Welcome to Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour!

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Welcome to Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour


When I was invited to participate in Amy Barickman’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour, I jumped at the chance to make the Thrifted Fashion bag incorporating the current hot trend of burlap and satin. After pondering the properties of burlap and satin, I settled on a nubby canvas that would simulate the look of burlap but provide a more stable base for embroidery.  Fortunately, I had a great fabric in my stash with ink-stamped designs on one side and a plain weave on the other.  Since satin is my least favorite fabric to embroider on, I ditched the satin idea and went with embroidered lace.

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Indygo Junction’s version is a multi-paneled purse that’s perfect for incorporating repurposed fabrics like men’s ties or suiting. With clever placement, you can position the men’s pant pockets or jacket pocket on the front panel. Mix and match thrifted ties to make a one-of a-kind bag.  Or, showcase some of your favorite fabrics with matching coordinates. The center panel of the purse is especially suited for creative embroidery designs such as monogramming or just leaving it simple with a contrasting fabric. This pattern offers endless design solutions.  The Thrifted Fashion Bag also has inside pockets and convenient double handles.

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What I love about this pattern is the soft feminine pleats that provide fullness and shape. Of course, I had to change a few things.  First, I added a monogrammed pocket. Whenever I use a purse with a monogrammed pocket, I feel so spoiled! So go ahead treat yourself and take an extra 15 minutes to monogram the pocket before sewing it to the lining.

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Next, I wanted to use some purchased handles I had in my stash.  They are made of a stiff nylon and will keep their stand-at-attention shape over the course of time.  I love that – no scrambling for floppy handles.  But how to attach them?  They are short so I didn’t want to sew them into the bottom of the band as instructed by the pattern.  I reshaped the band with a dip in the middle and then embroidered the handles to the band.  I learned this trick when I created Designer Handbags with Nancy Zieman and the design will be a free download in Designs in Machine Embroidery’s September/October 2012 issue.  Look for instructions in the magazine for downloading in late August.

You’ll also find complete instructions for my version of the Thrifted Fashion Bag in the upcoming September/October issue. You’ll learn how to embroider the lace, add the center trim, reshape the band, embroider the handles (precisely placed, no less!), and complete the bag.  Reserve your copy today.

If you want to get a jump on the materials, click here to purchase the Thrifted Fashion bag pattern and you’ll enjoy 20% off your order from Indygo Junction! Use code PBBT3 at the checkout.

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The lace embroidery designs are from http://www.embroideryonline.com. Search for designs NX959, the monogram frame and NX961, the half circle.  You’ll need two 10” x 20” pieces of fabric, lining and batting for the bag bottom and one 24” x 4” strip of band and facing fabric each. I used one 24” x 3” strip of one-sided fusible Peltex for the band stiffener.  So gather these items over the next few weeks and you’ll be ready to make your Thrifted Fashion Bag.  Make sure to purchase your pattern before July 13 to take advantage of the 20% savings.

This week’s assignment:

Want to win the pattern and fabric from French General Collection from Moda Fabrics? Just tell me how many hours you stitch every week. Leave your comment and you could win the pattern and fabric from Indygo Junction.

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But the prizes don’t end there – at the end of the tour, there’s a grand prize.

Mystery Phrase/Grand Prize Entry

Don’t forget to collect your secret letter from each stop on the Indygo Junction PATTERN PARADE blog tour. At the end of the tour, unscramble the 10 secret letters to create the mystery phrase and enter to win the Grand Prize. For more details, visit IndygoJunction.com.

My secret letter is O as in outstanding!

Indygo Junction Inc., founded by creative entrepreneur Amy Barickman, is an established sewing and crafts business that offers stylish and timeless high-quality patterns and a variety of idea-rich project books. Amy continues to work with artists and designers from around the world to create unique projects, having sold over 2 million books and sewing patterns.

With a fresh, fashion-forward style, IndygoJunction.com connects creative enthusiasts of all ages. LIKE us on Facebook to receive a free ePattern PDF & sign up for our eNewsletter for a free eBook featuring a purse pattern, embroidery design and small quilt.

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the Indygo Junction PATTERN PARADE Blog Tour (and collect all the secret letters!):

June 6 – Indygo Junction Kick-Off Post

June 9 – Nancy Zieman Blog

June 11 – Sew Much Ado

June 13 – Designs in Machine Embroidery

June 15 – The Last Piece

June 18 – Lazy Girl

June 20 – Sew Weekly

June 22 – Tula Pink

June 26 – Sew Mama Sew

June 28 – Mama Said Sew

July 2 – Skip to my Lou

July 6 – Indygo Junction Tour Finale

In the meantime, use code PPBT3 to receive 20% off your order from Indygo Junction! Code is valid until July 13th, 2012.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

Want to win a $25.00 gift certificate from Designs? Just tell me what blogs you visit on a regular basis and you’ll be entered into our random drawing for the gift certificate.

The winner is…Karen!

“The main blogs that I visit include this one and Nancy Ziemen.  Every once in a while I will visit some blogs about crocheting, but my main interest is in sewing and embroidery!”

Congratulations Karen!



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205 Comments on Welcome to Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour!

