My own makeup bag was in need of some attention. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, hardly ever and a quick look inside my bag reveals congealed mascara, eyeshadow colors that haven’t changed since the early 90’s and some supermarket brand lipsticks. I do have a couple of nice … Continue reading →
It’s Amy from Nap Time Crafters and Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop stopping in today. I love the holidays so I’m thrilled to be participating in this fun series. Today I have a tutorial and FREE pattern for Christmas stockings to share with you. I want these to last a long time … Continue reading →
The sunglasses case wallet was born from the need of both having to carry my sunglasses and finding my wallet in what my daughter calls the “black hole” (my handbag). The truth is that it can take me from three minutes to never, to locate my debit card, keys and … Continue reading →
Fringed handles are easy to make once you use the right type of fabric. The best fabric for this type of handle is one that ravels easily with think weft and warp yarn-dyed threads woven to make a design. Materials Fabric strips (size of your handles) Pellon mid-weight (fusible or … Continue reading →
For this weekend’s project, we have the Small Fringed Tote Bag pattern. Bag making is my go-to project when I get a bit bored with making clothing. I love making bags because there is no fitting to do, plus I can push myself by using different materials and techniques as … Continue reading →
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 become the star on my shelf. It’s subtitled “An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design” … Continue reading →
My first time sewing with Kraft Tex today. Did you read the wash comparison test I did recently about how to pre-treat the Kraft Tex to make it look like leather? Learn all about Kraft Tex ‘leather’ fabric For this one, I soaked once in boiling water for 5 minutes, … Continue reading →
Did you ever see my review of the Craftsy Design your Own Handbag class? It’s a great class and I wrote 3 articles about it which you can review here (Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3). This bag today is inspired by one of the bags completed as … Continue reading →
I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are … Continue reading →
Have you tried the Turning Japanese Bag pattern yet? You should give it a try – it’s really easy! Part of the ‘My First Bag series’ it’s a single pattern piece, no fancy zippers or closures, the handles are ready-made and it’s perfect to showcase a really nice fabric or … Continue reading →
So you have a basic purse pattern or have a pattern that includes a basic slip pocket and you would like a zipper pocket. Not a problem – this sort of thing can usually be added to any bag. You can add them on the outside like in the Nautical … Continue reading →
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