Friday, January 19, 2018

A Lovely Bag

The Rose Fabric Bag Tutorial was used by Diane to create this lovely bag for her granddaughter. The outer bag is cotton, with the lining a batik.  I love the color combination, the brightness of the bag, as well as the top-stitching!

Thank you for sharing, Diane!  Beautiful job!

The tutorial can be found at CRAFTSY

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thank You!

Thank you Jan C. for your wishes.  Appreciate you taking the time to leave the comment on Blog Closing..  I'm sorry can't answer through my comments!   I'm surprised yours came through.  Linda

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rose Fabric Bag in Leather

This is Tara Sinclair's, review.  She tested this bag along with four other women.
I offered to pattern test a friend's design last week as she was modifying it for a re-release.  The modifications she made to her Craftsy tutorial are awesome!  Super clear instructions, and lots of photos allow any sewer to make this beautiful tote bag!  The directions and materials used are to make a quilter or seamstress feel comfortable with each and every step.  
The design comes with steps to make the bag with  a bit of quilting on the decorative panels, installation of a magnetic snap and insertion of a zipper pocket.
I took some liberties and made it up in two different leathers, a hair-on-hide from an Etsy Store and a chocolate Sepici leather from OA Leather Supply, then added a twist lock on the front.  It is the perfect size to carry my laptop, and I added some interior slip pockets and a micro-fibre sunglass pocket.
Thank you Linda Spears for letting me be a part of this re-release!  I can see this design being a big hit with the quilters I teach
This pattern can be found  on CRAFTSY    Please note Tara has altered the straps.  This change is not in the tutorial.  You can see Tara's other creations on her Facebook page HERE!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Blog Closing

Ladies, I've decided to close my blog!  I thank you for following my posts, and would ask that if there is any info you would like from here, that you gather it  before the 24th of this month!

If I decide to start another blog or website, I will let you know, here or via e-mail, before the 24th.

Thank you!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018


The Rose Fabric Bag Tutorial has been revised, and is available on CRAFTSY

Revised meaning, I created a mini tutorial for a zipper pocket, making it so much easier to insert, added loads of pictures, diagrams to better explain a step. Everything is in order. All five testers said the tutorial was an easy follow and sew!

 These are some of the lovely bags that were made.  There's still one bag to post, which should be here in a day or so.  I'll just tell you this's made of leather!!

All who have previously purchased the tutorial through Craftsy were sent the revised copy.  Thank you!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Lace Overlay Clutch - Free Tutorial

What a beauty!   Wouldn't  this clutch be great for a bridal party gift

It is made from solid linen, with a lace overlay, and a small piece of ribbon trim.  The size is 7" high  x 10" wide.

The tutorial can be found at Sew4Home

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Paris Handbag

This is for Jan since the comment section isn't working properly! .

If interested:  The Paris Handbag pattern can be purchased at   CRAFT YOUR BAG .   Size:  11" H x 12" W x  5.5" D

Sorry Jan!  It has been reported (and reported)!!  Blogger doesn't believe me!!  Hopefully moving to a new location in the New Year.

Monday, December 18, 2017


This is just beautiful.  I purchased it from Alberta and it's  my first time sewing anything leather.  I've chosen a bag pattern from Noodlehead, the Compass Bag (unless I change my mind) to sew.  Ann has some awesome patterns, and many suited towards leather as well as fabrics.

  I also found a pattern for a leather bag called Paris.  It's lovely.  It wouldn't be so difficult to make as there is a video.  I have a Janome, not an industrial, but on scraps of leather, it's sewing well so far.  The thread I'll be using is polyester, and is quite a bit thicker, but this thread is especially nice for top stitching as well as for the seams.

The lighter part is the suede, and the outer is the dark.   What do you think?  Any suggestions for what type of bag to make?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Flip Flop Messenger Bag - Free Pattern

The roomy Flip Flop Messenger bag has a loose structure and measures 16" w x 18" h x 4" deep. 

This particular bag is made with either strips of fabric or with your larger prints.

The pattern is considered appropriate for a intermediate sewer.

Melissa Peda of 100BillionStars's Pattern Store is the designer.

You can find this FREE pattern at CRAFTSY!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


JADE is a medium sized bag with a recessed zipper! it has a zipper pocket, slip pocket and a pleated pocket!  Size:  12"W x 10 1/2"H  x 4 1/2" D.

It's a fast, easy pattern!  It can be made using cottons, denim, decorator fabrics, cork or faux leather.

A great pattern for the confident beginner to intermediate sewer.

The designer of this FREE pattern is Lizzie Schaffner of Moments Designs!  You can find this pattern on CRAFTSY.