Create One-of-a-Kind Bags and Purses using Digital PhotoArt

Create One-of-a-Kind Bags and Purses using Digital PhotoArt

Although I love to make textile and fabric art using my PhotoArt images printed onto fabric, one of my favorite ways to use my digital designs is for a more practical application – to create unique bags and purses. Which is one of the reasons I love bags with...
Easy Zipper Pouch … Two Ways … PLUS Free Fabric Printable

Easy Zipper Pouch … Two Ways … PLUS Free Fabric Printable

Zipper pouches are handy for storing and organizing all sorts of small items. You can even store wet items simply by turning the lining into laminated fabric. This cute set of zippered pouches is quick and easy to make and instructions include a simple way to turn a...
Online Sewing Classes for Making Bags

Online Sewing Classes for Making Bags

There is no better way to learn anything these days than with an online class, and these online classes will teach you teach you bag-making skills for all sorts of different styles of bags and purses. Free online classes will teach you basic sewing and bag-making...
21 of the Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns & Tutorials

21 of the Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns & Tutorials

If you love the function and versatility of messenger style bags, pick your favorite from these free messenger bag patterns and tutorials and get sewing! Messenger bags are one of the most versatile styles of bags and are similar in function to backpacks. They can be...
The Phoebe Handbag Pattern: The Final Design

The Phoebe Handbag Pattern: The Final Design

The new Phoebe Handbag pattern is almost ready! After a few more changes to the overall design, and some major changes to the way the bag is sewn and assembled, this is the final design. You can see how the design has progressed from version 1 here and version 2 here....
The Phoebe Handbag Pattern: Refining the Design

The Phoebe Handbag Pattern: Refining the Design

When designing sewing patterns, it’s always necessary to make multiple samples using different kinds of fabric. In this way you can refine the design and make adjustments to size, interfacing and make any other necessary tweaks. After making the first sample...
An updated sneak peak at my new bag pattern

An updated sneak peak at my new bag pattern

Here’s an updated sneak peak at my new bag pattern. And it finally has a name – The Phoebe Handbag. When I first start designing a new sewing pattern I usually make it using muslin fabric, so if things fail then I don’t feel so bad if I have to throw...
Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

I have several new bag patterns coming out very soon and here’s a sneak peak at the first one which I’m currently working on. I’m still in the design process which means things could change quite a bit before I’m done, but probably not too...
Design Notes: Taming the Chaos

Design Notes: Taming the Chaos

I’ve finally finished my sewing organizer bag, and my cutting table has gone from this (there is a storage caddy somewhere underneath all that stuff) to this! What a difference! I started with this free pattern, and adjusted it to suit my needs. The organizer...
Design Notes: From bag to sewing caddy

Design Notes: From bag to sewing caddy

It’s been several weeks since I began making my latest bag and I’ve finally finished hand-stitching around the center blocks and trimmed the panels to size. I like that the fabric is so fun and brightly colored. I had originally planned to make a...
Design Notes: Marbled Bag – inspiration strikes

Design Notes: Marbled Bag – inspiration strikes

I’m slowly progressing with the new bag I’m making using the marbled fabric I recently made. I had intended to make some type of large bag like a tote, but after cutting the fabric and piecing several blocks, I find that I like the three blocks together in...
Customize your Handmade Bags: How to Change a Zipper Slider

Customize your Handmade Bags: How to Change a Zipper Slider

Zippers are one of the most common closures for handmade bags and purses. This type of closure keeps your contents safe and secure while allowing quick and easy access to the contents. When you buy a zipper though, it usually comes with a basic pull-tab which usually...
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