Firefly Tote Sew-Along: Week 1

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Hello First name / there,

Welcome to Week 1 of the Firefly Tote Sew-Along! I'm so excited to have you join along!


I put together a video for this week's email that reviews….. I hope you'll find this video helpful (scroll down for the link). 


Here's the schedule I'll be following for the sew-along:

Week 1: June 22nd (today), fabric selection, cutting & fusing interfacing, Front pocket assembly

Week 2: June 29th, make exterior and drawstring closure

Week 3: July 6th, make lining and assemble

Week 4: July 13th, link wrap up and any loose ends!


I think this schedule should allow for plenty of catch up time if you miss a week. Don't feel pressured to rush along! But if you're cruising along and having fun feel free to go at your own pace, too. No rules here!



Week 1 Video:

Here's the video for Week 1 of the Firefly Tote sew-along! Click the image below to play the video.

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Fabrics used (sample being sewn): Dry Oilskin from Oak Fabrics for Exterior, 

Arid Wilderness by Louise Cunningham (Cloud9 Fabrics) for Accent, 

Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham for Lining

In the video I go over fabric selection, cutting & interfacing, and making the front pocket. All of the cutting measurements and cutting layouts are found on pages 3-4 of the Firefly Tote PDF OR page 3-8 of the printed (paper) pattern. Also, don't forget to use the label sheet that's included. I love keeping organized by clipping labels (provided with the pattern) to the pieces as I cut. 


After this week you should have all the pieces cut and the interfacing fused to all corresponding pieces and your front pocket all set to go. Yay!

Need supplies?


In case you need any bag-making supplies for the SAL, I have most items available in my shop:

If you're on Instagram feel free to add your images to the hashtags:

 #FireflyTote and #FireflyToteSewAlong


If you have a question regarding supplies, cutting or those first steps, feel free to reply to this email. 


See you next week,