BOTM ~ May ~ My Brooklyn

Say hi to my Brooklyn!  She’s the May BOTM club pattern and is designed by Swoon Patterns.
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I made this bag a few days after it was released so I’m a bit behind on the show and tell.  This is the traveler size, so if you like to carry larger bags try this size first.  My version of a traveler and others may differ though! It measures about 16″long x 10″ tall x 7″ deep when finished.

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For my materials, I used upholstery leather from Leather Hide Store, and an light-med weight upholstery print from JoAnn’s.  The photo doesn’t pick it up well, but the exterior print has a creamy blue coloring to it. I wanted a neutral color to carry around so this fits the bill perfectly. The interior print has the pop of color I needed too, Summersville by Lucie Summers for Moda.2016-05-14 16.17.33Because my upholstery leather was a bit heavier than vinyl, I left the edges of the accent and handle connectors with raw edges. Folding under could only really be done on the handles and I used my cylinder bed machine to sew those.

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The final touch I added to my Brooklyn were FLAT bag feet.  I’m not a huge fan of the domed feet and have been looking at what’s available from manufacturers.  These flat ones are perfect! They are flat yes, but raised up just enough to do their job and are slightly less than 1/2″ in diameter.

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I love this pattern and can’t wait to give her a spin! She looks so professional and classy when finished.  And while it may look like a hard pattern, it really isn’t!! I’d say 2/4 in difficulty.  If you have a chance head over to the BOTM Facebook Page and check out the Brooklyn’s being made too. Pure eye candy. Happy Thursday!

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We’ve got a winner!

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Thank you so much for the wonderful and sweet comments and e-mails about my Mini!  I am so glad it was well received. xoxo And now to the winner of this cute little makeup pouch! Congrats to:  Congrats to Kate and check your e-mail!  Have a great weekend everyone.  I’m finishing up my first Swoon Brooklyn this weekend and can’t wait to share it with you!

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~Pickle Dish Mini Quilt~ The Mini’s Blog Tour


Hi everyone!! My name is Cindy and I’m the gal behind Raspberry Sunshine.  I design, sew, and sell handbags for a living but I am also slowly learning how to quilt.  When I’m not sewing, I am usually spending time with my family and friends or tinkering with my vintage sewing machines. I am honored to be one of today’s The Minis Blog Tour participants.  If you’ve been following along, April 25th started the tour with 2 bloggers and their mini’s. Each day {Read More}

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Books, Books, Books! Do you love Handbag Books?


I have a *healthy* sewing library.  My Ikea Expedit bookcase has a few cubes reserved for my general ‘how to’ sewing, textiles and garment sewing.  But I also have a few cubes for my special handbag books, written and published in the United States and Japan. They are a never ending source of inspiration! Have you noticed in recent years that more books on handbag design and patterns are being released? When I started sewing handbags a few years back {Read More}

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Ink & Arrow Fabrics ~ Whip It Up!

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Happy Friday!  I am so excited to finally share a big secret project I’ve been working on in the studio.  A few weeks ago Sew Mama Sew gave me the opportunity to sew with a new fabric line called Whip It Up from Ink & Arrow Fabrics as part of a kitchen sewing challenge.  I’ve been showing little hints on IG on what I’ve been working on but today you get to see it all! Aren’t these patterns and colors the cutest?! {Read More}

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