Make Something New ~ November ~


I have been busy behind the scenes here lately writing and editing a pattern or two, but I haven’t forgot about my blog! On Monday, I took a break to sew up a new-to-me pattern by Michelle Patterns called the Aster Wristlet.

Michelle’s Bucket Bag pattern was one of the first bag patterns I ever purchased, and since then I have collected a few more!  I’m a big fan of her patterns and style and always recommend her to people wanting to sew bags of their own.


The Aster has a finished size of 5.5″ h x 2.5″ w x 2.5″ deep.  A nice sturdy strap makes it easy to carry, but I could easily see how cute it would look to add a shoulder strap and make it a mini-purse.  There is an exterior and interior zipper for items needing safekeeping, and a snap closure to keep the flap in place. The pattern called for 2 snaps, but I used 1 larger one and it was just fine.


Like all of Michelle’s patterns they are easy to read and follow.  I made my Aster slowly because it was my first time making it, but in the future could easily whip one out in a few hours. This side view shows you how the flap comes over to cover the opening.


So, how much can you fill in Aster?  I was able to put a small wallet, my iPhone 6plus, a small coin pouch, pen and some lipstick.  Had a little room to spare to0.  I wouldn’t cram it that full all the time because of it just being a wristlet, but it is very roomy!

The pattern asks for a combo of SF101, cotton batting, muslin and scraps of fleece. I haven’t used a combo of these in one bag before but it really looks nice when finished.  I think you could use Soft & Stable easily to replace the fleece/muslin comb if you wanted.


This is my first Aster but it won’t be my last.  It doesn’t have large fabric requirements so it would be perfect for those small stashes you want to use up.  Give it a try, you’ll love it!

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Origami Wreath Ornament ~ Betz White Sewing Collective ~


Hi all!  Today I’m guest posting over at Betz White showing off my version of her Origami Wreath Ornament pattern.  It’s amazing how a yard of felt (In my case ribbon!) can create such a cute shape isn’t it?  Head over HERE and check it out!

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My Winter Backpack & Carryall


After I finished my newest tutorial, The Zippered Bag Strap, I had a great new zippered strap with no bag to attach it to!  I knew I could whip up something fast on my own but instead I grabbed Handmade Style by Anna Graham and started cutting out the Double Zip Wallet and Gingham Tote patterns. The unique zippered section on the front of this tote is what drew me to this pattern first (there is also a rounded version).  But me {Read More}

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New Tutorial ~ The Zippered Bag Strap~

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Good Morning!  I am so excited to share a new tutorial with you today, Zippered Bag Strap! This clever strap/zipper combo is based of a backpack I had in college. What I loved about it was the ability to use it as a single strap to carry over my shoulder, but when it was heavier I could unzip it and use it as a backpack.  I’ve yet to find something similar since then, so I decided it was time to make my {Read More}

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Handbag Fabrics ~ A Poll ~

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As most of you know I pretty much sew and sell handbags exclusively. I know what I like to sew with, but on occasion want to try something new. I’m sure many of you are like this as well. Today on Facebook I have a poll starting that asks, “What Are Your Favorite Fabrics For Sewing Handbags?” If you sell handbags or similar items, what materials do you favor? A composition? Brand? I’d love to hear your favorites!  You can {Read More}

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