About UhOh Creations
Hello! My name is Tara C Sinclair and I live in Calgary, AB, Canada with my husband and daily companion Lincoln (our Labrador Retriever). I have a beautiful grown stepdaughter who still keeps me on my toes even as an adult. I work from home during the day as a software consultant and during the summer I spend time escaping to our campsite where we sit in front of a fire and play fetch all day long
In 2014 I decided to pick up a hobby and took a beginner quilting class from my local quilt shop. Who knew that would change my life? I loved choosing fabrics, engaging with other quilters, and the whole sewing process. It was not long before I picked up a bag kit, thinking smaller projects would be fun to try – and I was hooked!
I was always the “safe” person choosing neutrals and ensuring that things coordinated beautifully, but then I found the vibrant fabrics and there was no turning back. In 2015 I started working with fun, popping colors, combining things that were out of the ordinary and eye-catching.
One day I was asked to test a pattern, and I was over the moon! In my day job, one of the items I do regularly is software testing and documentation, so the pattern testing process was something that came naturally to me. My bag making world exploded from there as I shared new creations almost weekly. It was during this time that UhOh Creations was born.
As I got to know my quilting community locally and gained experience with bag patterns, I became the local bag-lady (never meant in a mean or negative way LOL). I loved sharing my experience and knowledge with anyone who had questions, and Tracy from Purple KATZ Quilting invited me to do that at her upcoming retreat. I had never attended a retreat before, so had no clue what to expect – and boy, was I blown away! At that retreat I taught 38 women how to make the Emmaline Bags Retreat Bag with zipper and frames. All 38 finished their bags successfully, and had a great time in the process! Since that time I have enjoyed sharing my bag making experience through many classes, introducing many sewers of different skillsets to the unique world of Bagineering.
For a number of years I customized bags and adapted bag patterns to make unique custom designs for family and customers. I collaborated with Anne of Serial BagMakers to take one of my unique creations and turn it into a pattern, which is the Charlie Holster Bag. It was well received.
In 2019 a friend of mine, Brett Lewis of Natural Born Quilter, was releasing his very first fabric line, and asked me to make my own designs with those fabrics so he could show it off at Quilt Market in Houston – let me tell you, that was the final push I needed to launch my pattern shop. I launched the Mini Billy Backpack, the Logan Sling and the John Duffel Bag for that big show. I even managed to finish up the Keanu Backpack so I could carry one of my own designs around Houston, TX while visiting.Since then, I have been incredibly lucky to be a part of the Bag of the Month Club for a few different seasons. I released the George Carry-all and Handbag, including a live sew-along during my very first turn in the club where many community members joined me as they created their own George.
During my bag making journey, I have met many individuals that have supported me. Many of them have joined my Facebook group for UhOh Creations patterns. Some are fabric designers, bag pattern designers or quilt shop owners. I feel like a valuable member of their communities and work to ensure that all are welcome in my community. Join us at Sewing UhOh Creations Patterns on Facebook where we collaborate and work on our projects in a safe environment. Also, watch my Instagram feed and my Facebook page for all news and workshops that I’m involved in – including any retreats, classes or speaking events I attend or host!