  1. Karen Wiebe
    June 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm (8 years ago)

    In the summer I have fewer hours to stitch, but I try to get in as many as I can! -maybe between 5 and 10!

    • JoAnn Chapin
      June 20, 2012 at 2:27 am (8 years ago)

      I live in a senior community that has very active quilting and embroidery clubs with continual classes throughout the fall and winter. I dedicate my summer to completing those projects and creating new ideas for the upcoming season. My goal is to spend a minimum of 1 hour daily; and at least 15 hours weekly sewing.

  2. Andrea Hadwin
    June 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm (8 years ago)

    Most weeks I sew for about 10 hours.

  3. Jodi
    June 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm (8 years ago)

    As many as I can while watching a 6 week old and a 2 year old. So not many unfortunately. But I would like to sew 6 hours a week!

  4. Mary Sue
    June 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm (8 years ago)

    Like Karen I sew less in summer since I have a garden to care for. I usually sew from 5 to 8 hours each week, more in fall/winter.

  5. Cheryl Gunderson
    June 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew at least 2 hours every day. I make quilts for myself and for gifts, and for Project Linus, pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer, and I also sew quilt tops for my daughter’s church quilting group. I love to break this cycle up every once in a while by making a gift or doing a handwork project.

  6. Cheryl Baker
    June 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Although I’d like to sew more, I spend about an hour a day sewing..

  7. Shari W.
    June 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm (8 years ago)

    I used to sew about 3 – 4 hrs. on Thursdays with friends and tried for 2 hrs. every other night. Maybe 2-3 hrs. a couple days a week would creep in. So about 9 or 10 hrs. a week would be my happy happy joy joy time. Since my husband passed away last year I’ve spent maybe 10 hrs. total and that includes my Thursdays with friends. I’m trying to get back to my happy time and I love that Indigo Junction purse pattern so I’d love to win it and get to work on it.

  8. Amy Bohner
    June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm (8 years ago)

    Yesterday it was at least 10 hours. I use my machine almost everyday and I’m always looking for new ideas to stitch! I’m retired so I have lots of time to stitch!

  9. Sherrie Lilly
    June 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to embroiderer/sew about 15 hours a week. I jsut finished a Hoopsisters quilt and am now doing their mystery quilt. Then on to the UFO’s of which there are many.

  10. Debi Rix
    June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to get in at least an hour a week. When things slow down I will be able to get more time in. Love the bag!!

  11. Cindy
    June 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew/embroider 4 to 6 hours a week. Wish I had more time to get everything done that I want to….

  12. Diane
    June 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew whenever I can–it is cooler in my sewing room so on a hot day-it is a pleasant place to be-except that I can see the lake.

  13. Ruchama Burrell
    June 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Not enough hours!! I literally have a trunk filled with ufo’s (un-finished objects!!) I’m trying to do better. More fabric would be an inspiration!!

  14. Ellen M.
    June 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Right now I only sew about 2-3 hours per week. Hopefully, with a little discipline (and a little less time spent reading all of the fabulous sewing blogs out there!) I can increase that amount!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Susanna
    June 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to reach 20 hours in a week, and in a very satisfying week, I might sew 30 hours. My idea of a luxorious holiday is to have husband and children away for at least 12 hours. Time for myself and my Desingner…

  16. Kathy Hulsmann
    June 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew whenever I get the chance! Usually about 10-15 hours per week! Of course something else suffers like housework! But I’d rather be sewing anyway.

  17. Sheri Lesh
    June 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I stitch probably between 5-10 hours per week, but it does depend on the week. Sometimes life gets in the way. 🙂

  18. Patti N
    June 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow what a question! Too many and not enough. I would say 20hrs a week.

  19. kris
    June 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I try about 5-10 hrs. a week sometimes more.

  20. Carol Seavitt
    June 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Very cool purse. And sewing — some weeks nothing; other weeks 40 hours (yup those are my ‘feeling good’ weeks). Can’t wait for the freebies next issue:)))

  21. Laura
    June 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew around 10 hours a week.

  22. Shellie Fontana
    June 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm (8 years ago)

    I am new to Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog, thanks to Amy Barickman! I regularly hand-stitch for an hour or so several evenings each week, including crocheting; so, about 5 – 7. Now that I am home from caring for my parents the month of May, I have set up my sewing table again to finish a vest made of men’s neck-ties, using a pattern by Indygo Junction. I estimate about 3 hours of fun to finish it. I love piece-work, hand-applique, and even repairing gloves and socks that I wear to do yardwork.

  23. mechele johnson
    June 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I would say about 10-12 hours a week. Would be way more but I have 5 children!

  24. Deb Ervin
    June 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew/embroider daily on average 7-8 hours ! Wow when you add it up, it’s like a job!!!! But just an enjoyable hobby!

  25. Kathie L
    June 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew at least 10 hours a week. That includes both machine and hand work.

  26. beth
    June 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the bags. That’s my favorite thing to sew!

  27. Margaret Parks
    June 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm (8 years ago)

    I ssew about 6 hours a week most weeks, but in the winter, maybe 10.

  28. Barb S.
    June 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Summer sewing is 4-6 hours a week, winter more like 15-20. What a fun bag!

