Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Betsy SewAlong!

Fun, fun, super fun. I get to have a sew-along with my publisher/co-hosts Rebel Craft Media for The Betsy Travel Bag. 

{Angela Pingel's Betsy}

Here's the funny thing...I'm co-hosting this Sew Along, meaning I have to be responsible and organized and punctual (insert "Huh, Wha??" Face here) I'm still kind of in disbelief that I made up that pattern. I mean, I keep seeing it on Instagram, I've seen the test-sewn versions in person and every time I look at it I think "Wow, that's a cool bag. I should make one!" And then I remember that I did make one. In fact, I made the pattern. How'd that happen, I mean did it go from an idea to all of this? 

{inside, sorta}

Somebody pinch me, this is pretty cool. The best part is, now I get to see what you guys make. It's pretty neat to see other people so excited about creating a bag from something I made up. I can't describe the feeling, but it's very humbling and it makes me giddy. 

{side view}

I'll be working on three Betsy's during this #BetsySewAlong. I'll be on Instagram to help answer questions, give advice, encouragement or explanations. There's nothing to silly to ask, so don't worry about that. I'd love it if you joined us! 

{fabric pull for a raffle Betsy/SewAlong 1}

The Betsy SewAlong has a weekly plan, giving you plenty of time to tackle the items on the list for that week. The pattern is available through, zippers can be purchased through Zip-It on Etsy and the hardware kit, in three different price/style options, can be found at

Check out the details below, and join us for a fun month-long sewing event. 

Show us your progress on Instagram using #BetsySewAlong and #TheBetsyTravelBag!


The Betsy Travel Bag Sew Along Schedule

Posts will go live on the below dates (Thursday of each week for 5 weeks).

April 2: Sew Along Week 1—Cut, interface, make handles/tabs/etc., make exterior quilted panels (pattern steps 1–10)

April 9: Sew Along Week 2—Add exterior corners, accordion pocket, zippered back pocket (pattern steps 11–29)

April 16: Sew Along Week 3—Make end panels (pattern steps 30–50)

April 23: Sew Along Week 4—Make interior pocket, assemble bag and lining (pattern steps 51–69)

April 30: Sew Along Week 5—Finishing steps: add top zip, binding, handles, strap (pattern steps 70–82)

May 8: Deadline to submit finished photos.

Enter to Win!

Share a photo of your finished bag on Instagram on or before May 8 at 11:59pm EST. Tag your bag photo with #BetsySewAlong and @rebelcraftmedia to enter. The bag must be completed in full to be eligible to win.

Not on Instagram? Email us a photo of your completed bag to by the deadline to enter.

One winner will be selected at random from all submitted and eligible photos of The Betsy Travel Bag.

The winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of “Biology”, designed by Sarah Watson for Cloud9 Fabrics—courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop!

Happy Sewing!

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