Category Archives: Sewing Bags

Feature :: Fringed Faux Leather Shoulder Bag, Love Sewing issue 39

The editor of Love Sewing magazine commissioned me to create a fringed shoulder bag. What an exciting challenge!

I had a bit of a search around online for some fringe and I found this great copper coloured faux leather trim from my fabrics.com. They also sell it in silver and black.

Fringed Shoulder Bag for Love Sewing issue 39

I paired the copper fringing with a beautifully soft faux leatherette from a Rainbow of Stitches. I’m not sure whether Janet has the gold anymore but she has a great range of other colours available.

Somehow it seemed fitting that the bag had a chain rather than a strap so I went for a long chain from u-handbag.

The bag also features a magnetic closure, rather than a zip….so easy to install, have you tried one yet? Here’s one of my work in progress pictures.

Fringed faux leather shoulder bag detail

Love Sewing were kind enough to feature my design on the front cover, how nice of them!

Love Sewing Issue 39 Front Cover

Where to Buy

You can buy your copy of Love Sewing from major newsagents and super markets or online from More Mags

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Gallery :: Pebble Wash Bag

Have you been tempted to try out my Pebble Wash Bag pattern, but can’t decide which fabric to choose?

I thought I would share with you some Pebble Wash Bag pictures in a gallery for your inspiration. Some of the pictures are my own makes, some are from the fabulous ladies that took part in the testing process and some are from my lovely customers!

As you can see the Pebble Wash bag is great for men or women alike and looks great made in a bright print, tweed or leather (faux or real!)

I hope that these pictures have given you some inspiration!

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If you have made a Pebble Wash Bag and would like for it to be considered for inclusion in the gallery use #pebblewashbag on social media

Buy the Pebble Wash Bag pdf

If you would like to buy and download a copy of the Pebble Wash Bag it’s available for sale in my Etsy store, on Craftsy or in my webshop

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Pebble Wash Bag pdf Sewing Pattern

Welcome to the Pebble Wash Bag pdf sewing pattern!

The Pebble Wash Bag is a sleek and simple design that is roomy enough to fit in all of your wash bag essentials. It features piping, pull tabs and a nice long zip to give you easy access to your contents.

Pebble Wash Bag pdf sewing pattern

You can make the Pebble Wash Bag all in one colour or add a contrast by changing the colour of the piping or matching your tabs with your lining fabric.

Sewing Level

The Pebble Wash Bag pattern is suitable for someone with Intermediate sewing skills. As with all sewing there is a need for accuracy with cutting out and assembling your Pebble Wash Bag. It can be a bit tricky when attaching the gusset to the main/sides of the bag so I would not suggest this pattern for a complete beginner.

Approximate Finished Size of Pebble Wash Bag

  • 17cm high x 29cm wide x 8cm deep

Pebble Wash Bag Side View

 

Pattern Features

  • All of the pattern pieces have been digitally drawn
  • Pattern pages have been tiled and can be printed on A4 or US letter paper
  • There are 4 rectangular pieces that can be printed out or cut directly from the measurements provided
  • Step by step digitally drawn illustrated instructions

If you would like guidance on assembling your Pebble Wash Bag pdf pattern then have a read of my blog post How to Assemble pdf Sewing Patterns.

My testers did a really fabulous job and I really appreciate all of the help and feedback. Some of their pictures are featured in the pdf pattern instructions and some of them will feature in the Pebble Wash Bag gallery which will be live soon on the blog.

Heron Print Pebble Wash Bag Lining Detail by Susan Hewitt

by Susan Hewitt

Where to Buy

The Pebble Wash Bag pdf sewing pattern is available from my Etsy store, on Craftsy and from my own online store

Blue Floral Pebble Wash Bag by Ilse Lemmens

by Ilse Lemmens

Share Your Makes of the Pebble Wash Bag

If you are sharing your makes on social media use #pebblewashbag so that we can see how you have got on!

You can also share your makes in the facebook group Little Black Duck :: In the Sewing Room

Thank You!

Thank you for all of your support, I really do appreciate every sale, I love seeing your makes and I love your feedback and comments!

Tutorial :: How to Make Your Own Piping

Adding piping to a project can really set off what you are making. It’s great for defining the edges on cushions and bags and can add a nice touch when dressmaking.

