Spotlight: Let's Get Organized
ByAnnie.com partners with local quilts shops all across the nation to bring you a monthly pattern series based on the theme, Let’s Get Organized!
This program is designed to teach you useful bag-making skills by starting you out with the basics and gradually adding new techniques as each month goes by.
By the end of the year you'll not only have a lot of useful projects to organize your home, work space, and car, but you'll have learned a wide variety of techniques to increase your sewing skill repertoire!
Keep reading to find out all the neat things you could learn:
Month 1: Stash and Dash
You'll also discover how to make three zippers out of one by sewing strategic stitches and attaching an extra pull. You're going to love that trick!
Month 4: Project Bags
Then, practice piecing and adding borders, too. You'll love the techniques for hiding all the raw edges of your seams!
Month 6: Open Wide!
Now that you've mastered our "normal" style of zipper installation, it's time to learn something new!
Open Wide! features a brand-new style of zipper installation as well as a different method of binding the edges of the zipper.
Learn to make a zipper tab to finish the end of the zipper, too.
Month 7: Thread Dispenser/Sewing Case 2.0
Then, learn the new skill of how to sew with ultrasuede, the secret ingredient to keeping your threads in place.
This pattern also shows you how to make a stretchy loop to close the case, allowing it to expand as you fill it up.
Month 10: All Aboard! Train Case Trio
You’ll learn how to sew a zipper on a curved edge — another new zipper installation style.
Discover how to finish the edges and stitch the binding to the bag to refine the shape of the train case. Though this is a bit more difficult, you'll have had lots of practice by the time you get to this project, so you'll feel confident that you can accomplish this step with ease!
Month 11: Catch All Caddy
You’ll be thrilled to learn how to make bellowed inner dividers. Their ingenious design allows the interior fabric dividers to be fully expandable, yet also able to fall flat against the caddy when not in use.
Want to get involved?
As you can see, signing up for a monthly bag-making program is a great way to build your skills throughout the year. But it's so much more than that. Not only will you have a lot of fun, but it's a great opportunity to meet new people, make like-minded friends, get access to great teachers, share your own knowledge and skills with others, all while supporting a local quilt shop in your community!
If this sounds like the program for you, check below to see if a store near you is participating. We had a group of stores start the Let's Get Organized program in July and another group that will be starting in September. We will continue to offer this program to stores in 2019 and beyond.
Don't see your local quilt shop listed below? Talk to your local shop owners about the Let's Get Organized program and have them call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.