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I've been meaning to make a protective case for my laptop for ages now but I was totally stuck on what design and fabrics to go with, of course. And then, while browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across these simple, yet wonderfully stylish cases and I knew right away a padded giant pouch of sorts was the way to go.


I combined some of my screen printed fabric with black and white striped fabric from my stash and loosely based this case on my Purse Organizer (just made it much bigger and with less pockets).


I then added some fun bag hardware and leather accents to spiffy the case up a bit and I absolutely love the final look, especially that zipper tab. I must do things like that more often.

 

I love how this case turned out and it's a perfect fit for my laptop and the charger.


Now I'm tempted to make cases for all my electronics :)

Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana




Improv piecing is without any doubt my most favorite ever way to make a quilt. So, when I wanted to make a mini quilt for my studio (I'm currently decluttering and organizing like a maniac and will show you photos of my progress soon) I knew improv piecing was the way to go.


I started with a small stack of white-ish scraps with just a few gray and navy strips added for good measure. And then I simply arranged and re-arranged them on my design wall until I was happy with the layout. It really didn't take long as this is a mini quilt, but was a super fun way to just play with fabric :)



I'm a huge fan of Carolyn Friedlander's fabulous quilting style and this mini is a direct result of all the wonderful tips and teaching Carolyn shares in her Creativebug class.


Even the back looks pretty cool, would you agree?


I think this mini fits right in on my new wall of eclectic art and miscellaneous hooks :)

Off I go, more organizing to be done.

Svetlana



I've long been admiring these absolutely stunning Atelier + S patchwork linen and sashiko tote bags . So beautiful, aren't they? I love how they are sort of rustic looking, yet pretty and stylish at the same time.

So, the other day when I found myself with a bit of spare time and no project to work on, I decided to make a pillow cover inspired by these totes. 


I thought I'd work on patchwork base first, but I really wanted to get stitching, so I decided simple square of Essex linen will do. I drew the lines using ruler and water soluble fabric pen.


I even had some sashiko thread on hand so I was able to get stitching right away. Oh, and I adhered fusible fleece to wrong side of my linen before I started stitching since I found a single layer of linen to be a bit too flimsy for my liking.

This was one of those almost instant gratification projects as I finished all the stitching while watching a movie one evening and turned it into a pillow the next day. The pillow cover finished at 18" square and has an invisible zipper closure for easy removal.

What are your go to projects when you don't have much time but still want to make something? Do tell. I'd love to know.

Happy Monday to you...



Hello everyone!

Many of you expressed interest in reading more about my stamping and printing, so today I'd like to share a quick tutorial on how I made my block printed thank you cards (my stamp was inspired by this stamp and cards). Hope you enjoy this quick little tutorial:)


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Here are the materials I used:


lino cutting tool
carving block (I like using this one)
#2 pencil
sharpie
x-Acto knife
ink pad
rubber brayer
baren
freezer paper to draw my design on (not pictured)
scrap paper for print testing (not pictured)
heavy paper for finished cards (not pictured)


1. Draw the image/text you'd like to carve on freezer paper.

2. Once happy with your image, flip it right side down on carving block. Rub the side of your pencil along the whole picture to transfer image to your carving block. Remove the paper.

3. Use sharpie to draw along the image's lines, shade the area that doesn't need carving. Use lino cutting tool to carve around your image.

4. Use ink pad and paper to check how your stamp looks and keep carving until you're completely satisfied with the finished look.

5. Spread block printing ink on inking plate using rubber brayer.

6. Use brayer to evenly spread ink on your stamp.

7....


Hello lovelies, 
It's time to share some exciting photos with you today! A few days ago I released my Machine Bag pattern so today it's time to start showing you some of the testers' pics! 

Tara made her bag in monochrome and used chunky piping around the outside. I love her fabric choices, her bag looks fab!

Amy used this fun Tula Pink print with contrast hot pink webbing for her Machine Bag. I love to see it styled with the fabric in her stash, it's perfect!

