The Trinity Bag Pattern 3-in-1 – POTM

The Trinity Bag is a triple zipper pouch all joined together and closed with a flap and with a removable strap. I've never seen a pattern for a bag like this before - I need one!

I have a great new bag pattern released today for you as the Pattern of the Month for September.  A friend had one similar that I just loved and it took me a while to work out how to sew it, so the bags would all be joined, but now it’s become my new favorite for running around town and doing all my errands. Why settle for one bag when you can have three-in-one.  The Trinity bag has three zipper pouches, each with slip pockets in the lining, to keep all of your bits and pieces organized. Use it as a clutch, or make an adjustable and removable strap to wear it on your shoulder or as a cross-body bag. Features: Optional detachable and adjustable strap Finished size 9.5” wide x 6.5 ” high x 1” deep Three zipper pouches … Continue reading

The Envelope Clutch Bag – free bag pattern

At last a bag pattern and tutorial for how to sew a bag that looks like you bought it. And its a free pattern too.

As much as I love fabric bags, sometimes I need something that looks, well, more plain I suppose you could say. Most of my bags are made from quilting cottons and as much as I love the designs of them all, sometimes I need a bag that can go with anything. So I set about using some new materials and playing around with a few designs to see what I could come up with The Envelope Clutch Bag is the result. It’s made from vinyl with a cotton lining, and don’t worry if you’ve heard horror stories about sewing with vinyl, it’s really not that bad.  I’ll give you a few tips to help out.  Or you can make this bag in a regular quilting cotton, or something like a micro-suede would be very cool too. Features of the Envelope … Continue reading

The Pockets A-Plenty Purse – POTM

I love this flat bottom bag pattern. Takes a bit more time to sew, but totally worth the extra effort for such a great bag.

I’ve got a very special pattern for you this month.  It’s another bag, but this one is just a little bit different, with some new techniques for you to try out and a different look to most that have come before. You’ll need accurate cutting and sewing skills for this one and there is a little hand-sewing involved.  It’s worth the extra effort though to make such a pretty end result, and a bag that can be used in lots of different ways. This pouch wristlet is a must have.  It is perfect for everything you need to carry around. It’s fully lined and roomy enough for your long wallet, your smartphone etc.  The strap is optional, and this bag also makes a great cosmetics bag, because it stands up nicely by itself and has a flat base. Features of … Continue reading

Conference Tote Bag Pattern Sew-Along

Want to learn more about sewing bags? This tote bag pattern sew-along includes so much info with videos, photos and lots of helpful links and tips.

I’m so excited because the first ever So Sew Easy Sew-Along launches today.  It’s been months in the making and finally you all get to join me in this project.  Let me explain to you about the bag we will sew and about how the Sew-Along will work. The finished size of the bag is approx 12 inches wide, by 4 inches deep and 10 inches tall. The schedule The Sew-Along will last for 10 days, with new lessons being released each day, comprising the pattern, materials list, tips on interfacing and then step by step sewing instructions each day with photos and a video. All throughout we’ll be sharing what we make at each stage, showing off our fabric choices, asking questions and sharing advice over in the Sewing Chat Group and I am really looking forward to it … Continue reading

Fold over clutch bag pattern

Fold Over Clutch Bag Pattern - denim and cotton fabrics combined to create stylish unique clutch

Whats not to love about a simple clutch? Perfect for holding keys, wallet and mobile they are so quick and easy to whip up you can easily make one per outfit. Have fun playing with different fabric combinations. The denim bag makes the most of various cotton scraps (including quite a few shirts) which have been pieced together. The shimmery evening fold over clutch is made up with curtain fabric. This has been hand embroidered to embellish the existing pattern and tie the colours in. How about using quilting cotton? Simple to whip up, perfect to accompany your summer dresses. They take less than an hour, and are so easy to customize too. To make a fold over clutch bag you will need: Two pieces of lining fabric 11 by 9″ Two pieces of your bottom fabric choice 5  by 9″ Two pieces … Continue reading

Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects.  I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch. Vintage envelope zipper pouch You will need: 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)  Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches 8 inch zipper (or longer) Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label Color bubble jet printer … Continue reading

Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern – POTM

Love this tablet bag pattern.. Nice and padded, separate pocket for the tablet, stylish, and a big zipper pocket in back for charger, wallet, etc. This is going everywhere with me!

