Hello all!!

This is just a quick post to redirect everyone to my new site!  Thank you to a wonderful friend my new site is up and running!  Looking forward to sharing some new sewing adventures with everyone and looking forward to our new Canadian Cups blogging tour – stay tuned for more info on that coming soon!

Have a great day,



The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour

I just wanted to announce the prize winners for the Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour!!

Congratulations to all of the winners!!

Prize Pack A: Jayne B. from Canada who correctly answered the trivia question
Prize Pack B: Di S. from the UK who correctly answered the trivia question
Prize Pack C: Karen P. who correctly answered the trivia question
Prize Pack D: Beverley P. of Australia who followed Janelle on Instagram

Craftsy Tote Kit: Winner will be chosen and notified by Craftsy directly.

Thank you for touring with us!!

Shelaine xxoo

The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour – Prizes

Hello again!


We’ve just barely made it home after our Craftsy escapade all across Canada. We’re unpacking our luggage and finding some great souvenirs from the trip, but it’s just too much to keep for ourselves. And because you’ve been such perfect road trip companions, we’d like to share them with you. Up for grabs are 4 coveted prize packs from our travels, as well as the special gift that Craftsy sent to us while we were gone galavanting.

Be quick about it! Giveaway closes soon.

* This post contains affiliate links. If you visit one of those pages via my link, I may receive a small commission from the seller, at no additional cost to you.

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First up is the Craftsy gift:

* Please note: If you entered this giveaway before Friday, April 8, your entry may not have been recorded correctly by Craftsy. Please enter again. This colourful tote bag kit includes the Rowan Three-Quarter Patch Tote pattern, some stunning Kaffe Fassett fabric, plus all the Pellon Fusible Fleece stabilizer you will need for the project. The only things you would have to add to this are a coordinating button, some thread and your time. Voila! You have a gorgeous tote that will be the envy of tote-al strangers. It’s almost like instant Jello pudding, only better! Follow this link to enter before midnight April 11, 2016:

Enter to WIN a tote-bag kit


The Souvenir Prizes

Prize A (Canadian, US and International entries accepted)
Prize B (Open to Canadian residents only)
Prize C (Open to Canadian residents only)
Prize D (Canadian, US and International entries accepted)


How to Enter

Sign in to Rafflecopter below, or follow this link:

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Giveaway Rules:

  • Prizes are awarded “as is”. No substitutions.
  • Deadline for entries is 10 AM PST on Monday, April 11.
  • Winner’s will be notified by email within 3 hours of the contest closing, and will then have 24 hours in which to respond to the organizers.
  • It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure they sign in to Rafflecopter with a valid email address, and also check their email accounts for notification.
  • Entries requiring a blog post comment, social media follow, or trivia answer will be verified using the name provided by the participant.
  • The giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. International or US residents who win a prize designated as for Canadian Residents Only may be required to pay for the additional shipping, or forfeit the prize. If said winner chooses to forfeit the prize, another winner will be chosen from the remaining eligible entries.

Many, many thanks to all the wonderful people who’ve followed us on The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour. We hope you learned a little about our very large, diverse and beautiful country while you got a peek into some of our favourite Craftsy classes.

And very special thanks to the amazing, supportive people who helped make the giveaway and our graphics just that much better: Celine from Blue Calla Patterns and Elle from Brand UR Shop Graphic Design. Take a bow ladies! Prize Sponsors


Happy travels until the next time we take you tripping and traipsing!

Marsha, Janelle, Deb, Fiona, Michelle, Reece, Shelaine & Ula

The Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour

Craftsy Class Review – Sew Better Bags the Weekend Duffle with Betz White

Hello and Welcome from South Western Ontario to Day 5 of the our Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour!

Welcome to Canada’s sunny south where the weather today is a balmy 4 C with the sun shining.  What better to do then sew?

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Craftsy equips you with the tangible skills, quality materials, access to inspiring and like-minded crafters, and most importantly, the confidence to add your own creative twist to all that you create. Craftsy is committed to helping you express your unique passion, talent, and creativity!

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Please note: I received this Craftsy class for the purpose of writing an honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed within this review are all completely mine. This post also contains some affiliate links which means that if you purchase something after clicking on one of the affiliate links I may earn a small commission (but with no additional cost to you).

The class that I chose to review is Sew Better Bags the Weekend Duffle with Betz White.  I have been sewing for many years but have only recently starting sewing bags and blogging and am hoping to learn some new tips and techniques!

