Indygo Junction Pattern Parade!
Well, hello there and thanks for stopping by to check out our stop on Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Summer Blog Tour! Haven’t heard of Indygo Junction? Here’s a bit about them:
Indygo Junction Inc., founded by creative entrepreneur Amy Barickman, is an established sewing and crafts business that offers stylish and timeless, easy-to-follow patterns and a variety of idea-rich project books. my 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
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So for today’s stop, we’ve been working on the Chic Bucket Bag. Whether your destination is near or far, you’ll love to travel with the Chic Bucket Bag. Numerous pockets, both inside and out make this purse ready to hold all your road trip essentials. The practical bucket shape makes this bag able to stand on its own and keep your necessities safe — no more floppy purses that spill out in the car! Make it in coordinated cotton fabrics or try creating this pattern with recycled blue jeans to salvage useful pocket space and belt loops to hold your key ring. Can’t wait to make your own? Here’s a discount code you can use at checkout on Indygo Junction’s site: PPBT9 – get 20% off your order! Whoopeee!
For my sample, I decided to use an old pair of the hubby’s pants for the pockets, and some leftover Yoshiko Jinzenji linenfrom a skirt I recently made, and line it with Kaffe Fassett’s ginger shot cotton. Here are some tips for laying out the pattern and such:
- First, trace off the handle pattern piece onto Swedish Tracing Paper so that you can keep your instructions intact.
- If you want to make the exterior bag entirely out of denim, you will need two pairs of jeans.I also found that men’s jeans with little to no curve for the hip area works best.
- To make sure my pants were big enough for the pattern, I measured from the center back seam, around the hip, to the front fly. If it measures at least 14 inches, you are good to go!
- Then, to make the cutting easier, I cut down the center back seam, right along the flat fell seam, around to the front, like this:
- Then I cut down the inseam so that I could open up the whole leg and lay it flat.
- And finally, I made a pattern piece for the front pocket out of Swedish Tracing Paper, and then laid that on top of the exterior piece, and then laid the whole thing on top of the pants. I found that this allowed me to ignore that the jeans were not exactly 9X14. I’m a perfectionist and can get caught up in little details like that.
- And last, my handle worked best when I sewed it with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Tell me what you think in the comments (deadline is July 5th) and you will be entered to win the pattern AND fabric from Dear Stella Designs to recreate the cover bag! And don’t forget to collect your secret letter from each stop on the 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 Indygo Junction.
The secret letter for this blog is “E”.
Keep up the tour by visiting some of these fun, creative bloggers below:
Indygo Junction PATTERN PARADE Blog Tour
June 6th – Indygo Junction Kick-Off Post
June 9th – Nancy Zieman Blog
June 11 – Sew Much Ado
June 13 – Designs in 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 for the GRAND PRIZE!