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Retreat Bag sewing video with FREE sewing pattern

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Retreat bag video tutorial incl extra pockets and handles too!

Have you ever downloaded the free pattern for the Retreat Bag from Emmaline Bags?  I admit it’s been on my to-do list for a while, but I’ve never got round to it.  Now here is our perfect reason to get that pattern out and sew.  Here’s a video tutorial which shows you the bags in both small and large, and adds on some optional extras to the original pattern – external pockets and handles!  If you want them of course, it’s still a great pattern in the original format.

We recommend your choice of these products to give body to your bag:

  • Interfacing – use Shapeflex 101 woven fusible interfacing for a lovely smooth finish,
  • Fusible Fleece – Pellon Thermolam or 987F,
  • Wonder Under – sheets or bolt of fusible web for glueing non-fusible foams etc to your fabric,
  • Pellon Flex Foam – available in fusible and non-fusible,
  • Headliner fabric – foam with a plush finish on one side, use with the Wonder Under in place of the Flex-Foam.

Fancy a little embellishment?  We love these ‘handmade’ metal tags you can add, not just to this bag, but to any bag you sew.  A really nice finishing touch.


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