  29. Janice Beitz
    June 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm (8 years ago)

    My weekly stitching hours vary greatly. My goal is to stitch about an hour a day but I do my best work on a deadline as in finishing Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

  30. LJ
    June 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Weeks do change but on average it’s probably between 12 and 20 hours. Ohhhh, how I wish I could sew more but it always seems there are other things to be done – double darn!! lol

  31. Claudia
    June 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm (8 years ago)

    It has taken so long for the weather to warm up and be nice, so I’m not spending as much time in the basement sewing. Sometimes, I spend as much as 12hr/day sewing, other days I’m out renewing my solar charge. I have some great upholstery fabric samples that would make a great purse from this pattern.

  32. Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew/embroider every evening after dinner. So, probably about 12-15 hours a week. I always think I’ll have more time on the weekends to get in some some really good focused time, but then reality hits…like laundry, housekeeping, and errands.

  33. Linda S
    June 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow! I spend at least 20 hours a week – some days I can hardly pull myself away from the embroidery machine. I just love it! Today I stitched a cutwork wild rose on a black t-shirt and re-feminized a man’s white t-shirt and then stitched the same design on it!

  34. Renee
    June 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew 10/15 hours a week, but the last week i’ve barely topped 5:) must. get. sewing.

  35. Nancy Owens
    June 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Well, my motto is any day sewing is a good day! But health problems makes my average 8-10 per week. But every moment is a joy~

  36. Sandra
    June 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew or do something creative everyday, but it is usally about 5 hours a week.

  37. Barbara Rowlan Wong
    June 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm (8 years ago)

    I always have several projects going. Right now I’m embroidering quilt blocks for my sister and sewing new drapes for a bedroom. I’ve only been sewing a couple of years and just can’t get my fill.
    My best guess is 3 hours of a morning sewing and 4 hours more into the late hours of the night embroidering. So, about 7 hours daily would be about right! My new found hobby has turned into a habit and I’m enjoying it more each day. Now if I can only figure out how to get the laudndry and housekeeping chores done faster I could sew more.

  38. Diana Ingle
    June 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm (8 years ago)

    I have several projects in process and spend time planning what I need to be doing while I drive to and from work. Somehow, there just aren’t enough hours in a day or week. I probably spend 2 hours sewing.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew more in cold weather months. I sew for various charities now that I have grown children.

  40. Barbara Palmatier
    June 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Your work is very pretty , but I don’t have an embrodiery machine yet. I do plan to get one some day. Until I can just watch and try to learn and get ready for the day I will have one.

  41. Gail Beam
    June 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm (8 years ago)

    I used to sew a lot as I did test stitching for a number of designers for years, but now I only sew about 4 or 5 hours a month. Your bag is awesome!!

  42. M
    June 14, 2012 at 12:50 am (8 years ago)

    2-3 hours per week!:)

  43. usairdoll
    June 14, 2012 at 1:38 am (8 years ago)

    What a great looking purse! I’d love to give it a try. Like a few others, seems like I’m sewing less in the summer. I’d say maybe 6-8 hrs a week. I wish it was 40 hrs. hehe.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  44. Pam M
    June 14, 2012 at 2:31 am (8 years ago)

    Not enough, that’s for sure! In fact way too much good sewing time is wasted playing with embroideries in my software and petting my quilt fabrics. If I was being truthful I would have to say I actually sew only around two hours a week (but it just seems like a lot more because I “sew” a lot in my mind whilst online or looking at magazines and books).

  45. Gill
    June 14, 2012 at 3:23 am (8 years ago)

    Although I sew less in the summer I still reckon to do about 10 hours a week!

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  46. Cheryl
    June 14, 2012 at 4:45 am (8 years ago)

    I try to get in at least an hour a day. But if I’ve got a project–T-shirts for the Scouts, charity quilts, or somesuch–to finish, it is more like 20 to 30 hours a week.

  47. Baye
    June 14, 2012 at 5:13 am (8 years ago)

    Lately it seems to be on the increase, averaging about 4 hours a day.

  48. Bernadette Caropepe
    June 14, 2012 at 6:17 am (8 years ago)

    Probably around 40, but not near enough for myself or grandkids! I have a sewing business !

  49. Belinda
    June 14, 2012 at 6:31 am (8 years ago)

    Hmmm….Good intentions but not enough time. Sometimes weeks go by with no sewing then I might sew every day on my days off. Sewing is a very creative outlet. I love how a pattern can be interpreted so may different ways. Love the purse that you created!

  50. Cathy Wegner
    June 14, 2012 at 6:54 am (8 years ago)

    I seem to go in spurts! No sewing for weeks and then I get the bug and want to sew, sew, sew.

  51. Nancy N
    June 14, 2012 at 7:06 am (8 years ago)

    At least 21 hours a week

  52. Sara
    June 14, 2012 at 7:35 am (8 years ago)

    I like to sew 2-3 hours a day. I set up one of my machines with an embroidery first thing. Then I stay in the sewing room while it does most of the work! I can do handwork or sew at my other machine while it stitches out. Talk about multi tasking!

  53. Jean Guenther
    June 14, 2012 at 7:38 am (8 years ago)

    I try to sew something everyday. I spend at least an hour a day. Some times its 2-3 hours depending on the project.

