This weekend I have had more time than usual for sewing due to the lockdown and the cold and rainy weather.
I have made a cross body bag in waxed canvas, that will be my oldest daughter’s. I made her one almost a year ago in normal quilting cotton. The fabric has become very thin and even worn through to the interfacing after using it almost daily since she got it. It makes me very happy that she likes to use the things I make. Also nice to make something in a new material.
Here is a new PDF Sewing Pattern for a Tote Bag in two different sizes.
The bag has a pieced front and back panel that makes it great for using up some of the scrap fabric pile that seems to grow, at least in my sewing room. The pattern is aimed at the beginner to confident beginner sewer.
The tote bag would be a great keep to keep your craft project or take it with you when you need to. The bag could of course be used for anything, for example as a shopping bag or a beach bag.
What you need to make this pattern:
Small: • Eight – 7” x 6” rectangles of at least four different fabrics • 15” of contrast fabric • 16” of lining fabric • 25” of iron on woven interfacing (light or medium weight) • 11″ x 2 1/2″ of heavy interfacing (optional)
Large: • Twelve – 7” x 6” rectangles of at least six different fabrics • 20” of contrast fabric • 20” of lining fabric • 35” of iron on woven interfacing (light or medium weight) • 15″ x 3 1/2″ of heavy interfacing (optional)
For Both Sizes: • Sewing machine • Cutting mat, Rotary Cutter & Ruler • General Sewing Supplies
All measurements are based on 42″ wide fabric and 36″ wide interfacing.
I hope you have as much fun making this pattern as I had designing it. The colour and print combinations are endless and you could play around with different type of fabrics like cotton drill or a home decor fabric for example.
A new year and a new pattern. This is a new PDF sewing pattern that includes two different sizes of this very useful and practical pencil case. Just in time for the new school year here in Australia or maybe a new pencil case for the new semester .
The Tall pencil case measures – Height: 3″ Width: 7″ Depth: 1″ The Short pencil case measures – Height: 2″ Width: 7″ Depth: 2″
I has been a different year this year for all of us in some way, and very difficult for some. Things are looking brighter here in Australia at the moment, as we are going in to summer with very few Covid cases. I haven’t done as much sewing and pattern designing this year as I have done previous years.
We have moved house and out of the big city, like so many others have done this year. Due to the lockdown and restrictions here, we couldn’t get much help and I ended up with a tendon issue in my left wrist. But it is slowly getting better and I won’t need surgery, so that is good.
I have been able to do some crochet the second half of this year, like my never ending hexagon throw that keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today I finished a Christmas Tree Bunting crochet kit that I bought earlier this year from Deramores, it is designed by Melissa Collings. I enjoyed it very much and it will probably be the only Christmas project this year.
Two of my oldest pattern in my Etsy Shop are reduced by 70% to $3.30 each. I am going to retire the patterns on the January 10, 2021. It is my Pencil Case x 3 pattern and my Beach Bag pattern. They will be replaced by new patterns during the year, I am already working on a new pencil case pattern. I feel I can do alot better patterns today and that it is time for an update of my patterns.
From me and my family to you, Happy Holidays. Hope you have time for some sewing or other crafting if that is what you want to do. Take care!
To get my sewing and pattern inspiration back, I decided to try someone else’s pattern and make something for me. Except for some mask sewing I haven’t really been sewing for the past six months. Mostly due to moving house in strict lockdown.
Face masks became mandatory here in Victoria about a month ago, so I decided it was time to join the many sewers making masks at the moment. There is many patterns and tutorials already on the internet. I have tried a few of them.