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!
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.
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.
…and more gorgeous makes by Sewing World reader, Janis Davies, to share with you! A past issue of the magazine featured my Sweetheart Handbag project and Janis made these three amazing versions!
“I have just been looking through my past editions of Sewing World. The Sweetheart bag is my absolute favourite. I have made it several times. I have three and several others have gone to special friends as gifts. I am currently making it so am just sending a construction picture for you to see what I am doing with it. My other passion is machine embroidery and I love to incorporate it in my sewing wherever I can.” Janis Davies
Here’s a picture of the Sweetheart Handbag in progress. Janis has incorporated a piped centre panel, with embroidered butterflies on the front, instead of the pocket. I think this will be a really lovely bag and look forward to seeing the finished result.
Want to make this handbag too? Download it instantly from Craftsy.com and start sewing it today!
Check out Janis Davies’ version of the Summer Shoulder Bag, my bag-making project featured in this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine!
“I loved the bag on the cover of June’s issue of Sewing World. I had offered to make a bag as a present for my friend’s 60th birthday and this one was perfect. She asked for purples, browns and greens, plus she loves cats, so I incorporated a machine embroidered cat, using my Janome Memory Craft 350e and came up with the attached. I love the finished result and hope my friend will too!” Janis Davies
Too cute! I think Janis’ friend is going to absolutely adore this bag. Well done Janis and thanks so much for allowing me to share your make.
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!
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:
So exciting, received a very important parcel last week! The page proofs for my new upcoming book with Martingale & Co. publishers! This is the first time I’ve seen any of the photography for the book – the publishers being in USA and me here in the UK, I’ve been kind of in the dark about things like that. I’ve also seen the finalised front cover and agreed on the book title. At last it’s all coming together. I’m so eager to tell you all about it and show you the projects but I’m not allowed to yet. Not too long now though, until I can make the big reveal. So looking forward to that! For the sake of imagery, here’s a sneak peak of the parcel contents…
I now have to go through it all with a very fine toothed comb (as they say!) and pick up any errors and note any changes to be made. It’s quite weird reading back all my words from like well over a year ago and seeing all these fantastic images of my projects. I’ll keep you posted over the next few months, it’s due to be available in the shops early 2015.
I’m delighted to have joined the ‘Blog Team’ for WhiteTree Fabrics. I’m so proud to be a part of this new team of bloggers/sewists, who have the privilege of trying out some of the fantastic sewing products and dressmaking fabrics available from WhiteTree Fabrics.
So what’s it all about? Well, in their own words:
“White Tree fabrics are proud to be working with some truly inspirational people, all of who are enthusiastic bloggers who love sewing, fabrics, crafting and creating their own wardrobe. They also happen to be very talented!
Some of our bloggers are fairly new to the world of sewing, bringing their fresh ideas to the team, while others have a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge to offer and share. We’re hoping that whatever stage our bloggers are at, their creations, ideas and sewing projects give you lots of inspiration and information, as well as a good idea of what you can achieve when you have some great fabric and the right crafting tools. Seeing a photograph of a dressmaking material is one thing, watching it transform into a garment is another! This is where we hope to share the creative process with our customers and creative online community.”
WhiteTree Fabrics’ Blog Team
The range of sewing essentials, patterns and fabrics on the newly revamped website at www.whitetreefabrics.com is so appealing. I ended up taking a note of quite a few new dressmaking projects I’d like to attempt and fabrics which I’d like to use. I managed to whittle my list down to choosing some lovely co-ordinating Tilda fabrics in Martine Bluegrey and Jane Blue Grey. I chose a McCall’s Kwik Sew pattern, K3601 – Pull-over Tops. I think this will make a really nice staple addition to my wardrobe and it doesn’t look too difficult to make. (she says!!!)
K3601 McCalls Sewing Pattern – Pull-over Tops
Lisa, at WhiteTree Fabrics, sent my parcel containing the gorgeous Tilda fabrics and interfacing, with the pattern and even the sewing thread to follow. Everything I need! How amazing is that! I can’t wait to get started! Now, I just need to make some time for it! I’ll let you know how I get on with making this lovely top.
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 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:
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.
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:
Watch this space, to see what I’ve made with these gorgeous fabrics and the upcoming issues the projects will be featured in!
The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out in the shops now! Another fab issue, full of lovely projects, features and a special Patchwork & Quilting supplement.
The projects in this issue include a gorgeous little girl’s shirred dress, floral fabric brooches, ‘crashed fabric’ clutch bag (I know, sounds intriguing and it is!), jewellery holder, kid’s chef hat and apron, drawstring backpack, eider duck cushion, high-waisted shorts, shoe storage bag and a lovely vintage look sewing set!
…and then there’s my ‘Brilliant Bag Making!’ series! It’s the last part of 6 and I must say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this series. I hope readers have enjoyed it too! If you’ve missed any of the parts, back issues can be ordered as well as the current issue – visit the Sewing World magazine website for more information.
I don’t have anything in the next few issues of Sewing World 😦 I’ve been so busy on other things but, rest assured, I will be back with regular monthly projects in the mag nearer the end of the year (I’ve got lots of nice new ones lined up) and I’ve also got some more exciting new features/articles commissioned for next year too. So watch this space!
Hope you enjoy this month’s issue of the mag. As always, editor Julie has put together a fantastic range of projects, features and techniques for us all to enjoy!
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!
The new June 2014 issue of Sewing World magazine is in the shops now, or available to order online. Look out for my bag-making technique series! This month’s installment is all about bag closures with ‘how-to instructions’. I’m so enjoying contributing to the magazine with this series.
This month’s issue is full of great projects to make and techniques to learn. There’s also plenty of good reading, when you just want to put your feet up. I especially enjoyed reading The Story Behind… Sewing World Magazine, written by the talented Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory. A very interesting article, nice to get a little behind the scenes look at the publication and there’s our lovely Editor, Julie, at her desk.
Here’s a wee sneak preview of this month’s projects, including the special 16 page ‘Kid’s Makes’ section.
The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out now and it’s had a fresh new makeover which looks great! I’m so pleased to have one of my bag projects featured this month, the Summer Beach Tote, as well as part 3 of my techniques series – Brilliant Bag Making!
The bag on the front cover is by Christine Down, isn’t it lovely? In this month’s issue there’s lots of great projects to keep you busy, as well as a really good selection of techniques to learn and features to read. There’s also an exciting competition to enter, Design your own Fabric, in conjunction with Woven Monkey. Find out more about Sewing World magazine at Inspired to Make.