Monday, February 27, 2017

Carry-It-All-Hipster Bag with Recessed Zipper

This is the Carry-It-All with a recessed zipper.  The tutorial is not  finished yet, but the bag is. There were some issues with the bag, but they were related to ordering the hardware, and using cork on the upper part of the bag.  The cork's beautiful to was just that I didn't think it through, and left the seams thick at the top and sides, instead of trimming them a bit!

The front of the bag has a large,  long zipper pocket across the front, as well as a smaller flap pocket.

The back has a large pocket, which extends from one side to the other, and it is the same width as the bag, and a few inches shorter in height.  I added a flap for increased security as you can see in the picture.  I quite like the look..

The inside has an open pocket the width of the bag, and I divided it into two.  There's plenty of room, even though it's not a large bag.

On my previous bag I added small grommets or eyelets for the hooks to connect with, but on this one I used more expensive grommets.  Because of the cork being so thick, I was unable to move the grommets up further, so I ended up  unable to attach the hooks.   It meant again having to find some more gold hardware and order it.  By this time I was frustrated with the whole project.   I then  ended up adding the strap itself through the hole and adding rivets.  It works well for me, but it wasn't as planned.

I made one other mistake, and again it wasn't anything to do with the tutorial, but with me not thinking clearly. I'll just say with all that is happening in the US and Canada, I've felt so troubled, and my head was full of thoughts about our countries, infact I think I"ve taken on the whole world!

The express purpose of this new Carry-All was to add a recessed zipper.  The piece is easy to create as well as simple to add to the bag.  I did get the zipper panels the correct length.  I really like this bag with the recessed zipper, rather than the flap.

The bag tutorial is not back on Craftsy yet, but it should be by the end of this week.  I'm not sure whether or not if I'll just give the measurements for the recessed zipper pieces and refer you to a you tube video.  They are really not that difficult to make.

Have a wonderful day!  We just had snow again yesterday, and although it feels cold now, the snow hasn't stayed.  Hopefully Spring is on the favorite time of the year!!  Take care!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nautical Crib Quilt

I've been busy, but this time it's making a crib quilt!  Seems like it took forever!!  I sewed the binding on by hand, because I like the way it looks.  It took so long!!  Good thing I enjoy hand sewing!

The quilt is 52" x 32", made of 5" squares of various prints, and I used the white squares for the appliques.  This is my first time making appliques.  I searched on Google image and found loads of templates, so I made a few anchors, boats and baby whales.  I used a close zig zag stitch rather than the satin stitch. I think it's a matter of preference.  It was mine anyway.

I used Hobb's batting, and a blue cotton for the back.  A quilter at the fabric store suggested I use a grey thread for the quilting, as it wouldn't show too much on the back of blue, nor on the front.  It worked well.   I was concerned prior to this on how I would work this out, as I didn't want blue thread coming through to the front if the tension were to be out.  Problem solved!

I am happy to say it's finished, and I can now go back to finishing the recessed zipper tutorial.  I don't know about you, but the days just fly by!  Enjoy yours!!  Thank you for visiting!!

The crib quilt fit perfectly!  I was so pleased!!  I think I may make a firm pillow and maybe a little whale plush toy to go in the crib.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Patterns on Sale at Huffn' Cuff's


30% off all patterns today at Huff'n Cuff's Sewing Patterns.    They are all reasonably priced! 

Check them out ladies!!  Have a great day!

To those who are getting lots of snow...stay safe and warm!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


What a beauty!!  Here's a brand new, hot off the press, bag pattern by Katherine Everdina Fay of Huff n Cuffs.  The front slip pocket has a flap that is sewn between two seams on the front panel, it is held closed with a magnetic snap. The main panel closes with a snap lock, keeping all you essentials safe!. 

The back zippered pocket is perfect to hold those important items such as passport or phone  The bag also includes  an interior zipper pocket. This cute little bag has many areas to carry your essentials in when traveling or just going out to dinner! 

The interior is big enough to hold a NCW wallet,  a bottle of water, plus a few other small items, it sure has a big punch for such a little bag!!  The finished bag is 9 1/2" H x 10' W x 2 1/2" W.

The Sarah Satchel Bag pattern can be found on CRAFTSY!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Meet JODY!!

A new bag pattern has just been released, ladies!.  She's called JODY,  with a shoulder strap, which can easily be increased  to make a cross body bag. It is neither too big nor too small at 10"w x 8" high.  It has a inside slip pocket with card slots, and 1 zipper pocket.  The fabric you use is totally up to you...leather, vinyl, cotton???

 Included in the pattern are very clear and detailed instructions with lots of diagrams.  It also includes cutting labels for everything with dimensions on it, and drafted pattern pieces.

 A link to a video has been provided as well, where you can follow the designer, Anne, in creating the inside zip pocket!  Now, you can't simplify things much more than that!!

The skills level has been rated for a beginner, and the skill needed is topstitching! (which is not difficult),

The designer of  the Jody Bag  is Anne Verberckmoes of  Serial Bagmakers. The pattern can be found on CRAFTSY, for  a very reasonable price!

If you are wanting to see the bag up close, just click on the picture.  That should enlarge it!

Thank you, ladies!  Hope you will check out this pattern!  I found it one of the best I have ever seen.  The layout and information is right before confusion as to what page....very easy to follow and understand.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

This bag is made by my friend, Carol Meagher.  The bag is made of orange cork leather, and cotton print.  I absolutely love the color combination, so I wanted you to have  a see.  This is her first, but not her last bag to be made in cork.  She's already started the 2nd one!!

I'm just going to add a bit of info on cork, as possibly someone hasn't heard of it before.  It's very popular right now in the sewing groups!

This bag is called the Bonnie Bucket Bag and can been found at SWOON SEWING PATTERNS!


The cork is a natural sustainable, Peta certified, Eco friendly product imported from Portugal.

  • The cork tree bark is peeled every 9 years, and can be re-harvested up to 300 years!  Some cork forests are 2000 years old.
  • Cork leather is strong.
  • It is not only water resistant, but has natural anti-mildew/antibacterial properties and can be washed clean.
This video is excellent, and will explain how the cork fabric/leather is made.

Cork Suppliers:

Sara Larson   SEW SWEETNESS  (US)
Jessica Cruzan SEW DAKINE  , (HAWAII, US)

Cork Harvesting