Michelle Patterns: Camera Case Wristlet PDF Sewing Pattern

  I am a huge fan of Keyka Lou *now Michelle Patterns*. I probably have at least half of her patterns love them all. When I first dusted off my sewing machine last year and started sewing again, her patterns were the first I found. Her patterns are extremely organized and easy to follow. Clear descriptive photos help you along the way as well.  If you are a beginner sewist or an advanced one, you can’t go wrong with her {Read More}

Changing It Up

What is so fun about handbag patterns you purchase is the ability for the sewist to alter the pattern.  If you have large amounts of tracing paper or other preferred pattern making paper your options are endless.  Personally, I use craft paper for initial patterns (Actually it is a big-honkin’ roll of 18″ coloring paper I bought for my kids last summer that I use more then they do!).  Craft paper is nice because while it is strong enough for {Read More}

The Teardrop Bag

I have finally finished The Teardrop Bag by Emmaline Bags. It turned out wonderful and I’m so pleased with it!  I made the XL version so I could use it for day trips and pool visits this summer.  For the exterior, I used my favorite linen-duck cloth by Robert Allen. The interior and handles were a quilted cotton from our local quilt shop. I only added a few interior pockets, leaving out the zipper or magnetic closure. Those are extras {Read More}

They don’t make things like they use to…..

Have you heard your parents or grandparents say that phrase?  Mine did, and today I am too.  I’m talking about my beef with my handy (or not so handy now) iron. I had a nice inexpensive iron at one time. It died at the rip old age of 15. So a few months back, M went out a bought me a new one. Shark. Really cool and worked great until one day it just stopped working. No warning. No abuse. {Read More}

Packing away the Bags

It’s so nice to look over to my craft table and see a handful of completed bags! Now that we’re moving soon and showing the house many times a day, I have had to get creative about displaying my bags. I have set up quite a few on some hooks on my IKEA rod for “show”,  but they are multiplying and it’s getting harder to display them. Since it’s cold, wet and just plain icky outside I spent some time {Read More}

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