  Do you own an iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computer?  Then you’ll probably want to take it out and about with you and this bag has been especially designed with that in mind.  But even if you don’t have a techie item to carry, its a useful bag with some great pockets and features that you’ll love. Features of the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Fits a standard large size tablet or iPad Finished size, approx. 9 inches wide, by 11.5 inches tall, plus strap. Step by step video instructions Easy-sew zipper technique Step by step photo instructions Full video tutorial to show you how to make it every step of the way Skill level – confident beginner More about the Tech Tote The padded tech bag is designed for your tablet or reader, and … Continue reading

Making a box frame clutch purse

How to make this box frame clutch purse. I didn't know it was so easy! Looks very professional, even I can do this. No sewing involved.

Something a little different today.  It’s still a fabric project and still a bag, but this is a “no-sew”  project.  You won’t find many of those around here, but when I saw this beautiful box frame clutch purse I knew I had to give it a try. It’s so easy!  It’s quick too in terms of the time you need to make it, the most difficult thing is sitting back and allowing time for the glue to dry.  I was pacing around and couldn’t wait to move onto the next step. This box frame clutch purse measures about 9.5 inches long and 4 inches tall.  It has an antique look frame with a diamonte set clasp at the top.  It’s gorgeous, and something I always wanted.  I recommend giving this project a try – keep a box frame on hand for … Continue reading

The Colby Bag – POTM

Great bag for beginners. THe hardware makes it look smart and trendy but it's still an easy to sew purse

The pattern of the month for May is the Colby Bag. A versatile purse with hardware and strap options and a design which is great to showcase a large scale print.  Suitable for beginners, this easy bag won’t take you long to sew. Features: Shiny grommets and hardware bring you bang up to date with this year’s ‘metallics’ trend Two straps – make one, the other or both Shorter fixed shoulder strap Longer removable cross-body strap Simple construction No pattern pieces to print Two simple slip pockets inside Finished size 11 ½” x 13” Pattern rating = Beginner Materials needed for the Colby Bag: Main Bag – ½ yard quilting cotton or similar Cuff, Lining and Straps – 1 ¼ yard Pellon Fusible Fleece 45” wide – ¾ yard Coordinating Thread Magnetic Purse Clasp 4 x large Grommets – 1.5 … Continue reading

Easy Date Night Wristlet pattern

Love this pattern for beginners. Simple wristlet purse with a few nice features such as a padded pocket and a place for cards too.

It’s often agreed that a lady can never have too many shoes or too many bags. What I can’t get enough of are the small wristlet bags – I use them for everything, have a whole range of them now in solids, prints and neutrals. Perfect to pick up and run out the door with your essentials, when you don’t need to be carrying the kitchen sink around with you this evening in your big purse 😉  Ideal too for your first bag if you are fairly new to sewing, or for running up for gifts or to sell.  It’s a classic style that isn’t going out of fashion, so keep up with fashion by using on trend fabrics and you’ll always have the perfect bag on hand. Features of the Date Night Wristlet Pattern A quick and easy sew … Continue reading

Sew a Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket

How to make a custom quilted tech/tablet cover with pocket for your earbuds or charger. Nice idea to have the zippered pocket.

Hi everyone!  This is Jann Newton from Newton Custom Interiors with a tutorial for a cute tablet cover with a zippered pocket for earbuds and/or charger! Tablets or readers have become very popular in the past few years, but most of them don’t come with a cover to protect them.  I love my Nook reader, and I decided that I wanted to create a cover to protect it, and wanted to add a zippered pocket for my earbuds. Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket Materials – 3/4 yards of a reversible quilted fabric – a thin layer of batting is sandwiched between two different fabrics and then quilted.  (I couldn’t find a quilted fabric that I liked in my local fabric stores, so I bought two different fabrics – 3/4 yards of each – and quilted them myself).  Here’s a … Continue reading