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

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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!

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.

Customer Make – The Sophie Diaper Bag Sewing Pattern

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.

Teshae Carrasco - the Sophie Diaper Bag“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

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Get the sewing pattern for the Sophie Nappy Bag from my Etsy shop!

Customer Make – the Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern

Check out Amy Fahey’s version of the Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern! I love the fabrics Amy has used and the matching bag is great too!

Customer Make - The Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern by SusieDDesigns“My first attempt. I like the pattern very much!” Amy Fahey

Thank you, Amy, for allowing me to share your fantastic wallet. I’ll look forward to seeing more makes from you.

If you’d like to have a go at making the Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern, it’s available for instant download from my Craftsy and Etsy shops. It’s also available as a PDF download from www.susieddesigns.co.uk, as well as a printed version with full-size tissue pattern pieces.

Tri-fold Wallet on Craftsy, by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesigns

Reader Make – Summer Shoulder Bag in Sewing World

Check out Janis Davies’ version of the Summer Shoulder Bag, my bag-making project featured in this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine!

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“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.

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Reader Makes: Trendy Hipster Bag from my new book, Style and Swing

Delighted to come across a blog post, at Linda’s Quilt Mania, about the Trendy Hipster Bag that Linda has made from my new book, Style and Swing. Linda makes the most gorgeous samples for displaying at Katja’s Quilt Shoppe, in Kamloops, Canada. What do you think of her version and don’t you just love the fabrics she’s used?

Trendy Hipster Bag from Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for beginners and Beyond. Made by lindasquiltmania

Here it is on display at Katja’s Quilt Shoppe, where you can buy these gorgeous fabrics and a copy of Style and Swing!

Trendy Hipster Bag from Style and Swing made by lindasquiltmania

If you’d like to have a go at making this or other bags from my book, it’s available through most good book stores and from Amazon, worldwide. You can also get it direct from the publishers, Martingale’s / That Patchwork Place or order a signed copy from SusieDDesigns. Here’s my Trendy Hipster Bag, which I made using fabrics from the Comma collection by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics.

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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.

Local Auction Find: Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

I spotted a lovely old Singer® sewing machine, at a local auction house last week. I was so pleased to find it hadn’t been converted to electric, as I’d been looking for one like this for a while now. I had to leave the auction early, before the lot came up, so I left a hopeful bid of £30. I was delighted to win it for £25! I know there’s a lot of them around and they don’t go for much but I’d been having a hard time trying to get my hands on one. I think they’re so popular now, everyone’s snapping them up!

1927 Vintage Singer Sewing Machine with original wooden cover.

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Instructions and Accessories

It’s in fantastic condition, with its gorgeous wooden cover, original instruction booklet and metal bobbins. There’s even a pack of old, unused needles. The kids were fascinated by it and I’ve promised to teach them on it. It works beautifully and I’ve checked up on the Singer® website to find out it’s a 1927 model (although the instruction booklet has 1928 on it?) If you’ve got one that you’d like to check it’s age, go to http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers and click on the link relevant to yours – no letter pre-fix, single letter pre-fix or double letter pre-fix. The serial number of mine is located on the front right-hand corner:

1927 Singer Sewing Machine

Did you know that SINGER® sewing machines were first manufactured in 1851. The manufacture dating on their web site is reproduced from the original company register number log books. They’ve not located the log books for 1851 to 1870 as yet, so the serial numbers for those years aren’t available.

Serial numbers on SINGER® sewing machines manufactured prior to 1900 are numbers only. After 1900, the machine serial numbers have a single or two-letter prefix.

I plan to use mine for teaching the kids on and for putting on display in my new sewing studio (more on that in the very near future). Do you have a Singer®? How old is yours and do you use it or display it?

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Purse Projects featured in Issue 9 of Quilt Now Magazine

Super excited to see my new purse projects featured in this month’s issue of Quilt Now magazine. They’re on the front cover! So exciting!

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You’ll get an exclusive free gift with this month’s issue, a Go Forth and Quilt retractable tape measure. It’s double-sided with both metric and imperial measurements.

Also included in this month’s jam-packed Quilt Now:

  • 30 fantastic projects inside!
  • This issue’s cover quilt is super simple but with striking effect!
  • Perfect Potholders by Laura Jane Taylor – a pair of English paper-pieced potholders that would make an ideal housewarming gift
  • Popular author and blogger Susan Dunlop has not one, but two, kiss clasp purses for you to try!
  • Jo Avery’s striking offset lone star quilt is strip-pieced for speed and simplicity!
  • Make a bed-sized quilt and matching cushion with just eight fat quarters (plus some background fabric)
  • Making the same project in different fabrics can completely change the effect. Hadley’s flying geese cushions demonstrate this perfectly!
  • Be the most popular guest at the baby shower with Angela’s trio of gifts, including a quilt, cushion and matching taggie blankie!
  • Editor Katy uses Cuckoo’s Calling from Dashwood Studio to make an adorable baby quilt and matching monogrammed cushion set.
  • Keep your essential bits and bobs organised with Sonia’s little zippy pouch.

For more info, check on the Quilt Now blog. They’ve got a fab subscription offer too!

White Tree Fabrics Dressmaking Project – McCalls K3601

I joined the White Tree Fabrics blogging team a while back and, at long last, I have my first completed project to show off!

I chose some lovely Tilda fabrics and McCalls pattern K3601, both supplied by White Tree Fabrics, to make a kaftan-style top. This has also been the first thing I’ve made with my brand new overlocker, more about that in another post! So not only did I have a lovely new top to make, I could also make it on my new machine and hopefully end up with a professional looking piece of clothing.

I found this McCalls pattern quite easy to follow, but… it did take little while to get the collar right as it was slightly confusing as to how it would end up the right way around! Got there in the end though, I just needed to follow the instructions very carefully. You need to fold the outer edges of the collar section to wrong side and press, then pin it, wrong side up, to the front/back neckline, also wrong side up.

Showing the collar construction for McCalls K3601

After stitching around the neckline and the marked centre line, which is then cut to open the neckline slit, it’s turned to the right side of the front/back of top. Then pinned in place and topstitched around the edges.

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The collar detail of McCalls pattern K3601

Due to my own mistake (rushing ahead) I ended up having to do set-in sleeves rather than the easier method of sewing the shoulder edges onto the front/back before sewing the sleeve and side seams. I’d already sewn the sleeve seams by the time I’d noticed and couldn’t be bothered unpicking. It worked out just fine though as they didn’t need any gathering to fit. They fitted into the armhole really well and I was so pleased (relieved!) with the result. I needed more practice with set-in sleeves anyway!! LOL

McCalls sewing pattern K3601

So here’s my finished top, ta da…

Finished Top McCalls pattern K3601

White Tree Fabrics have generously given me a special coupon code for readers to get a fantastic 20% discount and free postage on any orders. Visit www.whitetreefabrics.com to view their lovely range and use the code SUSIED when purchasing anything.