Sewing with Vinyl Coated Mesh – free pattern and giveaway

Hello my name is Michelle Dorsey.  I am a pattern designer and digitizer doing business under the name, SewMichelle.  First of all, I would like to thank Deby for letting me appear as a guest on her blog.

I enjoy designing patterns that are easy and quick to make.  After all, isn't instant gratification what most of us are after?  I try and design unique patterns that make you think outside the box, yet are functional for everyday use.  I also like to incorporate different materials to spice things up a bit too.

One of my favorite materials to work with is vinyl coated mesh, aka pet screen.  Some quilt shops carry this mesh in bright, fun colors.  If your quilt shop hasn't started stocking it yet, don't worry, you can purchase it by the roll at your local hardware store, on Amazon or even at Walmart in their hardware section. {Deby – I found some at Online Fabric Store too}

However, these places sell it for conventional use and generally only stock it in charcoal, which is the basic black color.   The brand I prefer to use is New York Pet-D-Fence.  It has enough body to keep the project from flopping over, which is important since there isn't a lining.  Yet it's easy to work with and not hard on your sewing machine.

I made a Screen Cosmetic Bag Tutorial to give you an opportunity to try this product and see for yourself why it's so easy and fun to work with.  Click HERE to visit my website and download the FREE Tutorial.

If you don't own an embroidery machine, you can still make the project adorable by using your left over quilt squares to adorn the front.  Or how about one of those fabric panels you just had to have that's still sitting in your fabric stash.  Just use a zig zag around the edges to attach it to the front of the bag.  Instant cuteness!

Here are a few bag patterns that I've created using pet screen.

Screen It Up by SewMichelle

Sew Many Projects Caddy by SewMichelle

The Sassy Screen Tote Bag by SewMichelle

I hope that you'll accept the challenge to try vinyl coated mesh.  I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to work with and how many people will compliment you on your unique bag.  Wouldn't this make a great Christmas present to make for all your girlfriends? If you get started now, you'll be so far ahead and might actually be able to enjoy the holidays. :>)

Thanks again to Deby for introducing me to you and giving me the chance to become friends with you too.  I hope that you will take a minute to look around my site.  I have lots of tutorials and FREEBIES to download.   If you are on Facebook, please look me up and say hello.  

Happy Sewing!

Michelle :>)





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71 Responses to Sewing with Vinyl Coated Mesh – free pattern and giveaway

  1. Darlene Angelle says:

    I like the Sassy Screen Tote Bag I will be making this one for our camper

  2. Barbara Dabrowski says:

    Thanks for the pattern. Is there a special needle I should use to sew the screening on my sewing machine? Will it cut with my rotary cutter or should I use scissors?Thanks for any answers you can give me.

  3. Marcia Souser says:

    Can anyone suggest a good online supplier for the vinyl mesh to make the mesh tote bags?

  4. Carmen N says:

    The Kiss & Make-Up Cosmetic Bags are my favorite

  5. johnhutchens1 says:

    I like the Why Knot Tote Bag

  6. Christine says:

    I like all the patterns. I think the wet bag would make a great gift for my niece who is on a swim team. The Wonderful Woman embroidery pattern would be a huge hit in my knitting group.

  7. Natasha Tung says:

    I like the The Penelope Purse – PDF Downloadable Pattern

  8. Becky M says:

    I can’t wait to try using the pet screen to make a bag. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. Tara says:

    I really want to make the sassy screen tote!! Thank you!!

  10. barb quinn says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. So(sew) interesting. I can’t wait to look for and sew on this

  11. Ann Ronayne says:

    Super cute and thank you xx

  12. Dawn says:

    I like the Sassy Screen tote.

  13. Cecilia says:

    I like the Sassy Screen Tote and the flip flop bag. Thanks for the giveaway,

  14. delberta howe says:

    Love all your bags and projects but my favorite is the sassy screen tote !

  15. Sharon L. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I like the Tag This n That. I have the design and want to make some. I will also be making the zipper cosmetic bags.

  16. Debbie A says:

    I have never made a bag would love to try, your bags look cool and I would love to make one for myself & my granddaughter.

  17. Jessica says:

    Hey there, Michelle,

    Thanks for the nice tutorial. I like your patterns, too.
    My favorites are What a Hoot!, the sassy screen tote and the flip flop bag (I adore shoes of any kind) 😉

    Good luck to everybody!


  18. Diane W says:

    Thanks. I e embroidered on it but haven’t made or into a project yet. Haven’t decided what to make.

  19. Lynn says:

    I love your patterns! I am new to your site and I am really enjoying your work. Thanks for sharing your talent! 🙂

  20. wolfkit says:

    A great idea for what looks to be an interesting fabric.

  21. buntyw says:

    I love Michelle’s pleated pouches!

  22. Diane says:

    I like the Sew Many Projects Caddy. Thanks for the Screen Cosmetics tutorial. Very timely as I just bought a foot for my machine that will help with sewing the vinyl mesh. Thanks!

  23. Vanessa B says:

    Luv Luv Luv the What A Hoot! Notebook Covers! Will be trying those very soon 🙂 Thank You!!!

  24. Diane says:

    Michelle, the cosmetic bags are divine! I’ve made a similiar tote bag w/4″ fabric border and padded handles but I love yours. Thanks for the free pattern and opportunities for the giveaway. You’re awesome!

  25. Bobbi Beharrell says:

    Love the screen projects – I will definitely be trying some of them!

  26. tizzywizzy says:

    I love your “Autumn Blessings” embroidery pattern!!

  27. Rochelle Marouski says:

    I’ve done the Screen it Up, LOVE IT! Came out beautifully! Had so many compliments on it! Will send you a picture, I also made matching accessories using Embroidery Garden’s Ith projects.

  28. Karen A says:

    I like the Why Knot tote bag pattern.

  29. Made the Mini Screen bags for daughter’s wedding. <3 Also the Kiss and Make-up bags. Great patterns!

  30. Diane Crane says:

    The petite bags for little ladies is adorable! I’ll be making them for my sweet twin grand-daughters for Christmas. 🙂

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