Friday, December 23, 2016

Meet JODY!!

A new bag pattern has just been released, ladies!.  She's called JODY,  with a shoulder strap, which can easily be increased  to make a cross body bag. It is neither too big nor too small at 10"w x 8" high.  It has a inside slip pocket with card slots, and 1 zipper pocket.  The fabric you use is totally up to you...leather, vinyl, cotton???

 Included in the pattern are very clear and detailed instructions with lots of diagrams.  It also includes cutting labels for everything with dimensions on it, and drafted pattern pieces.

 A link to a video has been provided as well, where you can follow the designer, Anne, in creating the inside zip pocket!  Now, you can't simplify things much more than that!!

The skills level has been rated for a beginner, and the skill needed is topstitching! (which is not difficult),

The designer of  the Jody Bag  is Anne Verberckmoes of  Serial Bagmakers. The pattern can be found on CRAFTSY, for  a very reasonable price!

If you are wanting to see the bag up close, just click on the picture.  That should enlarge it!

Thank you, ladies!  Hope you will check out this pattern!  I found it one of the best I have ever seen.  The layout and information is right before confusion as to what page....very easy to follow and understand.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

This bag is made by my friend, Carol Meagher.  The bag is made of orange cork leather, and cotton print.  I absolutely love the color combination, so I wanted you to have  a see.  This is her first, but not her last bag to be made in cork.  She's already started the 2nd one!!

I'm just going to add a bit of info on cork, as possibly someone hasn't heard of it before.  It's very popular right now in the sewing groups!

This bag is called the Bonnie Bucket Bag and can been found at SWOON SEWING PATTERNS!


The cork is a natural sustainable, Peta certified, Eco friendly product imported from Portugal.

  • The cork tree bark is peeled every 9 years, and can be re-harvested up to 300 years!  Some cork forests are 2000 years old.
  • Cork leather is strong.
  • It is not only water resistant, but has natural anti-mildew/antibacterial properties and can be washed clean.
This video is excellent, and will explain how the cork fabric/leather is made.

Cork Suppliers:

Sara Larson   SEW SWEETNESS  (US)
Jessica Cruzan SEW DAKINE  , (HAWAII, US)

Cork Harvesting

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sew Together Bags - Makeup

Another sew together bag is now finished!  I actually made two of them,  The one has a rectangular center label and the other has rounded corners.  Other than that they are exactly the same inside and outside.

The sew together bag has three zippered pockets in the inside and four open spaces which could accommodate a brush, make up brushes, hair clips, etc.

I added a chain of charms, plus  a "homemade" tag to each outside zipper pull.

The matching little pouches were added as a gift.  They could be used for earrings, appointment cards, what have you!

I was asked to make these for two young girls, so I am hoping this is young enough for them, and that they like them!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Meet Kelley!

Kelley is a new small wallet pattern by Maria Teresa Lucio.  It is rated as a beginner's tutorial . It Is perfect for a woman or a man.

This would make a great Christmas gift, or a salable item for a craft event.  The pattern includes comprehensive instructions with lots of step by step photo's.

You can purchase the Kelley Pattern  here on CRAFTSY.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

And..... More Sew Together Bags!

My latest projects have been  making Sew Together Bags for an order.

 I really love this Tula Pink Fabric!  How about you?  I quilted  the exterior, as I  like the look!

 I've made so many lately that they are getting easier to make!

You can find the pattern here on  CRAFTSY.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sew Together Bag

A Sew Together Bag, a mini pouch with a tube of lip balm, and a key fob, all matching the tote bag and wallet posted below.

 You'll never guess what Karen wants me to make for her now, or maybe you will...I only have a small scrap of this fabric left!! Wonder if it's enough!! : )

The pattern for the sew together bag,  tutorials for the mini pouch and key fob can be found here:

Teeny Tiny Zipper  Pouch - So Sew    Easy
Sew Together Bag Pattern - CRAFTSY.
Key F.0.B - Gnome Angel

Friday, September 23, 2016

A New Bag !

Peacock feathers you say?  This is a new bag I made from the Rose Bag Tutorial which you can find on Craftsy!  It's a versatile bag tutorial!

The changes  made are:

-  A removable/adjustable shoulder strap was added.