The class is broken down into seven different videos that covers all of the components of making the bag.  There is also a PDF material list and directions that are included with the class. The videos run about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Lesson 1. Preparing Materials

This lesson focused on cutting out and preparing the materials.  There was a PDF that listed all of the materials and that came in super handy.

Lesson 2. Interior Pockets

This lesson worked through the interior of the bag.

Lesson 3. Exterior Pockets

This was a great lesson on different types of exterior pockets to put on your bag and this lesson also discussed the variety of hardware you could choose.

Lesson 4. Assembling the Bag Front & Back

This was a great lesson on the corner patches and other details that make the bag unique.  It was my first time using corner patches and also using a zipper facing.

Lesson 5. Zipper & End Panels

I really enjoyed adding the zipper the way it is taught in this lesson.  The zipper will never get caught in lining!! Also the end panel seams are all enclosed – I learned another way to add on end panels.

Lesson 6. Base of Bag

In this lesson the base is also enclosed.

Lesson 7. Finishing Touches

This is where I added the handle and the x’s on the handles.  I really liked the extra finishing touches that really make the bag look professionally finished.

Overall Impressions…

I found that the instructor of the class Betz White to be very engaging and gave excellent directions.  Betz seemed very confident in making the bag and gave very clear directions – I was easily able to watch the section of video and felt comfortable in working through the steps on my bag.  I think that the favorite part about the instructor were her witty comments through out the class.  Betz also gives the right amount of information through out the video so you feel confident working on your bag and do not feel overwhelmed.

I feel for a confident beginner bag maker the class was just the perfect amount of information and went at the perfect pace.  I like that Betz captured all of the steps and I was able to try the steps and pause rewind or move forward at my own pace.  Due to being a newby bag maker the content was great and I learned some new tips and tricks that I will be able to transfer to other projects.

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What is my conclusions…..

This is a great class that I thoroughly enjoyed!!  I also learned a number of tips and tricks that I will definitely be using for other projects.  I will also buy some of Betz White’s other patterns.

This pattern is rated for a beginner sewer but I feel that it is more suited for a confident beginner.

The class usually costs $39.99USD (about $47.09CAD according to google today) but Craftsy are generously offering it for the reduced price of $19.99 USD by using this link up to the 15th April 2016.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and following the Great Canadian Craftsy Bag Tour!!


Come back here on Sunday, April 10 for your chance to win one of these prize packs.

Tour Dates

Monday, April 4

Seam of my PantsBag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch with Kristin Link and Learn to Sew: Simple Bags with Nicole Vasbinder

Tuesday, April 5

Sprouting JubeJubeSew Sturdy: Home Organizers with Annie Unrein

Lulu & CelesteSewing With Oilcloth: Bags & Baskets with Kathy McGee

Wednesday, April 6

Happy OkapiSew Sturdy Travel Organizers with Annie Unrein

Thursday, April 7

Michelle’s CreationsMix & Match: Clutch Bag Techniques with Janelle MacKay

Friday, April 8

Shelaine’s DesignsSew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel with Betz White

Tangled Blossom Designs20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags with Lisa Lam

Saturday, April 9

Emmaline Bags — Recap/Roundup

Sunday, April 10

Sur “prizes

Pin Cushions (con’t)…

As December continued my obsession with pin cushions continued!!  After spending hours searching through Pinterest I found the one that would be my mother’s Christmas gift, my Mom who is an avid quilter.  This was another tutorial from season 4, episode 1 for a Mannequin Pin Cushion.  This was a super easy sew again and I used a small Christmas ball for the top and a candle stick from the thrift store for the base.  This pin cushion has a million possibilities and I have a couple more in the works!!


Pin Cushions

Well when you sew you need a pin cushion so I have been trying a few different patterns from a variety of patterns I have found on Pinterest.  This little adventure started when I asked on the Swoon Facebook page what people’s favourites pin cushions were!  This post had over 50 comments and may people included links to a variety of pin cushions.  So with this in mind I started searching for a few to try!  The first pattern I tried was a chicken that whipped up super quick and you can totally use any left over scraps.  I now have about five of these chickens in a variety of sizes.


The next one was a little more challenging and gave me an opportunity to try some new sewing stitches.  Again this pattern was a great way to use up some scraps!  This is one of my favourite pin cushions.


The third pin cushion I created was a really cool bird that again used up some fabric scraps.  The pattern was found on Pinterest but again I watched a video on  The guest for this project was Joel Dewberry – enjoyed watching this episode and seeing his fabrics. This is my version…


Please feel free to leave your comments about your favorite pin cushions!!