  54. Sharon
    June 14, 2012 at 7:38 am (8 years ago)

    Most weeks, I’d say 20+ hours. Sewing & embroidery are the most delicious treats in retirement!

  55. Lori Smanski
    June 14, 2012 at 8:22 am (8 years ago)

    During the summer I fewer hours to sew. But on a rule I try to machine sew in the morning for at least an hour and in the evening I sew by hand for at least another hour.

  56. bubbieone
    June 14, 2012 at 8:25 am (8 years ago)

    I LIVE in my sewing room, stitching, at least, minimum 15 -20 hours a week, more often 40-60!
    And I have, supposedly, RETIRED! hhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm

  57. Lori Smanski
    June 14, 2012 at 8:26 am (8 years ago)

    I have Indygo Junction on FB and I follow via email

  58. Lori Smanski
    June 14, 2012 at 8:32 am (8 years ago)

    I follow a number of quilting blogs with a few that are multi crafts. IE… Sew Well Maide, Flamingo Toes, Clover & Violet just to name a few

  59. Sherry
    June 14, 2012 at 8:38 am (8 years ago)

    I still work full time so I try to spend an hour or so in my sewing room each week day and 3 to 4 hours on a weekend day. That would be 8 or 9 hours if I am really lucky. I do carry projects with me all the time that involve hand sewing or stitching to add a little time to that each week.

  60. Birdie Cade
    June 14, 2012 at 8:43 am (8 years ago)

    I sew/machine embroider approximately 10-12 hours per week. It is so relaxing and fulfilling that I lose track of time. I’m starting to make totes and purses, so winning this prizae would be great!

  61. Barbara
    June 14, 2012 at 9:08 am (8 years ago)

    It depends on the week — AND the project! This week it’s zero; I’m visiting my mother, who is recovering from surgery. However, when I get home, I have several projects waiting (and time away from work 😉 so it will probably be about 25-30 hours of sewing fun.

  62. Patty Sack
    June 14, 2012 at 9:11 am (8 years ago)

    I try to stitch something every day. On average every week I spend 10-20 hours stitching. Alas, work gets in the way!

  63. Sarah Milliken
    June 14, 2012 at 9:37 am (8 years ago)

    I am sewing my first quilt! I sew between 3-5 hours a week.

  64. Debbie
    June 14, 2012 at 9:40 am (8 years ago)

    I don’t get to stitch anywhere near as much as I would like to every week but I average about 6 – 10 hours, most of which is either late at night or on weekends!

  65. Tricia Kemp
    June 14, 2012 at 9:58 am (8 years ago)

    I go on sewing binges. When getting ready to travel, I sew about 20 hours a week. Other than those times, I usually sew 5 to 10 hours a week. I also like to read sewing mags and attend ASG meetings. There is so much inspiration available!

  66. judy williamson
    June 14, 2012 at 9:58 am (8 years ago)

    With a full-time job, I don’t get to sew as much as I want to. I sew maybe 4-5 hours a week. In about 18 months, after I retire, I’ll get to sew as much as I want!!!

  67. Doris Van Peeren
    June 14, 2012 at 10:31 am (8 years ago)

    Time depends on what I’m sewing – quilts, clothes, purses, lingerie – between 20 to 40 hours a week. Think this purse you designed is a “winner” – love your blog.

  68. Michele Pistey
    June 14, 2012 at 11:23 am (8 years ago)

    I sew early in the morning before work and most days after work. I try to sew for a few hours each day over the weekend, too. Altogether, in a good week, I sew 6-8 hours per week!

  69. Erma Desper
    June 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm (8 years ago)

    I have been machine embroidering for almost 2 years now and I love it! I try to spend at least an hour a day stitching. I work full time, so there’s never enough sewing time.

  70. jane
    June 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew at least 3 hours a day. Its my sanity!

  71. betsy
    June 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm (8 years ago)

    5-20 hours/week. Quite a range – but the time depends on what’s due. I’m usually sewing a sample on deadline.

  72. Stephanie
    June 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm (8 years ago)

    My life seems to go in crazy spurts. I may sew for an entire day and then not be able to for awhile. An average would be probably 5-10 hours per week when possible. Thanks for your blog and for the opportunity to win a prize!

  73. Cathy Ledbetter
    June 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm (8 years ago)

    When I finish my sewing room reorganization, I expect to stitch at least 5 hours per week.

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  74. Susan Gray
    June 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow…I am soooo jealous. I’m working on finding more time, but it’s probably (on average) just one precious hour a week. You’ve all inspired me to commit more time to sewing and embroidery. There’s nothing I love more to do!

  75. sue feely
    June 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm (8 years ago)

    With each season of the year my amount of sewing time changes, I would have to say tghe summer allows me about 3-4 hours a day of sewing time!

  76. Sharlene
    June 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm (8 years ago)

    I do alterations for others so my amount of sewing time varies from week to week; generally I sew at least 10-15 hours per week.

  77. hafza
    June 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I spent an average of 6-10 hrs in a week… Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  78. ellen
    June 15, 2012 at 2:44 am (8 years ago)

    I sew whenever I can. If I have a project, I’ll sew at least 5 hours a day until I’m done. Then I won’t sew until another project pops up. In October we have a 3-day retreat and that’s usually when I start on little gifties for our annual fundraiser held every February. Our small group usually present the local (rural) emergency hospital pretty close to $10,000. Sew much fun!

