Monday, November 12, 2018

North Shore Hobo pdf Pattern Release

I am so excited to be releasing my next pattern, the North Shore Hobo! This pattern was a labor of love and I am truly smitten with this bag. I am so fortunate to have an INCREDIBLE group of bag makers willing to test for me and I am truly honored that they are willing to sew up my patterns and their bags, just wow! Wait til you see them all!! 

The North Shore Hobo is a large sized bag, with two shapes and two ways to carry. Style A has a straight top and Style B has a curved top. Both are traditional casusal hobos, with a slouchy, soft style. They are designed to have a soft drape and a boho style. This is much different from my usual, structured style and I kind of love her. 

Both styles have two large, zippered exterior pockets, the full size of the center panel. It also has two ways to carry; with a handle to sling it over your shoulder, or a long adjustable cross-body strap for ultimate versatility. The exterior pockets are easier they look to construct! If you can sew a zip pouch, you can make these pockets. 

With a magnetic snap closure, to make it easy to get in and out on the go, and a slip and zipper pocket in the lining for more ways to stay organized. Overall, this is an intermediate level pattern, and you should have some experience sewing zippers and easing curves on bags. 

Although it was designed to be a soft bag, it also looks gorgeous with more structure in vinyl, as you will see with some of the testers. 

Materials required for this bag: 

• 1.5 yard Exterior Fabric
• 1.5 yard Lining Fabric
• 1 yard Fusible Fleece (Such as Pellon Thermolam)
• 4 yards of 20” wide Fusible Woven Interfacing (such as Pellon Shapeflex 101 or Wovenfuse)
• (2) 12” All Purpose Zippers Style A
• (2) 10” All Purpose Zippers Style B
• 1/2 yard of 20” wide Foam Stabilizer (such as Pellon Flex Foam)
• (1) 7” All Purpose Zipper
• (1) .75” Magnetic Snap
• (2) 1” O-rings
• (2) 1” D-rings
• (4) 1” Swivel Hooks
• (1) 1” Adjustable Slider
• (2) Rivets or Chicago Screws size 8mm
• Fray Check or similar fray blocking agent
• Fabric safe pen or marker
• Double Sided Tape
• Wonder Clips or Pins
• Scraps of Peltex or Firm Stabilizer

Without further ado, check out the AMAZING tester versions: 

Jenny from Sincerely Jen Patterns sewed up this gorgeous version with vinyl accents, and check out that fussy cutting on the front panel!! 

This stellar orange vinyl version is by Charlotte of Les Envies de Charlotte, and isn't in incredible? Charlotte chose to add piping and studs and it's oh so perfect! This is a great example of what the bag looks like with a bit more structure. 


I am in love with this version by Natalie! It's so perfect in that Tula and Essex! I love how she used the center panel to showcase a favorite print. Natalie also wrote up a post on her experience sewing up this bag, which you can read on her blog here

Diana of Ackroyd Designs sewed up this super sweet version in soft florals and I love how she used the Emmaline Bags easy strap anchors and added a zip pocket on the back as well! 

Chera of Pipbody has my jaw on the floor with this showstopping version in canvas and vinyl. I am swooning over this! It's so perfect!  

Wendy of W.D. Handbags made up this sexy little hot pink number and it is HOT! I love her styling of the side connectors! If you know the story behind why she chose the pink and the ladies, it makes it even better! (Hint: it has something to do with the name of the pattern). 

Linda made this incredibly classy  version in black faux leather, and it's so chic!

Elizabeth of Cool Lizzie did this posh version in home decor prints for a more elegant look! I absolutely love the colors she chose!

Abbe of Just an E chose to do a feature print on her center pattern as well! I love the colors together with the Essex and her zippers! Perfection as always Abbe!

My sweet friend Amy of Off With Their Threads embroidery design did this super funky version and I love it!

Tara of UhOh Creations made this sweet leather version and modified the side connectors on hers. I love the colors she used on it! It's gorgeous!

I can't thank my incredible testers enough for all their help and their bags are all so amazing! 

I hope you enjoy the pattern, you can grab your copy here on Craftsy! Please let me know what you think! You can join my Facebook patterns group here, and see what everyone is sewing up or what's in the works here. 

 Happy Sewing! 

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!