Anti pickpocket bag: FREE pattern, tutorial, and video sew-along

anti pickpocket bag

This is my take on an anti pickpocket bag made of fabric with twisted handles.  I’m calling it Helsinki and here’s the backstory to this design: As many of our regular readers know, I was recently away on vacation with my family.  During the break, we managed to visit the Bernina factory in Switzerland, call in on what I’ll argue is the finest fabric shop in the world in Italy, and as a final stop, we went in search of the famous design house, Marimekko, in Finland –all of which I’ll be writing about in the near future. In any case, while we were in Finland, in supposedly one of the safest cities in the world, my teenage daughter was pick pocketed and lost her very, very expensive iPhone.  Needless-to-say, her father was none too happy about this.  The small handbag … Continue reading

Making Bag Handles From Twisted Fabric Scraps

making bag handles

Making bag handles and using fabric scraps from your stash is the aim of this tutorial.  To set the scene, it is 3 am and as usual I am working late or is it early? –I really don’t know anymore.  I realize that I do not have enough fabric for the bag I am making.  I could sew a few scraps together, but that would make it look “patch-worked.”  And I do not have the interfacing to stabilize it anyway.  I could use a thick chain, but unfortunately I don’t have one of those either.  Can’t use leather or canvas because yes, you guessed it, I don’t have that either. So I get the idea from the fabric covered beaded necklace that is hanging from the mannequin and the left over cord from the fringed bath mat.  These were both … Continue reading

The Minimalist Kraft Tex Wallet

Kraft Tex wallet pattern. I live the slimline and functional look of the this Kraft Tex wallet - must give this new stuff a try.

Is your style more functional than fussy? Like to carry a small bag without being laden down with weight and unnecessary items? Or have a special guy and you’d like to make something just for him? Then I have the ideal pattern for you – the Minimalist Kraft Tex Wallet. You’ve seen me talk about Kraft Tex before in these articles: Learn all about Kraft Tex Kraft Tex key fob Printing and coloring on Kraft Tex Now here is a new pattern for you to try out the Kraft Tex paper fabric if you’ve not used it yet. The Minimalist wallet is slim, light weight and simple in style – perfect for you to add your own touches with personalisation, embroidery, stamping, embossing or painting. Materials needed for the Minimalist Kraft Tex Wallet: Kraft Tex paper fabric (or real leather … Continue reading

Small Fringed Bag Tutorial

Small Fringed Bag

Small bags are really “in” at the moment and a small fringed bag like this one is particularly fun and easy to make. A small fringed bag for me represents freedom from the overwhelming amount of things I end up carrying around inside my normal bag.  I was in a restaurant recently and my bag fell off the chair and you can imagine all the things that spilled out onto the floor.  How embarrassing!  With a bag of this size, I will only be taking the essentials –which is fine for a night out or lunch with the girls. A small bag like this is really a key part of anyone’s wardrobe.  This pattern will give you the choice of making a clutch or to hang it over your shoulder so you have some flexibility. This is a self-lined small bag which means we’re using the same … Continue reading

Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric

folded shopping bag

Here’s a fun Batik project– a folded shopping bag.  The project is simple and should take you about 30 minutes to an hour while the end product is extremely versatile.  I purchased a small treasure of Batik fabrics on my trip and would like to show you a few away to use Batik as accessories, clothing, and home decoration.  We will start with this super easy folded shopping bag that will turn into a flat pouch small enough that you can put handbag.  It will make the perfect gift for a friend on Mother’s Day or addition to your Etsy store. via GIPHY In our last article we talked about the ancient art of Batik Printing Technique, The Ancient Art of Batik Printing Technique If you’d like to make this from real Batik fabric, we’ve found a wonderful supplier in … Continue reading

The Roundabout Bag – POTM

This round bag is so 'on-trend' right now. Looks like a great purse - straight on my sewing to do list.