  79. Dawn
    June 15, 2012 at 8:37 am (8 years ago)

    As an elementary teacher and mom to two young girls, I realistically can sew about 2-3 hours a week when school is in session. But during the summertime, I can sew 10-15 hours! If I’m lucky, I even get a small break and get to sew uninterrupted 😉

  80. Sharon B
    June 15, 2012 at 9:57 am (8 years ago)

    Summer means camping season, so my hours go down, but I still try to sew at least 4 – 5 hours a week. Usually in 1 to 1 1/2 hour blocks

  81. Anne-Marie Binet
    June 15, 2012 at 10:40 am (8 years ago)

    I sew 10 to 15 hours a week. I would spend much more time sewing if I did not have to work!

  82. Donna G
    June 15, 2012 at 11:05 am (8 years ago)

    I am sewing about 10 hrs a week at the moment when my health improves I hope to do 20-25 hrs per wk.

  83. Kris P
    June 15, 2012 at 11:39 am (8 years ago)

    I sew several hours everyday. Sewing and machine embroidery is sooo much better than therapy. Sitting in my sewing room working on different projects allows me time to zone into a world where there is nothing but sweet harmony, and all of us could use alot of that sweet harmony in our life. This makes the remainder of my day happy.

  84. Sue Reents
    June 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm (8 years ago)

    I probably sew 5 hrs a week right now with a group of ladies that get together once a week. It’s cheaper than counseling. Lol. We just moved back into our house after construction for 8 months in a 5 th wheel camper. I took my embroidery machine with me but it was too hard to get everything out to use in such a small space. I have my sewing room back now & loving it. I sew for my family as I have 14 grandchildren. I have sewn for 45 years and still love it as much as ever. My husband doesn’t understand my addiction to fabric. I tell him it makes my heart happy. Haha

  85. Carla G
    June 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to sew about 5 or 6 hours a week. But it depends on the week and what other projects and appointments that I have. Thanks for a chance to win this great pattern! 🙂

  86. Beth R
    June 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm (8 years ago)

    I generally can get 2 to 4 hours of sewing or machine embroidery in every week, if I try!

  87. Mabel Wagner
    June 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm (8 years ago)

    I just love the idea of making this great purse. I volunteer and sew just about every day sewing for churches,campgrounds,detention centers just trying to help out with the gift of sewing. Once I had to make curtains for a camp 420 curtains for a camp. Not being able to do all by myself, I found 2 men that were going thru a rehab program and taught them to measure fabric,cut with rotary cutter and to sew. What a treat that was to help . I would enjoy making something I could use my self. Mabel

  88. Deb
    June 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm (8 years ago)

    As many as possible, probably an average of 25-28/wk. Most of that is embroidery or doing alterations for others(free of course for family- shouldn’t have told ANYONE I have a machine I know how to use, haha)

  89. Diann Cornell
    June 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Anywhere from 5 to 50 hours per week.

  90. Doreen
    June 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Shameful to say but most weeks are zero right now. I hope to pick up the pace later this summer. Right now I have heavy duty cleaning at my mother’s house.

  91. MarciaW
    June 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I stitch about 15 hours a week, more if possible.

  92. Bev S.
    June 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Well, first off, there are no normal weeks. Some days I’ll have a few hours to devote to embroidery on a project and then more sewing time to put the project together. Working does interfere on embroidery fun though, so I’d say about 5-6 hours per week. More during the cooler months. When I retire in a year, I’ll have more time to devote to my passion!

  93. Wendy
    June 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Depending on what I am working on I may sew from 3 to maybe 20 hrs. a week. With full time job, gardening and grandkids I don’t get a lot of sewing time.

  94. Janice S
    June 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew about 8 hours a week. Wish it could be more!

  95. Karen
    June 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm (8 years ago)

    I do bridal sewing for others last year it was 12-18 5 days a week. When it slowed down I did lots of cleaning great fun. Than some fun sewing for my niece and some for me. Now I am sewing 20-50 a week.

  96. Janice
    June 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm (8 years ago)

    I need all the help I can get I`m trying purses for the first time. I want to make them for my Nieces for Christmas. Always trying to learn something new. My great niece took grand champion last year at the state fair so I`m also going to be doing my first pr. of chaps. So much and so little time to do it in.

  97. Janice
    June 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew about 10 to15 hours a week depending on when the project is needed. I use hints from Designs in Machine Embroidery to help .

  98. Dorothy Ramage
    June 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm (8 years ago)

    I love your bag. I sew everyday.

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  99. Linda Smith
    June 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm (8 years ago)

    probably 2 but more if I can

  100. Meredith Kaur
    June 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm (8 years ago)

    I probably stitch at least 7 hours per week in the summer… during the school year, 1 hour in a good week 🙂 So busy working!!

  101. Barb Dawson
    June 16, 2012 at 7:33 am (8 years ago)

    I stitch approximately 5-12 hours/week

  102. Debra Bopp
    June 16, 2012 at 8:36 am (8 years ago)

    I try to sew at least 1 hour a week, I usually get in more but I make a point to schedule time for something I love to do!