Christine made a few edits to her pattern adding some fun hardware and a very clever fold up pocket to hold her machine needles. It looks great!



Cyndi managed the most precise sewing on her Machine Bag, the black contrast handles really pop, and the bag looks fab!
Oh look, it's toddler approved ;)

Sandie added some fun quilting to the base on her machine Bag and used narrow red piping around the main panels. Check out her perfect pattern matching on her zip gusset!

Jayne also wowed me with her pattern matching across the zip, it's perfect, and this fabric print is spot on for a machine bag!



Jana really embraced the brights of spring with her bag with this beautiful combination. She also split her handles and added hardware. It's a...


Hi lovelies, today I've got the brilliant Becky from R.j.A.f.MAKES on my blog for the first part of Taking Better Bag Photos. Today, she's going to be looking at how to frame your picture and delving into the depths of cameras.

How should you frame your photo?
Personally, I wouldn't have too much happening in a photograph. For example, you may want to photograph your bag outside.  You won’t want to put your bag on a park bench full of people sitting on it, as this will take the viewer’s eyes into overdrive!  They will be looking all over the photo and not looking at the bag you have made. 


Also, look for pleasing backgrounds and nothing too bright in colour to distract the viewer either. For example, I made a bag that has bright blues, bright pinks and whites on it and the best place to photograph it was the church behind our house as there are no harsh colours to distract the viewer’s eyes from the bag.

A key example of too much going on in a photo is shown here. You will notice I have used no lighting and a busy background. The wallpaper I have used behind the bag is too overpowering. 


So I re-took this photo a few days later on my travels to an ice hockey game. It was 11am and...




Hi lovelies, today I want to introduce to you Becky from R.j.A.f.MAKES. I first encountered Becky in the Facebook group British Bag Makers. Becky creates really fun and beautiful bags, and her photography is exquisite! Becky's going to be talking about how to take really great bag photos over the next couple of weeks, but to start off we've got a profile so that you can get to know her! 


Hi! I'm Rebecca Alexander-Frost, the founder of R.j.A.f.MAKES. I’ve just turned 34, been married for 3 years and have two wonderful step children. My mom was a keen sewer and my dad is a keen photographer, so I get my photography and sewing skills from them. Even though my mom has said I’ve surpassed her on the sewing skills, I still ask for her help from time to time. This is where my inspiration started.


I always knew I would be in the arts industry, whether that was painting, drawing, visual arts (photography) or sewing. But deep down, sewing has always been my main love, the one I always come back to. I started sewing when I was 8, when my mom taught me to hand sew. When I was 11, I had my first sewing machine, my beautiful 1940s, hand-cranked Singer sewing machine. I still have it to this...

Hello everyone, welcome to my Sew Mama, Sew! giveaway !!!

I'm super excited you stopped by. Want to see what you can win?



  I am giving away six of my very own screen printed panels to one lucky winner. (each panel measures about 12" x 16")


The winner will also receive three of my pdf patterns of their choosing. (you can browse all my patterns by clicking here)

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 This giveaway is open worldwide (U.S. as well as international entries welcome). Mr. Random and I will choose the winner on Sunday, December 11th.


Here's how to enter:
 * leave a comment on this post letting me know what fun project you're working on right now
* to get a second bonus entry let me know you are my follower, or become one by clicking on the link below and then let me know

A big thank you to all who took part in my giveaway. I greatly appreciate each and every one of you and I absolutely loved reading what projects you guys are working on, thanks for sharing.

I'm happy to announce Kathy@KayakQuilting is out winner, congratulations!!



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Please, please, please make sure to leave you email address if you're a non-reply commenter or I'll have no way of contacting you in case you win and will have to choose...

I've been meaning to make new placemats for our home for quite some time now. I wanted something simple and uncomplicated and I'm happy I finally settled on these improv strip pieced placemats.


