Thursday, 26 March 2015

Zippy coin purse scrap buster

Hi lovelies!

Today I've got such a simple and easy way to bust those scraps...I know you have them, we're all drowning in the things!

Material requirements
You will need one 8 x 11 fabric for the outer, one 8 x 11 fabric for the lining and 8” x 5” of fusible
fleece or similar stabiliser.
You will also need one 4” (10cm) zip, and the use of a sewing machine, pins, a ruler and a
disappearing fabric marker.

Cutting out
Zippy Purse template, cut 2 outer and 2 lining.
Cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece slightly smaller than the outers.

  • Seam allowance is 3/8” (1cm) unless otherwise stated.
  • Secure every row of stitching with a backstitch or two as you go.

1) Fuse fleece to the wrong side of the purse outers.
As you can see, I've cut mine slightly smaller to reduce bulk.

2) Lay one purse outer right side up and lay your zip right side down along the top edge.

3) Lay one of your purse linings right side down on top and pin along the top edge.

4) Change to your zip foot and sew along the top edge with a 1/4” (6mm) seam allowance.

If your zip pull is in the way, stop with your needle down, lift your presser foot and move the zip pull out of the way. Put your presser foot back down and continue to the end.

5) Fold your fabrics back so that they are wrong sides together and press them back away from your zip.

6) Top stitch along the edge of your fabrics with a 1/8” (3mm) seam.

7) Lay your second purse outer right side up, and lay the zip right side down aligning the top edges. Your side edges should also match to the fabric already sewn to the zip.

28)Lay your second purse lining right side down, aligning top edges and pin.

9) Sew along the top edge, as you did before.

10) Fold the fabrics back, and press them away from the zip, as before.

11) Top stitch along the zip with a 1/8” (3mm) seam allowance.

12) Open your zip at least halfway.

13) Pull your outer fabrics together, and your lining fabrics together, matching edges.

14) Stitch around your outer fabrics, securing your ends, starting and stopping 1/8” (3mm) from the zip.

15) Stitch around your lining fabrics, securing your ends, starting 1/8” (3mm) from the zip, leaving a 2” (5cm) turning gap. Backstitch at the start and end of the turning gap to reinforce your stitching.

16) Clip the corners of your outer, and lining to remove the seam allowance bulk.

Make sure you don't accidentally snip through your stitching.

17) Flatten the point of your lining corner, matching seams and pop a pin through the seams.

18) Using a fabric marker or tailor's chalk, mark a line 1 1/4” (3cm) in length. This should be 1/2” (1.5cm) from the tip of the point.

19) Stitch along this line and then trim the excess point.

20) Repeat for the other lining corner, and then the other two outer corners.

21) Turn the purse through the turning gap, and then through the zip so that the outer is right sides out, with the lining pulled through.

22) Turn under the gap left in the lining and either ladder stitch, or machine stitch in a matching thread, to close the gap.

23) Press your purse if needed, and tuck the lining back inside.

Your purse is now ready for filling!

Don't forget to link up anything you make from my patterns or tutorials to my Flickr Group, kindly managed by Karen! I'd love to see what you make!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Cicely's Tangle

When Elvis was born, my friend Nia created a beautiful tangle for her room, she shared a video with me which I thought you might find interesting.


Here is the finished tangle all framed up ready to go on the wall. I took this photo of it against the wall colour in Elvis' bedroom, on top of her white drawers. It's a beautiful soft sea green. One day you'll get to see the whole room!

If you want to check out my friend's Etsy store she's got some fab tangles up for sale, and is always willing to create unique tangles for gifts.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Saddlebag pattern - Testers bags

Hi Friends,

I'm back today with some beautiful versions of The Saddlebag pattern made by my ever talented testers!

I had a lot of new to me testers this time, and I'm so grateful to them for stepping in and making this a very thoroughly tested pattern!

First up is Ana with this beautiful Cork fabric and denim version! She used studs and bling on the strap holding the flap closed, it looks great!

Secondly is the first of Barbara's two versions, I believe it'll be going up for charity auction in April, so if you're interested keep your eyes peeled!

I like to think she chose Elvis fabric in honour of baby Elvis!

Next up is Mary with this beautiful version. I would love some of this fabric in my living room, it'd fit perfectly!

Helen's next with this Saddlebag which features a fab stripe for a pop of colour. It also gives you a good idea of the size of this bag seeing it modelled.

