Thursday, June 23, 2016

Isobel....& SALE !!

is my newest design
Isobel....the Grab & Go Crossbody Bag!

For my everyday bag I prefer a cross-body bag....I love to have my hands free but I need pockets and lots of them...so this is what I came up with.
The bag is 11"H x 10"W x 3" D ( it will hold an iPad) 
 This bag has a wraparound pocket, a front zipper pocket and more pleated pocket on the inside.
 It has a lovely adjustable buckle strap or you can make the adjustable strap with O-ring version.

Like all my patterns it is written with faux leather in mind but you can be made with cottons as you will see from the lovey examples the testers made!! I will do a separate post in a couple of days (after my birthday celebration).
There are no words for these great ladies...they outdid themselves so that I could bring the pattern out in time for my Birthday... Thank you ladies !! Your the best!!!

Let's Celebrate with a SALE 

...today is my 55th birthday and what better way then to have a sale on my new pattern...
...for 24hr ONLY Isobel will be in sale for $5.50 ( reg. $8.95)

You can get the pattern on Craftsy !

Happy Birthday to me!!!!

Wondering about the name......this is the "real" Isobel 
I didn't have a name for the bag when I was designing it and one of my testers said..."my daughter would love to have a bag named after her."...that is how the pattern got its name!  
It is named after this special girl in England ...Isobel!






Thursday, May 26, 2016

BIG Pocket ..

....for those BIG cell phones!!

I had some requested for how I made the big pocket in my Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet.

When I first designed the Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet, I designed it so that cell phones
up to the size of an iPhone 6 would fit. Who knew everyone would be getting BIGGER phones !! (myself included) Which caused me to have to make a bigger pocket for the wallet. This pocket is the full width of the wallet.
If your cell phone does not fit into this pocket than you should stop calling it a cell phone...its an iPad!!

As requested ..........Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet with a full length pocket!!


These instructions are to be used in combination with the Up, up & away Passport Wallet 2  pattern. 
These instructions are just for the pocket ...not the wallet !!

Due to the thickness of the faux leather this pocket is only a zippered pocket without the extra slip pocket ( as in pattern version 2). If you wish the extra slip pocket, use these measurements but follow the directions in the pattern and only use cottons! Faux leather is to thick for both!

Cut your Exterior, Lining & Passport Pocket pieces as listed in the patterns instructions.

Prepare the pockets for the left side of the wallet as instructed in the pattern.
The only thing I did different is that I used faux leather for the front of one to the pockets ( Pocket piece 1 - lining) . *Do not use faux leather for all of the passport pockets, it will be way to thick to sew !
As you can see from the picture I even cut the fabric for Pocket Piece 2 - Lining & Pocket Unit Backing upside down ..since you are not going to really see them and I didn't have enough fabric to be fussy! LOL



For the new larger pocket...you will need:

Supplies:

  • 1 - 8 3/4" W x 9 1/2" H - faux leather for exterior of zipper pocket
  • 1 - 7 1/2" W  x 9 1/2" H - lining- cotton
  • 2  - 1" x 1" - zipper tabs - faux leather
  • 1  8-9" - #3 zipper
  • Teflon Foot
  • FabriTac glue or double-stick tape 


*** If using cotton instead of faux leather you may wish it interface the pieces as stated in the pattern.

** If you are using a direction fabric...instead of faux leather .. the 9 1/2" side is the height of the pocket so your design should run up & down.

Abbreviations:
SA = Seam Allowance
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
RSO = Right Side Out

Lets Sew:

1- Basically you will be preparing the zipper like in the instruction except you don't have to turn the raw edges under with faux leather. Place one of the zipper tabs 1/4" in from the end of your zipper, WS on top of the RS of the zipper ( raw edge of faux leather showing) Glue or double-stick tape in place.

....Topstitch in place.
2. Place the second zipper tab on the other end of the zipper...making sure the total length ( end of tab to end of tab) is 9 1/2" long. Topstitch in place.
3. Trim off the extra zipper so it is only 1/4" from the stitched edges. This reduces bulk in your tabs.


4. Lay the WS of the Zipper on the RS of the Lining fabric ( along the 9 1/2" edge). 
    Baste zipper in place.



 5. Press the Lining away from the zipper teeth down towards lining piece.
6. Lay the long side (9 1/2")  WS of faux leather on top of RS of zipper, gluing or double-stick tape it in place. (your lining piece will be shorter than you exterior piece...do not panic..this is correct!
The back side will look like this 

.....Topstitch along the edge.

7. Take the other end of Pocket lining piece RS, bring it up the WS of zipper, creating a tube.
    Baste in place.
 ...... the back should look like this.
8. Working from the RS of the faux leather ...bring the bottom edge of the faux leather up to the zipper edge that you had just basted in the previous step. RST. Once again you are creating a tube.
.....Stitch with a 1/4" SA.
......now you will have 2 tube like pockets. The lining one will be shorter!  This is correct !
9. Press the seam towards the faux leather side. Turn RSO.
10. Fold /roll the faux leather down around the zipper SA...creating an edge/lip. Use a few clips to  hold it in place.
11. Topstitch along the folded edge.
***your pocket lining will be shorter than the exterior fabric inside of the pocket...this is correct ! 
12. Following the patterns instructions...Lay your new pocket on the lining as stated in the pattern. Clip in place.