All the patchwork strips came from my scrap box, yay! It always feels extra wonderful to make even a tiny dent in the amount of scraps I own. I'm pretty sure they multiply every time I turn my back on them :).


I machine quilted my first placemat, but I simply didn't like the way it looked. I think I secretly really wanted to hand quilt them from the beginning, so I ripped all the machine stitches out, pulled out my hand quilting supplies, and got to work.  Oh, such joy! The finished mats do feel a bit luxurious with all the hand quilting, I love that.
 

I used some of my screen printed Essex linen panels for the backings and love the extra stability they add to finished mats. Oh, and I added one layer of cotton batting to the middle as well. Makes place mats soft and squishy without adding too much bulk.

Each mat finished at 12" x 16" and I'm super excited to start using them.

Wishing you all a beautifully relaxed and creative weekend. Svetlana



Welcome, welcome friends!!!

I'm happy to introduce my newest bag pattern to you today.


♥ ♥ ♥ Vera Slouch Bag ♥ ♥ ♥

It's a perfectly sized everyday bag. Not too large, not too small, with two exterior slip pockets, one lining zipper pocket (I'm quite sure you'll enjoy this new way of installing a zipper pocket) and a smaller lining slip pocket as well.


See? Wonderfully roomy, isn't it?

Finished size of the bag is 11" wide x 11" tall x 4" deep.


It's not a very difficult bag to make, but it does look super chic once finished. I'd say an advanced beginner (some zipper experience is helpful) would be quite comfortable making this bag.


And, in case you're a fan of leather strap just like I am, I added an extra page of instructions on how to attach leather strap and D-ring tabs instead of making fabric ones.

Materials needed to make the bag
(fabric requirements are based on 42” wide fabric)
fabric A (main exterior fabric) – ¾ yard
fabric B (contrasting exterior bottom) – ¼ yard
fabric C (lining) – ½ yard
interlining fabric (canvas, denim, or some other heavier weight fabric) – ½ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 ½ yards
one - 7” long metal or nylon...

Hello everyone!

I'm quite excited to show you my HRT quilt featured in issue 42 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I love the graphic boldness of this quilt as well as the simplicity of its construction which makes it a perfect introduction to working with half rectangle triangles.


Plus, it's a great quilt to show off some of your very favorite prints. I chose Lavish by Katarina Roccella in combination with Kona white and I absolutely love how bright, happy, and fresh looking this quilt turned out.


And, as always, LPQ magazine did a fabulous job styling and photographing the quilt.


I love large scale piecing and I greatly enjoyed designing and making this quilt. When it came to quilting it, I decided to go with my all time favorite straight line quilting (lines are about 1 1/4" apart). I also added a few random horizontal lines of hand quilting using sashiko thread.


The quilt finished at 57" x 76".


And, as I already mentioned, the quilt is featured in issue 42 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine and is now available for sale in the US.

Wishing you all a super creative day. Svetlana


Hello, happy Tuesday everyone!

I'm excited to introduce my newest pdf pattern to you today.


 Sylvie Tote is a quick, easy to customize pattern and comes in three sizes so you can make a tote to fit your every need.


Small tote is 10 ½” wide x 13” tall x 2 ½” deep and is a perfect fit for a smaller project and a few books or notebooks.


Everyday tote is 12 ½” wide x 14 ½” tall x 3 ½” deep and, as a name suggests, is a perfect everyday tote bag. I love this tote and use mine all the time. I also love the addition of longer straps as the tote can be carried over a shoulder.


And then there's the chunky sized tote :). It's 11” wide x 13” tall x 8” deep and I absolutely love how much stuff I can fit into this tote. I think this will be a great tote to carry my larger projects around.

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What do you say? Ready to make some totes?

Sylvie Tote pattern is now available for sale at my etsy shop or you can purchase it directly by clicking on the button below. The price of this pattern is $5.00. 

buy this pattern


 Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana

Hello friends, how are things? 

Is 2017 treating you well so far? I do hope it's off to a good start. 

