Oh wow, talk about excitement. Every day for 10 days, we sewed-along with the Conference Tote Bag sew-along and I just had the best time! OK, I admit, there were a lot more people who signed up than I expected and all of the chat and emails from more than 1100 people kept me very busy all day and I had no time to sew for 2 weeks, but wow, the end results are just phenomenal and I want to share some of them with you.
The sew-along officially started on 9th August and lasted for 10 days, but the sign up is still open and there are still people sewing the bag now. It could be they signed up at the start and were waiting for materials, signed up a bit later or took a while to get started, or may only have signed up recently. So if you take one look at all of these wonderful bags and feel inspired to sew – come join in! You won't be alone.
You can start at any time, it always lasts for 10 days no matter when you sign up, so you never feel rushed and that you have to keep up with someone else's schedule or with those who started before you.
Watch the explanatory video and learn about the sew-along and how to sign up in the launch article here – Conference Tote Bag Sew-along.
NOTE – there is currently an option to sign up for free, but because of the enormous work involved, I need to limit numbers joining so I can get back to sewing, and creating you some more great content and patterns. Therefore the free option will sadly be withdrawn on 31st August. Sign up before then if you want the free option.
Some of the awesome bags
There were so many fabulous examples that I simply can't share them all, but here are some of my favorites for you to enjoy. You can do it too!
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Beautiful bags in pictures
With many thanks to the wonderful sewers who gave me permission to share pictures of their finished bags. My thanks to you Arlene, Anabelle, Bonnie, Cindy, Christine, Deirdre, Diane, Gina, Fran, Jeanette, Jo, Joyce, Kathy, Kelley, Linda, Lisa, Louise, Maggie, Manuela, Marie, Megan, Nancy, Patsy, Peg, Peggy, Penny, Sarah, Sandy, Shilpa, Shirlee and Simone. I hope I've not missed anyone. You and all the others who took part – you are sewing super-stars! Thank you so much for making this a great success.
You know I love a survey or a form to fill in and this sew-along is no exception. Members had the chance to leave anonymous feedback at the end to help me improve the sew-along for next time – whenever that might be 🙂
Thank you to everyone who filled out the form and left such lovely comments. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Thank-you so much for all the fun this was the first time I have ever done an online sew a long. Your videos and instructions were very clear. I found myself anticipating the next steps each day which added to fun! It was also so nice to be able to share with others doing the same project from all over the world!
Thanks again for all your hard work and hopefully there will be some more sew alongs to take part in!
I loved this. I was doubtful at the beginning as I could not afford to pay for the pattern and was thinking the free version would be lacking, but I was so wrong. Deby is a wonderful instructor.
This has to be the best sewing class I have ever taken. The videos helped me see exactly what was done and the pictures helped me to see what each step looked like. I will miss not seeing the class everyday!
Deby, I thoroughly enjoyed the sew-along and I will miss it now that it's over. The way the bag was sewn involved some steps that I was already familiar with, but it also had some new challenges, like the recessed zipper or the firm bottom and bag feet. Your texts, photos and videos were absolutely great in helping me along the way. You are a wonderful teacher and I hope you will find the time to set up another sew-along (may I suggest a wallet?).
I found the site very easy to operate. I liked the combination of video and written/picture instructions. You have put a great deal of work into this and I think it is very successful.
I was somewhat rusty and hadn't sewed much lately, this helped me sharpen my skills and I found the event enjoyable. Thank you. I would join again.
So many people write and ask me for beginner sewing lessons so I'm hoping to use the courses site for that too. That's going to be a lot of work to put together a good program and I hope to have this ready to launch by Christmas.
If we were to do another sew-along in the meantime – what sort of projects would you be interested in? Let me know in the comments below 🙂