October Monthly Report

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Happy November! It's time for October's monthly report. See past reports here.

Hello there! It's good to be back in this space for my report and on the other side of my new pattern release. It took a lot out of me to get it finished up and out into the world! I'm excited that the rest of the year is pretty commitment free. It will be good to have time for personal projects and gift making, and time to reflect and think about next year. Thank you to everyone who has made the launch of my new pattern, the Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern, a success! Looking forward to seeing your bags pop up, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@jenib320) or send me an email with photos if you aren't on social media! :)

Of course most of the sewing I did last month was drawstring bags! Most of them I shared in my pattern details post (see here), but this one I made for my friend Brianne's birthday! She made me a knitting bag from this same canvas print, so I thought this way we could be matching. The print is from Imagined Landscapes* by Jen Hewett.

I dusted off my serger and finally made my first garment of 2019! I have not been pulled to make garments this year, but as soon as the weather turned I knew I wanted a new sweatshirt. This is my 5th hooded sweatshirt that I've made, and I love each one. I traced a favorite sweatshirt from the Loft to make a pattern and have tweaked it to be a perfect fit. This is my second one made with this incredible bamboo/cotton stretch sweatshirting from Imagine Gnats. This color is the Rose Brown and I really feel like it filled a gap in my wardrobe. I also have a cut of Heather Lake that I want to sew up soon.

The only other sewing I did this month was on my holiday quilt! It's a big mash up of stash and a bunch of leftovers from a bundle of Tinsel* by Cotton & Steel. I'm using the 2x4 quilt tutorial by Ashley of Film in the Fridge. I'm really hoping to get this one finished up in November so we can enjoy it this season!

To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I track my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track here. Here is how I did in October:

October Fabric
Used up: 7.5 yards
Brought in: 11 yards
Net: +3.5 yards
Year to date: -73.5 yards

October Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -426 yards

New flash! I actually brought in more fabric than I used up! This is the first time since January, so I'm going to cut myself some slack. Most of the yardage that I bought was a backing for my Christmas quilt. Plus fabric for a new ironing board cover (that I already stitched up!). Planning to buy little to no fabric the rest of the year so I think my negative numbers are pretty safe!

I did a little ice dyeing! I need to take photos of the finished pieces, plus some pieces I dyed over the summer. It's so fun, and so different compared to other dyeing I've done!

Shockingly the dahlias are still going. There are blooms opening on two, but I think the flowers will finally be done this Friday when our temps dip into the 20s. It's been such a rewarding season and I've loved filling our house with flowers. It will be lonely without them this winter!

George the bunny, catching some sun! He LOVES to sit in the sun, but doesn't get a lot of opportunity. He was running around the other afternoon and found this patch for a little bath and nap. His fur gets so warm and cozy.

Have a Great Month!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern is HERE!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Happy Friday! The Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern is finally here! If you missed all the details about this pattern, check out this post. I can't wait to see what everyone makes with it!

Find it in my online shop here: Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion PDF Pattern

Happy Sewing!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween from my grumpy M&M! George refused to pose this year, so here he is in his natural habitat, a pile of hay. Mid-bite :)

Hope your Halloween is sweet!

Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern: All the Details

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to share today that the Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern will be available on Friday! I can't wait to finally get it out into the world! I wanted to share all the details of the pattern here today so that you'll know what to expect.

This pattern has been years in the making. I've been collecting ideas based on your questions and requests, and just general creative experimentation. There are so many different options included in this pattern, some of them have been shared here on my blog as tutorials for the free size and others are appearing for the first time in this pattern. If you've enjoyed making these bags, I think you'll really be excited by all the possibilities that this expansion pattern opens up! Let's dive into all the details:

What is it?
The Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern is an add-on to the original Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. You will need BOTH patterns to complete your bags. The expansion is not meant to be used as a standalone pattern. The original pattern will continue to be for sale, unchanged.

When + Where
The pattern will be available on Friday, November 1st in my online shop, jenibakerpatterns.com. It will also be available (for EU customers and all) in my Payhip shop.

PDF Only
For the initial launch, the pattern will be available only as a PDF download. I've decided to do this for a few reasons. One, this is my first expansion pattern, so I'm not sure what the response will be like. And two, it's a pretty long pattern and would need to be reformatted for print.

If you're a wholesale customer who would be interested in stocking a paper version in your store, please fill out this form. I'd be happy to figure out a paper version if there is enough interest! If you're a regular consumer who would like to see a paper version, I want to hear from you too! Leave a comment on this post letting me know!

The introductory price for the expansion pattern is $7. This will be the price through 12/31/2019. Starting January 1st, 2020 it will be $9. At this time there will be a bundle for the original lined drawstring bag pattern and the expansion pattern for $16.

I went back and forth a lot about how to price this pattern. I want my patterns to be affordable, but I also need to make sure the price reflects the time that I spent developing it. It's a balance, but I feel confident that this pattern has a lot of value in it!

The original Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern will be on sale for $7 all weekend (Friday-Sunday) to celebrate the expansion release!

What's in it?
The pattern is a jam packed 28 pages long, with full color photos for the steps. For each variation included in the pattern there is cutting/measurements for all eight sizes included in the original pattern. For many variations there are also additional ideas for taking it even further. Finally, there are instructions for applying the variations to custom sized bags designed using the worksheet in the original lined drawstring bag pattern.

Here are all the designs and techniques included in the expansion pattern:

Peek-a-boo Lining Drawstring Bags

Mini Accent Drawstring Bags

Bottom Accent Drawstring Bags

Simple Patchwork Drawstring Bags

Foundation Pieced Drawstring Bags

Easy Going (Two Fabric) Drawstring Bags

Easy Going (Single Fabric) Drawstring Bags

Drawstring Backpacks

Alternative Gusset Method

Adding a Quilt Block to the Exterior Main

How to Lay Out an Embroidery or Appliqué Design

How to Center an Existing Design

There is an entire section around centering things on the Exterior Main and how to find the size of the front of the bag once it's finished. Plus tips and recommendations for adding additional structure to your bags and info on different tie options! I've tried to make all the variations as customizable as possible while still keeping them straight forward and easy to follow.

Let me know below if you have any questions! See you tomorrow for George's Halloween costume! :)


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