Archives for February 2016

Now Available!! ~ The Diane Tote Pdf Pattern ~

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 she is finally ready to be released 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, I {Read More}

TBT ~ I’m ripping apart handbags!

Here is a blog post I originally wrote almost 4 years ago but still rings SO true for handbag makers.  How to find expensive bag hardware besides online retailers…thrifting!  Enjoy your Thursday. Don’t shoot me, but I spent some time yesterday ripping apart handbags. Not mine or a fancy brand, but some random old handbags I found at the local thrift store. I was tempted to keep the green one, but my boys vetoed that so it went into the {Read More}

February Bag Review – Poolside Tote by Noodlehead

I have had this pattern for nearly 2 years and FINALLY got it out during a recent cold snap and started working on it.  This pattern was originally part of the 2014 Bag-of-the-Month subscription but you can find it on Anna’s site, Noodlehead. I own all of Anna’s bag patterns so I knew I’d have no trouble sewing it up.  Her pattern pieces, directions and supplies are always well written and easy to follow.  The Poolside Tote is very large {Read More}

Leather Tools – Part 2 –

So what did you think of the leather strap maker I shared last week?  I love how easy it is to cut custom sized straps for my handbags.  Add a few rivets or stitch the straps in place and I’m good to go! Today I’m going to show you two more tools I have been learning to use in the studio recently.  These are a bit trickier and require more patience when using, but I’m getting the hang of it…slowly. Here is a {Read More}

Leather Tools – A Strap Tutorial – Part 1

This is part one of two posts I’m sharing this week on my adventures in leatherwork.  I’m a total newbie, but when I find a tool that makes me want to grab all.the.leather. I had to share. If you make bags like I do, you know how important straps and handles are in overall construction and design.  We need them to be the perfect size to hold or wear over our shoulder while made of material that coordinates with our “look”. {Read More}

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