Sandhill Sling Sew-Along

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be hosting the Sandhill Sling Sew-along starting next month! After having so much fun with the Pepin Tote Sew-along at the end of last year, I was excited to plan another! Connecting and getting to know folks was such a fun part – plus it’s fun! We all need a little fun these days!

Sandhill Sling Sew-along
Sandhill Sling (View B)

Sandhill Sling Sew-Along Sign-up

I’ve put together a tentative schedule for the SAL and will run it the same way I did the Pepin Tote SAL, via a once-weekly email beginning Wednesday, February 17th (ending approximately March 17th). Each email will have written information as well as a video of that week’s steps. Click the link below to sign up to receive the sew-along newsletters:

Click here to sign up for the Sandhill Sling Sew-Along!

Be sure to check out the #sandhillsling on Instagram to see so many amazing slings that have been made already! We can use the #sandhillslingalong as the sew-along #!


I’m hoping to schedule the SAL for four weeks, plus a wrap up email at the end. Even if you don’t have time or aren’t sure you want to join in this time, you can sign up now and keep the emails for when you’re ready! It’s a casual thing, no pressure to keep up with any pace. The only requirement is that it’s FUN for you. Sewing is fun!

Sandhill Sling Interior


In case you need bag-making supplies for the SAL I have most items available in my shop (I’m eagerly awaiting my restock of the Metal Snap Kits, but I don’t have an ETA yet):

If you’re making View B, I show a metal snap here (and it’s listed in the supplies requirements). Although I don’t have Starter kits at the moment, you could definitely substitute in a turn lock or a Loxx fastener. I have a video on how to install a turn lock (and you can check out the Loxx website for an install video. So, either of those options would work, too! Gotta love options!

Sandhill Sling (View A)

If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below!

36 thoughts on “Sandhill Sling Sew-Along

  1. Linda Binder says:

    Looking forward to seeing this pattern

  2. Kristie says:

    I am so excited you are doing this! I bought the pattern and just spent the last couple of weeks re-doing my sewing room. So this will be the best first project in the newly redone space. Thank you!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yayyy! That’s so exciting to have a newly finished creative space!!

  3. Mary Weinstein says:

    Sign me up!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Mary! I fixed the sign up link now, hopefully you’re able to click it and sign up! πŸ™‚

  4. Cheryl Maeda says:

    Please register me in this sew along.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Cheryl! I fixed the sign up link now, hopefully you’ll be able to click it now and sign up. πŸ™‚

  5. Jana says:

    What a great idea! I bought the Pattern long time ago und also choose the fabric, now it will go! The sew along Pepin Tote was so great and my Pepin tote is every day on my side.

  6. Karen planning for Christmas 2021 says:

    Oh my I only saw this today. This will be perfect. What is the start date? Do I have time to get a full kit shipped to the UK, including material?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Karen, it’ll start February 17th, but like I mentioned in the post, feel free to sign up and sew along at your own pace. πŸ™‚ I’d probably recommend shopping for supplies as close to home as you can because of COVID related shipping delays. Feel free to email us, and we can try and help find some shops that might be closer to you. Glad you’re excited!

  7. Shirley says:

    Oh this is so exciting! I’m so happy that you are doing this sew along for the Sandhill Sling. I purchased the pattern and material some time ago, now I can take a break from quilting and have a little fun in creating this backpack. I clicked the link and entered my email-so I hope I’m signed up.

  8. Tori says:

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern since the day it was released! This is the perfect push I needed to finally make myself one, it’ll be perfect for hiking when the weather warms up.
    Do you know of any shops that will be curating complete kits with fabric and all?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Tori! yay! glad you’re excited. I’m not sure I know of any shops yet that would be doing a full kit, maybe Sewtopia?

  9. Kim says:

    Yayyyy, can’t wait! It’s the perfect way to break up a long winter month!

  10. Eman says:

    Was looking for a project to do along with a friend, starting mid February. Literally thought I was dreaming when I saw your email/post this morning because had decided yesterday this was the project I wanted to do! SO excited! Your patterns are so well done, cannot wait! Signing up now!

  11. Karen Ambrogi says:

    Do you think your new Quarry Trail fabric is hefty enough for this project? Would you choose a heavier interfacing with it? Already made 1 using canvas, and it turned out perfectly! What a well-written, easy to follow pattern!!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Karen, good question! So Essex (the base fabric that Quarry Trail is printed on) is 5.6 oz. per yard. It’s too lightweight on its own for the exterior of a bag. But, if you add interfacing (Pellon SF101) to it and then use a canvas weight for the lining that would work well, too. Another option would be to use two (2) layers of the SF101 on Quarry Trail, you may still want to add it to the lining pieces in that situation as well. Lots of possibilities! If you have more questions please feel free to email, too. πŸ™‚
      So glad you’ve already enjoyed making one!! I love that! πŸ™‚

  12. Lindsey Lay says:

    What type of needle do you recommend using for this project?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Lindsey! I’ll be going over the supplies (and needles in week 1), but in short, I prefer a Schmetz size 14 Denim needle for this project. πŸ™‚

  13. Kathleen Stanish says:

    Hope I can still join. Got in a little late. Got pattern when it first came out.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Kathleen, just sent you an email. πŸ™‚

      1. Denise Ratz. says:

        I have recently purchased the Sandhill Sling. I would like to view the video. Is it still available?

        1. Anna Graham says:

          Hi Denise! Just sent you an email. πŸ™‚

  14. Maria Dolores Morillo says:

    Hi Anna, did you send the link to week 3? I keep checking my email but can’t find it. Thanks.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Maria, yes! The newsletter was sent out at 6:01 am yesterday (March 3rd). Try checking your spam/promotions folder just in case it ended up there.

  15. Cindy DeVoe says:

    I bought the pattern a few days ago. Can you still access the see along videos? Thank you

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Cindy,
      Yes, if you click the link from the sew-along post (this post) the sign up is still active. Only caveat is that the next newsletter will go out on Mar. 10th (it’ll include links back to previous newsletters).

  16. Joanne Forsythe says:

    This is my first attempt at sewing a bag…The Sandhill. Wonderful pattern, precise instructions. Best tutorial and pattern ever. Thank you so much – just completed it today.

  17. Lydie says:

    I have purchased the Sandhill Sling and I would like to view the video, Is it possible ? Thank you.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Lydie,
      I’ll send you an email. πŸ™‚

  18. Hillary says:

    Can I still sign up to see the sew along

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Hillary, I’ll email you a link to view the sew-along emails. Thank you!

  19. Candy says:

    Would cork material work ok for this bag?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Candy! I think I’ve seen a few made in cork. I’d say if you’re used to using cork you should do just fine! πŸ™‚

  20. Sheila Thorne says:

    I bought the pattern but never got around to sewing it, is it possible to watch the sew alongs.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Sheila, yep, here’s the sew-along post with all the links:

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