New SusieDDesigns Sewing Pattern! ABC Baby Nappy Bag

Another new sewing pattern that I’ve just released and added to my Etsy shop is the brand new ABC Diaper Bag Pattern (baby changing bag). This was so much fun to make! It’s a big, roomy bag with a full zipper closure and lots of pockets.

ABC Diaper Bag Pattern by SusieDDesigns 1

This nappy bag pattern will help you to make a substantial bag which is double interfaced for strength, durability and stability, so it’s not floppy. The interior pockets are elasticated to keep things in place and it also has four exterior pockets too. So you’ll be able to carry all the bits and bobs you need to for baby or toddler!

ABC Diaper Bag Pattern by SusieDDesigns 2

I’ve placed this pattern as suitable for advanced sewers, as it’s got lots of pieces and lots of techniques to do as you go along. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure! However, it’s a project that you’ll just love getting your teeth into and, if you’re a confident intermediate sewer, by all means give it a go. I’ve ensured that I’ve included lots of helpful advice, instructions and full-colour images so that you’ll be able to make a bag to be really proud of!

Hope you like! Happy Sewing!

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Get the new ABC Diaper Bag Sewing Pattern here

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New Website & Products at SusieDDesigns HQ

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good start to 2019 and that you’ve had some time to fit in some crafting. What have you been making? Feel free to share. I’ve been really busy over the past few months, revamping the main website for my SusieDDesigns‘ brand. Have a look, I’d love to hear what you think!

Handmade Crafts & Sewing Patterns by SusieDDesigns

So, as well as my bagmaking range of sewing patterns, I’m also offering some of the finished handmade bags and accessories which I make in the process of creating my patterns – just a few on the website for now but you’ll also find them all in one of my Etsy shops – Handmade Bags by SusieD

I’m also really excited to share my new Pompompets® with you! These are available from the new website too . I make a range of little creatures, including custom-design dogs and cats from pet photos! I’ll bring you more news on these little fellows in future posts but for now here’s a few of them…

The new range of PomPomPets® by SusieDDesigns®

New Sewing Projects! Witch Hazel Halloween Pattern Collection

New! The fun, co-ordinating Witch Hazel Halloween Sewing Pattern Collection includes three easy-to-make sewing projects, perfect for beginners and beyond, which you can stitch up for the kids, just in time for Halloween. There are spooky-themed, fabric party bags, a trick-or-treat tote bag and a quilted table-topper mat that can be used year after year!

Halloween Party Set 1

You could use any Halloween themed fabric you like or even try solid fabrics, in oranges, greens and black! I used these fabulously spooky designs from the Witch Hazel collection, by October Afternoon, for Riley Blake Designs.

This collection is a great introduction to bag-making, patchwork and quilting. I’ve designed the projects so that they are easy to follow, with plenty of full-colour images to guide you from start to finish.

If you’d like to make these fun accessories, the pattern collection is available in my Etsy shop: The Witch Hazel Party Collection

New Bag Making Sewing Pattern: The Wiltshire Handbag!

Don’t you just love Liberty of London fabrics? I used the gorgeous Wiltshire L Tana Lawn to make this evening bag design – the Wiltshire Handbag.

The fabric is soft and silky and lends itself very well to making a special bag for events and evenings out. The lilac and blue version is my favourite but it also comes in red and lilac on a white background, which would work just as well. The use of woven cotton interfacing and cotton lining, makes this bag strong and sturdy whilst retaining the soft handle of the cotton lawn.

I used some good quality purse hardware to compliment this bag; silver D-rings, swivel snaps and a nice round twist/turn lock for the flap closure. These are availabe from most good bagmaking supplies stores. So, if you’d like to get on with making this luxurious bag, visit my Etsy shop to download the Wiltshire Handbag sewing pattern.

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New Bag Making Sewing Patterns Coming Soon!

It’s been a while…again! I’ve just been quietly working away in the background on old, current and new projects – including my new handmade crafts offering over on Etsy, PomPomPets®. More on them in a later post, though, as I want to let you know about my new, upcoming bag-making patterns!