  103. LeAnne L
    June 16, 2012 at 8:41 am (8 years ago)

    I average about 2-3 hours a week sewing and stitching.

  104. B Fama
    June 16, 2012 at 9:20 am (8 years ago)

    I sew about 8 hours per week.

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      December 27, 2016 at 5:14 am (3 years ago)


  105. Charlotte
    June 16, 2012 at 9:20 am (8 years ago)

    Working full time does not leave a lot of time. I slip away to my sewing room as much as possible. Never enough hours for all the projects I have in mind.

  106. Pam
    June 16, 2012 at 10:21 am (8 years ago)

    Just like another person, I sew in spurts. In the summer, my gardens take up most of my free time….but I escape to my sewing room on hot days!!

  107. Monaquilts
    June 16, 2012 at 10:25 am (8 years ago)

    I like to flower garden in the summer, but in Mississippi in July, August and September, I will be stitching at least 10 hours a week in the AC.

  108. Helen
    June 16, 2012 at 10:39 am (8 years ago)

    I am retired and thought I would have many hours to sew each day, but I find I am busier now that I am retired than when I was working. I do get in around 6-8 hours each week. I am also blessed with a friend who also enjoys sewing so we get together frequently (usually 2 times per month) and sew for several hours on quilting projects.

  109. Ruth
    June 16, 2012 at 11:41 am (8 years ago)

    I don’t sew as much as I used to, but I’m getting back into it. Before, I sewed every day at least 2 hours. Now, sadly, I sew only about 2 hours a week.

  110. Debbie Smith
    June 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew a lot! I embroider/applique about 50 hours a week, but it’s a blessing. I have so many sewing projects I want to do, but like everyone else time is an issue =)

  111. sherry
    June 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm (8 years ago)

    somewhere between 10-20 hours

  112. Dori
    June 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Did do a lot of sewing daily—about 5-6 hours a day. My loving husband is so good about time spent in my room. He says as long as I’m happy, that makes him happy. Right now I have been fighting illness, so my hours have slipped the slippery sloop— each day, could be 1 hour or 3. It all depends how I feel. But at least I spend time reading about machine embroidery!

  113. Ann Divelbiss
    June 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm (8 years ago)

    i used to sew a lot…now,with raising grandkids,not so much!!! i’d like to sew everyday,but it’s just not possible!
    now,it’s just repair a hem or seam and replace a button here and there!!!
    my sewing machine and serger miss me!!…and i them!!!!

  114. lee
    June 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm (8 years ago)

    I stitch about 4 hrs. each week – thank you for the review and giveaway!

  115. Ginger
    June 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew whenever I find the time and have the urge, after moving things to get to things to get started, because my space is so small!

  116. Melissa
    June 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Not as many as I would like! Probably about 3-4 hours a week mainly on the weekends.But now that school is out and my son got his driver license, I have more free time to sew.

  117. Hueisei
    June 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm (8 years ago)

    I think around 5-6 hours. I’m a working mum and seems I don’t have time for my sewing corner.

  118. edie
    June 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew and stitch in spurts. During the holidays I stitch 30-40 hours a week; in my lulls I’ll go weeks without stitching at all. Episodic is me!


  119. Galatina
    June 17, 2012 at 3:51 am (8 years ago)

    It really depends on the week – haven’t done anything for weeks 🙁 but this weekend has been wet and miserable – perfect for hours of crafting!

  120. Brenda Becknell
    June 17, 2012 at 10:34 am (8 years ago)

    My sewing/quilting goes in spurts. Sometimes I sew a little bit each week and sometimes I just get one weekend binge a month.

  121. Donna Joy
    June 17, 2012 at 10:35 am (8 years ago)

    I sew more in the winter and when it is raining. I like to be outside in the summer.
    Two or three hours at a time if I can manage it.. Sometimes just to sew for half an hour gives you a boost.

  122. Marcia
    June 17, 2012 at 10:53 am (8 years ago)

    Another great purse.

  123. penny
    June 17, 2012 at 10:59 am (8 years ago)

    love to make a puse from old ties but it’s got to be pretty easy!

  124. Regina Harris
    June 17, 2012 at 11:11 am (8 years ago)

    In the summer, I stitch about 4 hours per week.

  125. Cynthia H
    June 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm (8 years ago)

    I never sew as much as I’d like and it varies depending on my pain levels, but if I can sew a minimum of 5 hours a week I count myself lucky!

  126. susan chase
    June 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew everyday at least 4 hrs, sometimes more. I love machine embroidery and quilting.

  127. robin
    June 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew more during the winter when the weather keeps me inside. Now it’s under 10 hours a week.

  128. Jane Anderson
    June 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm (8 years ago)

    I am an obsessive stitcher. I try to sew 8 hours each day. Morning hours are used for household chores. Then I can stitch in the afternoon, with a break for supper, and then continue until about 10 PM. It is such fun to be “retired”!
    Jane in Kansas

  129. Pam Peterson
    June 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm (8 years ago)

    In the summer I try to sew at least 3 hours a day (in the heat of the day!). During the school year I sometimes don’t get to sew at all 🙁 but will get a few hours in during the weekend.

