Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Get it Together Duffel Pattern

I released my second pattern, the Get it Together Duffel recently and I'm excited (and late) to share the details about this fun travel bag and all the amazing versions my testers whipped up!! You can grab this pattern now on Craftsy and Etsy for immediate download. 

This pattern comes in Two sizes: Large and Small. Although, the large could be called jumbo. The large sizes in at 19" L x 14" H x 9" D and was sized to be compliant with most carry on size restrictions. It's quite a large bag, and as you will see, also works perfectly for a machine size travel bags for many domestic machines. The small is a more modestly sized traveler at: 16" L x 10" H x 9"D, perfect for an overnight bag, a quick weekender or even as a gym bag. 

Both sizes have the same great features. The top is a double zippered opening, which is unique and allows for ease of packing and unpacking, as well as easily loading in your machine for retreats. The exterior has four large slip pockets, great for stashing things within easy reach while on the go. The inside has both a large zippered pocket and a divided slip pocket to help keep you organized and stash your valuables. This bag was designed to be used with webbing, which is PERFECT for those of you, who like me, hate sewing straps. However, directions are given to use fabric as well for the handles and straps. This is a softly structured bag, meaning it will stand up on it's own, but can easily be crammed into an overstuffed trunk. 

The design of this bag works well for a unisex bag, which means it's a great project for the boys in our lives too! The pattern includes full color, step by step illustrated instructions to make both sizes. 

Materials List

For Both Sizes
  • 1 Yard (1 M) Exterior Fabric
  •  0.5 Yard (0.5 M) Exterior Contrast
  •  1.5 Yards (1.5 M) Lining Fabric
  •  5.25 Yards (5 M) 1.5” (38mm) wide webbing (Please note this pattern is written using webbing. If you would like to use fabric or vinyl, you will need an additional 7/8 yard of fabric)
  • 6 Yards (5.75 M) 20” wide fusible woven interfacing (Pellon Shapflex 101, Wovenfuse, or equiva­lent)
  • 2 yards (2 M) 20” wide Foam Stabilizer (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam, Bosal In R Form, or equivalent. Fusible foam is not recommended)
  • 8” x 18.5” (20.25cm x 46.25cm) Fusible Firm Stabilizer such as Peltex 71
  • (2) 18” #5 Long Pull Handbag Zippers (Important! You must use long pulls in order for the hardware to fit properly through the zippers)
  • (1) 10” #3 Zipper
  • (2) 1.5” (38 mm) Triangle Rings or D Rings
  • (2) 1.5” (38mm) Swivel Clips
  • (2) 0.5” (12mm) Swivel Clips
  • (1) 1.5” (38mm) Adjustable Slide
  •   3 Yards (3 M) of 1.5” (38mm) wide Bias Binding ***If you are choosing to make your own binding you will need an additional 0.5 Yard (0.5 M) of Fabric to do this.***
  •     Double Sided Tape
  •     Fabric Marking Pen
  •     Thread
  •     Wonder Clips, Binding Clips or Pins
  •                 *Optional: Rivets or Chicago Screws to secure Strap Connectors and Handles

Now, to share the amazing versions my testers created! They are all amazing and I can't thank them all enough for testing this for me!

Meg of Hudson Valley Handbags made this incredible version with leather and Marimekko fabrics, she added piping to the side panels and I adore this version, it looks so high end! 

My lovely friend Amy made this version in some fun AH comic prints and this knock-your-socks-off pink crocodile vinyl from SewHungryHippie

Tara from UhOh Creations made this Super Hero version in the large size and has already been claimed and sleep over tested!

How about this sweet floral version by Just an E? Abbe has even made me love florals with this one!

Line Vienneau made this super sweet unicorn version for a little girl and it's adorable! 

I always love seeing how Wendy of W.D Handbags interprets the patterns she uses, and this one was no different! She made this super cute girly version in gingham and lace!

Michelle of Barabooboo made this amazing large version and check out how perfect the size is for her Juki! 

Jenny of Sincerely Jen Patterns made this GORGEOUS version in C + S with this amazing iridescent clear vinyl from Sew Hungry Hippie! Jenny also just made a matching Conseula Clutch, and this is one awesome travel set! 

Cheryl of Cheryl's Quilts and Crafts made this fabulous super hero version! I love the embroidery on that front pocket, it's so perfect for showcasing a fun embroidery design!

And last, but certainly NOT least, this INCREDIBLE all leather version by Laurie Dasso! She made some modifications to the small to use as a pet carrier and a convertible back pack, Isn't it amazing??

