Have you ever heard of Pattern Parcel? Until recently I hadn't either but then several blogs I followed promoted a recent ‘pattern parcel' and I clicked through to find out more – I'm so nosy!
Here's what they say about themselves:
“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel it is our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by independent designers while supporting charity. We go about this in a unique way, by allowing the customers to choose their own price in supporting the designers included in the Parcel. In addition to determining the total sales price, each customer purchasing the Parcel is able to allocate how much of their price goes to the designers, the company, and to the charity, DonorsChoose.org. As a company we cover the costs of web hosting, design and payment processing fees from our allocated position, then we donate our remaining earnings to the charity as well.
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Support Children's Education: Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, your support will help address educational inequality and grow generations to come. To date, you've helped us raise over $13,000! “
Pattern Parcel #7 is bags:
- Midtown Messenger by Betz White
- Betty Bowler by Swoon
- Butterfly Sling by Emmaline
- Evelyn by Chris W.
- Barcelona Bag & Wallet by Pat Bravo
- BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet
You can of course also buy any of the bag patterns individually from the designers direct, at full price.
Pattern Parcel 7 – The Evelyn Bag
I sewed the Evelyn Bag from Chris W Designs. It's a nice looking bag, but does take some experience and patience to sew. It took me most of the day and of course much of that is cutting and pressing. I used a home decor fabric and a very light weight interfacing as recommended, and still my cheap machine couldn't cope with some of the thick layers. This pattern also has just a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and it gave me a few problems in the thicker areas.
One area in particular was the very front piece where the center front ring is – when turning the bag right side out near the end, I pulled on this piece I had sewn into the seam earlier – and pulled it right out! The thick layers must have shifted and this piece was barely caught – and then when I gave it a good tug it wasn't caught at all which is why mine looks a little different to the pattern picture. I had to sew mine back on the outside – totally my fault.
But the Pattern Parcel contains bags suitable for all levels of experience and in all different styles.
So if you are in the market for making some bags and looking to buy some patterns, you can purchase this Pattern Parcel at a price of your choosing, get a great deal on the patterns and support charity at the same time.