I have fallen in love with the Sewing and Quilt Expos. Recently I spent my week's vacation enjoying many classes, shopping, exploring you name it. It really is almost too overwhelming when you are trying to see everything in a certain span of time. A couple of hours into it you may realize you're carrying a lot of weight just in your bag or purse. This year I decided to lighten my load by downsizing my bag. I did away with everything that was not essential and then sewed a small lightweight cross body bag that would control all of my items I thought I really needed to have available. This allowed me to keep my hands free, no shoulder aches or too much shifting straps. When I needed to make a purchase, squeeze into a booth or learn a quick demo technique, I could shimmy by people without destroying displays with bag whacks or alienating myself from other attendees.
The bag has an outer pocket that will hold a larger smart phone. That really was the bulk of my weight but how can you get around carrying one of those? I haven't figured it out yet. There is a clear vinyl pocket on the outside that can hold a name tag or business cards also. You want to introduce yourself to people at these events because your next best friend may be just around the corner. There are a couple of interior pockets that are optional. They will add some bulk to the purse so decide if you want them.
Everything in the bag uses remnants so it will help your stash also. More room to buy new fabric! I came back from my trip refreshed and very inspired. So many talented people are out there. I have to mention that I did use two embroidery designs. One was from Urban Threads - UT 8413 and the other was from Designs by Sick CW Sewing Machine 002. (no affiliations) I really love these digital designers. If you have time, check out their sites. Both frequently have free embroidery designs that you can download and try. Very generous of them! There is a download of the bag pattern below for you to try or if you are like me, download and say you are going to sew one day because there is not enough time for all of the cute ideas. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
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