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Sew Bags by Hilarie Wakefield Dayton : A Book Review/Tour

Sew Bags – A book

Hilaire Wakefield Dayton, owner of Little Stitch Studio in Virginia has just released Sew Bags! It’s so exciting when another sewing studio owner has such big news! I love seeing what others are up to and this is HUGE! Her book is filled with some fantastic projects and extremely helpful tips and techniques.

Sew Bags Book

I am honored to review this new book!! I love sewing books, I love seeing how the processes are described differently by others. Knowing a few ways to get the same result is key as a teacher because not everyone processes information the same. So, when I have the chance to learn other ways to explain something just in case I am not making sense.


Sew Bags is published by C&T Publishing and is full of different styles of bags that are fun and easy to make for yourself or as gifts!  You can see all of the thought that went into the pages, the photo’s are fun and bright and each section is full of great information.

The beginning of the book is full of great technical information, outlining tools, processes, and section on interfacings. Then onto the fun, the bags to sew! Also, you get all the patterns needed in the back of the book!

This is great for beginners to advanced, the book will be a great addition to my personal library. Also, I will mention I did not pay for this book. And of course, follow along for our blog tour to see what incredible creations other sewists are making and enter to win a copy of Sew Bags at every stop! You can enter the C&T giveaway HERE.

Sewn – The Bunny Backpack!

I really loved the Bunny Backpack and it caught my eye when I was going through the book. I thought it was fun and totally functional! And of course, I knew Ms. R would love one. So with that in mind, I decided to make that to show off the book.

Bunny Backpack
Such a fun project, easy to follow and easy to customize!

I really had fun with making this bag, when I first started to sew, I only made bags. This book brought back memories of hours upon hours of sewing zip pouches and tote bags. I loved that it gave me those same warm fuzzies.

I traced my pattern from the pattern pages provided, some of the patterns overlap so I would recommend tracing them so you can keep your original nice and pristine. The markings were easy to follow and everything was laid out nicely.


Putting the drawstring backpack together was a breeze and I love that it has a flap, it’s perfect for taking to the pool, class or library. It has a lot of room inside and easily you could add some inside pockets. All of the patterns and designs are easy to customize if you want more pockets or none at all!

So, I chose to work with some Moda and Timeless Treasures Perch fabric. The contrast of the green breaks up the busy print of the letters. This is such a fun little backpack and I know Ms. R is going to love it! Also on the inside, it’s not lined so I just put a zigzag down the sizes to keep the raw edges from fraying. I could have serged the raw edges but I had this perfect green thread that matched better than white.

The End – Good Luck and Happy Sewing

Don’t forget if you don’t win you can always order a copy of this fantastic book, trust me, you want a copy!

And of course, follow along for our blog tour to see what incredible creations other sewists are making and enter to win a copy of Sew Bags at every stop! You can enter the C&T giveaway HERE.

Follow Hilarie and Little Stitch Studio on Facebook or Instagram for more quilting help and inspiration!

A BIG THANK YOU to Hilarie and C&T Publishing for letting me be a part of this tour!!!

Seriously, Check out the rest of the tour in case you missed it!

Tuesday, 7/1: C&T Publishing

Wednesday, 7/2: Hilarie Wakefield Dayton of Little Stitch Studio Norfolk 

Thursday, 7/3: Katie Kortman

Julia of Old Spool Sewing

Friday, 7/4: Jesy of Needle, Ink and Thread  << You are here>>

StitchlessTV (YouTube video)

Monday, 7/8: Sewing with Kate

Coming sometime this week:

TopStitch Atlanta Instagram story

The owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, Located in Beavercreek, Ohio. I love teaching, it really is my passion. The "lightbulb" moments are my favorite! I am so excited to share my passion of sewing, design, and art with you! I was also a former co-owner of Sew Dayton.

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