I am so thankful to all the people that have made the release of this pattern possible! Without their help and support this wouldn't be happening. I'd love it if you'd join the patterns group on Facebook and share so we can see your makes!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Introducing the Nickel Wallet

I am so excited to be releasing my first pattern, The Nickel Wallet!  

This project is perfect for using up your scraps of cork, vinyl, leather or even Kraft Tex! You can use any non fraying material for this little gems! There are only two pattern pieces to cut and only two seams! Most of my testers made theirs in under 15 minutes from cutting to finishing!

There is one deeper center pocket perfect for storing your cash and two smaller card slot pockets for your cards and ID. My testers did an amazing job of adding their own flair to them and showing how versatile this quick little project is! 

This would be a great first project for those looking to play with leather or cork for the first time and since it uses scraps you don’t have to worry about getting a large amount to try.

The quick sewing makes them perfect for those who make for craft fairs or markets and make one (or four) up for them boys in your life who always feel like we never make them anything. 

You can download this FREE pattern on Craftsy here.

Check out all the fabulous versions my testers stitched up:

Bree of MyCraftyCrap made these two for teacher gifts in her school colors:

Abbe of Just an E went wild adding some style to hers! I just love all the variations she made!

Amy shows how perfectly this Wallet stitches up in leather and printed vinyl!

Jenny of Sincerely Jen Patterns did this gorgeous leather version that looks so high end!

Wendy Franczak, co-founder of the Modern Stitching Affair made this one with gold flecked natural cork and it’s so perfect!

Reece of Happy Okapi made her fun green version in Kraft Tex! I hadn’t even thought about that until she made this one and it’s another perfect material to use for this!

Cheryl of Cheryl’s Quilts and Crafts made her minimalist version in black vinyl, simple but classic:

Jessica of Twigs and Needles made hers with this gorgeous leather!

Natalie of Sew Hungry Hippie made hers with this fab sparkly vinyl, which she carries in her shop. She carries so many fun vinyls and any of them would be perfect for this wallet, go see how many
amazing options she has here.

Wendy of W.D. Handbags made two versions, one in cork and one in this fun printed vinyl. She added an additional line of top stitching at the top and reduced the seam allowance to 1/8" to make it able to hold more cards:

Gwen of GML Designs made this beautiful leather version that is so chic: 

Tara of Uh Oh Creations whipped up this gorgeous chestnut leather version: 

I am loving seeing some of these gems pop up already! I can't wait to see yours! Go grab the free pattern and use up some of those scraps you've been holding onto. Please tag me on Instagram @TheNosyPepper and on Facebook, or use the hashtags #nickelwallet and #nosypepperpatterns so that we can all see your fab Nickel Wallets!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Favorite Things--A bagmaker's edition

Over the years of bag making, Ive developed a fondness for some products that I find myself using
most often. I’d love to take some time and share some of my favorites with you!

The products I am including here never let me down, and I use them in almost every single bag.
I am writing about them because I trust them and feel completely confident recommending them!
Disclosure:This post contains affiliate links.

Emmaline Bags hardware:

Emmaline Bags

Hands down my go to for 99% of hardware I use. Every single one of my bags include at least some
hardware from Emmaline. The quality is hands down top notch and you can’t beat their customer
service and prices. A few time in a pinch I’ve had to purchase hardware elsewhere and often I am
disappointed at the obvious lower quality. They now have an express DHL
option for international orders that is clearly run my fairies and wizards because it arrives in an
amount of time that shouldn’t be humanly possible AND it’s only a few dollars more for most orders!

I love the way these add a professional finish to bags! It’s a quick inexpensive way to brand your
products. You can attach them with beaded chain, leather cording, or even twine.
I get mine from By Piera on Etsy. You can get the custom made with your logo and in various sizes.

I LOVE these products!! If you haven’t tried sewing with cork, what are you waiting for??? It’s such a
fun material to work with and sews easily on a domestic machine. I once made the mistake of ordering
a glitter vinyl online to use in bag making and I hated my life when trying to sew a bag with it. It’s
SOOOO thick and with a domestic it was super challenging. The glitter canvas solves this problem!
It’s only slightly thicker than canvas and yet it’s quite durable and easy to work with! No special tools


If you saw my price comparison post a couple months back, then you already know that for US
customer wovenfuse is the most cost effective woven fusible interfacing available. At 45” wide it
makes it much easier to get those large panels cut and straps from just one piece. It fuses quite
quickly and has a slightly crisper body than other products.

