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.
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.
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!
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.
These are Teshae Carrasco’s versions of my Sophie Nappy Bag design! I love the use of the black and white fabrics in the first bag and the red and black is awesome! Thank you for sharing Teshae.
“I really enjoyed making this diaper bag from SusieDDesignsUK. She is a great pattern designer and gives such easy to follow instructions, I am already on my 3rd bag! Her customer service is also excellent, always answering any questions kindly. I highly recommend her patterns to anyone.” Teshae Carrasco
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
Fabric Showcase – Summer Florals
Masterclass – Decorative Edgings
We Visit CallyCo
Brilliant Bagmaking – adding zips
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.
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.
I’m delighted to have some of my Christmas projects featured in this month’s issue of Love Sewing magazine. I made a Christmas sack and table topper, using the gorgeous fabrics by Lizzie Mackay for Dashwood Studio, called Christmas Wish.
You’ll also find more great projects in this fantastic Christmas issue of Love Sewing, including a free dressmaking pattern to make a fab evening/party dress. Issue 8 will be hitting the shops within the next couple of days, enjoy!
I was delighted to receive some pictures recently from one of my customers who has used the Catriona Tote sewing pattern to make these gorgeous versions of the bag. Thanks Angie for sharing your makes with me and for allowing me to show them off here. The monochrome look is so effective, as well as the fab prints Angie has used!
The new issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine is out now! I am delighted to have contributed the Autumn Woods Shoulder Bag and the Halloween Party Set. I’m so excited to see these in the magazine! I hope you like them and if you have the magazine, I hope you enjoy making them too.
This month’s free cover pattern is the Eva, a wiggle dress designed for Love Sewing by Eliza M, a British independent company specialising in easy-to-sew paper patterns based on authentic designs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. You’ll also find the following in this month’s issue –
5 Free patterns & bonus template sheet.
55 makes & ideas with 7 projects to sew and wear Alison Smith’s dressmaking tips Magic Makes!
Red Riding Hood cape
Halloween party projects
Luxury pyjamas, purses, bags & more
Bonus toy pattern
Christmas sewing starts here!
Mini-makes: Fast-Sew style you’ll love!
Debbie Shore’s Guide to Easy Quilting Eco Sewing: How to Buy Green
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.
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.
The 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!
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!
A few months ago I’d blogged about a gorgeous nappy bag, handmade by Shannon of The Bryer Patch, from my Millie Nappy Bag sewing pattern – see previous post here – well here’s another one that Shannon made and posted about over on her blog at The Bryer Patch. I’m so impressed with this, the fabrics are so lovely and vibrant and the workmanship is just top-notch. I’m so pleased to be able to share another of Shannon’s lovely makes with you here:
“I once again used my favourite diaper bag pattern, from Susieddesigns on Etsy. I love that there is so much opportunity to combine several fabrics in one tote bag. The vibrant colours I chose for Lucas’ diaper bag just made me happy to look at them : )” Shannon
It’s exactly 2 years since I started blogging here on WordPress! How things have changed for me since that first day. I thought it would be nice to mark this anniversary by offering special thanks to all the lovely crafting buddies who have followed my blog over the years. Thank you to you all, it’s so nice to be a part of such a wonderful caring, sharing, crafting community.
To all my readers and followers I’d like to offer a little thank you gift in the way of 40% off any sewing patterns in my Etsy shop SusieDDesigns – use the code BLOGLOVE at the Etsy checkout, until 31st May 2014.
As an extra special thank you to the very first people who commented on or liked my first post, I’d like to offer you a free PDF pattern – no strings, just a thank you from me to you. Have a browse in my Etsy shop and, if you see something you like, let me know which one and I’ll send it to you asap. Those lovely people are: Linda of Gorgia P Designs, Katherine of Pillows A-La-Mode, Avis of Oh Sew Tempting, Daisy of A Daisy Garden (There were a couple more but they don’t appear to be around anymore – no blog or blog updates.)
Here’s a wee showcase of all the bag making projects I’ve had featured in Sewing World magazine over the last few years, has there really been so many? Most of the projects below are now available from my Etsy shop.