I'm so excited because the first ever So Sew Easy Sew-Along launches today. It's been months in the making and finally you all get to join me in this project. Let me explain to you about the bag we will sew and about how the Sew-Along will work.
The finished size of the bag is approx 12 inches wide, by 4 inches deep and 10 inches tall.
The Sew-Along will last for 10 days, with new lessons being released each day, comprising the pattern, materials list, tips on interfacing and then step by step sewing instructions each day with photos and a video.
All throughout we'll be sharing what we make at each stage, showing off our fabric choices, asking questions and sharing advice over in the Sewing Chat Group and I am really looking forward to it so much. I want to see what fabrics you'll be using, ask us if you aren't sure which combo works best, and following along with your progress each day until we all share our finished bags there at the end. So if you aren't already a member, come and join us now.
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The schedule is flexible and lasts for 10 days whenever you sign up, so if you don't read this until next week, next month, next year, you can still join us at any time and work on the bag. Of course you may miss in the big sharing of bags 10 days from now, but that's OK, we'll always be delighted to see what you make, whenever you get it finished.
Pick your own pricing – and why…..
Just recently you may have noticed that some of the downloads have been ‘pay what you think it's worth to you'. Through our chat group I've become increasingly aware of how the internet has changed the world, brought us all closer together in some ways, and yet in real practical ways we are still all a world apart.
Just discussing the price of fabric, we find in Singapore it seems like a bargain, while in the UK it seems really expensive, when we convert all of those prices to our local currency. $20 for a tote bag pattern / sewing lesson in the US/UK might seem quite reasonable, while to others in different parts of the world, that might be completely out of reach. We all love to sew, and I want to bring that enjoyment to as many people as possible, without restriction based on your comparative wages and cost of living. It's important for me to be aware of how my ideas can be made affordable to as many people as possible.
So far this year, the site has registered visitors from 235 different locations. Visitors from closer to home in the USA and Caribbean and then much further away such as Antarctica, Kiribati, Eritrea, Togo, Bhutan to Tuvalu. (We tried to think of every possible country and there were visits from all of them, but not one visit from Vatican City. I guess they don't sew their own clothes. Or maybe they are big fans and Google just doesn't show them separately?)
So this tote bag pattern and sew-along is on a ‘pick your price' basis so that I hope everyone can take part. Pick a price anywhere from $3 to $20. The course content is exactly the same whichever price option you pick. I hope its not confusing, and that I will see you ALL there sewing along with me.
To sign up for the Conference Tote Bag Pattern Sew-Along
There is a brand new site where I'll be hosting the sew-along and also some future sewing classes too (watch out for these coming up), on a new site for Courses-So-Sew-Easy. If you click in the box below, you'll be taken over to the site and the page for the Conference Tote Bag. My silly video is there on top to tell you all about it if you've not watched above.
Read through the explanations, then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and pick your price from the drop down box here…
You'll get an email confirming your purchase and login details. Then you'll also get a welcome email from me, giving you the login link, and some screen shots about how to navigate around the new site so you don't miss a thing.
Then I'll be dropping into your inbox every day for the following 9 days to tell you about the latest lessons released so you can login and check out the next steps in our sew-along. Thank you so much for reading ALL this info. Sorry there's a lot here but I wanted to make sure no one was going to get lost along the way.
I'm very much looking forward to sewing-along with you all soon.