Stay home and keep crafting & sewing!

In the space of just a few months our world has been turned upside down and inside out. I hope you’re all managing to stay safe and well and if you’re one of those having to stay out there, keeping the world from falling apart completely, our thoughts are with you to stay well.

On a lighter note, I’m taking the time to learn some new crafts which I’ve been wanting to do for ages but just never seem to find the time for or motivation. So, with the help of a good book and YouTube tutorials, I’ve now learnt to crochet! Love it but geez!!… it was a bit (hugely!) fiddly and frustrating to get the hang of!

I’m also working on some new downloadable, bag-making patterns for my Etsy shop. I’ve been gradually adding to my fabric stash over the last few months and this gave me the motivation to get designing again, after quite a long break from it. So I’ve made this new handbag, the Lotta Handbag…

…and this new baby/toddler carry-all bag, the Jungle Friends Nappy Bag.

I’m in the process of working on finalising these tutorials and will be releasing the new bag patterns for them very soon. Watch this space!

NEW BAG MAKING BOOK ALERT! Sewing for Profit or Pleasure is out now!

Sewing for Profit or Pleasure is all about creating a range of appealing, practical handbags which are perfect for gifting or selling. Each of the bag designs are fun to make, with plenty of full-colour images to supplement the detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. If you can bare to part with your beautiful creations, recipients will love receiving them as gifts, or you can make some extra cash for yourself by offering them for sale! You could sell your products at local craft fayres, school events, charity fundraisers or even online; Etsy is a great place to start selling your handmade crafts. Whatever you decide to do, be it keep, gift or sell your creations, you’re sure to enjoy making the projects I’ve shared in this book. They’ve been chosen specifically with gifting and selling in mind. Get Sewing for Profit or Pleasure through Amazon, worldwide, as a paperback or Kindle edition!

Happy sewing!

 

NEW BAG-MAKING BOOK RELEASE! Love Sewing, Love Bags!

Delighted to bring you news of my latest book release, full of more bag-making projects! Love Sewing, Love Bags! 10 Modern Bag Making Projects to Keep, Gift or Sell.

If you love sewing and you love bags, you’re sure to love combining the two and making your own designer bags! In this new book, I’ve included a range of designs which are fun to make and practical to use. Beginner to expert sewers will find the detailed instructions easy to follow and full-colour step images are included throughout. Choose from satchels, shoulder bags, handbags, totes and a backpack. You could even try making some extra cash from your sewing, as I offer a ‘sew and sell’ policy. Love Sewing, Love Bags is available to buy through Amazon worldwide now, as a paperback edition or download as an eBook Kindle edition.

New Book! Sewing for the Handmade Market

I’m so excited to bring you my new book, Sewing for the Handmade Market, filled with sewing projects suitable for all skill levels; from beginners to expert. You’re sure to find plenty of designs which are fun to make and perfect for gifting or selling through the handmade market.

Forget simple aprons, plain purses and cushion covers! Get your pins stuck into something a bit more challenging, modern and fun to make!

Projects included: a notepad cover, laptop sleeve, writing set case, tablet sleeve, bi-fold and tri-fold wallets, mobile phone pouch, insulated lunch bag, two clutches, a pretty handbag and a makeup bag. There’s also plenty of useful info on how to choose and use stabilisers, how to install magnetic and riveted snaps and advice on essential sewing tools.

I offer the reader a home-maker’s license to sell what they make from the book’s sewing patterns. So, as well as keeping or gifting what you create from the projects in this book, you might like to try making some extra cash from your sewing. You could sell at your local craft fayre, school fete, charity fundraiser or even online; Etsy is a great place to start selling your handmade crafts.

Whatever you decide to do, be it keep, gift or sell your creations, you’re bound to enjoy following the patterns in this book. They’ve all been designed specifically with gift-making and selling in mind.

Happy Sewing!

Printed book and eBook of Bag Making Techniques for Beginners & Beyond is now released!

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So excited to let you know that the printed copy and the eBook version of my new book, Bag Making Techniques for Beginners & Beyond has now been published! They are available to order on Amazon, worldwide! Whoop, whoop!

I hope you will all help me to spread the word about my independently published book, no big publishing houses here, just me! Thank you for your support and happy sewing!

Get the printed book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1798530066

Get the eBook copy here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07P8ZZQLR

Make the best bags with the help of my new bag-making book!

It’s only a few weeks until my new bag making book, Bag Making Techniques for Beginners and Beyond, is released on Amazon! It will be available as an eBook, for pre-order now, and as a printed book which can be ordered from the release date of 26th March 2019. So exciting!

