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Today I am excited to share a tutorial with you by Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl has used my Pocket Supplement B to make the clutch and has created a work of art with it! Happily she is sharing her techniques on how she has achieved her masterpiece! Over to you Daryl: -------------------------------------------------------------------- Decorative Stitches Clutch Tutorial (using Pocket Supplement B) Sometimes your fabric choices can make a bag look fabulous and other times not so much. But what... Read more →


Hi Everyone, I am super excited to welcome back Dianna ....our awesome author of "Let’s Talk Top-stitching, With Dianna Leckner!" and "Creating Fabric Using Color Weaving - With Dianna Leckner!". Dianna has not only agreed to write some blog guest posts BUT she is also now a proud new member of our Admin team over in our Facebook Group. Welcome aboard the CWD team, Dianna, I am very proud and honored to have you join us! :) Dianna has an... Read more →


Today I am happy to share a guest post from one of our lovely Facebook Group members. Sonja recently won "People's Choice" in our 2020 Colour Challenge competition, which ran over in our Facebook Group. She made an Emma with a flap so gorgeous it blew everyone away! WOOP! Today she is sharing her method on how to make the flap. Over to you Sonja: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello Everyone! I am so honored to have been asked to write this tutorial... Read more →


Today I am sharing a Glossary of bag terms which Karen has put together for you! Over to you Karen! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are so many bags out there now. Some bags are called after how they are worn rather than their shape or style, i.e. Crossbody or Shoulder bag, or even how they close i.e. drawstring, which can make describing exactly what you want even more difficult. I decided it would be fun to compile an alphabetical list, a glossary... Read more →


Today I have a FUN hack guest post by Karen to share with you! So COOL! Over to you Karen! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Gemini Pouch is a free pattern available to members of the ChrisW Designs Facebook group and when I was browsing the pictures of pouches made by testers I came across the hack Robin had made to make it fit in a ring binder. I decided this would be a fun project for me to attempt, just in time... Read more →


Today I have another AWESOME guest post by Karen to share with you! Over to you Karen! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do you like to crossbody or prefer to shoulder? Love clutching your bag or prefer gripping a handle? Or are you a wrist dangler? Whatever your preference, or needs, you can make your bag meet them! Did you know there is a Museum of Bags? It is the Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, and it has a huge collection... Read more →


Today we are back with another guest post from Karen to share with you! This one is part 3, adding free motion machine embroidery! Over to you Karen: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- For this project I am making the Snazzy Slouch. I haven't made it before but it has been on my To Do List for a while, and it has those great exterior pockets for decorating. I am using recycled denim for mine, so I skipped the fusible interfacing to keep it... Read more →


Today we have another guest post from Karen to share with you! This one is part two all about adding applique to your bag making projects! Over to you Karen: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- As I said in an earlier post I love adding applique decorations to my creations, like this butterfly on Christine's 'Emma' bag, and just in case you have never tried it I will show you how I do mine. I use the same basic method for all my applique... Read more →


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 →