 - Two strips of 1" fabric were added to the sides of the bag from the top wide section of the bag to the bottom.  Another piece of fabric was made into a loop..

.- Instead of making a long flap, I shortened it to serve as more of a decorative element, using it just on the front.  The hardware is from Emmaline Bags.

- A recessed zipper was added.

- The bag bottom is now 4" wide instead of 2".

- In the inside I added one large deep pocket and divided it into two.  The large zipper pocket is on the inside back.

- I used a heavy interfacing over the quilt batting.

Finally I made a tassel out of a small scrap piece of black leather.  The bell cap I purchased from a China supplier a couple of years ago.

  All in all, I'm happy with it.  There's nothing that was too difficult to do, and I'm sure there's many other ideas you could come up with!

 The Rose Fabric Tutorial/Pattern does not have these changes included in the tutorial.

This bag was made for my cousin, Karen!  She chose the fabric, and I went from there! Hope you like it!   I hope Karen likes it as well...she's  suppose to receive it today!!  Oh yes!!  So excited! Thank you for visiting!

The Christopher Bag - Another Free Bag from Sew 4 Home

The Christopher Bag is one great looking bag!  It's made of corduroy, one of the best fabrics for fall.  The bag hardware includes  rain slicker latches by Dritz!

It's a soft slouchy bag you will love!  You can find the free tutorial here on sew 4 home.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Free Curvy Clutch Pattern

The  Curvy Clutch, by Pink Door Fabrics,  is ideal for any of life's necessities.  It's a great size for sewing notions, makeup, or even an evening clutch!

You'll want to make  a few!!

The pattern/tutorial is FREE and can be found  HERE!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rose Fabric Bag Tutorial - Versatile

 The bag tutorial can be found on  CRAFTSY!  (These new changes have not been added to the pattern).

I just finished making a new bag using this pattern, with a few changes...the arrows indicate what has been added or changed.

I'm just showing this as an example of what can be done if you wish..  It is quite a versatile tutorial.

Changes & Additions

- 1 removable shoulder strap was added.

-  two strips of 1" fabric were added to the sides of the bag from the top wide section of the bag to the bottom.  Another piece of fabric was made into a loop to hold the hardware on the side.

- instead of making a long flap, I shortened it to serve as more of a decorative element, using it just on the front.  I used hardware from Emmaline Bags.

-  a recessed zipper was added.  I looked at many tutorials, which helped somewhat, then figured out how to do it differently, or I think it's different.

- in the inside I added one large deep pocket and divided it into two.  This is on the inside front side, while the zipper pocket is on the inside back.

- I also used a heavy interfacing over the quilt batting.

All in all I'm quite happy with it.  Hope you like it!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Free Clutch Pattern!!

This new clutch pattern is free until September 15th!!!  It has been rated for a beginner with lots of pictures, and it is  a quick easy sew!!  What more could you ask for!

 It is a PDF file on Craftsy, and can be easily downloaded!  It can be found right HERE!

The designer is Maria Teresa Lucio who has been busy making various tutorials over the past months!

Thank you Maria for offering this free tutorial!!

Charlotte City Tote Bag

This is another Charlotte City Tote I just completed.  I somehow ended up with a smaller bag, but I really like the size!

The interior of this bag is large, and it hosts a large inner open pocket, which I divided in half, as well as a zipper pocket.

I also made a tassel following a video on You Tube.  I did not have the hook to add to it, so improvised using a D ring.  It worked well.  I made a string out of the vinyl to tie it to the bag.

 A rivet was added to the top of the tassel for added security.  I used glue to roll the tassel.  I would have made the hanging tassels a bit thinner, but the vinyl was soft, so I did not want to weaken them.  They look just fine anyway!

The Charlotte City Tote is from the collection of Swoon Patterns.  You can find it HERE!   These are great patterns, and all reasonably priced.  If you are a member of  SWOON PATTERN GROUP on Facebook, you get  a discount, making the pattern a steal of a deal!

The tassel tutorial can be found on You Tube right HERE!  It is by Pile O Fabric, part of the Blanche Barrel Bag Tutorial.  The tutorial is clear and so easy to follow!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Gorgeous Tote Bag!

This tote bag was made by Betsy Weatherly, using the Rose Fabric Tote Bag Tutorial on CRAFTSY.

