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 lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 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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