Variation on the Tech or Tablet Tote Bag pattern

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I love to make clothes for my kids and for myself but I also greatly enjoy  making bags. The multi-purpose tech bag is a great pattern that I truly love. I have already made two – one for the tablet and another one for my netbook (it fits the multi-tech bag size!). When I was testing the multi-purpose tech bag I had to use smaller grommets than those required because I couldn’t find any bigger. As a consequence, I had to use two grommets instead of one and also make two straps narrower than the regular one. This resulted in an alternative way to make this bag and to close it. Today I am sharing with you a simple tutorial on how to make these modifications. Materials needed: Two small grommets. These will be used instead of the Large round grommet … 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

Sewing video for the Swoon Della Wallet Pattern

Full step by step video tutorial on how to make the Della Wallet from Swoon Patterns.

I’ve been sewing up someone else’s bag pattern again this week.  Another from Swoon Patterns.  Did you see my video tutorial from before on how to sew the Glenda Clutch Bag?  This is a great pattern too, give it a try if you are looking for a clutch bag. This week, the Della Wallet pattern.  I like sewing other designers’ patterns.  Gives me an idea of the materials they are using, any techniques I might want to try out, and how they are writing their instructions.  All good tips for improving my own pattern writing skills.  The Della Wallet is no exception, with some interesting ideas to work on. This pattern is described as: ” The Della Wallet Clutch is an ideal accessory, she’s easy to sew and practical enough to use daily. This wallet features 8 credit card slots, 2 … 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

50 Favorite Best Free Purse Patterns

I totally agree - these are 50 of the best free bag and purse sewing patterns. I'll never be able to sew them all!

I love to sew bags and I can tell that you do too as the bag and purse patterns on my site are always very popular and get a lot of sewing pattern dowloads and pins.  There are a lot of tote, bag, wallet and purse patterns out there so how do you choose what to sew next? Honestly I don’t know – there are so many awesome bag patterns to choose from! So I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite bag, tote and purse patterns, along with a few of my own you might not have seen if you are fairly new to the site.  So jump in and start browsing – you’ll want to pin lots of these for sure. From small like the teeny tiny pouch, to large totes and overnight bags and everything … 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

Sew your own travel sewing caddy // Free Pattern

Serger Pepper Guest Post - Sewing Caddy Free Pattern

I’ve always been impressed by butcher knife rolls and Victorian physician surgical tools rolls: One of my dreams (and I have quite a few), was to have something similar for my sewing tools, a sort of emergency kit I can grab to take with me when I spend my lunch break finishing a project to be blogged on Serger Pepper. Well, today is The Day! And, just because I love to share my patterns… here’s my gift for you: The Travel Sewing Caddy featuring a detachable accordion pocket, perfect to host a seam ripper, a thimble, buttons and all those tiny objects. Just as all of my bags (remember the Padded Laptop Bag?), this Sewing Caddy has extra long bag handles to be worn cross-body, leaving your hands free. Another cool feature is the detachable accordion pocket: I use it to keep … 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 Suitable … 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

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