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Runaround Bag a pattern review

By April

This is the Runaround Bag by Nooodlehead.  

This pattern is a quick and easy sew. Just a few hours from start to finish. It is a great shape and size another winner in the Noodlehead pattern line.


I advise reading the directions thoroughly before getting started. Having little to no distractions while cutting out your pattern pieces can be helpful (if you have that option). 

 This is a photo of the inside of the bag that you won’t see once it is finished. The white squares are a double layer of interfacing to stabilize the point where a magnetic snap will be installed. The striped square shows the size of the interior zipper pocket, nice and roomy.

Ever had one of those projects that you just kept making mistake after mistake? Yeah, that was me this time. The very first pattern pieces I cut with the fold on the wrong side. I didn’t read the directions fully and rushed to try and do things my way…..classic mistakes that I know better not to do. 

I decided to just go with it and see what happened. Sometimes sewing is about problem solving, learning, making it work and rolling with it. 

You need a couple of yards of bias tape for this bag. I opted to make my own. I love an excuse to use my sewing tools. The one inch bias tape maker is a great tool to own, it takes the chore out of making your own bias tape. I love the look of this Kaffe Fassett shot cotton stripe on bias.


The interior fabric is an amazing color way of shot cotton the warp is hot pink and the weft is turquoise making the end result an electric purple. 

I used an Echino linen blend polka dot for my exterior fabric. The hand of this fabric is a bit more stiff than a quilting weight. Once interfaced it is a perfect weight for this bag. We have quite a few to choose from in the shop right now if you are in the market for a great linen polka dot.


 See my stripe there on the side, yeah it is a little accent I used to cover up where I cut out my pattern pieces backwards (the seam should be on the side of the bag). The upside is I like the look of it, hiding out under the side pleat. Another plus is there are no side seams on my handbag. 


I opted to make pleats instead of gathers on the exterior strap, the bulk of the fabric was too much to gather for this particular piece.  I am happy with this detail it gives it more of a tailored look.  


Some things you may find interesting about this bag. If you choose to not put a magnetic closure inside, the bag is fully reversible! There are directions for a lined zippered pocket.  There are also standard pocket directions. This bag has one of each and a slot for a writing utensil.


One thing that I did differently than the directions was to connect my bias tape ends on the bias. I find that a straight of grain connection with bias tape can leave a bump in the fabric. It is a little more challenging to connect bias tape ends on the bias. This is a perfect time to use your iron (pre crease your sewing line) and a little fusible web to keep those ends in place and not mess with tricky small bits and pins.

Check out some of my other bag projects if you haven’t already Zippy BagSuper tote and 241 tote.




Just In: A Button,Bikes,Birds,Butterflies, Boats and more

By April

 The button you see just to your right there “Shop Bolt”, that is a new direct link to our online store. More items are being added all the time.

As always, if you see something on the blog that you would like shipped to you just give us a call.

First up are the girls on bikes with a bird print.The next photo depicts birds and Butterflies. The third photo more birds and a neat coordinating prints all by Art Gallery.


Whales and Viking Ships By Alexander Henry.

A great group by Dear Stella shown below.

This Group is by Alexander Henry and the last photo is from this same group….

this border print had to be opened to be seen!

Stay Cool! Happy Sewing!




Rosie the Riveter Overall

by Adrianna

Incase you all haven’t noticed, I kind of have a thing for workwear. A bit of an obsession if I may say so myself. Yet with my love for all things denim and heavy duty I surprisingly have never owned a pair of overalls. In my defense, there hasn’t been a pair that I have come across that fits me well, or the style is not quite right.  Upon coming across the Rosie the Riveter pattern we carry at Bolt, from Folkwear Patterns, I couldn’t help but do a bit of a happy dance.

Folkwear Patterns are the essence of vintage patterns. Not only is the company actually vintage, having started in the 80’s, the patterns are modern recreations of staple and classic period clothing. Some of the pieces are on the theatrical side, which are great for you costume designers and festivalgoer’s, and some can totally be made for everyday wear. What’s exceptionally great about Folkwear is that even though the pieces can be costume-y, they fit very well! I’ve tried sewing other period clothing patterns that end up looking too much like costumes rather than recreated garments worn back in the day; not so with Folkwear. 

The pattern that not surprisingly grabbed my attention is the Rosie the Riveter pattern. The one and only fictional woman character, Rosie, from the 1940’s war effort, inspired this pattern. During WWII America was going through a bit of a rough time. Most of our men were off overseas and not enough were left on the home front to build war supplies or other everyday needs of society. At this time our nation took a quintessential turn toward the future, and realized that women could also complete the jobs performed primarily by men in the past. Rosie the Riveter was the character created for advertisements to encourage women to take part in the war effort. You would find her decked out in workwear, welding, hammering, and building, all while looking exceptionally feminine. Because wearing workwear took away from the femininity of the time, women would tailor their clothing to fit and flatter, and also emphasize their makeup and hair.

The Rosie the Riveter pattern includes a work shirt, that can be long or short sleeved, slacks, overalls, and a sweater and snood knit pattern. All of these pieces not only stay true to the 40’s workwear style, but also are quite flattering and true to size. My beef with overalls I have come across in stores and elsewhere is that they tend to be very boxy and (no pun intended) over all large. Rosie the Riveter overalls are not so at all! The bodice has a feminine princess cut neckline, a high, fitted waist, and pleated straight legs, for easy movement. I don’t think I could have asked for a better fitting pair myself!


What initially inspired me to make these overalls were a variety of denims that we recently restocked at Bolt a couple weeks ago, including a tube of Japanese Selvage denim. A previous employment of mine was working only with denim, and from that I developed a strong love for it. Denim is it’s own animal, and there are many different types, and I am so glad that we carry a great variety at Bolt. For someone who has never worked with denim before and wants to give it a try, I would highly suggest our 12 oz denim that we always have in stock (you can’t miss it, it’s the tallest denim tube!) A common misconception is that denim is difficult to work with. I have found that it is quite the opposite. Because it is so sturdy, you will find that cutting out pattern pieces, matching notches and seams, and feeding the fabric through a machine is quite easy. The hardest thing about sewing with denim can be the weight of the fabric, which can be made easier by sewing on a large table or combining a couple tables to help hold the weight of the fabric while sewing. A helpful trick when sewing with denim is to have a hammer or mallet nearby. The seams of denim can become very thick, such as in the waistband and hems, and sometimes so thick that they won’t fit under your presser foot. To flatten these seams take your hammer, mallet, or anything with a flattop, and give a few good whacks to the bulky seams. Denim, even the most raw, is very easily manipulated and can handle a lot of stress, so do not be shy when working with it. Although you can use regular thread on most denims, if you are using one of our thicker denims, or to just give a decorative finish, I would suggest using our jeans thread. It is also important to use Shmetz Jeans needles when sewing with denim as the needles are stronger, sharper, and a bit thicker than the average needle, which makes them perfect for piercing through many layers of denim. 

As most of our North West population is proudly employed in some sort of labor-intensive work field, and with autumn quickly approaching, I encourage you wonderful customers to experiment with our denims and denim appropriate patterns. I will also encourage you all to take a second gander through the Folkwear patterns, as you may find a pattern you have been searching for! There are some great patterns on 50’s style party dresses, blouses from the corporate boom of the 80’s, western shirts for the whole family, capes, gowns, sexy slips and more!  Most of all do not fret on asking for our help on finding a pattern or matching the right fabric.

Happy sewing all, and see you soon!