Leather and fabric handbag: the perfect mix for beginners

leather and fabric handbag

This leather and fabric handbag is the perfect project for those who are starting to sew with leather and for those who are bored with fabric only handbags.  You can make this with a normal domestic sewing machine so don’t be afraid to give it a try! I am not yet an expert in leather work.  But, I absolutely love the material for its durability and handling.  Furthermore, the shine of the leather will forgive a mistake should you need to unpick a seam, so I suggest to buy a whole hide and not to be afraid of trying.  It won’t go to waste! If you don’t feel like trying with leather, you can also use vinyl, oilcloth, canvas or another heavy fabric.  I just wanted to try with leather and it came out so well, my daughter won’t give it back … 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

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 Crafty Crayon Roll Up

Crafty Crayon Roll

I just meet the nicest people online! One being Susan who is an expert quilter and quilting instructor and produces the most amazing quilts she has shared with me, including exquisite hand applique quilts. She doesn’t have a website or anywhere I can share on her behalf, but I know we share an enthusiasm for introducing people to sewing. She’s been helping some friends get into sewing just recently and a couple of them asked her to write them some instructions on how to make one of those crayon roll ups for kids.  So she made one, took some photos and some notes and sent it on to them. Then she kindly thought of the So Sew Easy community and sent the instructions on over here too in case you’d like to use them. A Quick and Crafty Crayon Roll is … Continue reading

Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob

My first time sewing with Kraft Tex today.  Did you read the wash comparison test I did last week about how to pre-treat the Kraft Tex to make it look like leather?  For this one, I soaked once in boiling water for 5 minutes, gave it a crumple, folded it while wet and then pressed it to dry with an iron.  Perfect! Let me show you how it went sewing Kraft Tex for the first time while I make this simple ‘leather look’ key fob. How to make a Kraft Tex key fob   I think if I was to make this again, I would go for a piece 4 inches wide and fold it into quarters for the leather part of the strap.  I was just worried to start with about how many layers my machine could sew – … Continue reading

The Better Bag Maker – book review

Review of the book Better Bag Maker. Basically, if you sew bags or want ti - you NEED this book!

This is a review of The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. What a great book – as a regular bag maker with a number of books on the subject this book compliments my mini library perfectly has has become the star on my shelf. It’s subtitled “An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design”  and I would whole-heartedly agree with that.  If you would like to be able to design your own bags, this book is just jam-packed full of information you need to be successful and create great bags. A short introduction gives us an insight into the author and their desire to teach through the book. Her aim is to make you a better bag maker.  The book starts with chapters on tools, materials, key skills and bag making techniques, before moving onto 10 projects to teach key bag making techniques, step … 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

Have you tried the “Make It Yours” Clutch Bag

Make it yours Clutch bag - Pienkel for So Sew Easy

Are you a more recent follower of So Sew Easy?  The site has been active nearly 3 years now and with new patterns and projects being added every month, there is now quite a library.  If you’ve not been following since the start, you might have missed some of the great content from previous months and years so do go back and check out: The FREE Patterns page The Sewing Tutorials page The Video tutorials page Make sure to keep on scrolling down to see it all – there is a lot there now to re-discover.  Sometimes there is no need to wait for the next free pattern or project, when there are already so many there you might not have seen before. Nienke spotted the “Make it Yours” clutch bag in the archives and was keen to give it … 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

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

Just for You – Selfish Sewing book review and project

Pattern from the Just for You Selfish sewing book. This is the Painters Clutch Bag.

Do you know the Sew Can She site? The lovely Caroline is one of my sewing bloggy buddies so when she wrote a book about sewing, and collected together some great tutorials and patterns from other awesome sewing bloggers – I knew you might be interested in it.  She asked me if I would like to try out one of the patterns, and of course I said yes.  A chance to sew a nice easy project without having to design my own pattern first – you bet! Read down to the bottom for a chance to win your own copy! JUST FOR YOU – SELFISH SEWING WITH YOUR FAVORITE SEWCANSHE BLOGGERS We all need a little sewing time for us.  I’m lucky, I just sew for me, but I know many of you sew for others and only occasionally or even … Continue reading