Are You City Savvy?

We want to know… are you City Savvy? If you’re not already, you should be!! Big-City Bags Savvy, that is. 😉


Big-City Bags (available through Martingale) is the very first book release by designer Sara Lawson and we’ve been looking forward to it all year! Sara is one of Pellon®’s beloved designers and she was one of the very first to sign on for the Pellon® Project Designer program. Since then, she has contributed over 10 unique projects, most of which are fabulously stylin’ handbags.

lindsay bag urbanjunglebag
[The Lindsay Tote & The Urban Jungle Bag]

Sara has a great eye and a keen sense of style and her patterns speak to a large audience of sewists. It’s been incredible to follow her story. We are dedicated readers of her blog and did a little happy dance when she released her first commercial pattern. You can imagine, then, how excited we were for the release of this book. We love seeing people in our industry succeed, but it’s particularly exciting when that someone is as talented and all around fabulous as Sara is. We adore her and know that she deserves all of the success that comes her way.

pixiehexiewallet Caliticlutch[The Pixie Hexi Wallet & The Caliti Clutch]

Is it possible that we’re a little biased? Perhaps. But it’s hard not to be when you consider that there are 4 full pages dedicated to Pellon® interfacing — what to use, how to use it in bag construction, and a detailed description of Sara’s go-to products. Sara has been educating readers on the different uses for and benefits of interfacing on her blog for a while now and it’s safe to say she’s become a go-to on the subject in our industry. In addition featuring a section on interfacing, Big-City Bags gives instructions for how to create 12 super-stylish bags.

Martingale has a great post today that features Sara talking all about the process of putting together her initial book proposal AND a whole video dedicated to interfacing tips!! The video was filmed at Fall Market in Houston and serves as a fabulous introduction to Sara’s book.

After you’ve learned all about Sara and Pellon® interfacing you’ll definitely want to enter-to-win a fabulous Pellon® prize pack. We worked with Martingale on this one are excited to offer all the products needed to complete one of our book favorites, the Miss Independent Bag.



The Miss Independent bag is a laptop bag that looks like a high-end handbag. There’s room for all of your day-to-day items, along with a removable zip-top laptop sleeve. The prize package includes Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®, Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus, and Pellon® 520 Deco-Fuse™. So, don’t forget to head on over to Martingale!!

Now… for our very own GIVEAWAY!!
Since we love giveaways, we thought it only fitting that we feature one here as well. Martingale was kind enough to offer a copy of Big-City Bags to one of our readers. One lucky winner will get either a print or an e-copy of Sara’s book. To enter-to-win, head on over to Sara’s profile page on our website to check out all of her designs for Pellon®, then come back here and in the comments, tell us which one of her bags you’d most like to make. We’ll select one winner using our pal one week from today.

Good luck & Happy Sewing!!


UPDATE — December 3, 2013 @ 5:45pm THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

Congratulations to our winner, commenter #106 Joan!! Joan — we sent you an email:). Thank you to all who entered. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Sara’s book, head on over to Martingale!

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110 thoughts on “Are You City Savvy?

  1. Vicki says:

    For me, it’s the Red Poppy Bag for sure! I already downloaded the pattern, and plan to make one for my 3-year old grand-daughter (aka Little Lady!) for a toy tote (so she won’t get so bored when she comes to my house)! So I’m ready–just need that interfacing and other goodies! When I’m done with the Red Poppy Bag, I can start on the others! Let’s see, one of each might be good for starters….

  2. Janet Spaid says:

    Her Urban Jungle Bag looks wonderful and includes a zipper closing which I’ve been wanting to try. After looking at the great projects on your pages, I’ll be adding your blog to the ones I follow. Thanks for the opportunity to win Sara’s book.

  3. Darla in PA says:

    I would make the Urban Jungle Bag. There are a couple of other projects that look interesting to. Thank you for the give away.

  4. DonnaRae says:

    Well from her profile page I would choose the Urban Jungle Bag to make. But even more I would like to sew up her Miss Independent bag. I think it is very stylish but professional looking too. Perfect!

  5. Cynthia Green says:

    Oh my goodness, it is hard to choose. I love the Hot Mess Casserole holder and the Pixie Hexie wallet, but the one I’ll make first is the Embroidery to Go Bag.

  6. Kathy Scott says:

    I would definitely make the Underwater Stripes bag. I like to quilt and make 1/2 square triangles. I think that the bag is amazing. Love to use this new fabric that I have.

  7. Linda Webster says:

    I love her Urban Jungle Bag and would love to make it. There are so many wonderful totes that it was really hard to choose just one!

  8. Kitty Allison says:

    I love the Caliti Clutch! I have 5 young women to make gifts for . I think the Caliti Clutch can easily but made to fit each of the girls! They will love it!

  9. Mary says:

    I love the Caliti Convertible Clutch. It is right up my alley and not too hard-looking. For someone so intimidated by handbag sewing, I can’t wait to start making this one

  10. Debbie says:

    The Lindsay bag is perfect for me. I have a new grandson and am sewing toys, crocheting blankets, hat, booties, etc! I babysit him 2 days a week and. Urgently use a plastic bag to transport projects!

  11. Brenda Melahn says:

    I am working on my second Flyrion bag — FABULOUS!! Would like to try the Urban Jungle next. She is fantastic designer and tutorial/pattern maker. Would love to win her book!!

  12. Deb G says:

    I would like to make the Wonderland Bag. It looks big enough to be a camera bag, and that’s on my to do list. All the bags look great!

  13. Kristen says:

    Yes please! I love the cover bag! I would make the embroidery to go bag, because you can’t be too organized. These are fantastic designs! Very modern and stylish. Way to go Sara!

  14. kbo says:

    Since I was voted in as the “Workshop Chairperson” for my local guild, the Hot Mess Casserole Carrier will be needed for the luncheons I will be providing for participants.

  15. Marguerite Namdar says:

    I would first make the Urban Jungle bag. I love the look, the piping, and the corners on the purse. The piping is a little intimidating, but what better way to learn than to jump right in.

  16. Ellen M. says:

    I’d make the Hot Mess Casserole carrier – very useful bag, and a fabulous name too! Thanks for the chance at this great book!

  17. Jeannie says:

    Loving the Urban Jungle bag, but as a vegan, I’d replace the leather straps with a faux material. It looks big enough to tote just about everything I need! 🙂

  18. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! I think I would be most interested in trying to make the Lindsey tote. It looks manageable to a first timer!

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