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Fabric Makes The Bag

Time for a new purse!  Well, when isn’t it time for a new purse?!  I spent some time choosing patterns and then fabrics that I thought would work well with the patterns.

Instructions for Zippered bag with pocketswatercolor flowers

Purse-O-Nally Yours bag and Wander Blossoms fabric: the flowers for the body of the bag, plaid for the top and bottom borders and for the handles, and the blue polka dot fabric for the trim on the flap pocket.  Or would you use the stripes in place of the plaid?


Purse with pocketsgrey and yellow fabric

Twin Pocket Tango bag and Zest fabric: the gray flower circles for the bottom corners with yellow piping, the flowers for the two curved pieces with grey piping, and the yellow flower circles for the center of the bag.


Recessed zippered top purse patternRed and gray

Margo Handbag by Lazy Girl Designs and Petite Odile fabric: Red for the main body of the bag and for the handles.  The darker fabric for the pocket background.


Pouch style pocket purseBoldly colored butterfly fabric

Quattro Purse and Flying Colors II fabric: the colorful butterflies on the black background for the main body of the purse, the light background with the hummingbirds for the first pocket, and the stripes for the last pocket and for the handle.

Now it’s time to pick a favorite.  That might be a little harder!



Sewing and Quilting for Dolls

Have you ever made doll clothes or accessories?  They are so cute, and are relatively quick to make, and they sure make the dolls’ mommies happy!

doll sleeping bag and backpack


My Camping Gear has instructions for a zippered sleeping bag and a backpack, both sized for an 18′ doll.  The backpack is so cute!  It has a zippered top, pockets on the side and a flapped pocket on the back.


Doll Tent


The Backwoods Bungalow works for “camping trips” in the backyard or for pretending in the bedroom.  Window flaps roll up for “air circulation” (and so you can peek inside).  There’s room for two, so dolly can invite a friend to go camping with her.


Wardrobe case for doll clothes


For the more style conscious doll, here’s a case that will hold her wardrobe when she travels.  It measures 20.5″ x 12″ x 8″ and has an elastic pocket for those loose items.  Also included in the pattern are instructions for an accessories bag with 12 pockets for shoes, purses, etc. and instructions for a garment bag.  Again, so cute!


Doll quilt patterns

You’ll find several patterns in Child’s Play.  The doll sized wall hanging boasts (in embroidery) “My First Quilt”.  Two more quilt patterns are sized at 22.5 x 26.5 and 11.75 x 15.75.  Plus there are instructions for pillows, a rope bed, mattress, and tea party napkins.  Lots of little projects to delight the little ones in you life!


So many of us learned to sew by making doll clothes, before graduating to full sized clothes and quilts.  Have fun with these patterns, reminisce about your first sewing days, and share the fun with a new sewer.

Jun 27, 2013 - Bags, Patterns    No Comments

iPads, Kindles, eReaders, Tablets – Covers for All!

We love our electronic devices and of course we want to protect them.  Change that drab responsiblity of protecting them into a display of your personality by making your own case.

notebook cover pattern


With three different sized patterns, you can cover your Laptop, Kindle, or iPad.  This pattern whips up fast so it’s a great one for gifts (especially those last minute ones!).




eReader Kindle tablet iPad cover pattern


Here’s another really quick one.  Tech Cover pattern, from Black Mountain Quilts, adjusts to fit any size electronic tablet or reader.



The Reader Pattern




The Reader Pattern has extras built in: a removable wrist strap, a front pocket, a read-through vinyl cover (protect your screen) and a place for your stylus.  What more could you ask for?!  Well, except an e-reader to put in it – you’re on your own for that!

Lap Top Computer Carrying Case




The Just In Case Lap Top Case Pattern is perfect for Bali Pops or Jelly Rolls.  2.5″ strips make a striking case – carry your work / fun in style!



Notebook computer bag pattern


By Sewphisti-cat Designs, the Sew Easy iPad Tote pattern has lots of color photos to go along with the detailed instructions.  Full width zippers on the top and on the back pocket are easy to install. The front has an open pocket.



Everyone knows you can buy a cover, but wouldn’t you love to have a colorful, one of a kind, you-made-it-yourself tech cover?!  Choose on and start sewing…. you’ll be showing it off in no time.


Eazy Peazy Patterns – Fun, Designer-Look Projects

Margaret Travis creates patterns for useful items . . . handbags, accessories, home decor, special needs items.  The patterns work for all levels of quilters and sewers, from the beginner to the experienced.  If you are a beginner, experience a finish!

