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I’m singing the praises of Creativebug. I’ve gotten my money’s worth on this one. It’s a subscription service for all sorts of creative classes–drawing, painting, knitting, sewing, crafting and all sorts of creative inspiration. With the New Year, they introduced a new class series called “Bag of the Month.” I previewed the series and loved January’s Linen Bucket Bag and knew I was in.

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But it turned out to be so much more than making a bag. I invited two friends who I knew loved to get their craft on to make a bag with me. We gathered our fabric (for our bags we used printed canvas and regular cotton quilting weight fabrics—linen fabrics aren’t really plentiful in Michigan in January) and supplies and turned a two-hour project into a two-whole-Fridays-plus-a-Thursday-afternoon project. I think all three of us really needed this time together. Doing something creative but also spending time with close friends who you can be yourself with and say anything to. It turned out to be so therapeutic—we laughed, we cried, we ate delicious food and I won’t deny there was a little chocolate involved. And in the end we have these three awesome bags to show for it.

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I’d highly recommend the class but I will give you some tips if you’re interested. The class does use a lot of expensive leather working supplies. I’m not planning on taking up a new leather-working hobby so for the strap I purchases a piece of strap leather that was 1.5″x72″ found on Amazon that was enough to make all three straps plus the leather accents for the tassles. For the tassles, I bought rolls of 1/4″ wide lacing leather from Hobby Lobby. Both of theses saved having to buy large leather hides and strap cutting equipment. Other than that the instructions are pretty straight forward and all three of us (whose skills ranged from never touched a sewing machine to more advanced) were able to complete it without any difficulty.

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February’s bag looks a little tricky and is rated “advanced” so we are trying to decide if we’ll tackle the official February bag on Creativebug or if we’ll find our own bag that matches our skill level. Either way I am looking forward to spending more time with my friends doing something creative. Whether sewing or something else, it’s a great way to spend a day—or two and a half as the case may be.

About the author

Jennifer Stefanek

Hello, I'm Jen. I am a forty-something closeted artist and designer. This blog is a place for me to chronicle creative projects big and small in an effort to re-ignite and rediscover my creative self. I am The Picadilly Project.

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