The Totes Ma Tote by Emmaline Bags…on Steroids!

The Totes Ma Tote by Emmaline Bags is one of my favorite tote patterns out there.  It has great pocket storage with a magnetic closure and a nicely designed hidden zipper panel.  If you have sewn this pattern you know how the fabric selection can take this tote to a business room, or to the beach!  I have a customized Totes Ma Tote in my Etsy shop right now that I love.  It’s slightly smaller than the original and I modified {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}

The Zip Top Tote ~ From Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Last week was a very productive one in the studio.  I finished a few to-sew items off my checklist, updated my Etsy shop and my IG destash account. On top of that, I made the final edits on The Diane Tote (Coming soon!) and am working on my next pattern.  It feels so good to cross things off lists doesn’t it? Here is one of my big finishes of last week!! Anna Graham (Noodlehead)’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years {Read More}

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