The Betsy Travel Bag by Kristi McDonough of Schnitzel and Boo is crazy popular right now. It’s all over Instagram, and the pattern release from Rebel Craft Media on April 1 has been a huge success. Through the happy circumstance also known as The Stash Bash, I actually met Kristi last year. It was at that same event that Kristi and Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy decided to start a #SwapOfEpicProportions, a bag for a mini, if you will. In fact, the mini that Elizabeth made for Kristi is on loan at The Green Apricot and is adorning the studio with its awesome sauce.
The bag that Kristi made for Elizabeth became The Betsy Travel Bag, and there’s lots of info about blog hops and background stories on Schnitzel & Boo’s site. There’s even a sewalong on Instagram- check out @schnitzelandboo and #BetsySewAlong or #TheBetsyTravelBag for more details and to see everyone’s progress.
Kristi and I were chatting about her bag pattern last Fall, right about the time that The Green Apricot studio was starting to form. So, I asked her if she would be willing to come to The Green Apricot to teach, and she said “No way.”
So, here we are- just a couple of days away from The Betsy Travel Bag debut workshop at The Green Apricot, and I don’t mind telling you I am pretty excited about it. I feel so very blessed to be surrounded by such talented people, and I am thrilled to have Kristi coming to the studio. I am also excited about learning how to make this crazy bag. Because it scares the crap out of me and I know I wouldn’t even try to make it without her help! Hardware and gussets and zippers- it’s got it all.
It’s going to be epic.