Fat Quarter Friendly


Convenient Coupon Caddy, a fat quarter friendly project, has eight pockets for organizing all your coupons.  Save money and look stylish doing it!  Folds to 6.5″ x 4″ so you can tuck it in your purse and have your coupons when you need them.



Reversible Apron Pattern


Large, handy pockets and comfortably placed neck ties will make this a favorite apron.  An easy to make, comfortable, reversible apron, the Eazy Flip Apron pattern fits many sizes and instructions are included for larger sizes. The pretty scalloped hem is optional.


Cutest Cupcake, Hearts in Hand, Pozie Wristlet


Who couldn’t use another pincushion?! These are super cute…. a “Cutest Cupcake”, a totally unique “Hearts in Hand”, and a handy “Pozie Wristlet”.  Bonus! You also get instructions for making fancy beaded pins.


cosmetic bag camera case kindle case


Got stuff to hold?  Make up the Eeny, Meeny, Miny & Moe Accessory Bags and you’ll have a place to hold it all.  Great for cosmetics, cell phones, IPads & Kindles, sewing tools, anything!  Fat quarter friendly, it would be fun to match the fabric to the items it will hold…. maybe a wordy fabric for an e-reader, or sewing themed fabric for sewing tools.


Tote bag with ribbon


Check out the Bodacious Brag Bag.  Lots of room and lot of pockets.  Ribbon is used for the handles and for embellishment.  The vinyl pocket on the front holds a photo or an embroidered piece or anything else you’d like to brag about!



These are just a few of Eazy Peazy‘s patterns.  There are many more, including a Spectacular Spectacle Case, Luverly Luggage Tags, a Walker Saddlebag, a Wheelchair Backpack, and more.



Jan 30, 2013 - Bags, Patterns, Purses, Table Runners    No Comments

Welcome, Dragonfly Fiberart!

Susan Michaels of Dragonfly Fiberart has been exploring fibers of some sort since she was a young child.  Although she won’t steer away from unusual materials, Susan considers herself to have more of a traditional aesthetic.  She focuses on “fast and fabulous designs for the creative spirits tight on time”.

Bracket Brigade table runner pattern


The Bracket Brigade table runner would look great on a dining room table.  The lines of the quilt design would frame a centerpiece nicely.  This fat quarter friendly pattern features row construction for a quick finish.


Day Stripper Table Runner Pattern


Day Stripper, a quilt-as-you-go project, will make good use of your favorite strippy scraps.  The pattern finishes at 20″ x 37″ but the size is easily adjusted to fit your needs.




Garden Path table runner pattern



Garden Path will showcase your favorite large scale print.  Another option might be to use a few charms for the center blocks.  Finishing at 19.5″ x 57″, this is another easily adjusted pattern for just the size you want or need.



How Charming to Sew You table runner pattern



And speaking of charms, How Charming To Sew You is a great pattern for charms.  Finished size is 17″ x 40″.


Newporter Tote bag pattern




Dragonfly Fiberart also offers a couple bag patterns.  With five interior pockets and two exterior pockets, Newporter Tote will keep all of your day’s needs organized . . . .no fumbling!




Browse all of Dragonfly Fiberart patterns to find just the right one (or more!) for you.



I Heart You Patterns

Warm your heart and your home with a Valentine quilt.


Ribbons and Hearts is beautiful sampler style quilt.  The borders of alternating narrow and wide nicely frame all the wonderful busyness of the center of the quilt.  Choose your method of applique – hand or fusible.  This wall hanging finishes at 34″ x 38″.


Bee Mine Quilt



96 happy, scrappy hearts make up the Bee Mine Quilt.  Instructions are given for strip pieced hearts but you can choose to skip the strips and make solid hearts.  Either way, look out scraps -you’re going down!

Blended Hearts




No applique, just piecing, for this large lap sized quilt (60″ x 68″).  Blended Hearts , to symbolize love and marriage, this would make a great wedding gift.


Heart Strings



Simple straight piecing and easy fusible applique make Heart Strings a quick, cute finish.  If that curved top scares you, never fear, there’s an option for a straight top.  I love the dangling heart, don’t you?  16″ x 39″


For My Tweetheart

A pair of lovebirds and their love filled home.  For My Tweetheart is number 2 in a series of Tiny Treasures Wall Hangings. Finishing at 7 3/4″ x 18 1/2″ there will always be room for any of the monthly themed Treasures.  If you make this one, be careful, you just might get hooked – they are that cute!


Hearts In Bloom


Carry your heart with you wherever you go.  Hearts in Bloom is a beginner friendly pattern for a 18″ square fully lined tote.  Go ahead, brighten your load!



Browse the rest of the Valentine themed patterns to your heart’s content.  You’ll be sure to find one that expresses your love.