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.
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.
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!
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!
Get the new ABC Diaper Bag Sewing Pattern here
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
For more information see the new Smart Phone Sleeves x 3 Sizes Sewing Pattern
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.
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!
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…
Yorkshire Terrier Pompompet by SusieDDesigns
Corgi Pompompet by SusieDDesigns
Westie Pompompet by SusieDDesigns
The new range of PomPomPets® by SusieDDesigns®
As promised, I have the first of some new bag-making sewing patterns ready! Introducing the September Blue Hobo Handbag sewing pattern:
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.
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!
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
Get the sewing pattern for the Sophie Nappy Bag from my Etsy shop!
I love, love, love this bag! Made by Stephanie Charles, of Sylvie’s Sew Crafty on Etsy
If you’d like to have a go at making this bag too, it’s the Abigail nappy bag which the sewing pattern is available for, in my Etsy shop here.
Another absolutely gorgeous version of my Petite Street Nappy Bag, made by Rebecca Santiago. Thanks for sharing Rebecca, I’m so pleased you enjoyed using the sewing pattern to make this lovely bag!
“I’m delighted with the way it turned out. Thanks for the awesome pattern!” Rebecca.
If you’d like to have a go at making this bag, it’s available in my Etsy shop or my UK shop, SusieDDesigns.
Delighted to hear from a customer recently who used the Sophie Nappy Bag sewing pattern to make this gorgeous version:
“I love your pdf (sewing pattern) very much. So user friendly. Easy instruction to follow, though looks complicated.” Junita Satibi
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely bag, Junita. I love the cute fabrics too!
If you’d like to have a go at making the Sophie Nappy bag it’s available in my Etsy Shop or in my UK website at www.susieddesigns.co.uk
Another fabulous make by one of my customers to show you. Sharon has made the Barcelona Satchel. When she took it into to work, she had requests to make some for her work colleagues! I’m not surprised, she’s made such a lovely job of it. The forals work so well with the polka dots, don’t you think?
“Just finished the Barcelona Bag, love it, brought it into work and now have requests for more! Thanks so much for the pattern. The Barcelona says Advanced, which worried me a little as I think I am intermediate at best, but I found it quite straightforward, it came together very logically!” Sharon.
If you’d like to have a go at making the Barcelona Satchel yourself, it’s available from my online shop, SusieDDesigns, as a PDF pattern, or get it as a printed pattern which includes full-size tissue pattern pieces.
I’m delighted to have a new project and an article published in this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine.
My new project is a modern, zippered makeup pouch which I made with lovely yellow and grey fabrics from the Comma collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. There’s an image of it on the front cover!
The article that I’ve written for this issue is all about how I became a project designer for the magazine and what work is involved to design and write the project. I hope that my article will inspire other would be project contributors as the magazine is always on the look out for fresh, modern ideas. Give it a go! It’s fun and very rewarding.
What else is this month’s issue?
TECHNIQUES & FEATURES:
- Knits Know-How – Part 5 PLUS pyjama bottoms to make
- Pattern of the Month – Simplicity 1615
- Fabric Showcase – Trees
- Masterclass – Sewing Skills – Facings
- From Concept to Publication – The Creative World of a Project Designer
- Sewing World 20th Birthday Competition
- Seeing Stripes – Blazers for Henley Regatta
- We Meet…Nanette Regan
- Citrus Pop! Zingy lap quilt
- Henny Penny! Decorative hen
- Super Sponge Bag – Classy toiletry holdall
- Bandana Bib – Bibs for dribblers
- Kingly Cord – Contrast panel Liberty cord dress
- Get Organised! – Cath Kidston® hanging tidy
- Easter Booty! – Easter bags to fill
- Easter Brooches – Embellishments for your bags
- Knotty Pinny! – Girls’ pinny dress
- Green Fingers! – Garden tote
- Dine in Style – Table runner
So pleased to have another project featured in this month’s issue of Love Sewing Magazine. This is my Lotta Tote, made with statement fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter in bright pink, black and white. I’ve used cut-out metal handles to compliment this design.
Issue 10 is packed full of exciting sewing projects to get your pins stuck into. What’s more, to celebrate the return of The Great British Sewing Bee, Love Sewing is excited to bring every reader an exclusive Great British Sewing Bee Fat Quarter! Inside the magazine there’s lots of great ideas for using your free fabric, top tips from Sewing Bee contestants and a free blouse pattern designed by the Great British Sewing Bee Team!
You’ll find fun ideas for using your free fat quarter, all with step by step photos and instructions!
Two in One Skirt Pattern!
With every copy of Issue 10 you will also receive a great versatile skirt pattern. You can choose between a tie waist skirt and a wiggle skirt! Or why not sew both – another great pattern from Simple Sew exclusively designed for Love Sewing.