I’m excited to be bringing out a lot of new bag sewing patterns, very soon! Some are from past projects which have been featured in sewing magazines over the years and some are completely new ones, which I’ve never published before! I’m planning on releasing the first installment of these patterns over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on my blog posts and I’ll let you know as each one becomes available. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the new designs coming soon…

In the meantime, if you’d like to have a look at my currently available sewing patterns, they’re available over in my Etsy shop, SusieDDesigns.

Sewing World magazine June 2015 out now!

Sewing World Magazine June 2015

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out now. I was ecstatic to find my new bag-making project is featured on the front cover! I used the lovely fabrics from Suffolk Garden by Brie Harrison for Dashwood Studio. I have these prints in stock, in my online shop.

What’s in this month’s issue:

TECHNIQUES & FEATURES

  • We Meet Janet Clare
  • Competition
  • Fabric Showcase – Summer Florals
  • Masterclass – Decorative Edgings
  • We Visit CallyCo
  • Brilliant Bagmaking – adding zips
  • Re-fashion! Collars

PROJECTS

  • Summer-time – Modern shoulder bag
  • Here comes the sun – Empire line sundress
  • Sundial Cushion – Easy appliqué circles
  • Cosmetic Purse – Using Vilene Lamifix
  • Fun in the sun! – Girls sun-top and skirt
  • Funky Key Fob – Colourful key holder
  • Criss-cross Table Runner Set – Quilted runner and coasters
  • Bear Cushion – Animal friend cushion
  • Scratchin’ Chicken – Appliqué and embroidered bag recycler
  • Home from Home – Campervan picture

If you’d like to get a copy of the magazine, it’s in the shops now or can be ordered online at Inspired to Make.

Petite Street Tote featured in Sewing World Magazine

One of my all time favourite fabrics is Petite Street, by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio, so I really pleased to contribute this cute little tote to Sewing World magazine. The January issue is out in the shops now!

Petite Street Tote by Susan Dunlop in Sewing World magazine

This month’s issue has 12 sewing projects to get your pins stuck into, in the New Year! As well as the projects, you’ll also find plenty of features and new techniques to learn:

  • Fabric Showcase – Get Knitted!
  • A Crafty Sale – Selling at Craft Fairs – Part 1
  • Pattern of the Month – Simplicity 1418
  • Masterclass – Sewing Skills – Gathers
  • Stylish Stitching from Sainte Luce
  • Knits Know-How – Part 3
  • Sew Smart with Vilene – Part 5 – Bags
  • Overlockers Overview

January 2015 issue of Sewing World magazine

Projects from my new Bag Making Book: Style and Swing

Style and Swing - 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond by Susan Dunlop

I can finally reveal the bag making projects from my new book, Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond. I’m so thrilled that it’s release is just a few more months away! So exciting! I hope you like the designs and would love to hear what you think. So here they are…

This is the over-view for my new book, over on the Martingale & Co. Publishers website:

You’ll find plenty of reasons to sit down and sew these boutique-quality yet achievable bags and accessories. Everyone from beginners to experts can create an assortment of modern, practical projects for gifts or personal use. Start with a simple, elegant handbag and progress to more challenging designs; skill-level ratings are included.

  • Step-by-step illustrated patterns for 12 attractive projects in a variety of shapes and styles

  • Stylish accessories include a pleated clutch, market bag, satchel, and wallet

  • Includes resource info and comprehensive how-to techniques; learn about tools, fabric prep, interfacings, linings, and purse hardware

If you’d like to pre-order my new book (big hugs if you do and thank you so much for your support!) it’s available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and other major book suppliers. I’ll also have signed copies available from my website, from mid-march at www.susieddesigns.co.uk

Images from Style and Swing by Susan Dunlop, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

New Sewing Magazines, New Projects on The Way!

Many of you will know that I’ve been writing for Sewing World magazine for a few years now. Whilst I’ll be continuing writing new technique features and bag making projects for this fab magazine (I love it so much!), I’m delighted to let you know that you’ll soon also find my project contributions in the new magazines Love Sewing and Quilt Now!

