Best of the Bags Pattern Bundle

6 awesome bag and wallet sewing patterns all in one bundle.

I can tell that many of you love to sew bags.  The bag patterns FAR outsell the clothes patterns on the site.  I guess because bags don’t have the same fitting issues that clothes can have.  Plus I see that lots of you sew bags to give as gifts or to sell on Etsy too. I love that my patterns have inspired so many of you to start up your own small home business selling your handmade bags. Now that the Pattern of the Month Club for 2014 is closed and the 2015 patterns are still under production and testing, I thought it would be nice to put together a pattern bundle just for bags, so those of you who don’t sew clothes can still benefit from bundle pricing. The Best of the Bags Bundle includes 6 of the best-selling … Continue reading

Easy way to turn a tube of fabric right side out

I'd heard of this but never seen it actually done. Must give it a try - how to easily turn a tube of fabric the right side out.

I was working on a bag design and wanted to create a particular type of handle.  Not the usual bag handle where you simply fold the fabric into 4 and top stitch.  I wanted a ‘nicer’ handle, one with two different fabrics so it would be reversible and feature both of the fabrics from my bag. What was stopping me? Turning the darned thing the right side out again once I had stitched the tube!  It’s bad enough on a tube of regular fabric, but both of these pieces were interfaced making them thick and stiff too.  It just all bunches up and gets too thick to turn. I don’t mind telling you I flung it across the room and cursed loudly.  My cat hid under the bed! Until I tried the straw and chopstick trick.  Or rather in this … Continue reading

Travel and Passport Wallet Pattern

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

Going away somewhere exotic or far-afield?  Or maybe you just need somewhere to keep your passports and travel documents safe between trips so you’ll always know where to lay your hands on them. The Pattern of the Month for March is the essential family travel and passport wallet pattern.  It can hold travel documents for a family and speed you through check in and security without having to rummage through bags to find everything. Features This handy travel and passport wallet pattern has: Two short pockets for ID cards, credit card etc Two medium pockets for your passports Two larger pockets for boarding passes or e-tickets Two large pockets behind for other documents or extra passports An elastic pen holder Optional clip to hold locker or luggage keys Sturdy design Loop and button closure Finished size approx – 9.5 inches … Continue reading

The best free diaper bag patterns

Awesome collection of free diaper bag patterns and tutorials. I'm going to mix and match features to get my perfect diaper bag.

If you’ve been following a while, you’ll remember that I had 3 friends all expecting babies within a few weeks of each other near the end of last year and I went sewing crazy with multiple baby-related sewing projects.  It was fun to sew in nice bright colors and small projects for a change. One thing however I didn’t do especially was a diaper bag – they all got their goodies inside my Carry All Bag instead, which is a good substitute. [Here are some of the earlier sewing for babies projects in case you missed them.  You can find the list and patterns/tutorials here.] So after several readers have suggested it, rather than redesign the Carry All Bag to be a dedicated diaper bag, I thought I’d link you up with some great free diaper bag patterns and tutorials … Continue reading

Sewing the Glenda Clutch Bag from Swoon Patterns

Video tutorial for how to sew the GLENDS Convertible Clutch bag from Swoon Patterns.

{Read all the way to the bottom – there’s a giveaway here too!} I gave myself a break from pattern drafting and sewed up someone else’s pattern this week. Makes a nice change to not have to make 3 or 4 draft versions while I make changes here and there until I’m happy with the final version. Pattern drafting is a long process – I did an article some time back now about the Carry All Bag and what goes on behind the scenes to get a bag from idea to published pattern. Hint- its a lot of work! Plus, by sewing other people’s patterns, I can often pick up new tips and tricks, discover new materials or new ways of doing things that I’d not considered before. This can only help in the development of my own patterns. This … Continue reading

The Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns

The best free messenger bag patterns

Messenger bags are everywhere these days.  Grown ups, kids, men, and even dolls have a messenger bag.  Large or small, inconspicuous or bright, plain and simple or full of pockets, catches and accessories – the messenger bag allows you to carry exactly what you need everywhere. For the office, school, work, as a lunch bag, on your bike – this really is a versatile style of bag and I’ve put together a round up of some of the best, easiest, most thorough, biggest, smallest and nicest all round messenger bags for you to sew.  And of course they are all free patterns for you to sew. There are so many great inspiring ideas here, you could even mix and match your favorite features and make up a totally unique messenger bag all of your very own with just the pockets, … Continue reading

Wallet kits now available

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Just a quickie today to let you know that after a long break, kits are now available back in the Etsy Shop – Print or Plain. So far, just a small selection. Two different kits for the Super Simple Wallet. The kits include the two co-ordinating fabrics and interfacing. You add your own snap, button or velcro closure of your choice. You can buy the kit on its own, or also buy the kit including the pattern for a reduced price, getting a discount on the pattern if you don’t already have it. Check out the SUPPLIES section of the store. If there is enough interest, I’ll try to build up the range of ready to sew kits available. What other kits would you be interested in buying as a ready to sew set? Just let me know in the … Continue reading

Make your guy a credit card wallet

How to sew a card wallet for your man and use 'manly' style hardware so he'll actually love it. On my to do list for Fathers Day.

Hubby and I were chatting to some friends about my sewing and the site here, and they asked him what I sewed for him. He gave it some thought for a moment, and I sat a bit puzzled for a while and between us we could only remember the two things – the waterproof coaster and the can cozy. Hmm, he was actually a little bit disappointed. I’ve offered before to try to copy a pair of his favorite shorts that are falling apart, but he’s right, we don’t have the correct fabric for them.  Other than that – nothing.  I felt bad. So I made him a little something as a surprise.  He has a lot of plastic cards for various things.  He usually carries just one or two in his wallet and uses those, but a nice card … Continue reading

The Jewelry Purse pattern video tutorial

Jewelry purse for home or travel. Has a place for everything and all explained in the video tutorial.

It was all a big rush to get the Jewelry Purse Pattern out in early December because I knew lots of you would want the chance to sew it for Christmas presents. Phew, did you go crazy in December with handmade gifts?  I’m telling myself not again this year, but I’ll probably forget the stress of the last minute sewing rush and decide to do it again anyway.  I’m pleased that everything I made was well-received. Things have had time to settle down a bit now and I’m ready with the long-awaited video tutorial to go with this pattern. So if you didn’t get the pattern because it didn’t have a video – problem solved. Here is a reminder of the pattern details. Features: Finished size closed – 8.5 inches by 6 inches Ring holder, earring holder, 2 hangers for chains, zipper … Continue reading

Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Do you remember the Made in a Snap Bag pattern? It’s a cute little purse but it is small, designed as a bag for your essentials. What if you need a little more room, have a lot of ‘essentials’ or just prefer something in a different style? Well, the purse frame on the Made in a Snap Bag is completely removable, so it makes great sense to make several covers in different styles and fabrics. Here is the Ruffled and Ready Bag using exactly the same purse frame – looks completely different and has a flat bottom with more volume so you can carry more ‘stuff’. Good news – its simple to sew.  No closures, zips, snaps etc – just sew the fabric bag and slide in the frame.  The frame snaps closed and has a place to even add a chain … Continue reading

How to sew an easy padded laptop bag

Padded Laptop Bag Tutorial. Nice and quick and easy but strong too.

Hi SoSewEasy reader! Happy to be here again, after my latest post about your #1 serger’s must have features. I’m Irene and I usually blog at Serger Pepper. Let’s start with a fact: this year I must have been a Good Girl, because Santa decided I deserved a new laptop ;) It is bigger than the old one (which, by the way, was perfect for cooking eggs above the keyboard, since it was getting hotter every single time I turned it on), so now I have an old laptop bag that is too short for it. When I started blogging about sewing, I decided that everything I was going to share, had to be something useful… this is why I’m showing you how to DIY an easy (but cute) padded laptop bag, that you can sew using your laptop (or maybe tablet) … Continue reading

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