This year the “hipster”/crossbody style bags are very popular. I personally have a few that I just love. Being a mom of a busy toddler, these bags make all the sense in the world! The ultimate hands free way to carry all of your stuff.
Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod Designs has an amazing pattern and new e course for her Hazel Hipster bag. I have reviewed and taken one of her past e courses, the Tie Front Tote, so when I had the opportunity to review her new e course I couldn’t have been more thrilled to help out!
This e course lives up to the quality of her other class. When you purchase the e course, you receive a password to enter the site.
There are three extremely detailed videos as well as cutting instructions for all of your pieces. I really like to read the instructions while I’m making something from a pattern. I was a little concerned with how it would work out not being able to read all of the steps, but it wasn’t a problem at all. I did get a little confused on the cutting directions. I was still unsure about what I really needed to cut until I watched video one. The first video is all about cutting and interfacing your bag. It was a total duh moment, and having that video saved me a lot of frustration!
You can watch the videos as many times as you want and can pause in between the steps.
The Hazel Hipster is interfaced with fusible fleece so it is quite sturdy, without being stiff or bulky. Trish goes over the fleece she uses, and even shows you what the bolt looks like for those who are intimidated by all of the interfacing available. She even shows you how to fuse it onto your fabric with your iron.
After the first video, everything is cut and prepped. And you are ready to start sewing. Throughout the videos, Trish gives tips on making your bag look more professional. She is also sewing the entire bag from start to finish. For those who a better visual learners, this is the perfect way to get a pattern!
The bag is pretty big too! It fit everything I needed for a morning full of errand running.
I opted out of the ruffle for this particular bag. I thought the prints that I used were young looking and the ruffle would just be too much for an adult to carry. Had I used a more sophisticated print, I would have added the ruffle. I think without it, it looks like it’s missing a little something on the front.
If you are a beginning sewist, this is THE pattern for you. It is broken down into simple steps and as I have said before, Trish is sewing right along with you in the videos. It’s so helpful to be watching someone who is teaching you, instead of just reading words on the paper.
This is a great course for the experienced sewist as well. It is a quick finish and is really fun to sew. Sometimes you just need to take a break from the busy everyday life and complex projects and just make something fun!
You can purchase your registration for $20 here.
Trish has been very generous and is offering one of my readers a registration to her Hazel Hipster class!
To enter, simply leave a comment here telling me what fabric you would use to make your bag!
You don’t have to be a follower of me here, but I would love it if you were.
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Giveaway will remain open until Thursday, August 9.
**Disclaimer: Trish asked me to only review her course. She did not require a blog post. All opinions of this course are my own honest opinions.**