September challenge…

Ever had a challenge put to you, that you were unsure you could manage, one of those that plays on your mind, that you should crack on with, but you keep putting it off… well I have to admit the Island Batik September challenge was one of those moments!

I have made a few bags, but not one so advanced as this…

ByAnnie has generously provide all the Island Batik Ambassadors with a pattern and all the necessary hardware to make a bag of my choice!

There were so many to choose from, and all really practical and useful, I finally decided on the Round Trip Duffle Bag… thinking next time I go away for the weekend, Il be prepared 🙂

I chose the stunning Spiral Surf, Feather in Mauve, and Peacock Waterfall from the Fancy Feathers collection, and Branch in Blue from the Blenders collection

With all the pieces laid out in front of me and 10 pages of instructions, I was ready to begin make a cup of tea…


I began working my way through the step by step instructions, which are really clearly written, even a bag novice like myself could get my head around them

I cut and quilted all the pieces, and was loving the fabrics combo I had chosen. (blues and purples are my favourite). The pattern also comes with REALLY handy printable labels for each piece, which I strongly recommend using, this keeps everything in order.

SOOOOOOOO many pieces right?!!! and they just keep coming!

Lots of straps are needed for this bag, so I would recommend an ‘Easy loop turner’ makes this process a breeze. I love adding the metal catches, I think it starts to make the bag feel like its coming together

Pockets were up next, I love a bag with lots of pockets, and this one has 9 (Cool huh!) and a really useful trolley sleeve which slips over the handles on your suitcase/trolley

The front and back were created next, along with the centre panel.

I was getting excited by this point, and all my worries of not being able to do it, were disappearing – I almost had a bag in front of me! Your patterns are genius ByAnnie.

I used Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles to create this bag, and they were amazing considering the layers I was sewing through.

Joining the final pieces of the bag and binding the inside, was made so much easier with the help of my Hemline Gold quilting clips

And with that my bag was complete… here is the inside

Drum roll…

Here is my finished weekend bag, I’m really pleased with out it turned out, and I can seriously recommend ByAnnie patterns

Huge thanks to Island batik, ByAnnie, Aurifil, Schmetz for supplying me with the accessories to create my bag for the September challenge, and my amazing Brother sewing machine – we did it!!

A few more photos, just in case you just cant get enough of this super gorgeous bag 🙂

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Have a lovely weekend

Michelle x

Island Batik Ambassador boxes have arrived…

Welcome along to the Island Batik Ambassador unboxing blog, can you believe we are half way through the year… I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed by this years boxes – just wait till you see what inside and the challenges we have been set to see us through to the end of year

Hope you enjoy my unboxing video, my extremely talented son (Jack Roberts Guitar) wrote the melody for the video.. enjoy 🙂

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0.5 bundle of Spring 2020 collection + 6 half yards of coordinating Batik Foundations fabric


0.5 bundle of Summer 2020 collection + 6 half yards of coordinating Batik Foundations fabric to use for the November Inspired By Nature Blog Hop

A Spring 2020 precut + 2 yards of coordinating Batik Foundations fabric, precuts are available in shops now


1 FQ pack of a Fall/Winter 2019 collection



4 yards each of White, Grey and Black Solids


4 yards of a Neutral SKU


2 Stash Builder packs

A pattern, hardware and Spring 2020 collection yardage for the September

‘It’s In The Bag Blog Hop’

6 spools of Aurifil thread for the October Thread Painting challenge

Studio 180 Design tool for the August Try A Template with Studio 180 Design challenge


Hobbs Heirloom Black 80/20 – Queen Size

Heirloom Fusible 80/20 – Queen Size

Hobbs Heirloom Fusible 80/20 Batting Strips – 2 ¼” x 25 yards

Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting – Throw Size


AccuQuilt GO! Me Fabric Cutter Starter Set and 2 dies


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Happy Sewing