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 →


How AWESOME is this! Today I have a super tutorial by Ellen on how to add a zipper closure to your Gabbie's Grove! YAY! Over to you, Ellen: --------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello everyone .. Today I just wanted to share with you all, how I did the Zip Top Closure on “Gabbie’s Grove”. There are two different ways to add a Zip Top Closure, one way is to add a finished (on all edges) Zip Top Closure panel directly onto your lining.... Read more →


YES! It's that time again! What 'time' you may ask? NEW pattern release time! YAY! My latest Easy Street Pattern, Gabbie's Grove: Gabbie’s Grove is a super quick and fun sew creating a unique, versatile foldover bag which you can use as a tote: Or fold it over and use as a shoulder or crossbody bag: Or put your arm through the Top Body Strap and use as a large clutch: You can even wear it as a foldover backpack... Read more →


WOOP! we are having a FLASH sew along of the Brandt's Boulevard Easy Street wallet pattern over in our Facebook Group AND there will be a LIVE VIDEO too! Starts TOMORROW! Hosted by two of our AWESOME group admins, Rachel, who has made a STACK of these wallets to date and knows more about them than I do... and Amanda who is braving the camera for us! Quick and easy to make,the Brandt's Boulevard wallet is the perfect warm up... 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 →


YAY! So here are the next 6 blank slate drawings from Karen. Simply right click and save to your computer to print out whenever the urge to get creative hits you! I suggest you save them with your patterns! ;) PLUS below each single drawing, you will find a link to download a PDF colouring sheet with lots of little versions of the sketch so you can print out and have fun with planning different colour schemes and fabric placement!... 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 →


WOOP! So here are the next 6 blank slate drawings from Karen. Simply right click and save to your computer to print out whenever the urge to get creative hits you! I suggest you save them with your patterns! ;) PLUS below each single drawing, you will find a link to download a PDF colouring sheet with lots of little versions of the sketch so you can print out and have fun with planning different colour schemes and fabric placement!... Read more →


WOOP! I am super excited to let you all know that my new Aussie supply website is up, complete with my PDF patterns in AUD too! I am still fine tuning the site and there are some funny little 1 cent discrepancies showing up in the cart when buying certain quantities of things but I am hounding tech support to fix it....even though its usually only a cent or two and mostly in your favour, it looks unprofessional so I... Read more →


WOOP! I am super excited to be able to advise that the Factotum & Minifacto, my contributions to the 2017 season Bag of the Month Club, are in my shop now! It's really amazing how fast that 6 months has flown by! Soooo much has happened in the last 6 months....BUT I don't want to think about that.....it's time to celebrate the release of the patterns! YAY! If you missed all the juicy details and tester photos you can take... Read more →


WOOPEE! Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale! I nearly wasn't going to have a sale at all due to recent sale activity BUT this is a special sale to say a special THANK YOU to all my wonderful customers and indeed friends for the support and friendship you have shown me in the many tough past months! To all of you who took the time to check in on me and see how I am coping with my personal circumstances, I say... Read more →