Sewing Birthday Presents

Hello Everyone,
This week I have been working on birthday presents for a friend and for a family member.

I made a box zipper pouch for my daughter’s friend Alex’s 19th. I used the pattern that you can find in this blogpost. This pouch was supposed to be a cube and and you can find the measurements/pattern piece  here if you’re printing on A4 or here for printing on US letter size.

The pouch measures 3.5” on all sides when finished. This size was a little bit tricky with this pattern, where there is no exposed seams. If you like to make the pouch with an easier pattern you can just download the measurements/pattern piece and use any pattern you want.

These reversible mug rugs is for my sister’s birthday in October. I used the pattern on my tutorials page. All the patterns there are free. I did omit the appliqués this time. I’ve written two blogposts about this pattern. You can find them here and here. They are very easy to make and are a great way to use those appealing coordinated fat quarter packs. Three fat quarters is enough to make four mug rugs, one for the front, one for the back and one for binding.

I love being able to sew presents, they are unique and personal. My daughter put earrings in the pouch for her friend and I’m sending Melbourne Breakfast Tea (black tea with vanilla flavour) with the mug rugs.
Speaking of Melbourne, spring is finally here and my garden is getting colourful. Until next time, happy sewing and take care!

Sara’s Tote Bag

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My daughter Sara wanted me to make her a tote bag that was a bit bigger and sturdier to use for uni. The bag measures 17″ x 14″ and is 4″ deep at the bottom. That is a very good size for some books and a laptop.

She likes things with cactus plants and flamingos at the moment. I had a cotton duck fabric with printed cactus plants and I bought a small piece of grey vinyl that I used for the bottom of the bag and the handles. I didn’t have any suitable fabric with flamingos so I used a “flamingo pink” cotton fabric for lining.

The bag has a magnetic button and on the inside there is a small pocket with a zipper for smaller things like keys or a phone.



To keep the bag sturdy I used bag foam which I haven’t used that much but it was easy to work with. The handles were sturdy enough by folding the vinyl  twice.

It is a very easy bag to make and I intend to make a tutorial in the near future and upload it to my tutorials page.

Until next time, happy sewing and take care.



Hermione Granger Style Bag

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My youngest daughter is a very big Harry Potter fan and seems to know every detail about the topic. In a couple of weeks she is going to Oz Comic-Con here in Melbourne in a Hermione Granger costume and asked me to make her the beaded bag.

I did a bit of research and the blog Finding My Way gave me a lot of inspiration on how to make it.

I have made a tutorial and a pattern that you can download from my tutorials page or use the links. This is my version of the bag and not a replica.

It is a quite easy tutorial and one of those projects where you can play around with materials and embellishments. In addition to cotton fabric I used scraps of velvet and satin. For embellishments I used a braided ribbon and black seed beads and also the decorative stitches on my sewing machine which I usually don’t use very often. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.

Until next time happy sewing and take care!