Betty Bowler Bag Video Tutorial

I had a request on my YouTube channel for a video tutorial of the lovely Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns.  This bag is just adorable, so how could I resist?  I contacted Alicia who kindly gave me permission to do this tutorial.  I have been sewing bags and purses for years but I to admit this is my first Swoon Pattern and only after a quick glance, I knew this was a fantastic pattern. Not only was the price tag unbelievably good value, the instructions and diagrams are precise and clear.  You just can’t go wrong.  You, too, can make your own gorgeous Betty and if you don’t have the pattern here is the link (affiliate):

Click here for the Betty Bowler Bag pattern

You can watch Betty being made in my YouTube video tutorial and if you’d like to make one, you can follow along:

Betty Bowler Bag Tutorial

And here is Betty in all her glory!  She is making her maiden voyage to NASCAR at Watkins Glen, NY this weekend.  I’m excited.

Betty Bowler Bag

Thanks for watching.

Slimline Wallet Pattern and Video

I’m excited to announce the release of my Slimline Wallet pattern and video.  I designed this wallet years ago but never wrote a tutorial for it.  After some inspiration from a very special friend, I have decided to publish this one.

I named the wallet because of the unique construction to minimise bulky seams.  The wallet is a great slim fit for your pocket so it’s great for all ages and genders.  It has a clear ID pocket, card pocket, a zipper pocket for coins as well as room for dollar bills!!  The size of the wallet is 3 1/2 inches/8.9cm wide by 4 1/4 inches/11.4cm high.

The pattern includes a scale drawn fabric and interfacing cutting layout to reduce fabric waste.  It’s also fat quarter friendly!  As a special bonus, I made a video for those more visual sewers.  Measurements are given in both inches and centimetres.

You can view the wallet in action on You Tube via this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrybdS28Q5s&feature=youtu.be

The pattern can be purchased either from Craftsy or Etsy via the links below:

Craftsy:  http://www.craftsy.com/user/343932/pattern-store?_ct=fqjjuhd-lyum-qbb-fqjjuhdi-ro-tuiywduh&_ctp=195068,343932

or

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/BirdcageandThread?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Emmaline Retreat Bag Handle Tutorial

I posted on Emmaline Sewing Patterns Group’s Facebook page, a modified Retreat Bag in which I added fabric handles together with a contrast bottom.  A few of you liked it (well, so far, 168 of you have liked it!) and I also had a few private messages asking how it was made.  If that many of you made the effort to ‘like’ or ‘comment’ on Facebook, surely there would be others interested too.  So, I wanted to make a video tutorial to show my modification to the pattern.  I emailed Janelle of Emmaline Bags who kindly gave me permission to do this tutorial – thanks Janelle!!  The video is embedded at the very bottom of this post.  As a little bonus, I also made a cutting layout which shows how to cut the handles, the contrast bottom and interior pockets from a fat quarter!  Just click the link below to get that FQ cutting layout.  For those on Emmaline Sewing Pattern Group’s Facebook page, you can also download it from the files section.

Fat Quarter Cutting Layout

Onto the video tutorial!!

Cross Body Zipper Bag

I have made tons of these types of bags over the years, including a teeny tiny mini one that you can wear on a lanyard, so I decided to do a tutorial on my construction method which encloses all the raw edges.  This is a cross body style and measures 7″ x 9″ with the strap being about 3/4″ wide.  It’s made using two fat quarters plus 1/4 yard SF101 interfacing (which is 20″ wide).

I do apologise that part way through, I had to switch bags as I had done a step incorrectly and I realised after the bag was completely finished!!

As always, enjoy the video tutorial and here is a picture of the finished bag:
Cross Body Zipper Bag

 

Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet

JULY 2016 EDIT:  Unfortunately, due to the unprofessional behaviour of Sally Thompson aka Ripstitcher, I have disassociated myself with her and her business.  Therefore, I have removed all YouTube videos associated with Ripstitcher’s patterns.  I will not respond to any requests asking me for the videos.  If you have any pattern questions, please direct them to Sally Thompson, the pattern creator.

Sally, aka Ripstitcher, kindly gave me her Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet to do a video sew along.  This is such a fun and easy pattern that you can get very creative with!!  I inadvertently skipped showing when to add the peltex to the quilted needle landing (oops!), however, there’s a message screen in the video which shows when to add it.

Enjoy the video and have fun making your Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet!