It’s that time of year when we start to feel like we are running around in circles, and that feeling has inspired the pattern of the month for December – the Roundabout Bag. I’m told that round bags are going to be all the fashion this Spring after Chanel previewed their Airport Collection with some very stylish round bags for 2016.  Get ahead of the trend and get your round bag ready to hit the runways soon! Features of the Roundabout Bag Unusual circular design with top zipper Uses ready made leather handles for a store-bought look (or you can make your own ) Roomy inside with space for several internal pocket options Front single pocket with twist lock (optional) Back divided pocket Optional piping Full video tutorial (with pattern purchase only) Finished size – approx. 9 inches across by … Continue reading

Insulated lunch bag pattern – POTM

Make your own insulated lunch bags with your favorite fabrics. Includes make your own laminated fabrics for a wipe-clean option too.

I’m loving my new lunch bag and know that you will too.  Whether you live in a hot or cold environment or somewhere in between, we often need to take things with us we want to keep insulated.  I like to take some cold drinks with me out in the car (and perhaps a bar of chocolate too – shhh) and don’t want them warming up.  Hubby and I have also bought hot take out and used these bags to carry it home too. These insulated lunch bags are perfect to take to work with your lunch, perfect for the kids to take to school and ideal for just making some sandwiches and getting into the big outdoors on the spur of the moment for lunch in the park or at the beach. It’s a fun thing to carry and … Continue reading

All in a Flap Bag – fold over bag pattern POTM

All in a Flap fold over clutch bag with options for shoulder or wrist strap. Easy to sew, uses very little fabric, instructions for using vinyl/suede etc too.

Introducing a new easy bag pattern this month.  A smart fold over bag that can be used as a clutch bag or with an optional handbag/shoulder strap too, or even make a wrist strap.  It’s very versatile.  Fashionable and practical, fold over for your essentials, but shop too much and unfold for extra space. It doesn’t use too much fabric so if you want to splurge on something really special, this could be the ideal pattern.  Make it in a regular cotton, home decor fabric etc and instructions are also included if you want to use a vinyl/faux leather/thicker suede etc. Features of the All in a Flap fold over bag pattern: Fold over top forms the flap Make in all the same or contrasting fabrics Outer zipper pocket in the back – optional Detachable strap – optional Instructions for … Continue reading

Such a Sweetie gate-fold bag pattern

This is adorable! Use a beaded or glamorous fabric for an evening bag or a pretty print and lace or beads for a little girls purse.

I’m a sucker for shiny bag hardware.  Any time I see something new, my mind starts to turn over with the possibilities for how to use it and this unusual little piece was no exception.  It’s called an expandable gate-fold purse frame and lends itself perfectly to making a cute little round bag. I started out by making one for the little daughter of a friend, decorated it with lace and ric-rac, and it was so pretty.  When we asked what she was going to keep in her little bag, she replied “All my sweeties” and so the name “Such a Sweetie” bag came about.  It truly is a sweetie too, and looks great as an evening bag, fabulous in a sequin, beaded or embroidered fabric too. Make one in a luxurious silk  with hand beading perhaps? I’ll be delighted to … Continue reading

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags. I use mine to keep fabric, thread, pattern and zipper together for planned projects, but these are good for lots of things. Think first aid kit!

Did you see the earlier article about the clear project and storage bags I made with the snap tops?  These have been very handy for sorting and storing my small sewing supplies.  I can quickly see what is in all of the bags without having to open them. Hubby even had me make him a couple for his work bag, so that he can keep stuff organised in this great big backpack he lugs around at work.  It really helps him that they are vinyl because he works as a scuba diving instructor and often puts damp stuff into his bag and the vinyl pouches keeps the damp off whatever else he is carrying, paperwork, money, phone etc. But I needed more bags, bigger bags and ones with a totally closed top so I gave it a try with a zipper … Continue reading

Clear vinyl project pouches

Quick and easy to make clear vinyl bags and pouches with snap tops for storage. Kids love these for their small toys. Make them any size.

Do you have a lot of supplies that need storing? Or kids that have small toys or cars to keep tidy? Or even Unfinished Works in Progress that need to be organised? Or want to keep a pattern, zipper, fabric, thread etc all together for a planned project. ME TOO! I love anything that helps me to stay tidy and organised so I’ve been making up whole bunch of clear bags and pouches to do just that. I like these because I can see at a glance what’s inside. I made a couple of different types. Small and medium flat pouches with snap tops and then some larger ones with a zipper top too. Now I have plenty of variety and just the right bag to store all my goodies in. If you want to have a go, here’s how you … Continue reading