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An in-depth look at Liz’s entry to the Mystery “Bag” Challenge.

Hi Everyone,

I LOVED all the entries onto this last round of the Mystery “Bag” Challenge so much that I thought you would all enjoy a more in-depth look at each of the entries 🙂

So here is the line up:
August 29th – In-depth look at Mel’s Entry 
September 5th – In-depth look at Liz’s Entry – TODAY
September 12th – In-depth look at Annika’s Entry
September 19th – In-depth look at Christine’s Entry
September 26th – In-depth look at Lynn’s Entry

This was Liz’s Entry…

She entered her creation in the following category: 

Category 2: Design a free/paid pattern that incorporates the mystery items – click here to grab this pattern!

Liz used the following items from the Mystery List in her creation:

Ribbon, Swivel hook, and Zippers.

She told me…

My original idea was for the bear pouch, which later expanded to encompass the 3 variations of the Flaptastic Pouch. But the challenge specially applies to the Bear Face version. It has 2 pockets that each use a zipper, a swivel hook for added usability, and ribbon to hold its cute ears in place!

What you enjoyed most about the Mystery “Bag” Challenge?

As with the first go around, it’s all about challenging myself! Last time I created a bag from scratch, so this time I decided to expand and make my first full pattern that my fellow sewists could enjoy. While the competition is really for the bear face … I ‘knocked it up a notch’ (ala Elzar from Futurama) by including 3 styles and 4 ways to wear it!


Tell us a bit about you! How long have you been sewing? Why do you enjoy making bags? What machine do you sew on? What materials do you like working with the most when making bags? What is your favourite part of the bag making process? What is your least favourite part of the bag making process?

I’m Elizabeth (Liz as the sewing groups know me) Gilmartin and I am a 30 year old sewist and creator of Bitter Candy Handmade. With the range of patterns, applications of skills, and the sheer choices of materials, my love of sewing and bagmaking has only grown over the two years since I made my first wallet! I started on a cute little Brother sewing machine and have since upgraded to a beautiful Juki TL2010q semi-industrial. Sewing is a dream on the Juki, especially when I’m using faux leathers and cordura – they just look oh-so-classy together! And if you didn’t notice from my entry, clear vinyl has been an obsession lately, hence its inclusion in the Flaptastic Pouch <3

You can find Liz’s work here.  Also head over here to grab this pattern and make your own!

Until next time, happy sewing!

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