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An in-depth look at Annika’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 
September 12th – In-depth look at Annika’s Entry – TODAY
September 19th – In-depth look at Christine’s Entry
September 26th – In-depth look at Lynn’s Entry

This was Annika’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!

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

Boning, Rivets, Turn Lock, Zipper, Swivel hook

She told me…

I used the boning inside the handles and rivets to attach the handles. The turn lock for bag closure and inside the bag I used a zipper for a secure pocket and a swivel hook to keep track of keys.

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

My entry is a bit different from what I usually design, and I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed using the boning and rivets. I haven’t used those before and I am really happy how it turned out.

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 have been sewing for as long as I can remember. I started making bags when my kids grew out of wanting home made clothes. I really started with pencil cases and zipper pouches and then went on to bags from there. I got a lot of compliments on my bags and started to write down my designs. In 2014 I started Annika’s Sewing Corner and in 2015 I opened my Etsy shop.

I enjoy the whole process of making bags,my favourite is choosing the fabrics, colours, look etc. My least favourite part is when it doesn’t turn out the way I intended, but that could be a good thing too.

I sew on a Janome Memory Craft 8900 QCP.

I enjoy working with printed cotton fabrics, I use mostly quilting cotton but also enjoy using cotton drill and duck/canvas fabrics. I enjoy using colour but don’t like “loud” projects. I prefer woven iron on interfacing and iron on batting when making bags. I have zippers in most of my designs and often put in a magnetic button.

You can find Annika’s work here. You an find the pattern to make your own here.

Until next time, happy sewing!
Emma

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