I'd like to extend a big welcome to my new sponsor, StudioKat Designs! StudioKat Designs is a purveyor of handbag sewing patterns and bag-making supplies. Of course you know that I enjoy a good bag pattern, and these are very well-designed bags with unique features.
My favorite is the new Uptown Saddlebag pattern, which, as you can see by the images below, has a front pouch and the flap also opens up to form a pocket in itself! What a great design, and very useful in that it has several compartments!
StudioKat is also one-stop shopping...the website also boasts a large notion and supply section, with specific items to make the bags. There are great zippers (hello polka dots!!) and also that Soft and Stable that I've been mentioning lately.
Here's another pattern that I know you will love...this is called the Quattro. It has four storage options, and many ideas for making your bag unique (such as using tie dye or piecing!).
What I like about the StudioKat site is that there are a lot of helpful areas. The first is that when you click on each of the patterns, there are links for the color photos to accompany the pattern and help you out with particular steps. There are also pieced templates for many of the patterns, which you can get via download. There's also a RockStar Peacework eBook, which will help you create the perfect foundation piece (such as the front of the Quattro bag!) for your next bag (or other project).
If you liked some of the bags, you may want to sign up for the StudioKat newsletter...it's a monthly offering filled with customer bag photos, tutorials, trivia, pattern news, and more. There's a blog too!!
So....ready to buy some patterns?? Use coupon code SSFREESHIP in the StudioKat Designs shop, which will get you free shipping through February 15, 2013.