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YES! The new Bella pattern is almost ready! Unlike the old version, it will have a zippered main compartment and for that, I have added a COOL metal zipper end.....BUT....I do know that not everyone will have them or want to get them...... Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio has put together a little tutorial on how to make a fabric zipper tab, just in case you haven't made one before and want to know how! Over to you, Daryl:... Read more →

Today Mel has another awesome ID window tutorial to share with us. This one is perfect for adding to any project in need of one! So....let's take a look....over too you Mel- ----------------------------------------------------------- Hello everyone! My name is Mel (Melanie Euhus if you must!), and I’m thrilled to have been asked to be a guest blogger!! Thanks so much Christine! So Christine wanted to know about my alternative way to make an ID Window for your bags/wallets. This version is... Read more →

How is everyone enjoying sewing their Pick A Pocket Wallets? Having FUN I hope! Well today I have an awesome tutorial by Mel to share with you. It's an alternative method of making your ID window to get a super neat finish! Let's take a look....over to you Mel- --------------------------------------------- Hello everyone! My name is Mel (Melanie Euhus if you must!), and I’m thrilled to have been asked to be a guest blogger!! Thanks so much Christine! I previously had... Read more →

Have you seen the new rage taking the bag world by storm? Metal corners! These add a special finishing touch which simply looks fabulous on lots of different bags....(Hint - Watch for my June Bag of the Month Club design to see how I have used them!) Krista They can be a little tricky to apply IF you are not familiar with a few simple tricks. So Krista, one of my pattern testers extraordinaire, is sharing her tips and tricks... Read more →

How many of you are like ME and have a TON of fabric scraps that you can't bear to part with BUT are just sitting idle in a monstrous pile? Well Samantha has a great tutorial showing us just how to turn those piling up scraps into something FANTASTIC....AND the good part is, she is sharing the tutorial here with us. PLUS don't miss her bag pattern bundles which she is currently offering in her Etsy shop, saving 25%! (Details... Read more →

I thought it would be FUN to be able to make my own customised metal I ordered some blank tags from an Etsy shop and set about experimenting to see what I could do with them! This is what I came up ....of course, this technique could be used to make an endless variety of different, unique tags and you are limited only by your imagination! This is how I made mine..... First....gather some supplies: You will need: *Blank... Read more →

Adjustable bag straps are simply FANTASTIC and really are so easy to make too! They are great when sometimes you would like to wear your bag on your shoulder and yet other times you want to wear it accross the body....just change the length to suit the need! They are fabulous for example, on messenger style bags, such as my Savannah Messenger. Or indeed for any bag that has one strap! So just what do you need and how do... Read more →

So just what IS piping? Piping is a trim that you sew into the seams of your bag or other project to give defination or provide contrast. Basically it is a cord wrapped in fabric! Here is an example of a bag with piping: A bag with Piping Trim! Can you see the contrasting plain purple stripes? Well…that’s the piping! Piping is easy to make once you know how! While there is commercial piping to be found, made and ready... Read more →

People often ask me about handbag feet! There seems to be a false belief out there that they are complicated or difficult to install. This can't be further from the truth! They are EASY PEASY, functional and look GREAT too, making your bag look more professional! there is no excuse why you too can't add some feet to your bags! All you need is some bag feet (Of course!)....these either come with washers or without. Plus a hole punch, an... Read more →

Updated Oct 2015! 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 II Bag: Or use them to attach the straps like in my Epiphany Bag: 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 mind is that each... 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 →

Once you've started using Rivets and realise how wonderful and versatile they are, you will be rivetting all over the place! LOL! They are GREAT to use particularly when you are making straps for your bags and have too many layers for your sewing machine to handle....just reach for the rivets! Tools and requirements: *You will need Rivets (Of course!) and there are different types and sizes of rivets but the ones I am using here are commonly referred to... Read more →