13. Stitch along the long folded edge of your pocket attaching it to the lining piece. Baste the short edges to the lining.
Viola your interior is complete!!
...continue as stated in the pattern.

**Tip...when I lay my Exterior & Lining pieces together. I make small stitching guidelines with a Frixion pen, so that I know exactly where to stop with my needle to make a nice sharp corner.

14. Once you have sewing the Exterior & Lining pieces RST and have turned it RSO ...it is going to look awful like this! Don't panic!! Give it a press using a pressing cloth.
15. Close the turning opening with some FabriTac glue or double-stick tape. 
Topstitch from the faux leather side, using your teflon foot & lengthening your stitch length!

Your Passport wallet is done!! Time to book that vacation now!!





These also make great Father's Day Gifts!!!

Happy Sewing !




Saturday, May 21, 2016

Eve...

... is my first handbag design and I love her ...hope you will too !! 
The unique thing about Eve is that there are no side seams and she comes in two versions, #1 with a zipper top or #2 with a stylish flap...you get to decide.


This is what I call a proper handbag,...it is 10 1/2" H x 14 1/4" W x 5" D 
My 13"  MacBook Air fits in there without a problem.
The interior has a couple slip pockets & a zipper pocket with the fancy overlay.
Whether you choose to make it completely in faux leather, use an accent fabric in the middle or maybe even embroider a design....you create it into your favourite handbag.

Instructions are geared at sewing with faux leather but decorator fabrics, denim or cotton can also be used.
The PDF pattern consists of 50 pages... with over 100 pictures.!!!
This is an intermediate pattern but it is not difficult if you follow the instructions. I had a couple of confident beginners on my testing team and they had no problems.
I've incorporated a few new techniques, so you will have to read the instructions as you go along ..not just look at the pictures (what I am famous for doing !)

Eve ....can be found in my Craftsy shop ...it is on sale for $7.95 for 48hrs. (reg. price of $9.95) http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/accessory/eve-handbag/207154


The other exciting news I have is.... 
....  Emmaline Bags will be stocking hardware kits for Eve....one stop shopping !! 
If you would like to get the metal trim or any other Bling bling !!...you can find it here...
http://emmalinebags.com/products/hardware-kit-the-eve-handbag-by-liz-3-variations

Enough info .... time to show you the many faces of Eve !….these are the beautiful samples the testers made...Since I love them all..I am listen them alphabetically :-)

Barbara decided to make it on denim & cotton...she even added piping to the flap !! 
Bernice is a beginner to bag making but you would never know it the way she jumped in with both feet...not only did she make this gorgeous faux leather & cotton version...
she also made one all in cottons...just to see how it would look! Way to go Bernice!! 
Cathy, a newbie to the tesing world, wanted to go out & buy some special fabrics for this project...she fell & hurt her ankle...so she had to "use what she had at home" ! I wish my stash fabrics coordinated so well!!
Christine of Bags of Style loves to sew and she is fast ( the energizer bunny can't keep up with her!)  ....she didn't make 1 ...she made 6 !! I'm not showing you the 5 & 6 since they are a hack...so you have to till we do hacks on Eve !
with gold zippers in the seams!! 
 floral with trim
Harris Tweed & faux leather
here she pleated the faux leather herself...just to see if it could be done!!...crazy lady!!LOL

Crystal of The Cloth Albatross made this awesome Harry Potter version...Hermione would be thrilled to carry this purse!


Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio ..made this lovely plaid & Paris fabrics.

Gwen of GML Designs finally overcame her fear of faux leather and knocked this right out of the park..MK watch out!! She used the oval bag trim ...looks great !

Judy of HoboBunny used a lovely Tula Pink fabric for the center panel...I am sure Tula would love this!!
Laura also decided to use an different accent fabric on each side of the center....doesn't the lion & zebra look great!


Margaret of MaggieMadeBags used 3 fabrics and produced a beautiful bag!! Love those colors



Marilyn of Shades of Bold always produces amazing bags but this one is one of my favorites ....a beautiful Shades of Purple...
she enjoyed the pattern so much she also made zipper version...amazing how different the same pattern can look!
Pamela of Bag A Vaughan made this stunning zipper version in suedes & cotton !! 
if that was no enough...she made this amazing flap version...yes there is a flap there !! Have you every send such perfect fussy cutting !!??
Sandy of Crazy'boutqutilts was pleased with all the new things she learned. The pattern was full of "firsts" for her and she made a beautiful bag...look at that piping!

Shannon of Stiffchick decided to change it up a bit and pre-quilted the fabrics & placed the straps on the side...this is the 2nd bag she has her made!

A big thank you to all the testers !! You ladies did an awesome job!! 
Take a bow!!

Now that you have seen the many faces of Eve maybe you would like to make you own...
Hop on over to Craftsy and grab a copy of the pattern !

Happy Sewing !!












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