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pattern review:cooper bag

by Hannah: photos by April

Introducing the Cooper Bag, designed by Laura Collins of Pansy Maiden and distrubuted by Colette Patterns. I do say, it’s a real winner and I have no complaints. This beginner pattern offers three versions. I chose version 2 which is the backpack. The other versions include a messenger bag and a satchel which is a pannier for your bike!

We have everything you need for this bag at Bolt: jiffy rivets, tri-glides, webbing, and magnetic snaps. Version 2 has eight pockets and the flap closes with magnetic snaps. We’ve been carrying water resistant canvas (the perfect Portland weather fabric) at the shop the past few months and it was the perfect choice. For the lining I chose a hemp/organic cotton indigo stripe. We carry jiffy rivets in two finishes, silver and antique.

While sewing, here are a few tips for you. Choose your webbing and make sure your slides (for the adjustable straps) are slightly smaller than the width of your webbing so that the adjustable straps don’t slip every time you adjust them. Rivets. Usually rivets require a rivet setter. Jiffy rivets are a type of rivet that can be applied to your project with a mallet. On the backpack version the jiffy rivets are purely decorative so leave them off it you like. If you choose to use them, be sure that you tap very lightly multiple times. If you hit them hard two-three times, you’ll destroy them. Yikes! 

This bag is great. Come in and see our sample hanging! See you soon!



Gift Ideas: Thread box

by Hannah

A box of thread. I’m absolutely thrilled with useful gifts. April and I carefully curated this colorful layered box of thread for you to use by hand or in your machine. The top has Perle emboidery floss that is so lovely to work with. Below is some inspiration. I’ve been working on a hand quilted throw made of linen. The second layer is all cotton thread for the machine. Stay warm and see you soon!

Gift Ideas: Liberty fat-eighths

by Hannah

Liberty of London is the gift that we all want to unwrap or pull from our stocking. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need yards of it to be satisfied. We have bundles of fat-eighths in the shop as well as singles so you can curate the perfect bundle for someone you love. Below I’ve listed a few ideas for using little bits of Liberty.
Below I’ve used a very small amount for a nice splash of color in my studio. 

Here I’ve started cutting 4” squares for a quilt. 

And we have purse frames for these sweet coin pouches that call for a fat-eighth.
Be creative and see you soon!