So what’s in this new book and what makes it so different to all the other fab bag making books out there? Well, rather than being a book of ready-to-make projects, it’s a comprehensive guide on how to design and make you own bags, adding a variety of elements as you go along. I’ve aimed this book at anyone wishing to confidently adapt a bag-making pattern, to suit their own needs, or anybody who’d like to start realising their own creative ideas.

I begin with lots of advice on fabrics, tools and using stabilisers.

For anyone who’s never made a bag before, I’ve included a starter project for making a fully lined tote bag, so that you can get an initial understanding of simple bag construction.

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I then take you through an abundance of techniques, know-how and tips on making more complex bags. You’ll learn how to make and add a variety of pockets, handles, closures, bases, bag frames and how to install bag hardware.

I’ve covered a range of basic techniques, through to the more advanced methods, so you’ll be able to take your bag making to a level you can be truly proud of!

Pre-order your copy of Bag Making Techniques for Beginners and Beyond, on Amazon today, and be one of the first to get making the best bags ever!

Happy sewing! x

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.

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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!

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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

New SusieDDesigns Sewing Pattern! Smart Phone Sleeve x 3 Sizes

I’ve been busy creating some new sewing patterns which are available in my Etsy shop now! (15% off this week too!!).

So the first up is a newly updated version of my popular Smart Phone / iPod Sleeve sewing pattern. It’s been totally revamped and now includes 3 sizes of pouch to suit most modern smart phones. Have a look at the new Smart Phone Sleeves Sewing Pattern x 3 sizes in my Etsy shop!

The original design was for gadgets up to 3” x 4.5” in size but, of course, phones are so much bigger now aren’t they? So the new pattern set includes that size, as well as two larger sizes for gadgets up to 3” x 5.75” and 3” x 6.5”. I’ve made some new samples of the pouches too! Hope you like them and I hope you have a chance to try out the new pattern. Happy Sewing! x

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For more information see the new Smart Phone Sleeves x 3 Sizes Sewing Pattern

New Sewing Pattern Release: Tri-fold Wallet with zippered coins pocket

Following on from my original Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern, I’m excited to bring you an updated version of it! The new pattern includes an optional zippered coins pocket, as well as having sections for bank cards, cash and coupons or notepad. It closes with a wide Velcro tab. This wallet pattern is suitable for intermediate sewers, but it has really easy-to-follow instructions with lots of colour images, to help you at each step.

The pattern is available for instant download and it includes a complete set of full-size pattern templates, as well as all the cutting measurements if you prefer to use a rotary cutter and ruler.

For further details, check out the new Wallet Sewing Pattern in my Etsy shop.

Below are some of my customers’ handmade wallets which they made from the original Tri-fold Wallet pattern. This wallet is very similar in style (not including the coins pocket) and it has two types of closure tab – Velcro or press fastener.

Customer Make - The Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern by SusieDDesigns

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!

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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! Summer Beach Bag Sewing Pattern

My latest sewing pattern release is this snazzy Summer Beach Bag, ideal for all those hot summer days or even all year round, as it’s sure to brighten up a dull day! The fabrics I used to make this bag are Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.

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Make this large tote bag in fun fabrics and hit the beach in style. It’s big enough to carry all the essentials and it has a useful interior pocket to keep a few things separate. You could also take this bag on holiday; pack it flat in your suitcase and use it when you’re on the beach or out and about exploring.

The Summer Beach Bag sewing pattern includes easy-to-follow instructions with lots of colour images and a full set of printable pattern template pieces. If you’d like to make this bag, the sewing pattern is available in my Etsy shop now. Happy Sewing!

New Bag Making Pattern Sewing – September Blue Hobo Handbag

As promised, I have the first of some new bag-making sewing patterns ready! Introducing the September Blue Hobo Handbag sewing pattern:

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I used a fat quarter bundle to make this modern hobo-style handbag. The use of pieced panels allows you to show off coordinating prints at their best. For a professional finish, I added a twist/turn lock for the closure. I used some gorgeous fabrics from Dashwood Studio, called September Blue by Susan Driscoll.

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This sewing pattern is suitable for intermediate sewers but could be tackled by confident beginners who have made a bag or two already and feel ready to take on a more challenging make. It includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, with plenty of colour images throughout, and full-size pattern pieces are provided for you to download and print at home. If you’d like to give this bag a go, you’ll find the sewing pattern in my Etsy shop here. Happy sewing!