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

Simple drawstring bag with vinyl window

simple drawstring bag

Hi, Stephanie from Swoodson Says – a new year brings renewed organizing and decluttering energy so I have the perfect tutorial for you! The older my son gets, the more small toys we have building up, so I sewed up a drawstring bag with a vinyl window. I’ve found kids love seeing things peek out at them – the most played with toy in our house is this camera softie, it has a vinyl “view-finder” on the back! I put the drawstring on the outside so it is a little more durable, enclosed all the seams so it’s neat and pretty, and added a loop on the back so it can be hung up. The animal fabric I used goes perfectly with his log slice pouf – you can see more pictures of that project here. Are you ready to … Continue reading

‘Leather’ Kraft Tex wallet – video tutorial

Kraft Tex leather-look wallet. Free pattern and video tutorial.

I’ve been playing with this new ‘fabric’. It’s called Kraft Tex, is described as a paper fabric, designed to look a bit like leather, is tear proof, water resistant, easy to work with and very versatile. You can use it in crafting of all sorts, including sew with it. Use it flat straight out of the packet or pre-treat it to make it look more like leather. It’s great for sewing and using in bags as well as all sorts of mixed media and paper crafts too. I have a couple of previous articles you can look at here to learn more about it: All about Kraft Tex and how to pre-treat it Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob C&T Publishing who have created this product have some cool free project ideas so that you can try out various different projects. … Continue reading

Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob

Kraft Tex key fob featured

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 in to 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, … 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

How to sew the Coraline Wristlet

Video tutorial on how to sew the Swoon Coraline wristlet purse,

Have you seen my earlier step by step videos for a couple of the Swoon bag patterns? I did: The Glenda Clutch The Della Wallet Today I’m sharing another great video for a Swoon Bag, this time the Coraline.  The Coraline bag comes in two different versions, a larger clutch bag and a smaller wristlet. This is a step by step for the smaller wristlet version, prepared for us by Sarah of Living Lady Designs etsy store. She sells these wristlets in her store, so she has sewn them many times and describes perfectly and clearly how to sew one from start to finish, with all the details that a complete beginner might need. Here are some examples from her Etsy store for you to drool over and be inspired. How to sew the Swoon Coraline Bag Please note – … 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

Tech and tablet cases – the best free patterns

iPod iPad iPhone case tutorials. All the best free patterns for storing, carrying and protecting your tech and tablets.

So can you believe that on the 10th of November it’s 14 years since the first iPod was sold! Whether you have one or not, they have certainly changed the face of technology and what with iPods, iPhones, iPads and all the other variations of tablets and smart technology it’s been a busy 14 years, and I think they need some appreciation. If you do have an ‘i’ something… one thing’s for sure… you’ll want to look after it, and so in celebration of their arrival I’ve brought you over 30 things you can sew for your ipod/iphone/tablet/kindle. Many of them can be adjusted to fit all devices so there’s something for everyone.  The best patterns can be found below for cases, covers and wallets for all of your e-gadgets. If tech is not your thing, this article is still … Continue reading

How I found more time in the sewing room

If you like to sew bags or use fusible interfacing, you NEED to see this about how you can do it so much quicker!

Sewing is a great hobby.  You can pick up a quick project and sew for 10-15 minutes then come back to it tomorrow, next week, even next year.  Or you can sit and sew full-on for the full weekend if you like. Your sewing machine won’t complain it’s tired. Actually, finding the time to sew is the hardest part of sewing I think.  How many of us truly have the time we want to dedicate to our favorite hobby?  How many of us have rushed a project because we don’t have all the time we need, and then made a mistake and had to spend 15 minutes with the seam ripper?  Hands up – me too.  Many times. How I saved time in the sewing room We’ve been following along with a series about sewing tools, looking at whether spending … Continue reading