You can of course using pre-made bias binding, but it’s so much nicer to make your own to either completely blend in, or even better to totally contrast the what you are making.

Make Your Own Piping Tutorial

You may also want to use a really fine or really chunky piping cord and the difference in circumference will have an impact on how much of the pre-bought bias binding is left for the seam allowance. It can be too much when using thin piping cord and not enough when using jumbo cord, either way it can be a bit of a pain when figuring out where to place the piping on your project.

So the best option is to make your own piping. I have written this step-by-step tutorial so that you can make your own!

Tools Required

Tool for making your own piping

You will need the following to make your own piping:

– chosen width of piping cord (pre-washed or steamed to pre-shrink)
– approx 1FQ of your chosen fabric
– scissors
– a marking tool
– pins
– a measuring tool
– zipper foot

Step 1 – Measure Piping Cord

Take a strip of your chosen fabric and wrap it around the piping cord. Secure with a pin as close to the cord as ‘comfortable’, don’t wrap it too tightly.

Wrap strip and pin

Step 2 – Mark the Seam Allowance

Take your measuring tool and mark the strip with your desired seam allowance. In this instance I am using a 5/8″ seam allowance as this piping was being used on a cushion where I was inserting a lapped zip and I like to use a larger than ‘standard’ seam allowance. You may only want to use a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Mark the Seam Allowance

Step 3 – Trim to Size

Snip off the excess fabric along the line.

Trim Strip

Step 4 – Measure the Fabric Strip

Remove the pin and lay the fabric strip flat and measure. This will give you the width you need for cutting your fabric strips.

Measure the Fabric Strip

Step 5 – Cut the Bias Strips

Work out how much piping you will need and cut out enough strips on the bias to make up this length, plus approximately 10″. This will allow you plenty extra for joining the strips. Cutting on the bias makes it possible to get around curves and corners.

Step 6 – Join the Bias Strips

Overlap two strips with right sides together, leaving 1/4″ extending on each short edge. Mark a 45 degree line between the points where the strips meet. Sew and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. Press seam open.

Make Bias Strips

Step 7 – Wrap the bias strips around the piping cord so that the raw edges meet and secure with pins.

Wrap bias around piping cord

Step 8 – Put your zipper foot on your sewing machine and baste in place along the length of the piping as close to the cord as possible, without pulling the fabric too tight. Don’t pull or stretch the piping cord as you sew as it will only spring back and twist once you are done basting.

Baste bias around cord

So there you have it, beautiful, self-made piping, perfect for using on all sorts of projects. I’ve used the jumbo piping in this tutorial on the cushion below.

Cushion with jumbo piping

Piping also looks great on clothing. I used it on this fox dress that I designed for Crafty magazine a few years back.

Fox Pocket on Orange Dress

Piping also looks great to define shapes on bags like on my Oval Wash Bag (pdf pattern coming soon!)

Oval Wash Bag Piping Detail

So, give it a go, make some piping and transform your next project. Let me know how you get on…

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Feature :: Fold Over Clutch for Bag Making Essentials 4

I love bag designing so I was delighted when the editor of Bag Making Essentials asked me to come up with something  for a forthcoming issue. I love cross body bags as they are just so convenient so I set to work designing something that I thought everyone might like.

Cross Body Fold Over Clutch Portrait

I spent some time looking around online for some suitable materials and found this fabulous Feathers on Sand print by Lewis and Irene from their To Catch a Dream range. The rest of the bag is made with some faux leather from Fabric-Online. I used it when I made the crossbody rucksack that I designed for Love Sewing, so I knew it was perfect for the job.

Fold Over Cross Body Clutch photo from BME4

The bag has an internal slip pocket and under that flap is a zip to keep your contents nice and secure. I used a pre-made bag strap from Bag-Clasps, they come in a great range of colours…check out the purple!

Let me know, what do you think of my cross body fold over clutch? Think you might try making one?

Bag Making Essentials issue 4 Front Cover

Pick up a copy of Bag Making Essentials from larger newsagents or through the More Mags website

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Feature :: Glitter Heart Purse for Love Sewing issue 35

Issue 35 of Love Sewing features a little glittery clutch bag designed by me! Have you seen it?