My goal for this new year is to be more focused, especially when it comes to sewing and creating, as I tend to get excited about way too many different projects and forget to work on what really needs to be done.


One of the main things I really, really want to focus on this year is publishing more pdf patterns. I love coming up with new designs, working out the steps, and most of all seeing others create with my patterns. And so it's been all about bags all the time lately. So fun, I tell you.


As you can probably tell I'm quite obsessed with waxed canvas + linen + leather handles combo. I think it makes for the best totes ever!!!


I've also been doing a bit of sketchbook drawing to try out some new ideas for screen printed fabric. These poppies are my favorite right now. I hope to make the sketch into a screen soon so I can give it a go.

What are your plans for this new year? Any fun projects or goals? Do tell.

Svetlana



Wow!!! Last day of 2016! 

It feels like a recap of sorts is totally in order :)

Creatively, this was a good year for me. I tried new things, learned how to screen print on fabric, published a few new bag patterns, and generally enjoyed working on lots of different projects. Hope you'll enjoy this picture collage of my favorite makes.





Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! friends, for coming along on this creative journey with me.  I couldn't do what I do without your constant support and encouragement.


Wishing you all a happy, creative, and most of all peaceful 2017.

Svetlana





Yesterday afternoon, completely on a whim, I started a Christmas mini quilt. Well, I actually didn't know it would turn into a mini quilt at a time. All I wanted to do is make a few mini tree blocks using Amanda Jean's pattern, beyond that I had no plan.


I made three blocks using red solid fabric from my stash (probably some Kona, not sure though) and a few different white-ish fabrics for the background. I do love this fabric combination a lot, I used it in my Christmas quilt last year and it felt wonderful to revisit it again.


At first I was leaning towards making blocks into a long, skinny pillow cover. As I was adding fabric to frame the blocks though, I realized it would make a lovely mini quilt. Strange, I must say, as I usually prefer pillows over mini quilts, but I went with my instinct and I'm so glad I did.

And, I hand quilted it, of course. I'm still obsessed with hand quilting, resistance is completely futile :).


I used this super, super adorable Christmas fabric for the backing. Which sort of doesn't make sense since no one will see it, but I loved the idea of using pretty fabric for the backing and knowing there are adorable gnomes hiding behind those trees makes me...



Yesterday evening I suddenly decided I needed a new pouch for my pens. Truth is, of course I didn't need a new pouch. I have more than enough brand new pouches laying around my studio, but I was seriously itching to do a bit of scrappy qayg (quilt as you go) patchwork.


I find qayg method to be very relaxing and meditative and in no time I had two pretty panels ready to be turned into a pouch. I decided to use my Lola pouch pattern, but I didn't add a contrasting bottom as I wanted to use as much of my qayg panels as I could.


I'm happy to say the pouch turned out even better than I imagined. I love, love, love this combination of scrappy patchwork and metal zipper beautifully framed by zipper binding.


I think it makes a perfect new home for my pens and markers.

 
In case you'd like to make your own qayg Lola, you can purchase pattern here and follow this tutorial on how to make your own qayg panels.

Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana



Hello lovely makers,

I'm super excited to see so many of you branching out and giving bag making a try. How absolutely, totally wonderful!

To help you on your journey, and to answer many, many questions coming to me through your emails, I decided to put together a list of my very favorite bag making supplies and where I buy them from. I hope you'll find this a useful resource.



I'm not affiliated with any of the suppliers I list in here and I do not get any compensation for writing this post. I've been buying from these suppliers for quite some time and I love not just their products, but also their friendly and speedy service.

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FABRIC


I love using regular quilting cotton, of course, as it comes in so many different colors and stunning prints. Lately though I've been quite enjoying working with linen and linen/cotton blends. It's thicker and a bit heavier than quilting cotton and I think it's just the right weight for bag making.  My go to store for printed linen is Miss Matatabi on etsy.


