April 1st ~ Time for a new BOTM ~ The Moxie!

Happy April!  Are you ready for the newest member of the Bag of the Month Club?  I had the pleasure of testing this months pattern, the Moxie Crossbody Bag. Isn’t she a cutie?  I am sad to say I ran out of time and couldn’t test the gorgeous Carry-out Carry-all Bag. HAHA!

Moxie was created by the super talented Betz White. Her well written patterns, visual aids and style are a favorite of mine and they’ll be yours too.  Here are some close up of Moxie:

Moxie comes with an adorable front flapped pocket with thumb lock for security. You could easily sub for a magnetic snap if you want.  The long adjustable strap is attached in the front and back corner of the bag for a unique look and comfortable carrying.

As you can see above, I x-stitched my straps to the bag.  If you like more bling, sub for some rivets for a new look!  Also written in the pattern is an easy to install zippered closure.

Inside the bag is a zippered pocket to keep special items tucked away.  If you add a zippered closure, there is plenty of room to open the bag up wide and fill it full because of a longer zipper used.

I used a mid-weight herringbone denim fabric for the main fabric and a favorite Dear Stella print for the interior and accents.  It carries light and fits sooo much!  On Betz’s blog today, she is sharing a ton of more tester photos using a wide variety of fabrics so stop by and check it out.

My New Cora Handbag ~ SOTAK Handmade Patterns ~

If you’ve read my blog or searched the archives, you know how much I love to test handbag patterns for wonderful designers.  It’s a great way to learn new skills and in the end you have gorgeous bag to enjoy! Today I’m excited to show you the Cora Handbag, a new pattern by  SOTAK Handmade. Although I wear handbags of all shapes and sized, the boxed tote style gets used the most.  Cora’s finished shape comes in at 12 ½” wide {Read More}

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Say Hello to the Amethyst Bag!

Sara’s done it again!  A creative new pattern, guaranteed to turn out great and impress the people you sew for.  It’s the Amethyst Bag: This bag is the perfect addition to your craft and hobby center. The wrap around zippered closure secures items inside so you can grab it and take it where you want to. Better yet, make multiples to use as craft-specific storage in your studio. Finished Size:        14” long x 13” high x 3” {Read More}

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January’s New Pattern Make ~ The Kristin Bag ~

I like to try new bag patterns once a month if I can squeeze in the time.  Sometimes they are from new to me designers, other times they are from designers I enjoy.  This month I am sharing a pattern from iThinkSew called The Kristin Bag.  To see previous months reviews read March,  February , January, and November, or type in ‘Pattern Reviews’ in the search bar to read more! The Kristin Bag is a PDF pattern that is sent to you immediately after {Read More}

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Red Rabbit Mercantile’s ~ Waxed Canvas Bramble Bag Kit ~

After spending the past week in Jamaica I didn’t realize how hard it would be to get back in the swing of things! Slowly but surely I’m getting there, but it helps when I have some great custom orders on the table ready to sew and a really neat handbag kit to share with you today. Before I left on vacation I had the opportunity to try out a pattern that uses waxed canvas as the main fabric. Ya’ll know {Read More}

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