Call for Pattern Testers!! ~ The Diane Tote ~

2015-03-09 12.00.23 copyI’m in the middle of a few big projects right now, but I promised earlier I’d let you all know when The Diane Tote was ready for testing.  So here I am!

If you read my Diane Tote Post last week, I introduced you to my first soon-to-be released first E-pattern. At a comfy 16″ x 3″ x 4″ she is sure to fit your everyday items and more.  And now, 4 nice prototypes later I need a few of *YOU* to give the pattern a test drive.  Are you interested?

This is a confident beginner pattern I would say.  You must be comfortable with sewing zippers, as the main closure is a curved zipper install.  Besides that, it is fairly straightforward.  The Diane looks great with quilting cottons as well as lighter weight home decor too.

Basic supplies you will need:

1  yd          Exterior Fabric            

1/2  yd      Exterior Accent Fabric    

1/2  yd      Exterior Accent Fabric 

1 1/2  yd    Interior Fabric

2 yds         Fusible Woven Interfacing ( I use Pellon SF101 for my woven interfacing.)

21”x 58”   By Annie’s Soft & Stable  

17” x 5”    Heavy Stabilizer for bag bottom  

1 – 14”      #3     Nylon closed-end zipper in your chosen color

1 – 24”    #4.5 or 5   Closed-End Zipper for exterior closure

2015-03-09 11.55.11If you are interested in testing The Diane Tote, please click on the Contact button at the top of this page! If you don’t hear from me about testing in the next day or two, don’t worry.  I’m setting up a MailChimp account and will e-mail you with more specific information about the testing and the tote.

I hope to hear from you!

BTW….you still have a few more days to enter my Fantasia Bubble Pouch giveaway. Head over here to enter!


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A Fantasia XL Bubble Pouch Giveaway!


Earlier this week I introduced you to my upcoming e-pattern, The Diane Tote. It was made using the new Fantasia fabric line from Sara Lawson for Art Gallery Fabrics. What I didn’t mention was that I had enough leftovers to make another small accessory.  Say hi to the Fantasia XL Bubble Pouch!!  I used Unicorn Fable in Balsamtree for the main exterior and Bous Trail Bluet for the top drawstring pocket. The pouch is roughly 10″x12″ and is great for stashing those knitting {Read More}

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Say Hello to The Diane Tote!

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The Diane Tote on the cover was made using Fantasia from Sara Lawson for Art Gallery Fabrics.   Say hello to my first pdf pattern, The Diane Tote!  This pattern has been a long time coming but I am just about ready to release her into the world. I have been wanting to start making downloadable patterns for some time now.  My biggest obstacle was more of a confidence thing, rather than actual creating pattern and sewing it.  More importantly, {Read More}

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Selfish Sewing Week ~ My Hand-Stitched Jam Pincushion

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I’m a little late joining in on the Selfish Sewing Week bandwagon, but I am finally done with my Jam Jar Pincushion I created from Sweetly Stitched Handmades by Amy Sinibaldi (aka Nana Company). This book is all kinds of cuteness and the projects are so her.  If you need inspiration in hand-stitching, unique gifts, and classic sewing read her blog! The pincushion was fairly easy to make.  I have never hand-stitched letters or labels so that was fun, even if {Read More}

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Custom Order Cuteness! ~ XL Bubble Pouch ~

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I love getting custom order requests.  It is always a challenge to not only alter something you currently make, but to *tweak* it to fit that individual customer.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes orders can be harder than others but for the most part are a nice change of pace. This week I have been sewing an order for a client wishing to take a current item I sell and supersize it. Ah, enlarging a pattern.  No problem! The twill drawstring {Read More}

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