On the Go Bags Book - Blog Tour - Stop Here!!

12/10/2015 11:30:00 PM

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle (that's me) MacKay (Stash Books). 

On the Go Bags Blog TourThe book is available as a new release "bestseller" this month at CTPub.com in printed form or ebook, and January 14th on Amazon. I am also selling them on my website at emmalinebags.com (these are probably best to ship within Canada, because of the cost). Overseas International - try bookdepository.com or have your local quilt shop or sewing store get it from their distributor. Many shops will carry these books - please ask!

I'm very proud of the work that Lindsay and I, and all of our contributors, have done to make this book possible. It was a lot of hard work, and there were many hours spent editing, sewing, and illustrating. I'm so happy to be able to say that I had a part in it. I hope you love it too!

If I had my way, every page would be project photos. They were so gorgeous! There would be photos , and more photos. But… apparently an instructional book needs instructions - so I couldn't have my way.  But now, I'd love to share another peek inside the book and some of the projects that myself, and a couple of other friends have made. Check out these project photos!!

Airport Sling by Janelle MacKay
This is one of my patterns for the book and I've already used this particular bag quite a bit. The passport pocket is perfect for both passport and boarding pass, and I have my pen handy for the declaration cards upon arrival. But it's not just for traveling, when I get home, I put my passport in a safe place - and just keep on using it! Here's a bit of a secret that you would find out when making it - the front pocket is actually the cut out from the middle of the back panel! I've made this in decor weight cotton and it makes a sturdy shoulder bag or cross body bag with adjustable strap.

Airport Sling by Gwen Lockwood
Gwen was my pattern tester for this bag - and she's been asking to share it for about 1 year!! She did a stunning job in decor cotton, and the world map lining is perfect for this travel bag. She made a larger bag to match, and they have already had a nice trip together.

Laptop Keeper by Rachael Gander of Imagine Gnats
I couldn't wait to make this laptop keeper. My son's laptop (the minecraft laptop) fits perfectly in here and when we have to take off over night this gets thrown right in my bag - and I know the laptop will be safe. I made it in some gorgeous linen fabric and added some Soft & Stable to the back for added protection.

Two-Bottle Tote by Janelle MacKay
Yes, this is a wine tote - for those trips to the neighbour's house, but it's more than that because you can flip the divider to one side and pile it up with groceries or other items you need to cart around. When I first made this sample, I used leather for the strapping and it's quite pretty. I used fabric for the book sample though, because it's more readily available to everyone. It's pretty massive though, you can fit the BIG bottles in this one - but I was okay with that because that will make sure you can use it for so many purposes. How about some wine on one side and a stack of dip containers and bread on the other? Yes, I think so!

Next on my list, the Travel Toiletry Organizer, and early in the year I am planning to have a Airport Sling Sew-Along!! That will be a lot of fun. 

We are nearing the end of the blog tour now, with 1 final stop at Sew, Mama, Sew Monday - and you don't want to miss that because they will be sharing a free bonus pattern! 

Check out all of these stops, read reviews and enter to win one of the many copies of the book.
You have until December 15th to enter them all - don't miss your chance.

Tuesday, Dec 1: Shannon Fabrics / Sew Sweetness 
Wednesday, Dec 2: Clover & Violet / Ann Kelle 
Thursday, Dec 3: Radiant Home Studio / Melly Sews 
Friday, Dec 4: Sew Caroline / Mia's Creations 
Saturday, Dec 5: ikat bag 
Monday, Dec 7: sewVery / The Girl Inspired 
Tuesday, Dec 8: Stash Books / Fabric Mutt 
Wednesday, Dec 9: Pellon 
Thursday, Dec 10: Simple Simon and Co / Mrs. H 
Friday, Dec 11: Emmaline Bags / Lindsay Sews 
Monday, Dec 13: Sew, Mama, Sew

  On the Go Bags (Dec. 2015, Stash Books)


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  1. There are so many projects in this book that call to me. A great assortment of inspiration.

    1. Thanks Kathryn – it’s a lot of fun!! Everything for life on the go, and all for different uses! I am glad to hear it’s appealing. Janelle

  2. LOOOOVE the Airport Sling!! Would Definitely make for ME!!! lol This book is Amazing & the reviews & pictures..WOW!!!!

  3. Lovin' this airport sling! Looks quick and easy to sew! Can't wait to check out the book! Fab blog tour - fab book! Awesome! Congratulations! Lisa Lange xo

  4. I have loved seeing many of the reviews and bags in your new book. I am especially drawn to the Airport Sling designed by you!!! Wonderful giveaway. Hope I win a copy.

  5. There's a sew-along coming up?? Doing the happy dance!

  6. Wow Barbara!! You are going to be on an adventure - good luck and congrats on the move. Have fun!

  7. This looks a great book - I love the two bottle tote!

  8. I like the different bags you've shown on your blog. I can see an airport bag in my future

  9. Ok, now I need to make a two-bottle tote, an airport sling, and...everything else in the book! Lol Thanks for such a great book! vickise at gmail dot com

  10. I love the bag especially the passport pocket.

  11. Thanks for showing us the different bags. Love the idea of the backpack hands free for when I'm on my bicycle.

  12. I like a small cross body bag with lots of pockets. Keeps my hands free, my self organized and saves my body! Each bag from this book is inspiring me to make for different people. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

  13. I really like the Airport Sling. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. I could have used the airport sling bag this week! It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  15. With a trip planned for the end of January, the airport sling would come in quite handy!! It would be great to win the book but if not I will be buying a copy!!

  16. Can't wait for the sew along and to get a hold of your book! Come to Greece so you can sign it for me!

  17. Thanks for the fun blog hop! Looks like a great book and one I hope to own.

  18. Thanks for the fun blog hop! Looks like a great book and one I hope to own.

  19. This has been a very fun blog hop it's so many amazing projects!

  20. Whoa! That 2 bottle tote would make a great gift!

  21. I have put this on my wishlist.


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