Heart Glitter Clutch for Love Sewing

As bags go it’s quite a quick make and you can let your creative side run free and play about with the colour and placement of the hearts. Wouldn’t it look great with loads and loads of hearts in a whole rainbow of colours?

 

To make this bag however I used a selection of pink vinyl from a Rainbow of Stitches. They were really great to work with, it was like sewing through butter!

A Rainbow of stitches sells this glittery vinyl in loads of different fab colours, of which I particularly like their Black and Silver collection!

Let me know if you make a glittery heart clutch, it would be great to see it !Love Sewing issue 35 front cover

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Feature :: Drawstring Bags for Bag Making Essentials

Looking for a quick make in the run up to Christmas? I have designed this simple drawstring bag for Bag Making Essentials issue 3

Drawstring Bags for Bag Making Essentials 3

It’s a simple make that only involves straight line sewing so it’s perfect for confident beginners or those looking for a quick make.

Cloud Print Drawstring Bag

In this edition of Bag Making Essentials I also show you how to print your bags using freezer paper and fabric paints. There are three different templates for you to choose from, a heart, a cloud and a star.

Heart Print Drawstring Bag

You can pick up a copy of Bag Making Essentials from the More Mags website or from larger retailers.

Bag Making Essentials 3 Front Cover

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Feature :: Framed Evening Clutch for Sew Now

Have you checked out the new sewing magazine, Sew Now? It’s a new title from Practical Publishing focusing on fashion led projects.

Sew Now Magazine Issue 2 Front Cover

I’m so pleased so say that Issue 2 features my first project for Sew Now. I have made an evening clutch that uses a slide in metal frame.

It’s the perfect bag for a night out. It’s big enough for your mobile phone, lippy and some cash. There’s even instructions for a little slip pocket to keep your card.

The fabric I used was from Adam Ross, they make gorgeous premium dressmaking fabrics. I used their Jade Lustre Fine Line Fabric which has a lovely texture and sheen to it.

jade gold lablel fabric

They also sell it in a rather lovely Indigo and a similar looking fabric in Gold

indigo fabric

aztec gold fabric

If I had more time on my hands (and more places to go of an evening) I would be making a load of these bags, those colours are just so lovely!

If you can’t find a copy of Sew Now in a local store yet then have a look at the More Mags website

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Feature :: Nautical Tote Bag for Bag Making Essentials 2

Despite what the weather might be telling you outside, it’s summer and the children are off school! eep!

I have a busy summer coming as my mum is visiting from Australia for four weeks (hurrah) and whilst she is here we may even squeeze in a little trip to the seaside….we have family in Devon so we have the perfect excuse!

Every trip to the seaside needs a good roomy tote bag, don’t you think?

Nautical Tote Bag

Photo Credit : Dan Walmsley

This Tote Bag that I designed for Bag Making Essentials 2 is just perfect for your Summer Holidays. Plenty roomy enough for a towel, some water and sunscreen, plus all the other stuff I can’t seem to leave the house without!

Nautical Tote Bag for Bag Making Essentials 2

Photo Credit : Dan Walmsley

The pattern features instructions on how to insert eyelets and there are instructions for making a handy little pocket for the inside.

Bag Making Essentials 2 Front Cover

I am feeling very proud that my bag made the front cover 🙂 you can also see my lovely face and some of my other makes on the tips page of the magazine!

Bag Making Essentials 2 Tips Page

You can get a copy of Bag Making Essentials 2 from some major retailers and from the More Mags website

If you are thinking of making a bag for the summer, don’t forget I also have the To-Go Tote Bag pdf pattern now available from my Etsy store and from Craftsy

To-Go Tote made by Victoria Peat

by Victoria Peat

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Gallery :: To-Go Tote

Have you seen my sewing pattern for the To-Go Tote Bag? It’s perfect for taking everything with you everywhere you go! I use mine for trips to the pool, visits to the beach and overnight stays.

Here are some pictures of the To-Go Tote Bag to give you a little inspiration. Some of the pictures are from my makes, some are from the fab testers and some are from my lovely customers…..enjoy!

Get a copy of the To-Go Tote bag pdf pattern from my Etsy store.

Have you made a To-Go Tote bag and would like for your make to be considered for the To-Go Tote Bag Gallery? Drop me a line with your picture and contact details and we can take things from there!

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