    Your embroidery looks beautiful!

  130. Liz S.
    June 18, 2012 at 7:20 am (8 years ago)

    I sew everyday…as much as I can but I don’t embroider as much as I should.
    Thanks for the idea of how to incorporate a design in a purse.

  131. nancy in IN
    June 18, 2012 at 7:31 am (8 years ago)

    I sew many hours a week; I stitch (machine embroidery) hardly any. Beautiful stitching on the bag.

  132. Christine
    June 18, 2012 at 7:43 am (8 years ago)

    I sew about 10-20 hours a week, depending what I have going on with work, family, life.

  133. Agnes Smith
    June 18, 2012 at 8:06 am (8 years ago)

    I try to sew about 15 hours a week. Would love to sew more.

  134. VickiT
    June 18, 2012 at 8:17 am (8 years ago)

    I haven’t been doing a lot of stitching over the past few months because of some health problems. Before that stuff however, I would be stitching daily with some days about 6 hrs or more, while others it may only be a little less than an hour. It just depends on ‘outside’ factors.

    Cute bag and great ideas from you also. Thank you for showing us.

  135. Kathleen
    June 18, 2012 at 8:29 am (8 years ago)

    I stitch about an hour a week in the summer…more though in the winter months..

  136. Mary R.
    June 18, 2012 at 8:33 am (8 years ago)

    I try to sew about 20 hours a week depending on how I feel (health problems)and crochet scarves for my Mom’s church at night. Keeps the hands busy and mind off other depressing things. Fabulous purse.

  137. Diane
    June 18, 2012 at 9:01 am (8 years ago)

    I sew at least 6-8 hours a week…I try for more and wish I had time for more!!

  138. Carol Holmquist
    June 18, 2012 at 9:34 am (8 years ago)

    I usually sew 5-6 hours per week.

  139. Jennifer
    June 18, 2012 at 9:48 am (8 years ago)

    I try tosew almost every night after putting the kids to bed. It’s what I love to do most, though I should probably be doing house work. LOL I think I end up sewing on average about 15 – 20 hours per week.

  140. Sharleen Rucker
    June 18, 2012 at 10:38 am (8 years ago)

    I try to work at least 2 hours most days so about 14 hours per week. Some of that time is spent cutting and preparing so that the hours actually stitching is about 8 hours. On really hot days it may be more.

  141. Jackie
    June 18, 2012 at 10:59 am (8 years ago)

    Not so much time at the machine lately, but am trying to get back in the swing of things. But once I get started on a project I find it hard to leave my sewing room. For right now I’m sewing about 4 to 5 hours a week. I really need to up that!

  142. Sallie
    June 18, 2012 at 11:23 am (8 years ago)

    This summer I’m only managing about 5 hours per week. Thanks for the giveaway!

  143. Charlotte Key
    June 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm (8 years ago)

    I try to pick one day a week to stay home and be creative. I usually sew for about 6hrs during that time.

  144. Peggy Forbes
    June 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm (8 years ago)

    I need to get back into the habit of sewing an hour a night again. I’ve just finished a craft show and my studio is a mess! so the first thing I need to do is re-organize!

    I LOVE this purse and the fact that it lends itself to machine embroidery so well!

  145. Barbie
    June 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm (8 years ago)

    It depends on the week, but right now, I’m averaging 10-15 hours of stitching a week. I wish it was more!

  146. Kaye M.
    June 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew about 10-12 hrs. per week and more in the winter time. I love making purses because its something that I can complete in a reasonable amount of time and you can’t have tooooo many purses!

  147. Pat W.
    June 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew as much as I can – but when you are homeschooling 2 children it can be difficult to fit into the schedule.

  148. Cindi C
    June 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm (8 years ago)

    I probably sew between 14-20 hours a week, depending on what I am working on. Wish it could be more but that full-time job gets in the way.

  149. Nancy
    June 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm (8 years ago)

    The amount of time I spend sewing each week varies from week to week, project to project. I probably sew 20-25 hours a week.

  150. Kay Whipple
    June 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew 15 – 20 hours a week & love every minute of it!

  151. Joy
    June 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew about 5 hours a week.

  152. Nancy
    June 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew about 3 hours per week.

  153. toni
    June 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I stitch 5-10 hours per week

  154. Greta Kanegae
    June 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm (8 years ago)

    The number of hours a week embroidering for me varies between none to 30. My ideal number of hours a week would be 15, with 2 kids at home and everything else that entails, more is just too crazy.

  155. Sue Kelley
    June 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m new to embroidery, but am hooked already! Love the bag! Thanks—

    June 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm (8 years ago)

    I now sew about 4 hours a week,but hope soon to get back to many morel.

  157. Debbra
    June 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew close to 15 hours a week (retired)

  158. Ani Hudson
    June 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Right at 10 -12 a week, if I can sneek in more I do!

  159. Cecilia
    June 19, 2012 at 7:35 am (8 years ago)

    I usually sew for about 6 hours a week, unless my granddaughters are visiting. They are all under 3 , so I don’t sew very much then. 🙂

  160. Linda W
    June 19, 2012 at 9:40 am (8 years ago)

    Sewing time is catch as catch can, often in the wee hours of the morning. Your monogram is lovely.