I also use lots of duck canvas either as linings for my bags or as the interlining fabric to make the bags hold their shape better. I buy all my canvas at Joann store.


INTERFACING


SF101 -...


One of my goals for 2017 is to make a quilt each month to donate to my local homeless shelter. So, when a few days ago it suddenly dawned on me that the month of January was almost over and I did not make a quilt I planned, I started panicking a bit.


Thankfully though I realized I made an HRT quilt top months ago and never finished it, so I quickly dug it out of my wip pile and got to work.


Since this is not a huge quilt, I decided it was time I gave pin basting a try. Can you believe I only pin basted my very first quilt (which turned out pretty bad since I only used about 20 !!! pins for the whole quilt), and all my other quilts were glue basted? I don't even know why I suddenly decided to swap pins for glue, but to my great surprise, I didn't really hate the whole pin basting process. I actually found it kind of relaxing and therapeutic ??? We'll see how long this love affair with pin basting lasts :).


I used this Marimekko orange linen for the backing as I thought it would add a super lovely pop of color and surprise to this otherwise muted quilt top. (I pre-washed the linen to prevent any excessive shrinkage or color bleeding)


I used the edge of my walking foot as a guide to...

Hello everyone,

I am super, super, over the moon excited to introduce my newest pattern to you today.


This is Alice.

She's a super handy everyday bag with three zipper pockets (two on the outside, one in the lining), one slip pocket, magnetic snap closure, reinforced bottom for extra durability, as well as an adjustable strap.



She's quite something, isn't she? I'm totally in love with those zipper pockets. I think they make for one very chic, as well as practical purse.

Finished size of this purse is 11" wide x 10" tall x 3.5" deep.


Materials needed to make Alice Purse:
(fabric requirements are based on 42” wide fabric, 1FQ measures 18” x 21”)
fabric A – 1FQ
fabric B – ¾ yard
fabric C – ½ yard
fabric D - 1FQ
Pellon fusible fleece TP971F – ½ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 1 ½ yards
two - 6” long metal or nylon zippers
one – 8” long metal or nylon zipper
one – magnetic snap closure
two - 1” rectangle or circle strap rings
one - 1” rectangle strap slider


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 And, once again, I've enlisted help from some super talented ladies to test the pattern for me. I hope you enjoy seeing all the gorgeous Alice purses they made.




This stunning beauty was made...


As soon as I spotted this pillow on A Beautiful Mess website, I knew I wanted to make something very similar for our family room. I love seeing traditional blocks being used in slightly unexpected ways, and this rectangular nine patch pillow fit the bill perfectly.


I combined Essex linen in flax and my screen printed linen in denim. I love the simplicity of this patchwork and thought a bit of hand quilting in sashiko thread would be a nice addition.



I used yet another Essex linen from my stash for the backing and added an invisible zipper to make it a removable pillow cover.


And then, since I didn't have embroidery thread to make tassels as called for in the tutorial, I made my own yarn tassels.

I think they make the finished pillow look pretty cute, even my kids approve :).

Finished pillow cover measures 12" x 24" and I bought the pillow form from Crate and Barrel.

Thanks for stopping by, friends.  Svetlana



Clearly making just one qayg scrappy pouch was not enough :).


So last night I whipped up this little pouch and pincushion set.

 
Don't you just love how a few scraps of fabric and batting can be turned into such interesting panels in almost no time at all? Especially when you work on a small scale, like I did.


I turned the two larger panels into a simple pouch, making the pattern up as I went. I used a 6" long metal zipper and adjusted all the measurements accordingly. And, since I didn't want to go with the usual rectangular pouch shape, I rounded the corners and cut out small darts to give it a bit more depth.

Have you tried qayg before? I hope you give it a go, it's great fun.
 
I have a free tutorial on how to make these panels here, and how to turn them into pouches here. 

Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend. Svetlana
 
Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts. 
 
 


Hello friends, welcome!

