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}

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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}

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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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Swoon Patterns ~ My New Harriet Expandable Tote ~

I made some time this week to sew up Swoon Patterns newest pattern, the Harriet Expandable Tote. And I will say this much:  I Love this bag!! This is the third Swoon Pattern I own.  I have previously made Donna as part of Purse Palooza and Olive and enjoyed each one very much.  I really like how Alicia formats her patterns and explains them. Simple and to the point with great visual details to guide me along. What’s so unique about {Read More}

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~Hand Stitched Leather Card Holder~

Leatherwork is something I have been interested in for some time. For the past year I have been silently researching, learning and experimenting with various leathers in my studio.  One of my 2016 goals is to continue my learning and working with leather, and to hopefully share with it with you! This past weekend I was able to finish up a personal project I started a few months back.  My first handstitched leather business card holder. I’ve had this leather {Read More}

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