Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Here's a lovely bag pattern and it's free.  You can find it at My Handmade Space!  There are several other bag and dress tutorials you might like as well.

This is a simple bag with a front snap hook closure.  The pattern is designed for faux leather, and there is also a free embroidery design.  It would be very easy to add a shoulder strap and/or extra bag hardware.

This looks like an easy sew for even the novice!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Duffle Bag - Free Tutorial.

Here's a trendy duffle bag which would be great for a short trip or weekend getaway.

It finishes at approximately 20" wide x 11" high x 7" deep.  The handles have a 12" drop.  The wrap-around zipper opens a full 27".  It takes only 1 1/2 yards of fabric, which in itself is amazing considering the size, and that it is fully lined!

The straps are just long enough to be used as a hand or over the shoulder carry all, whichever you prefer.

This free tutorial/pattern can be found at sew4home

Friday, March 25, 2016

A New Necessary Clutch Wallet

This is my latest wallet. The body of the wallet is a good quality feels like leather, very soft!
 The flap is from the Tula Pink's " Eden Garden" Collection, Crouching Tiger.  This wallet is for sale!  There's a shoulder strap as well as wristlet included in the price.

The pattern is the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmaline Bag Patterns.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

RETREAT BAG - Free Tutorial

 I absolutely love these Retreat Bags, and plan on making one!...maybe more!.   They come in two sizes, small and large.  Even the small one is large enough to contain all your cosmetic needs plus!

The top contains a wire frame, which I've never worked with, but I was assured they were not difficult to insert.

You can find this Retreat Bag at Emmaline Bags.

Pattern instructions are provided in both imperial and metric measurements.  It is geared towards a beginner to intermediate sewer.

This is the bag I just finished.  I used vinyl and cotton, and added a "Homemade" metal label to the front.

The vinyl was quite thin so I had no problem sewing it.    Pressing the bag was initially a challenge as I couldn't put the iron near the vinyl.  I used a pressing cloth which worked well once I had figured it out.

The internal wire frames in the top, which keep the bag open are easy to install.  This is my first time using them.

The only thing I would do differently is add some  quilt batting or bosal  to the bag.  I did use a heavy interfacing, but I think the other would work better.  All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Taylor Unisex Bag - FREE PATTERN

Here's a great little Taylor Unisex Bag which is fun and easy to sew!  It includes one exterior zipper pocket, one exterior slip pocket, magnetic snap, and adjustable strap. There is also a large flap with magnetic closure!

Size:  10 1/2" x 9" x 3"

This bag is by Huff'n Cuff Patterns and is FREE!  You can find it right here on CRAFTSY.

UPDATE:   Ladies have been making this bag, and the bags are absolutely beautiful!  The pattern is reported as easy to follow,  an excellent pattern.  Last count I heard it has been downloaded OVER 700 times!!!
Just incase your pattern doesn't have the measurements for the corner they are!