Janet made this extremely pretty version and quilted her exterior fabric. I love the button on the front flap strap!

Joan made this really fun bright version! I thought I'd show you the back and inside so that you could see the pockets. The back has this large, full width pocket and inside there's a zipped pocket (which is optional) and a slip pocket.

Kathleen made this next Saddlebag with some fabric that's sure to last her well into summer, in fact, I think it's a great year round bag, it looks beautiful!

Next up is Liz from Moments, who for once has put her pleather aside for this beautiful burnt orange fabric. Her photos give you a great idea of the shaped side view.

Margareth has combined two different butterfly prints in her Saddlebag and even used contrast piping on her flap, it looks great!

Maria has made a perfect bag to go with any outfit! I love this neutral teamed with the geometric print for the lining, plus those buttons on the front really give this bag a slick look!

Nancy has chosen my favourite colour (grey) and yellow for her Saddlebag, using piping on the flap as well as the back pocket. It's a great combination!

Next up is Pat who used this fabulous buckle! It was just waiting for a project to show it off, and this bag certainly does the trick! I spy some 'Handmade' bag bling on the back pocket there from Emmaline bags!

Shannon's saddlebag certainly doesn't disappoint! This gorgeous version is perfect to shake away the winter cobwebs and spring into...well...spring lol! It's a great fabric combination!

Simone's bag is next and there's something fishy about this pattern test! Her bag looks great with that contrast top stitching! Check out her blog, The Equilateral Donkey

Barbara's second bag is made in this fabulous tweed, check out the pattern matching on her back stripes! I love the front flap strap, it looks great in the green with the bag bling 'Made in Canada' on the front!

Last, but by no means least is Terri from A Creative Princess. I just love her pop of pink, it really gives it the 'wow'! Terri added a magnetic snap to the interior ready for when she slings her bag down, great idea!

This bag is ideal for beginners, I had a few beginner bag makers among the above testers, you can't tell, can you, they're great! I'm so thankful for my testers again, they make sure that the pattern you purchase is a quality pattern resulting in a great finish to your bag.

If you'd like to make your own Saddlebag, don't forget you can buy the pattern on Patterns to Print or Etsy.

I look forwards to seeing your versions!

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Saddlebag Pattern

I'm so excited to share my latest sewing pattern with you!

I've designed it with beginners in mind. Brand new beginners, confident beginners, all beginners! I had a number of beginner bag makers for testing this particular bag and they all achieved a wonderful finish! Don't worry though, many of my testers are intermediate and advanced bag makers and they certainly didn't get bored!

The Saddlebag pattern features a contrast strap to hold the flap closed, a full width back pocket with a magnetic snap closure and an adjustable strap, perfect for changing from a shoulder bag to a cross body bag!

The pattern comes with instructions for inserting a zipped pocket if you're feeling brave (although I'm betting you can do it even if you're not brave!) and a slip pocket if not.

As with all of my patterns, you can ask me any questions you have when you're making your bag, and especially for beginners, this can be really helpful!

I'll be back to share the testers' bags with you, they're incredible! I'm always amazed at the creativity shown by my testers, they really take my bags to the next level!

You can buy the Saddlebag pattern on Patterns to Print and Etsy.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Help, she's gone quiet....!

You know when your toddler has all of a sudden gone quiet, you know they're up to something?

Yup, that's the same for me!

I'm busy plotting and planning....but mostly I've gone quiet on Facebook as I've given it up for Lent.

I don't usually give anything up for Lent, but sometimes you come to a point where you think, this is ruling me. I was spending a huge amount of my available time in the day checking Facebook, either on my phone or my computer. I'd pop onto the bag groups and start liking people's photos, or answering queries, joining discussions and before I knew it, nap time is over and I hadn't got anything done.

So that's why I've been quiet. You might see the occasional auto-post from Instagram as I'm still active there, but if you post in a group I'm in, or on my business page, I'm afraid I won't see it until Easter!

You can still get hold of me using Facebook Messenger or by email, or of course commenting on my blog!

In the meantime I've been working on a new pattern with my testers. This one is due to be released this weekend and is well and truly suitable for beginners!

I'll be back with more info about it and the testers' versions later in the week, if not this weekend!

If I go quiet again, you know I'm up to mischief....right?