  161. Penny D
    June 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm (8 years ago)

    About 10-15 hours a week. Wish it was more but someone likes to eat!

  162. Angela K
    June 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Ok, I am very jealous of you people that get 10+ hrs a week! But with a job, two too active kids and too many sheep, I am lucky if I get three!

  163. Barb Miller
    June 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I love to sew whenever I get time. Somedays I can sew for hours and other days I can seem to find the time.

  164. SewLindaAnn
    June 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm (8 years ago)

    I sew about 6 hours a week.

  165. karen
    June 20, 2012 at 7:55 am (8 years ago)

    I spend about 10-15 hrs per week sewing. It keeps me calm, I love to sew.

  166. Denise
    June 20, 2012 at 8:48 am (8 years ago)

    I try to sew at least 30 minutes a day. Most days it is more, but I try to spend a little time in my sewing room daily. I work part-time and have kids at home so I don’t always get to spend as much time sewing as I would like, but someday. 🙂

  167. Ramona
    June 20, 2012 at 10:08 am (8 years ago)

    I sew 6-8 hours a week if I’m lucky. I’m working part time, but have the joy of keeping my 4 month old grandson for a few house a few days a week. Cutting into my sewing time, but not complaining. 😀
    Love what you’re doing with this pattern. Beautiful embroidery.

  168. Marla
    June 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm (8 years ago)

    I just joined bloggong a few weeks ago so I took my sewing machine to the trailer for the summer. I am doing a quilt along and am enjoying it. I don’t usually get any sewing done in the summer with camping and working but try to piece a quilt top. I am just waiting for my new sewing machine to come in as I plan on learning free motion quilting.Will keep an eye on your sight

  169. Megan
    June 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm (8 years ago)

    At the moment, I only stitch about 5 hours a week, but I have also been drafting and cutting and such like so that adds more time too 🙂

  170. Natalia
    June 21, 2012 at 1:49 am (8 years ago)

    Now that I am not working I probably stitch and craft in general for 20hs a week!

  171. Hazel Syrett
    June 21, 2012 at 8:52 am (8 years ago)

    Depends on the season. Right now am trying to do 4 or 5 hours most days making holiday gear for myself and my granddaughter!

  172. MoeWest
    June 21, 2012 at 10:34 am (8 years ago)

    I stitch at least 12 hours a week. The purse looks great!

  173. Kathy Bumb
    June 23, 2012 at 9:42 am (8 years ago)

    As I am now retired, I can usually spend at least 15 to 20 hours per week on sewing. Have just started creating purses. Have been sewing for 40 years, but mainly dresses, home decor, etc. Would love to win this pattern and fabric.

  174. Lisa McGriff
    June 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm (8 years ago)

    Some weeks less than five hours. But this week, hubby works a 24 hr shift Saturday, it will be ON EARLY until LATE. Got a quilt to finish.

  175. kathyh
    June 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm (8 years ago)

    I aim for two hours per week.
    Slow & Steady.

  176. Jane Bee
    June 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Cool giveaway. I love the bag and your suggestions for embellishment. I usually stitch between 1 and 2 hours a day. but if life gets busy, I always try to get my “15 minutes of play” in at a minium! 🙂

  177. Denise
    June 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm (8 years ago)

    My sewing varies based on the seasons and life events. In reality I probably sew about 1 hour a week….but, if you count the time I sew “in my head”, then I’m at about 2 hours a day. Lately, I have participated in several volunteer sewing projects, so I am at about 5 hours a week. Happy sewing !

  178. Karen M
    June 29, 2012 at 6:51 am (8 years ago)

    I have less time during the school year, so I probably average 8 hours a week then. However, during breaks from school I can spend as much as 8 hours a day sewing. I have a very tolerant husband.

  179. Ronna
    July 2, 2012 at 10:49 am (8 years ago)

    that’s a hard question to answer. I’m a marathon sewer. I may sew 60 hrs one week and then not sew again for a month. But I am in my sewing room every day~ touching..feeling..and planning whats next. =)

  180. Cindy Brooks
    July 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I don’t squeeze in nearly enough sewing hours, maybe 3-4 a week.
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  181. Mrs.T
    July 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm (8 years ago)

    I don’t find enough sewing hours in a week, either. There is simply too much else going on in my life. I would guess I might sew between 1 and 3 hours per week on average.

  182. Deborah
    July 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm (8 years ago)

    I am blessed with an abundance of time in this season of my life. I spend countless hours stitching/sewing every week, as I do it every day.

    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  183. M
    July 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm (8 years ago)

    5-6 hours?:)

  184. Natalie Brudi
    July 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm (8 years ago)

    I probably sew two to five hours per week. I’m looking forward to having more time in a few years when I can retire from a full-time job. There’s never enough time, especially in the summer. I love the purse pattern.

  185. Jeff Lansang
    July 7, 2012 at 6:39 am (8 years ago)

    Very interesting details you have mentioned , thanks for putting up. “A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.” by John C. Maxwell.

  186. Mary Whipkey
    July 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi, I try to sew almost every day, so about30 hours a week. I enjoy making bags for people.

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