Island Batik Blog Hop bag challenge…

Hello, thanks for stopping by, today is my day to share the bag I made for the Island Batik blog hop bag challenge, over the next four weeks, all 25 of us Island batik ambassadors will be show casing the ‘by‘ bags we have made using some of the brand new Island Batik fabric collections.

The new collection I used is called Deco Revival by Kathy Engle .

Buildings – Olive Deco Revival for the main fabric

Columns – Opal Deco Revival for the lining

Circle – Jelly bean for the coordinating fabric

I will be honest with you, when I first received our second box from Island batik with the products and information to make the bag, there was panic on my face… I’ve only ever made simple tote bags and pencil cases, so this sure was going to be a challenge…

The pattern I chose from ‘by‘ bags, was called ‘Take A Stand’ (stand up tote bag, a zippered tote that opens wide for easy access)

The instructions were amazing, and I really do recommend them to anyone who wants to make their own bag, really clear step by step instructions, with the option of an add on video tutorial if you get stuck. I was overwhelmed with the amount of pieces, but with clear labels and instructions it came together really well.

With all the pieces made, I was ready to start constructing the bag…

This pattern comes with two sizes, the size I chose was the smaller one

8 3/4″H x 12″W x 6 1/2″D, the larger size is 12 1/2″H x 16″W x 8″D

Two outside zippered pockets, 5 internal mesh pockets, and an adjustable strap.

Island batik are giving away two FQ packs, one to each of the two winners, to enter simply click on the link below…

Best of luck…

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Happy Sewing


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Every memory quilt and personalised gift set is made with love and care, offering the highest quality products all safety tested for your peace of mind. I love to make special memory quilts, using your child’s baby grows, bibs and small t-shirts, to make a lovely keepsake for years to come, with special appliqued motifs from their clothes, hand finished with cotton binding and all beautifully wrapped to the highest standard. The newborn gift sets are bespoke, simply chose the items you wish to add to your box. They are beautiful gifts made using super soft velour with a choice of pretty jersey fabrics. All the fabrics I use are Oeko-tex Standard 100. (STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. My Birch wood Bird ring is EN71 tested, meaning they have been chemically and physically tested and are confirmed suitable and safe to be used as a toy. and

26 thoughts on “Island Batik Blog Hop bag challenge…

  1. Michelle, you did an awesome job making the bag. I love it—the pockets, the fabrics, and the size—just the way I like my bags.Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Your bag is very nice. Great choice of fabrics! The quarantine has me ordering more fabric online. The mail delivery time hasn’t been good either, so I have been hand quilting some quilts.

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  3. I’m at risk so I’ve been pretty much home bound. My guild cannot meet in real life so we’ve at least been having zoom meetings. That’s really been a big help to my mental health. I have been quilting up a storm though.

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  4. Oh my but this is lovely. For your very first bag you did a fabulous job. I would like to try this bag for my very first bag. Thanks for sharing and encouraging.
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  5. Love your bag — especially all the pockets. The fabrics are great, also. I have enjoyed making masks for neighbors, friends, and family, but I think I am burned out on mask making. After I finish the last few masks, I want to get back to my love — quilting.

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  6. That is a great bag Michelle and the fabrics are gorgeous! I haven’t made and bags since the pandemic started. I have made 39 quilt tops, quit counting when I hit 200 masks, using my stash, hoarding my Island Batik fabrics and doing a bit of shopping on line.

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  7. Hi Michelle, what a fantastic bag, well done. All the detailing looks so neat, especially with all of those zips, tabs and pockets! It sounds like it was a great pattern to follow. I’ve made a lot of bags in the past, but not one of “By-Annie’s” before, I’ll certainly be checking out the patterns in the future especially if they come with videos (they always help). I love this fabric line too with the graphic house pattern. Also its great to see your process and completed pictures. What a great blog post, thanks for sharing. Dawn 🤩 aka @sewnbysunrise.

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