I have the pleasure of introducing a new Janome Canada artisan to you: Meagan Botterill of  “Made by Meag”. 

Meag *loves* fabric………the beauty, excitement, and potential locked away in each bolt and swatch. Luckily for all of you, she’s found a way to turn that love of pretty and fun prints into handbags, wallets, pouches, and so much more… which of course lets her buy more amazing fabric.

She works in a variety of styles with countless amazing prints and bag findings and is a regular fixture at Toronto Comicon, FanExpo Canada in Toronto, as well as a variety of other shows.

Her appeal stretches from here in Canada to Australia, so there’s no telling where you might see a ‘Meag Bag’ in the world. When she’s not sewing pretty things for you and your friends, Meag also teaches bag-making classes at her Workshop Studio in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Made by Meag started in October 2015  and has been featured in The Walleye – Thunder Bay’s Arts and Culture Magazine . She has also been voted in the top 3 of The Walleye’s Best of Thunder Bay 3 years running.

Meagan has featured multiple times on CBC  and her  project bags can be found in a variety of Yarn Shops in Ontario.  She has been a feature presenter for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s speaker series “Insight 20/20”

We are looking forward to working with Meag and featuring some of her creations and hints and tips for bag making here on janomelife. Watch for Meag’s janomelife posts!

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. I’d love to know where to order the purse findings, and think she’d be GREAT to have if we get to do another Janome Education Summit!


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi SarahAnn

      You could possibly suggest that to Regena?

      As for purse findings, not sure our Artisans would offer their sources as they either teach bag making and /or sell the findings to their students and online. But feel free to approach Meagan.
      I do know that bag makers in Canada buy from many of our local Quilt and sewing stores. Many carry the bag findings from Emmaline Bags which is a company based in Edmonton, Alberta. I believe these items are available online as well as a wide range of bag patterns.

      You could also try our other new Janome Canada artisan: Celine at Blue Calla Creations. See her contact details on the post introducing her on 7th May.



  2. Marilynn tregillis says:

    How and where do I get this?


  3. cherylsewing says:

    Wecome Meagan! Your bags are absolutely beautiful. I just wish that I lived closer to Thunder Bay and could take some of your classes. It is great to have you on Janome Life.


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