It is a beautiful combination of different prints, and the outcome is stunning!  Just look at the blending of the fabric!!

What a gorgeous bag, Betsy!  Thank you for letting me share!


There's another new bag pattern in town, ladies!  It is called the Pu'ola Handbag by Jessica Cruzan, and it's a beauty!!  It's 15" wide, 12" tall, 5" deep, has a zipper across the top, 1 internal zippered pocket, and 2 adjustable side straps.  The straps are adjustable for different looks.

Jessica operates a bag making business in Hawaii.  She's introduced us all to the new cork fabric from Portugal.

Jessica offers valuable information on organization, mass production, right down to the thread she uses.  She's not afraid to give any of her knowledge away.  She's got a heart that wants to give, give and give some more!   You can find her here on Facebook at Production Bag Making  and  Sew Da Kine.

Jessica also has a on-line shop called SEW DA KINE. Her new pattern can be found HERE, along with bag hardware, cork handbags, wallets, and cork fabric!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Better Bag Making Series - Starting Today!

The Better Bag Making Series by Margareth of Margie Made Bags (Pressing) has started today!  Check it out ladies at The Nosy Pepper

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A New Bag

I've just completed this bag using vinyl and cotton.  My inspiration was  the Rose Fabric Tote Bag, and I made a few changes

 I added outer straps similar to the Charlotte City Tote Bag by Swoon, and vinyl to the top, as well as to the bottom of the bag, and down the center..

Instead of a flap, I made a recessed zipper.  This was my first attempt with putting one in.  I didn't do it as per the instructions, but it turned out well . There is also a large inside zipper pocket and two large open pockets.  I added peltex to the bottom of the bag, plus an overlay of interfacing.

I'll take a picture later today of the inside of the bag and the recessed zipper so you can see what they look like.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sadies Dance Card - Fabric by Tanya Whelan

This past month I have sold many tutorials for the Rose Fabric Bag.  A number of ladies have asked the name of the fabric.  I'm sorry,  but I don't think I ever knew.  I just liked it at the time, so purchased enough to make my bag.

Today while looking, I found some lovely floral fabric at The Fabric Spot.  I think it would be idea for making a rose fabric bag, so I am posting the link and providing a picture.

The designer is Tanya of my favorites!  The fabric is called "Sadies Dance Card" !!  Have a look!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer Sling Bag - Free Tutorial

.  This trendy sling bag is the perfect way to pack necessities for summer adventures, whether large or small. There's a draw cord top, plus two exterior zippered pockets for supplies.  A single broad strap at the center back makes it easy to carry over your shoulder,  and super comfortable.

This free tutorial can be found at sew4home.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Canadian Fabric Shops On-line

This a list of just a few of the Canadian on-line fabric stores.  If you think there's one that should definitely be added, please let me know.  I'll also add as I find them.  Thank you!

Dinkydoo Fabrics,  Canadian National Fabric, Quincy's Quilting - free shippingFabric SparkDaily Like, Fridays Off,  Flare FabricsFabric SpotA Material GirlDragonfly FabricIsland Fabric, Fabric Fabric.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Curvy Messenger Bag - FREETutorial

Remona, from The Stitching Scientist  is giving away a free pattern/tutorial for this featured bag.  The possibilities are many with what could be added.  It features an outer front zipper, roomy interior, and a shoulder strap.

I love the fabric and design of this bag!  It is approximately 15" high and 10" wide.

You can find the free pattern/tutorial  HERE.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Charlotte City Tote by Swoon

I've just about finished this Charlotte City Tote by Swoon.  It's quite roomy in the inside, and I think it would be suitable for someone who carries  a lot of "stuff".  I love the design, and the vinyl adds a bit of pizzazz to the whole look.

The vinyl is from Lee Ann's Home Decor on Facebook.  She has a vast array of different fabrics as well as vinyls.  Her shipping charges are exceptionally reasonable, and to top it all off, she's one nice lady!!  She can be found HERE!

The fabric is Ex Libris by Alison Glass!  I love absolutely all of her fabric!  I purchased this fabric at Quincy's Quilting in Edmonton.  They have an excellent selection of fabric, and FREE SHIPPING!