Most of you know by now pouches of different shapes and sizes are one of my very favorite projects to sew and today I'm happy to share a new free tutorial for a boxy pouch with you today.


Pretty cute, aren't they? These pouches finish at 7" wide x 2" tall x 3" deep and would work great as pencil or make up pouches.



 And, to make things easier for you I even turned this tutorial into a printer friendly pdf file. Just click on the link below :).

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Ready to start sewing? Here we go!

Click here for printer friendly pdf file of this tutorial.

Materials needed:
main exterior fabric: two - 5.25" tall x 10" wide rectangles
contrasting exterior bands: two - 1" tall x 10" wide strips
lining fabric: two - 5.75" tall x 10" wide rectangles
raw edge binding: two - 2.5" tall x 4.5" wide rectangles
fusible fleece:  two - 5.75" tall x 10" wide rectangles
SF101 interfacing: two - 5.75" tall x 10" wide rectangles
9" zipper (metal or nylon depending on your preference)
two - 0.5" wide x 2.5" long ribbon for side tabs

You will also need:
disappearing fabric pen, ruler, zipper foot for your sewing machine

Use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

Exterior Panels 
1. Stitch...



I made a new Alice Purse. And this one is for me, yay!


I went back and forth a bit on which fabric to use, of course. In the end I decided to combine this beautiful Foliage in Black by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 with black wool for the exterior, and I chose another Cloud 9 fabric I had in my stash for the lining.


This was the first time I worked with wool. It wasn't that different from working with cotton, but I did have to remember to adjust temperature of the iron as too much heat can ruin wool.


And, since I was going for chic and classy with my purse, I used leather handles instead of fabric ones and rivets instead of stitching to attach my adjustable strap. Both of these upgrades actually made the whole process quicker and I absolutely love the final look.


This bag finishes at 11” wide x 10” tall x 3 ½” deep and is just a perfect size for my everyday needs as I no longer have to tote around a ginormous bag as my kids are older now (insert a very, very happy face here). Plus, I really love all the zipper pockets.

You can purchase a pattern for this purse by clicking here if you'd like to make an Alice Purse of your own.

Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana


Hello, happy Monday everyone!

I've been feeling super creative lately and have been happily jumping from one project to another. Would you like to see?


:: sock knitting ::

I love having a knitting project for when I watch Netflix or listen to podcasts in the evening. My go to projects are usually simple socks or a shawl.


:: pattern designing ::

I've been working on some prototypes for my newest pdf pattern. I hope you will love these wristlets as much as I do.


:: new coasters ::

I also made these qayg coasters. I love projects like that as they don't take much time to make and are a great way to use up some scraps of fabric as well as batting. I have a free tutorial on how to make these in case you'd like to whip up a few coasters of your own.


:: sketching ::

I'm a strong believer in one's ability to learn new skills and greatly improve with practice, so I've been reminding myself to do a bit of drawing and sketching few times a week. I'm obsessed with barns and cats, as you can see :).


:: alice purse ::

And, I decided to make myself a new Alice purse. I hope to be able to show it to you soon.


How about you? Have you been working on any fun projects? I'd love to know.

Svetlana


Hello, happy Friday to you all!

I have not just one, but TWO quilts to show you today. I know, a total overachiever here :).  It wasn't planned that way though. The reason I have two versions of the same quilt is that I ruined the first one (thanks to my impulsivity and lack of patience) and then had to rush like crazy to make a second version to meet the deadline.


This is the first version of my Star Bright quilt for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I love working with triangles and I was totally smitten with the design and colors in this quilt top (I used all Cirrus solids). 

And then it was time to baste the quilt. I use 505 spray to baste my quilts and have always loved how quick the process is. This time though, I made it a bit too quick since I decided there was no need to properly shake the bottle before I started basting and, to my complete horror, the glue left tons of tiny spots/ stains all over my quilt top.


I tried spot cleaning them but it didn't seem to help so I turned to my trusty google search and found suggestions to just wash the quilt once finished and stains would be gone, phew! 

