Archives for October 2015

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}

New Tutorial ~ The Zippered Bag Strap~

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}

Handbag Fabrics ~ A Poll ~

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}

Purse Palooza 2015 ~ Pattern Review ~ Swoon Donna

Today’s the day!  Head over to Sew Sweetness today to see my review of Swoon Patterns – Donna.  This was my first time working with a Swoon pattern, so I hope you’ll enjoy my review and finished product! I didn’t post my materials list on my review post, but if you are interested in the sources I used here they are:  Exterior & Interior Fabrics – JoAnn Fabrics – Koko Lee in  Interfacing – By Annie’s Soft & Stable  & Pellon Shapeflex {Read More}

Lookbooks & Sewing Inspiration -Found on

I discovered Issuu by accident last year when I was looking up a book ISBN number on Google.  And instead of clicking on the close window box I kept looking around. What I found was a hidden treasure of sewing and quilting publications! So what exactly is Issuu?  It’s simply a digital publishing platform.  Companies both big and small from around the world use this platform to upload and share upcoming product releases,  brochures, magazines sneak peaks, and even complete magazines {Read More}

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