Back to the vinyl!  The vinyl was quite easy to sew, and despite the popular belief that you need to use a leather needle, I  used a regular one.  I ended up with a couple of missed stitches a long the way, but it wasn't the vinyl, but my sewing machine not liking the bulk at some points....especially where the piping joins at the top.  I most likely should have removed the piping  a 1/2" from the top on all four corners.

I've never made my own vinyl piping before, and next time I would ensure the cording is firm.  This was on the softer side, and it was really difficult to define when sewing.  All in all, for the battle that endured at some points, it looks just fine to me!

Swoon sewing patterns are excellent, reasonably priced, and they have a few free ones.  The latest free one is The Dollie.  It's 6" x 6", and is ideal for  child or adult!  Patterns can be found HERE!

Enjoy your day!


Saturday, June 11, 2016


There's two new  boards on Pinterest which you will want to follow.  You'll find a wealth of information which will help in your bag making!!

l.  Bag Making Tutorials,  and it can be found HERE!

2.  Pattern Hacks and Sew-alongs can be found HERE!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Safari Duffle Bag - Free Tutorial

This Safari Duffle Bag is a blended heavy canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior.  Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining.  This bag is a great way to pack your stuff, whether you heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend retreat.

You can find the free tutorial at Sew4Home.   This is a nice one ladies!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rose Fabric Tote Bag Tutorial

Who wouldn’t look good with this gorgeous tote?

Easy to make, roomy and fashionable, this  tote features a large inner zipper pocket which provides adequate room for a cell phone, lipstick, or what have you. There is a magnetic closure as well as an inside ring tab to secure your keys. To add stability and structure, this bag also has an insert for the bottom . The outer tote’s quilted finish adds detail and a soft but durable construct.

When purchased, the detailed PDF pattern of this Rose Fabric Tote Bag will take you step-by-step through its creation. It includes many easy-to-follow photo instructions, making it a snap to sew up your own. 
The finished size of this  Rose Fabric Tote Bag is a approximately l6" x 17".

This pattern would be rated between beginner and intermediate levels, and can be purchased at

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pandoraspocks Art - Sonia Di Marco

Have you noticed coloring books are no longer just for children, but  they have now become very popular with adults?

Above are only a few of the coloring pages that are available for sale on a new Etsy Shop.  The shop is called  PandoraspocksArt. and the patterns can be purchased at a minimal cost.   The shop is owned and operated  by a very talented woman named Sonia Di Marco. All designs are created by her.

The patterns can be easily downloaded, printed and colored.  Along with the purchase, Sonia has offered a free personalization of each with a name, as per your request.  This can usually be done within a couple of hours of being purchased.

Sonia lives in Melbourne Australia.  She specifically would like to create and publish adult coloring books, as well as designer fabric.  Being an avid sewer, myself,  and having seen Sonia's work, I can testify to the unique and lovely fabric which will be created through her passion.

Please check out Sonia's new shop on Etsy.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 14, 2016


I've just completed two custom orders for the Sew Together Bag (3 zip pockets).  This will be it for now.  I'm going to be making some other bags (Swoon), as well as making a few using the tutorials I am selling on Craftsy.

My Carry-It-All Hipster Bag would look beautiful in the cork fabric that is so popular now.  I'm not sure of the color yet, but maybe pink or purple.

Anyway, for now here's the Sew Together Bags!  The fabric the customer chose is just beautiful!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dart Diagram and Measurements - Taylor Unisex Bag

The measurements aren't on the pattern for the darts, so here they are!  This is a pattern by Huff n' Cuff.

A Baby Gift!

Well, we've had two new additions to our family since December...both beautiful little girls.  One is named Hallie, and the other Sloane!  One was born in December and the other in April, my great grandchild, & my niece's baby.

I've made a few quilts, burp cloths, painted a dresser, and still have curtains to make for the nursery.  I recently made my niece's baby a dress as well, so thought I would post it.  Quite a change from bags and wallets I must say.

I've made this little dress before, but not this small.  It's like it could fit a doll, so I hope it fits Sloane. Oh, she's the most precious little one with a turned up nose, chubby cheeks!  ADORABLE!!

The little tag in the center of the sash is quite small, but I love the saying!  One of the ladies posted it when I showed the baby's pic on FB.  I couldn't resist putting it on her dress.  I just used a fabric sheet and my Word program..quite easy to make!

