Friday, 27 February 2015

The Saddlebag Pattern

I'm so excited to share my latest sewing pattern with you!

I've designed it with beginners in mind. Brand new beginners, confident beginners, all beginners! I had a number of beginner bag makers for testing this particular bag and they all achieved a wonderful finish! Don't worry though, many of my testers are intermediate and advanced bag makers and they certainly didn't get bored!

The Saddlebag pattern features a contrast strap to hold the flap closed, a full width back pocket with a magnetic snap closure and an adjustable strap, perfect for changing from a shoulder bag to a cross body bag!

The pattern comes with instructions for inserting a zipped pocket if you're feeling brave (although I'm betting you can do it even if you're not brave!) and a slip pocket if not.

As with all of my patterns, you can ask me any questions you have when you're making your bag, and especially for beginners, this can be really helpful!

I'll be back to share the testers' bags with you, they're incredible! I'm always amazed at the creativity shown by my testers, they really take my bags to the next level!

You can buy the Saddlebag pattern on Patterns to Print and Etsy.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Help, she's gone quiet....!

You know when your toddler has all of a sudden gone quiet, you know they're up to something?

Yup, that's the same for me!

I'm busy plotting and planning....but mostly I've gone quiet on Facebook as I've given it up for Lent.

I don't usually give anything up for Lent, but sometimes you come to a point where you think, this is ruling me. I was spending a huge amount of my available time in the day checking Facebook, either on my phone or my computer. I'd pop onto the bag groups and start liking people's photos, or answering queries, joining discussions and before I knew it, nap time is over and I hadn't got anything done.

So that's why I've been quiet. You might see the occasional auto-post from Instagram as I'm still active there, but if you post in a group I'm in, or on my business page, I'm afraid I won't see it until Easter!

You can still get hold of me using Facebook Messenger or by email, or of course commenting on my blog!

In the meantime I've been working on a new pattern with my testers. This one is due to be released this weekend and is well and truly suitable for beginners!

I'll be back with more info about it and the testers' versions later in the week, if not this weekend!

If I go quiet again, you know I'm up to mischief....right?

Friday, 13 February 2015

"Frozen" Bookbag Backpack by Susan

For the love of building a snowman, Susan's made every little girl's (and boy's?) perfect bag! Using my Bookbag Backpack pattern, Susan made the bag up in this Frozen fabric, leaving the long optional cross body strap off. 

Susan is a member of a bag making question and answer forum that I'm part of on Facebook, you can check it out here: Bobbin Girl's Sewing Bee. She shared with me some photos of a Frozen backpack she'd made. I just had to share them with you.

Is it terrible that Olaf is my favourite? Shouldn't I like one of the Princesses?

Susan did an incredible job and I suspect there'll be a lot of very jealous little friends around when they see this bag!

Thanks for sharing it with us Susan!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A duo of Convertible bags

I'm not very good at sewing the same thing over and over, I think that's why I like designing so much, I can have a lot of variety in life!

When my friend asked me for another two convertible bags to give as gifts I decided to batch sew them. Of course I hadn't thought about the fact that they'd use very different thread colours....oops!

The left is made with Kona Solids in Black and with a pocket of Mixteca organic cotton in the owl print from Cloud 9 fabrics.

The right is made with light zakka linen with a pocket of Cath Kidston roses.

I wouldn't recommend making a bag from linen...for future reference!

The linings each have one zipped pocket and one slip pocket as per the pattern.

I used Kona Cotton solids in Cyan for the lining of the black bag, and Cath Kidston roses for the lining of the linen bag.

I added 'handmade by Mrs H' satin labels into the pocket seams. I buy them on eBay from here.

As is usual for Convertible bags, they change from a shoulder or cross body bag to a small backpack easily.

If you'd like to make your own Convertible bag you can find the pattern on Patterns to Print.

I love these bags with solid outers and contrast pockets, it makes them easy to wear but still fun!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Bag of the Month club '15 Prizes!!!

Hello 2015 Bag of the Month Club members!

The prizes have all been organized for this year's contest and we are proud to announce that our amazing sponsors have been very generous and we are lucky to be able to provide 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prizes for each of the 6 bag designs, as well as 6 randomly drawn prizes.

To Enter: 
If you are a club member, please link up your completed bag photos to the FLICKR GROUP by July 15th, 2015. You can enter as many bags as you like, but they must be bags from the Bag of the Month 2015 club offering only. Upload a couple of clear photos of your bag so we can see inside and out and feel free to link to your blog, website or shop listing.

Judging will be done slightly different than last year. This year the designers will work together to pick several finalists for each bag design, and we will have public voting to choose the winners. More details will come closer to July. (If you are not a member, it's not too late to join, just CLICK HERE and you can read all about it.  The past month's patterns will be sent to you after payment.)

Our Sponsors:

The Prizes: 
(All $ Amounts are in the form of Gift Certificates.)

January Bag Pattern - by Samantha from Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H.
1st Prize: $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop & $25.00 from Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from & $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Samantha Hussey
February Bag Pattern - by Sara from Sew Sweetness
1st Prize: $25.00 from Hawthorne Threads & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from & Sara Lawson's upcoming book "Windy City Bags"
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Sara Lawson

March Bag Pattern - by Anna from Noodlehead
1st Prize: $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from & Anna Graham's upcoming book "Handmade Style"
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Anna Graham

April Bag Pattern - by Janelle from Emmaline Bags
1st Prize: $25.00 from Hawthorne Threads & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from & $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Janelle MacKay

May Bag Pattern - by Betz White
1st Prize: $25.00 from the Fat Quarter Shop & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from & Betz White's book "Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow"
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Betz White

June Bag Pattern - By Christine from Chris W. Designs
1st Prize: $25.00 Hawthorne Threads & $25.00 Emmaline Bags
2nd Prize: $20.00 from & $25.00 from Hawthorne Threads
3rd Prize: 3 PDF patterns of your choice by Christine Welsh

Randomly Drawn Prizes:
$50.00 Gift Certificate from the Online Fabric Store
$50.00 Gift Certificate from the Online Fabric Store

(1) Free “Weekend Duffle” class on, by Betz White 

(3) 3-in-1 Betsy Bag Patterns by Betsy LaHonta, provided by C&T Publishing

Thank you so much to the Fat Quarter Shop,, Hawthorne Threads, the Online Fabric Store, & C&T Publishing, PLUS - my fellow bag designers Sara Lawson, Janelle MacKay, Christine Welsh, Betz White and Anna Graham for your wonderful prize contributions!!  Let the bag making begin!