will be used as a weapon several times during it's life ;)  The pattern includes instructions for an unlined bag with french seams (which create stronger seams) rather than a lining, but I chose to skip the french seams since I tend to be lazy when I know that no one is going to see it anyway. 

Sorry, but there aren't any pictures of the inside today since it's solid white and quite boring!  I'm sure you can use your imagination :)

While you're here, enter the giveaway below, and then make sure visit the rest of the blogs participating in the Time to Travel series!

Giveaway info:
Grand prize: $50 gift certificate to FabricWorm and a copy of Time to Travel*
2nd: 1 yard of fabric from Mabel Madison and a copy of Time to Travel*
3rd: a copy of Time to Travel*
*If you buy the eBook and win the giveaway, we will either refund your money, or send the copy on to a friend of your choice.
But that's not all! If you buy the eBook during the tour, you'll be automatically entered to win a $30 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!

April 20: Rachel at Once Upon A Sewing Machine || Michelle at Falafel and the Bee 
April 21: Becca at Free Notion || Heather at All Things Katy! 
April 22: Chelsea at GYCT Designs || Ula at Lulu & Celeste 
April 23: Stephanie at Swoodson Says || Sherri at Thread Riding Hood 
April 24: Meriel at Create3.5 || Sara at Made by Sara 
April 27: Melissa at Oh Sew Boy! || Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts 
April 28: Teri at Climbing the Willow || Ajaire at Call Ajaire 
 April 29: Jessica at The Berry Bunch || Dana at Sew Thrifty 
April 30: Stacey at From-a-Box || Maegen at Mae & K 
May 1: Kelly at Handmade Boy || Roxanne at Pen, Seb & Rox

Umbrella and raindrop prints - Rainy Days and Mondays by Riley Blake
White lining - Cotton duck by Premier Prints from fabric.com
Dark grey - Cotton stretch sateen from Joann's
Drawstring, strap and grommets - Joann's


  1. Love the fabrics you chose!!! I could see many uses for a bag like this!!

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! I love that fabric so much! And the gray really sets it off so well. Thank you so much for hanging out with us on the tour!

  3. This is stunning, Teri! I love the color block, and your fabric choice...swoon! Thank you so much for being a part of the tour!