The Adalyn Dress pattern can be purchased HERE.     Have a great day!

This is my niece's baby, Sloane!  Isn't she sweet!  The dress fits!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

There's a New Bag Pattern in Town!

There's a new pattern out, the Nelly Tote Bag, and it's a beauty!!  It's by Huff'in Cuffs Patterns.  

Nelly has many uses with plenty of pockets.  There's one zipped exterior pocket, one optional hidden pocket and two slip pockets.

It is considered a pattern for an intermediate sewer.   The size is
14"h x 13"w x 5" d, the ideal size.  The pattern can be found on CRAFTSY.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Simple Gifting/ Packaging Idea

Here's a simple packaging idea, using blue metallic  colored tape, ribbon, paper bag, and a home printed card.  It's very simple, and not costly at all.

Buttons, jewels, ribbons, what ever you like as embellishments could be easily added.  I personally prefer simple.  Alright, a bit of bling would be fine too.  Each to his or her own preference!

If you have any ideas for packaging or gifting that you would like to share, please  leave a note in the comment section below.  .  I'd love to hear how you would package your items for sale.  I'm wondering about the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and how I would wrap and ship it.  Any suggestions?

I think the above sew together bag could easily be packaged as above, and then wrapped in brown or white wrapping paper for shipping.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

More Sew Together Bags

The Sew Together Bags all have three zipper pockets, and four open pockets which are held together by a long zipper that forms the handle.
There are many uses for these bags, some of which are sewing supplies, makeup, jewellery, you name it! It's great for travel or home. The size is approximately l0" x 5" x 5". There is a mini version of this bag which has only 2 pockets. I hope to make a few of these as well.
Three are orders, with the striped one being extra. I just really liked the fabric. The top bag on the left is a custom order. The lady chose her own fabrics, favoring the color blue. I think she did an excellent job!
I've really enjoyed making these bags, having completed four in the past week. I have one more custom order to post, and will do so on completion.
The tutorial can be found on CRAFTSY.
(My published post went out, and everything was scattered. My apologies! Hope this one comes through properly).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Here's a lovely bag pattern and it's free.  You can find it at My Handmade Space!  There are several other bag and dress tutorials you might like as well.

This is a simple bag with a front snap hook closure.  The pattern is designed for faux leather, and there is also a free embroidery design.  It would be very easy to add a shoulder strap and/or extra bag hardware.

This looks like an easy sew for even the novice!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Duffle Bag - Free Tutorial.

Here's a trendy duffle bag which would be great for a short trip or weekend getaway.

It finishes at approximately 20" wide x 11" high x 7" deep.  The handles have a 12" drop.  The wrap-around zipper opens a full 27".  It takes only 1 1/2 yards of fabric, which in itself is amazing considering the size, and that it is fully lined!

The straps are just long enough to be used as a hand or over the shoulder carry all, whichever you prefer.

This free tutorial/pattern can be found at sew4home

Friday, March 25, 2016

A New Necessary Clutch Wallet

This is my latest wallet. The body of the wallet is a good quality feels like leather, very soft!
 The flap is from the Tula Pink's " Eden Garden" Collection, Crouching Tiger.  This wallet is for sale!  There's a shoulder strap as well as wristlet included in the price.

The pattern is the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmaline Bag Patterns.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

RETREAT BAG - Free Tutorial

 I absolutely love these Retreat Bags, and plan on making one!...maybe more!.   They come in two sizes, small and large.  Even the small one is large enough to contain all your cosmetic needs plus!

The top contains a wire frame, which I've never worked with, but I was assured they were not difficult to insert.

You can find this Retreat Bag at Emmaline Bags.

Pattern instructions are provided in both imperial and metric measurements.  It is geared towards a beginner to intermediate sewer.

This is the bag I just finished.  I used vinyl and cotton, and added a "Homemade" metal label to the front.

The vinyl was quite thin so I had no problem sewing it.    Pressing the bag was initially a challenge as I couldn't put the iron near the vinyl.  I used a pressing cloth which worked well once I had figured it out.

The internal wire frames in the top, which keep the bag open are easy to install.  This is my first time using them.

The only thing I would do differently is add some  quilt batting or bosal  to the bag.  I did use a heavy interfacing, but I think the other would work better.  All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out.