How to:

Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own Blazin’ Bag:
A (coffee stained) blazer
A (moth eaten) sweater about the same width as your blazer
Thread to match
Seam ripper
Tape Measure
Straight Pins
Scissors
Iron & Ironing board
Sewing Machine with heavy duty needle


First, cut the sleeves and the collar from your blazer.


Next, cut open your sleeves.


Sew the opening of your blazer closed (down the front of the original blazer). Take a moment to sip a cup of coffee…but be careful. No spilling allowed.


Cut the top of the blazer off, right where the sleeves would have been sewn onto the rest of the jacket.


Measure the width of the bottom of the blazer. My blazer was 17” wide at the bottom. Measure the same amount from the cut opened sleeve, plus one more inch for seam allowance on either side. The sleeve will add additional inches to the length of your bag. You don’t have to add the sleeve if you feel the body of your bag is large enough, as is.


Turn both the sleeve and the blazer inside out. Pin one side of the sleeve to the front of the blazer and the other side of the sleeve to the back of the blazer. Sew the sleeve to the bottom of the blazer. Sew the ends of the sleeve closed and attach them to the side of your blazer.


This is what the bag looks like at this point, right side out, if you didn’t accidentally sew the bottom of your bag closed.


Cut the sleeves and any ribbing along the bottom of the sweater and then turn it inside out. Also, turn your blazer bag inside out. My sweater was about the same width as my blazer bag. If your sweater is much larger, sew a seam and remove any excess. The sweater will be the lining to your bag.


With wrong sides together, pin the sweater to the top of the blazer bag, and sew together the two about a 1/4” down from the top.


Turn your bag right side out and fold the blazer inside the bag one inch from the top-iron flat.


Sew a seam 1/4” down from the top of the bag around the entire opening of the bag.


Turn the bag inside out, and sew the bottom of your sweater closed, leaving a 4” wide opening. Pull the bag back through the 4″ opening. Fold the opening under and sew closed once the bag is right side out.


With the leftover parts from the blazer and the sweater, piece together two 2 1/2” wide strips that are 2’ long. Iron a 1/4” seam allowance on each side. These will be the straps to your bag.


Pin the sweater to the blazer, wrong sides together. Sew the two together from the right side.


Decide where you would like the straps to be on your bag. Fold under the unfinished ends of the straps and sew them to the inside of your bag, using the ‘x’ formation for added strength.


Now, take your blazer bag out on the town-show it a good time and fill it with paraphernalia from your local pumpkin farm.
Or not. Your choice.

 

 

 

Here is a fantastic summer sewing project that you can do from the comfort of your own home!

Looking to learn more about how you can sew, and make more projects for yourself?

 

Check out www.LearnToSew.ca

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Fall Sewing Lessons

Hey everyone,

Fall is soon approaching and for many people, that means back to school, back to work, and back to “regular life.” Although your children may be going back to school, and you’re going back to work, why not take it as an opportunity to learn something new, take a new skill on, and help better your skill set?

We offer a series of sewing classes that range from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced. You can make everything from a skirt, to something much more advanced.

What better opportunity to help better yourself, and give you something fun to do!

 

If you want to sign up for courses, check us out at www.LearntoSew.ca

Five Fashion Sewing Musts

Everyone loves to recreate and repurpose pieces they already have in their wardrobe, and what better way than altering them yourself! In this article we’ll tell you all about the five fashion sewing musts you need to know to bring new life to your wardrobe. What about creating your own garments? It’s all possible and it’s all in your own hands!

1. Adjusting patterns is mandatoryFirstly, you need to get used to working with patterns and figuring out what looks best on your body type. Did you know that commercial patterns are actually sized to fit a woman who is 5’5” with a B-cup bust? Not so typical. Adjust your patterns to your measurements and you can go about tailoring any piece you already own to fit you better or in a brand new way.
2. Sew yourself some collarsCollars may seem like a common element of design for shirts but you can add them to dresses to ramp up any look. Mastering the collar will also make you a master of disguise, because no one will recognize your outfit after you add one! 
3. Sergers are your friendsWe all want to make the process of making and creating clothes to be fast and painless. One way to make this happen is by getting in the habit of using a serger. Of course you can sew knits on your standard machine, but a serger just makes it more fun. 
4. Get familiar with some feet
 
No, not those feet. Get familiar with all the specialty feet that are available for your sewing machine. More feet mean more techniques and thus, more possibilities for style. Using specialized feet make whatever look your trying to achieve happen faster and cleaner. Hemmer foot and pintuck foot are usually a good place to start! 
 
5. Don’t waste your waist 
 
Just like collars, waist details can really make an outfit pop! Working on your waist is east since again, it’s a common design element that just needs a little more attention than usual. Elastic waist bands are also a good option to create the desired fit on a garment. 
With these sewing fashion musts you can take any piece and any budget and make it fabulous. So, get to sewing!