Hands down my favorite foam stabilizer. It gives a nice structured finish, and any wrinkles from
shipping or storing press out easily. It’s easy to sew through, even with bulkier seams. At 58” wide
you can get several bags worth with just a couple yards.

Frixon Pens:

I’m sure most of you have heard of these little gems by now. The ink is heat sensitive so marks easily
come out with your iron. A caution, only use these on areas that won’t be visible in your finished bag.
There have been stories about lines reappearing with exposure to cold temperatures. The ink may
also bleach out darker fabrics.

These are my go tos for marking dark fabrics that a frixon pen will not show up on. They completely
wipe away and are super easy to use.

Zipper Template:

This was a product that I didn't know I was missing all my life, it really makes zipper pockets so much easier. No more measuring and double checking! Just lay this gem over where you want your zipper to be and trace the box. It comes in both 3/8" and 1/2" sizes and has three different zipper lengths on each template. These are from By Piera.  She also has a purse feet template that I am excited to try!

Double Sided Tape:

I used to only use Dritz Wondertape, but it isn’t the strongest tape and often doesn’t hold heavier
fabrics and vinyls well. It works well for zip pockets and to secure lighter weight fabrics. For making
vinyl, cork and leather straps I much prefer Tandy’s double sided tape or Wawak’s version. It’s Soooo
sticky which is great for securing heavier fabrics BUT you absolutely cannot sew through these as
they will gum up your needle faster than a crayon melting in your car in the summer. Only use these
in areas you will not be sewing through.

I have a love hate relationship with this product. I use it for installing zippers where I can’t use the
double sided tape. It’s wonderful when used VERY sparingly! For a few light drops along your zipper
tape, then place, then using a hot iron press to cure the glue and you can sew right through it without
gumming up your needle. The reason I don’t love this product is that it can get messy QUICK and
once I got a bit heavy handed and it actually bled through 4 layers of interfaced fabric and left a stain.
Also, some people find the smell a bit strong.

I think everyone has heard of these gems! I use them on everything!!!

Punch Set:

I have two different punch sets and they are life changing! I have one small set I use to punch holes
for rivets and Chicago screws and a larger set that has punches perfect for larger holes like grommets
and turn locks.

Small screwdriver:

I honestly don’t remember where I got this guy, I think it was in the cheapie bin at the check out at
the local hardware store. Get yourself a baby screwdriver instead of trying to fumble with a larger one.

Thread Snips:

I always thought the idea of a specific set of snips was silly. I mean, I have scissors right?? Well, after
getting these I totally get it. So convenient!

Who doesn’t have a love/ hate relationship with theirs?? I love the erasable ones, super sharp and
getting all those tiny threads out is a breeze.

Washi Tape:

I use this stuff for EVERYTHING! Taping pattern pieces together, marking seam allowances on my
needle plate and holding down slip pockets instead of pinning. I’m a total washi addict!

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I don't even remember the last time I used a pair of scissors to cut a pattern, it just takes me too long. I'm totally a rotary
cutter girl, so much faster to cut all your pieces. I prefer the 45 mm size or smaller for cutting the curves on bag pattern pieces.

Knitting Needle:

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I haven’t found anything better than a large knitting needle to poke out corners! They aren’t sharp
enough to worry about poking through, but sharp enough to get those corners crisp!

Steam press:

I feel like I was living in the stone ages before my steam press! I can’t express how much of a time
saver this is fusing interfacing! It’s crazy fast and even fusing fleece is a breeze! Totally worth the
investment! I use an old bed sheet over the interfacings to keep any from getting on the plate.

These are wonderful for squeezing around vinyl areas on the final press of your bag.
I think we have all had that horrific moment of hitting some vinyl on your finished bag with
the iron, this guy makes it easier to avoid that heartache.

Guterman Mara Thread:

This is my go to thread for almost all my projects. It’s 100% polyester and is very low lint. It comes
in several weights and is a good value at under 3 dollars for a 1000 yard spool. Get the Tex 30 for
general construction or the Tex 40 for top stitching.


I use this as my go to glue on hardware that requires some glue (turn locks, grommets, strap connectors, etc). It has a horrible smell and is messy but it gets the job done.
Old Towels:

This one surprise you? Forget the fancy Tailor's Hams, grab some old towels to help you
press your bag to perfection. Check out this post here to see how.

What are your favorite tools? Any that didn't make the list? Have you tried these products? I'd love to hear about your faves too!