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We've got a week of adventure planned with 15 bloggers* and 15+ handmade handbags, in 6 countries around the world. Some of these bloggers are experienced bag-makers, while others are new to sewing bags. They'll share the gorgeous creations that all started with a ChrisW Designs pattern. Read more →


Today we have another guest post from Karen to share with you! This one is all about adding hand embroidery to your bag making projects! Over to you Karen: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I always think a little hand embroidery adds a lovely unique touch to a bag. It doesn't have to be anything complicated (unless you like it complicated!) but it can really give a bag a lift! Here I used tapestry wool and added the flowers freehand, inspired by the book... Read more →


Today I have another guest post from Karen to share with you! Over to you Karen: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I love to do hand embroidery, and I have come to love free motion machine embroidery, but there is a limit to what I can use it for. Gone are the days of embroidered tablecloths, anti-macassars and handkerchiefs! I needed something more up-to-date and useful to decorate! I started by making aprons for my great nieces. I wasn’t very interested in making the... Read more →


Today we have another guest post from Karen to share with you! This one is all about Personalising a Gizmo Garage! Over to you Karen: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- A new florist opened up in the next village and once we got talking I was soon making her a couple of cushions for the shop with her logo on. Not long afterwards she asked if I could make her a bag to carry her laptop and paperwork when she visited brides to discuss... Read more →


Hi Everyone.... It's no secret that Cork is very popular right now! My first try of it was on my recent new pattern release, The Fiona's Freeway bag and BOTH my daughters loved the cork so much they stole my sample bags! LOL Anyway....It is still a mystery to many on just how to sew with it so today I have great pleasure in sharing a guest post by Toni from the The Little British Fabric Shop where she sells... Read more →


Today I have another guest post from Karen to share with you! This one is all about choosing patterns! Over to you Karen: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Let’s talk about choosing patterns, and all the things you have to consider before making your choice. I have a considerable number of patterns in my collection, in every available format; books, paper patterns and pdf patterns. Of course, I haven’t actually made all of them, but I have made quite a few. BIG COMPANY OR... Read more →


Hello everyone! Can you believe it is almost June?....JUNE! YIKES! The year is FLYING by! I do hope everyone has been busy sewing up a storm! I know I have! I am just finishing up my contribution to the Bag of the Month Club. Would you like a little sneak peek? I can hardly wait to show it ALL to you BUT....for now it is still a secret....don't you just love secrets? ! OK....so enough rambling from me! Today... Read more →


Today I have a guest blog post to share with you, written by my friend Karen. Karen's been sharing pics of her wonderful work with me for a long time now so I am really loving the fact that she has offered to share some of her ideas and wisdom here with us today! In fact I am BLOWN away by the fact that she is also going to make her guest posts a regular feature too! WOOHOO! As many... Read more →


My wonderful proof reader and pattern tester extraordinaire Norma of Norma's Bag Boutique, added a zipper closure to her Daryl's Drive. I thought that was so COOL and I know many of you just LOVE zipper closures above all else so I twisted her arm to get her to write a tutorial for you..... OK....so I didn't really twist her arm.....But nevertheless Norma has written a tutorial on how she did it so I am going to share that with... Read more →


Hi Everyone, Today I have a great little tutorial to share with you, written by my friend Karen, on reducing the Stow It All Tote by 15%! Over to you Karen: -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, my name is Karen and I live deep in rural England. I learnt to sew and embroider at school 48 odd years ago, and have never really stopped. I also like to do raw edge applique and free-motion machine embroidery. I like to play with all the... Read more →


Hello everyone....Today Sonja has a fabulous Brandt's Boulevard/Olivia hack to share with you! Over to you Sonja: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Brandtivia” Tutorial by Sonja Davison Please note: I have sewn both patterns in their entirety using a 6mm (¼”) seam allowance and have specified where different seam allowances should be used. One of the many great things about Christine’s patterns is the endless options for hacking customization. Combining the Brandt’s Boulevard with the Olivia is a perfect example, given the many design... Read more →


Hello everyone....Today Liz has a fabulous Serendipity/Lunar mash-up to share with you! Over to you Liz: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hello everyone! I still can’t believe that I won the Hack-a-Bag-a-Thon contest. It’s a great honor to write this tutorial for you (my first one!), and I hope it inspires you to get creative and try out some hacks on your own bags. First, a little about me – I am a Certified Public Accountant living in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. I’ve been quilting... Read more →