This is a quick tutorial on how to make a small fur tote. Christmas is approaching fast and my gift list is looking rather daunting, so I need projects that I can accomplish in a couple of hours rather than a couple of days. I notice little fur things everywhere –as decorations on the Christmas tree, as trimming on clothes and shoes, scarves, vests. The possibilities are many and I think a small fur tote would be a great gift and an easy project. So I came up with this design and pattern that I would like to share with you. If you enjoyed our last project with faux fur making a winter hat, then you’ll enjoy this small fur tote project as well. This tote is really easy and fast to make. It is both a perfect accessory and also … Continue reading
This coin purse pattern and tutorial are a follow-up to the Leather and Fabric Handbag tutorial we posted last week. While you certainly don’t need to make this coin purse pattern from leather –you can use vinyl or almost any fabric– it makes a good first project for those who have never sewn with leather before. I am calling it Stela because it just so happens I am going to have a Christmas party at home and every female friend who is coming will get one from my tree. I am hanging these babies as both Christmas tree decorations and presents at the same time. The kids will probably get one each as well, but being teenagers, they will almost certainly expect something more than just a few coins inside.. This tutorial is especially for those of you who are taking the … Continue reading
It’s official! The Sewing Wallets: Step by Step class is now live on Craftsy after what has been months of behind the scenes work, and more than 70 wallets sewn! There are 3 simple wallet projects you can sew along with lots of tips along the way to help you all get great results. These simple projects are even suitable for those who are fairly new to sewing as Deby teaches you everything you need to know, every step of the way. You’ll get the opportunity to learn: 3 different closures you can use on your wallets, and how to install them how to sew a zipper pocket without a zipper foot (although you can still use one of course if you are comfortable with it) how to fold and sew pockets for your bank cards to minimise bulk and … Continue reading
I have been looking for the perfect shopping handbag. After a lot of research, I now realize there is no such thing. Unless you want to walk around with a safety deposit box as a handbag, there is not a completely secure handbag. However, there are certainly a lot of things we can do to make our handbags safer, more secure and functional. I took some of the ideas from our last bag, the Anti Pickpocket Bag, added a few details from your comments and came up with this new shopping handbag that I’m naming Gleam. I have added RFID shielding fabric and made the bottom stronger. I have kept the handles the same and added a removable pouch big enough for a camera. The zippered internal pockets are hard for pickpockets to get to because they are hidden under the facing. … Continue reading
Hi Everyone, here’s the final video in the the Sewing the Anti Pickpocket Bag tutorial series. In this video we assemble the body of the bag and do all the finishing. You can refer back to the original project by clicking HERE or on the image below. Due to a large number of reader comments on the tutorial on our website regarding the emerging threat of electronic pickpocketing, I have included some instructions on how to use anti-RFID shielding fabric to line the bag. This should help prevent someone from being able to read your credit card, passport or other vital data by using an RFID scanner. We’ve got a lot more coming out on this important topic so please stay tuned. If you’re looking for a good source of the anti-RFID fabric, we’ve put a good option in our sewing … Continue reading
Hi, just letting you all know that we’ve released the second video in the Sewing the Anti Pickpocket Bag series in which we sew and assemble the lining of the bag. You can refer back to the original project by clicking HERE or on the image below. The first video in the series showing the making of the twisted fabric handles was released last week. There will be a third installment of the Sewing the Anti Pickpocket Bag series in which we assemble and finish the bag. Expect that out in a few days. We’ve also added some guidance for using anti-RFID fabric to prevent electronic pickpocketing as well. The pattern download has already been enormously popular, with almost 6,000 downloads in the first week. In fact, the day this project launched, we had our biggest traffic day ever on … Continue reading
Hi Everyone, just letting you know that we’ve posted the full video tutorial for how to Make Bag Handles from Twisted Fabric Scraps on our Youtube channel. You can make the handles long or short depending on the style and functionality you want. It’s totally up to you and explained fully in the video. You can also follow along and read specific instruction on our website by clicking here: Making Bag Handles from Twisted Fabric Scraps. These handles not only work great with the popular Anti Pickpocket Bag which is featured in the video, but will compliment almost any sort of bag. Please check out the video and let me know what you think. As always, any thumbs up on the video would be much appreciated! Your words of support always keep us going.
Making bag handles and using fabric scraps from your stash is the aim of this tutorial. To set the scene, it is 3 am and as usual I am working late or is it early? –I really don’t know anymore. I realize that I do not have enough fabric for the bag I am making. I could sew a few scraps together, but that would make it look “patch-worked.” And I do not have the interfacing to stabilize it anyway. I could use a thick chain, but unfortunately I don’t have one of those either. Can’t use leather or canvas because yes, you guessed it, I don’t have that either. So I get the idea from the fabric covered beaded necklace that is hanging from the mannequin and the left over cord from the fringed bath mat. These were both … Continue reading
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
Hi Everyone, this is just to let you all know that we have added a full video tutorial for the Small Fringed Bag project from a couple weeks ago to our YouTube channel. Small Fringed Bag Tutorial Please check out the video and let me know what you think. Any thumbs up on the video would be much appreciated!
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