Printing on Fabric

I have been graciously given the Needle Wallet pattern by RipStitcher (thanks Sally!!) so that I can do a video sew along.  The pattern requires that a portion of fabric be printed.  This was right up my alley as I started experimenting with printing on fabric about 20 years ago (oh man, do I sound old!!).  Anyway, let’s just say I’ve had lots of experience with printing fabric and I even came up with a recipe similar to Bubble Jet Set.  If you don’t know what Bubble Jet Set is, it’s a liquid that you pre treat your fabric with so that when you print on your fabric using an inkjet print, it makes the ink colourfast.  You can find my recipe on http://www.craftster.org.  Here is the link if you want to check it out:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129537.0

Back to the story…..I know a lot of people have trouble with printers ‘eating’ fabric, leaving roller marks on the fabric or generally not printing on the fabric nicely.  I was using hairspray not too long ago to baste fabric.  That didn’t go too well – it just doesn’t stick fabric.  It did, however, make the fabric a paper-like consistency.  Armed with this experience, I wondered if it would work for fabric printing.  So, I gave it a go and it worked like a charm.  I decided to make a video to help those with the Needle Wallet pattern or if you want to make some labels for your handmade items.  The possibilities are endless.

I have been intrigued as to whether this would work on a laser printer.  I recently acquired a laser printer and this was a great opportunity to try it out.  However, I didn’t have any of the ingredients on hand and I wondered if a simpler solution would work.  So, I experimented and once again, I found out that the simple solution was the best.  I wondered if simply applying heat to the printed fabric would make it colourfast.  So I ironed the print (protecting the fabric with a sheet of parchment/baking paper) for about 30 seconds.  Then I ran that through the washer and dryer.  It kept its colour well and my control piece faded!!  The results can be seen in the last section of this video.

Enjoy the video!!

 

Bionic Gear Bag’s Dumpling Dish Sew Along

JULY 2016 EDIT:  Unfortunately, due to the unprofessional behaviour of Sally Thompson aka Ripstitcher, I have disassociated myself with her and her business.  Therefore, I have removed all YouTube videos associated with Ripstitcher’s patterns.  I will not respond to any requests asking me for the videos.  If you have any pattern questions, please direct them to Sally Thompson, the pattern creator.

Here is the last video in the Bionic Gear Bag Sew Along series.  In this video, I show you how I do the adorable Dumpling Dish.  This handy little dish is a fun addition to your Bionic Gear Bag and is reasonably quick to sew.

Thank you all for your kind comments during this series – I’ve truly had so much fun making these videos.  They have been not only a learning tool for you, but for me as well!!  I hope to do some more in the future, so if there’s something you’d like to see a tutorial on, please leave a comment.

Bionic Gear Bag Sew Along Part 4 – Binding and Finishing

JULY 2016 EDIT:  Unfortunately, due to the unprofessional behaviour of Sally Thompson aka Ripstitcher, I have disassociated myself with her and her business.  Therefore, I have removed all YouTube videos associated with Ripstitcher’s patterns.  I will not respond to any requests asking me for the videos.  If you have any pattern questions, please direct them to Sally Thompson, the pattern creator.

In this video, I show you how to attach the bindings both in the sides and the top. The binding can be sewn from either side as I explain in the video, so choose a method that works for you and your style of sewing.

This video will the last one on the Bionic Gear Bag, so I hope I have taken some of the mystery out of the construction process.  This series of videos have been fun to put together and I want to thank you all for your kind words as I clumsily put these together.  They have definitely been a learning curve for me!!  Sit back, relax and enjoy!!

Bionic Gear Bag Sew Along Part 3 – Sewing the Sides

JULY 2016 EDIT:  Unfortunately, due to the unprofessional behaviour of Sally Thompson aka Ripstitcher, I have disassociated myself with her and her business.  Therefore, I have removed all YouTube videos associated with Ripstitcher’s patterns.  I will not respond to any requests asking me for the videos.  If you have any pattern questions, please direct them to Sally Thompson, the pattern creator.

In this week’s sew along video, I show the process of sewing the sides to the zipper pockets of the Bionic Gear Bag.  I could only do one ‘take’ of each step with these videos (otherwise I would be unpicking, just to do the shoot again), so please ignore anything I say twice or back to front!!!😉  I hope you enjoy this video and it helps you understand the construction of the side pieces.