Love Sewing magazine and Quilt Now magazine

Love Sewing magazine recently showcased my new printed sewing patterns with a full-page feature. This was absolutely fantastic for getting the word out about the new patterns, which I’m really pleased to say are proving to be popular through my own website and shop stockists. The response has been wonderful and I’ve just sent off second and third orders to some of these shops. Here’s the feature:

SusieDDesigns Printed Patterns feature in Love Sewing Magazine

Watch out for some of my new projects coming up in the next few issues of Love Sewing. Here’s a wee sneak peak of some of the fabrics I’ve used for them.

MichaelMiller-FabricPack-PetalPinwheels

I’m also working on a project for an upcoming issue of Quilt Now magazine, which is a great new mag for patchwork and quilting enthusiasts. Again, here’s a wee sneak peek of the fabrics I’m using:

Fabrics for a new project for Quilt Now magazine

Watch this space, to see what I’ve made with these gorgeous fabrics and the upcoming issues the projects will be featured in!

All That Jazz! A Ukulele Case from Robert Kaufman’s New Fabrics

I was so excited to receive some advance samples of the new All That Jazz fabrics by Fabrice De Villeneuve for Robert Kaufman Fabrics! These are the most amazing designs and the minute I saw them I knew I had to design and make some musical instrument cases with them.Here’s a few of my favourites from the new collection…

All That Jazz from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

All That Jazz from Robert Kaufman Fabrics …and this is my first ukulele soft-cover case… (get the sewing pattern here and here)

Ukulele Soft Cover Case Handmade by Susan Dunlop (1)Ukulele Soft Cover Case Handmade by Susan Dunlop (2)Ukulele Soft Cover Case Handmade by Susan Dunlop (3)

I enjoyed making this so much and will be making another I think from the red fabric. I’ve added enough padding to protect the instrument, including a carry handle and a useful pocket on the front of the case. I will be releasing this as a sewing pattern very soon, watch this space! I’ll also be working on some more instrument cases/covers over the coming months. What other instruments would you like to see a sewing pattern for?

Update: get the pattern now from my Etsy shop here or in my UK shop here.

Sewing World Magazine – Featuring my Insulated Lunch Bag Project

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out now and I’m delighted to have one of my bag-making projects featured, as well as Part 5 of my Bag-Making series. I designed a cute lunch bag for this issue, made with laminated cotton for a wipe-clean finish and insulated with special metalized fleece, to keep food cool.

Sewing World magazine July 2014 Lunch Bag by Susan Dunlop

This month’s installment for the Brilliant Bag-Making series is all about pockets – different styles of pockets, how to make them and how to attach them to your bags.

Bag making series in Sewing World magazine July 2014The magazine is packed with delightful projects to get your pins stuck into. There’s an absolutely gorgeous ‘Wiggle’ dress, practical dungarees, fun cruise ship pillow, cute vintage bow bags, ribbon tag quilt, peg bag, lampshade, kids sunglasses cases, baby shoes pincushion and a stylish camera pouch. Phew!

Sewing World magazine July 2014 contents

Time for a cup of tea, put your feet up and read all about:

  • Getting the Best for your Sewing – Threads
  • Masterclass – creating curtains, part 3
  • The Story Behind – Search Press
  • Finishing Touches – making the perfect patch pockets
  • Brilliant Bag-making (my article!)

This is what I love about Sewing World, there’s just the right mix of projects and reading matter. If you can’t find a local stockist for the magazine, visit Traplet Publications to order online. Enjoy!

July issue of Sewing World Magazine

7 Day Sale of Finished Handmade Baby Changing Bags

I’m having a little sale over on my Etsy shop for finished bags and accessories. I hand-make all my own designs, for the process of producing my bag-making sewing patterns. I’m one of those people who likes to hoard all their makes but I really must make some more room, as the bags are taking over the home! So, I have six cute diaper bags up for sale, all with £10 off the list prices for 1 week only until 30th April 2014.

