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March 2012

Inspiration for bag designs come from all sorts of places BUT necessity is often the mother of invention, or so it was in this case! LOL! My daughter Amy recently started taking dance lessons....."I need a bag for my dancing gear, mum!".....so I made her one....she thought it was 'cute'.....so I thought - why not make it into a pattern! So......here is a sneak peek at "Matilda".....aptly named by Naomi, as usual! Very clever name, don't you think? This is... Read more


Grommets are SUPER FUN once you know how to install them! They are especially effective in bags! Use them for hook straps, like in my Bella Bag: Bella by ChrisW Designs Or use them to make a closure like this: Matilda - a ChrisW Designs PDF Pattern Or use them just for decoration! Grommets come in all sorts of sizes and also plastic as well as metal. You can even get coloured ones too! The main thing to bear in... Read more


Today I can't resist sharing with you the work of a fabulous new Etsy seller! Dyan, who's shop is called "d' Moda Bella", has some gorgeous bags, ready to go, in her new shop..... INCLUDING a ChrisW Designs' "Bella" and an "Evelyn"...... I think you will agree that her workmanship is FABULOUS.....so NEAT with perfect attention to detail! BUT.....don't take my word for it! Check out these pics - Bella: Bella ...and Evelyn: Evelyn Such wonderfully STRAIGHT Stitching! Stop by... Read more


BAG STRAPS....What would we do without them? Coming in all sorts of types, shapes and sizes, they are not only necessary and functional BUT they can be beautiful and really add that finishing touch to your bag! As there are numerous different types of straps, I thought it would be FUN to do a series on them! So.....I thought I would start the series with a strap that is one of the most basic and easiest to make! A closed... Read more