Pattern Testing: Convertible clutch / 2 in 1 bag pattern from LBG Studio

Now that I’ve got my blog started, I can share a photo of the Convertible Clutch 2-in-1 Bag I recently tested for Little Big Girl Studio. If you haven’t had a chance to check out LBG Studio you’re in for a treat. I have been following her blog for some time now and really enjoy reading her tips and ideas. You will also find patterns and tutorials for crafters of all ages and experience levels. This was the first time I {Read More}

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A Japanese Inspired Bag

Over the summer I found a handbag pattern online. It looked like it was scanned and uploaded, but the pictures were clear and easy to follow. The problem? It was in Japanese…  If you are an experienced sewist (is that the right word?) you can sometimes follow a pattern by pictures alone. But for this pattern, I needed some assistance. Thank goodness for my MacBook Pro and Google Translate! I was able to adapt it into a clear set of {Read More}

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A Use for my Bamboo Handles

I’ve had these cute bamboo handles for almost a year now and just couldn’t think of a handbag pattern or style that would look good with it. Until recently.  Enter this adorable owl cotton print I found at our local discount fabric shop in town. It’s a drapery weight, so while it wasn’t overly thick I didn’t need to use a stiff interfacing. The pink polka-dot fabric I used around the handles was a heavy home dec and I lined it with {Read More}

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The Pan-Am Bag

While making a drop off at our local Goodwill I noticed their huge handbag selection in the window. Of course I had to go in and look through the racks to see if I could find anything worthwhile. Hey, for $2.00 a bag I KNOW I’ll find something worthy of taking home! So as I’m going through the racks I noticed this cute little number. The brand is Nine West and the blue leather exterior is in perfect condition. The front {Read More}

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Sidetracked by my Juki

I’d like to introduce you to my new sewing machine. It’s a Juki 8700-7 born and raised in Japan. It took a month to arrive and almost killed M to put it together, but it was so worth it!  This is basically a single-needle straight stitch machine, but has tons of programming options from thread cutting to backstitching. My Juki has the potential to stitch over 5,000 stitches per minute, which coming from a Bernina Bernette 65 is very fast {Read More}

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