If you’re looking for a unique present to buy for a new baby, these bags are sure to go down a treat. These are a few of the ones I’m offering in the sale:

Petite Street Nappy Bag

Petite Street Nappy Bag

Petite Street Nappy Bag Interior

Petite Street Nappy Bag Interior

Sophie Nappy Bag

Sophie Nappy Bag

Sophie Nappy Bag Interior

Sophie Nappy Bag Interior

ABC Nappy Bag By SusieDDesigns

ABC Nappy Bag

ABC Nappy Bag Interior by SusieDDesigns

ABC Nappy Bag Interior

Handmade Abigail Nappy Bag by SusieDDesigns

Abigail Nappy Bag

Handmade Abigail Nappy Bag Interior by SusieDDesigns

Abigail Nappy Bag Interior

Check out this month’s Sewing World Magazine – March 2014 issue

I was so excited when this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine arrived. As well as my regular bag-making project, I had the honour of having my very first techniques article make it’s debut appearance this month! This three page feature is the first of six articles for my new ‘Brilliant Bags’ bag-making techniques series. I’ve been contributing projects to Sewing World for about 18 months now (has it really been that long?), which still fills me with pride and delight, but over the past few months I’ve also been working on this brand new series. Such a fantastic new challenge! I feel that I’ve managed to take another wee step up the ladder in my effort to offer inspiration to others. I’ve started off the new series with Choosing Fabrics, with an in-depth look at the variety of fabrics you can use to make fab bags. The next five installments get down to the essential elements of bag-making, including detailed step-by-step instructions on the different construction methods.

Brilliant Bag Making Techniques Series by Susan Dunlop for Sewing World Magazine

This month’s bag project is the Daisy Mae bag, aptly named after one of the fabric prints I’ve used, from the gorgeous PB&J collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. PB&J stands for Peanut Butter and Jelly, how cute is that? If you didn’t see my sneak preview last month, here it is:

Daisy Mae Bag Sewing Pattern by Susan Dunlop for Sewing World Magazine

This month in the magazine:

TECHNIQUES & FEATURES

  • Brilliant Bagmaking! Part 1
  • Fabric Trends for 2014
  • Fabric Showcase – Woodland Critters
  • We Meet…Gillian Travis
  • Personalised Fabrics
  • Pattern of the Month – Simplicity 1590
  • Finishing Touches – Bound Buttonholes
  • Eco Garment Recycling
  • Masterclass – Beading Foot

PROJECTS

  • Woof! Woof! – Cute toy dog
  • Stylish Spring Jacket- Sew Simplicity’s pattern
  • A-Tissue! – Tissue box cover
  • We are Sailing – Applique yacht bag
  • Diamond Sparkle! – Felted cushion with a twinkle
  • Natty Knit! – Contrasting knit fabric top
  • Seasons Wall Hanging – Part 5 – Making up your quilt
  • Buttonhole Leaf Roll – Carry your pencils in style
  • Daisy Mae – Pleated floral handbag

Made with Dashwood Studio’s Wildwood Fabrics

David Sweet, the creative director of Dashwood Studio, recently asked me if I’d like to make something from one of their new fabric collections, for their display stand at the upcoming Craft, Hobby & Stitch Int. Show (NEC). Well, of course I jumped at the chance to try out these lovely new prints and am so pleased that something I’ve made will be included in their display. So exciting!

The new fabric collection, is Wildwood by Bethan Janine for Dashwood Studio. Here’s the beautiful fabrics I received:

A little info about the fabric designer: Bethan Janine loves to draw, combining delicate line work and bold colours to create her patterns. She is inspired by nature and all things flora and fauna, her collection ‘Wildwood’ was influenced by her surroundings of leafy Yorkshire, taking woodland walks and gathering leaves to draw in her sketch book.

This is what I designed and made from the Wildwood fabrics, of course it had to be a bag! (ps – I’m working on the sewing pattern for this new bag design, which will be available very soon.)

Satchel by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesigns - Wildwood Fabrics

Satchel by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesigns - Wildwood Fabrics

Satchel by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesigns - Wildwood Fabrics

Dashwood Studio will be displaying the new Wildwood fabric collection, along with my bag and other fabulous makes from contributing crafters at The Craft, Hobby and Stitch International Show at the NEC

Sunday 16 February 2014 – Tuesday 18 February 2014

Hall 12, NEC Birmingham

Stand KO6

Opening Times:
Sunday 9am-6pm
Monday 9am-6pm
Tuesday 9am-4.00pm