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 x 11” tall x 4” deep.  It’s a classic style that I think any level sewist would enjoy making.  If you’re a beginner and zippers are not your friend yet, leave them out! If you are experienced you can add the included zip closure and add some to the inside too!

In addition to the zipper options, the boxed bottom is extremely easy to sew up as are the two exterior pockets with bias contrast on top.

Cora will need about 3/4 of a yard of exterior, interior and contrasting (strap/bottom/etc) fabrics.
I used a home decor weight on both interior and exterior as well as upholstery vinyl on straps, bottom and accents.  It made for a super, super, sturdy bag!  Add some zippers, SF101 or Foam interfacing and you’re ready to go.

Here’s a close-up of the zippered closure.  You can easily substitute this for a magnetic snap.

Isn’t this a cute bag?!  If you’d like to give her a try, head over Svetlana’s shop and grab a copy! Better yet, for the next 48 hours the pattern is available for an introductory price of $6.00 (after that the price will go up to its regular $8.00)!

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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My Kismet Trinket Boxes – A Sew Sweetness Pattern

These cute little boxes are part of Sew Sweetness newest pattern, Kismet Trinket Boxes!  This new pattern is part of Sara’s ‘Value Series’ of $5 patterns, and has less than 20 steps.  With 2 shapes and 3 sizes each you can pick what you’d like to sew (sew all the sizes!!) I bet once you make the first one, you’ll agree.  They’re addictive! I made the small circle and small square for my first go-round.  The small square- 5” long x {Read More}

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