The wonderful Trish Preston (@trishpreston) of Two Peas in a Pod designs recently contact us here at FQHQ to let us know about the online bag-making course she developed for her blog readers. She recently made available a full e-course that steps its students through her video-based tutorial to make an original Tie-front Tote. We were intrigued, and Brioni and I agreed to make some of Trish’s totes in exchange for two free classes for Fat Quarterly readers! Of course, we wanted to check it out ourselves before passing word along to all of you — and I’ll begin by saying we weren’t disappointed!
I’ll tell you a bit about my experience, and then turn it over to Brioni so that she can show off her creation.
If you’re a reader of my blog, you might know that I’m a bit terrified of making anything three dimensional. Quilts? Sure. But things like bags, toys, and apparel intimidate me. I was a bit reluctant to agree to make a tote bag, but I put all my faith in Trish and my confidence in knowing that she puts out a quality product. And, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to make not one, but two bags. So I stocked up on supplies — some yardage of some gorgeous Tula Pink and Amy Butler fabrics, coordinating thread, and fusible fleece — and got down to it.
To cut right to the chase, I’ll put it bluntly — Trish’s e-course was a lovely experience. Because of the video element — actually watching something be made the proper way versus photos or illustrations — I found it to be far more effective than following a pattern. The course was split up into 3 “classes”, each one presenting a very manageable part of the process. And I would definitely classify this course as beginner-friendly. If you’ve never made a bag before but are interested in giving it a try, I would highly recommend this e-course as a great place to start.
Trish is a great instructor. And to top it all off, Trish’s sewing space is a lovely setting which made for an extremely pleasant viewing experience. It was bright and sunny with a beautiful garden view and a soundtrack of singing birds, making me wish I was right there in Ohio, sewing with Trish!
I made the two bags assembly-line style, and have some gorgeous gifts that are ready to go. They’re not perfect, for sure, but that can be attributed to my lack of experience (and confidence) in bag making. But after Trish’s course, my confidence in tackling future bag projects is fully restored!
And now let’s hear from Brioni, who also took Trish’s course and made a beautiful tote.
Interested in making a Two Peas in a Pod original tie tote of your own? Trish has generously offered a free e-course to two lucky Fat Quarterly readers! Simply leave a comment on this post letting us know what fabrics you’d use to make your tote and what you’d use it for, and we’ll randomly select two winners here on the blog next week. Good luck!