Well, not quite! Ever since I designed this quilt I planned on doing some...


Hello, happy Monday to you all!

I'm super, super excited to show you my newest pdf pattern.


Nina wristlet is perfect for when you don't want to carry a bag with you, but still need a place for your phone, keys, credit cards, and maybe a few other necessities.


She comes in two sizes, large one is 5" tall x 8 1/4" wide and small one is 4 1/4" tall x 7 1/4" wide.

Can you tell I really enjoyed making these pouches? I kept finding new fabric I wanted to use and ended up with six prototypes (actually eight, but two didn't make it to this photo) :). I don't think I ever made so many pouches while working on a pattern.



Both pouches have super handy card slots in the lining (small one has three card slots and large one has eight).

I've been using my large Nina as a wallet as for quite some time and I couldn't be happier with it as there's enough card slots to keep all my cards organized, and the exterior zipper pocket is perfect to keep change in one place. Plus, the pouch fits my phone, and even keys easily.


I, of course, made some Ninas for my daughters as well. They both prefer a smaller size since all they usually carry around are their phones and some money.

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What do you say?...


Happy Valentine's Day, friends !!!

I simply couldn't resist and had to whip up this sweet little wristlet using super adorable fabric I printed a few days ago. The pattern is my newest Nina Wristlet which will be available for purchase early next week.

Hope you all are having a lovely day. Svetlana


Hello everyone!

I have a new bag pattern to show you today, I hope you like it as much as I do :)


This is Cora, a beautifully stylish everyday handbag.


Finished size: 12 ½” wide x 11” tall x 4” deep.

I love her classic shape and how super sturdy and roomy she is. Plus, she's not too complicated to make. And, if zippers scare you, you can totally omit the zipper closure and use magnetic snap instead. Or no closure at all. It's totally up to you.



Special features: inset zipper closure, two exterior slip pockets, inner zipper pocket, inner slip pocket.

Materials needed to make Cora:
fabric A (main exterior) – ¾ yard
fabric B (contrasting exterior bottom + straps) – ¾ yard
fabric C (lining) – ¾ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 3 yards
Pellon FF78F1 Flex-Foam (or byAnnie's Soft and Stable) – ¾ yard
one - 7” long metal or nylon zipper
one - 18” long metal or nylon zipper
one – zipper pull (optional)


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And, as always, I had help from some amazingly talented ladies who tested my pattern and gave feedback on how to make it better and more user friendly. Thank you, ladies. I greatly appreciate your talent and willingness to share.

Ready to see some...


Hello, happy Friday to you all!

I had grand plans for this week. I was going to be productive and totally on top of my game! And then my son came down with the flu, which then turned into a pneumonia, which of course meant all my plans went out the window and my productivity dropped to almost zero :(

I did, however, do a bit of sanity saving sewing while he took a nap the other day and made myself this chunky drawstring tote bag.  


I've had this Cloud 9 barkcloth in my stash for quite some time and it felt wonderful to finally turn it into something useful. I love how sturdy this fabric is, perfect choice for a tote bag, I think :)


I wanted this to be a quick make, so I used cotton canvas for the lining (no need to use interfacing this way) and added a large slip pocket on the inside.


And, I added a leather tag to the front of the tote. I know I said it before, but I really love adding leather and rivets to my bags and pouches these days.

I love how this tote turned out, it will make a great new home for my on the go knitting project.



And then yesterday I made a patchwork version of the same tote bag. It's fun to see the same pattern interpreted in different ways, isn't it?

Thanks...

Happy Monday, friends!

 Any fun projects you've been working on over the weekend? I did a tiny bit of sewing but most of my time was spent watching various dinosaur movies to keep my son from thinking about his fever and how miserable it made him feel :(


I did, however, manage to put together a few of my Sotak Kits.

What do you think? This one is for a super adorable screen printed hearts wristlet.


Each kit includes all the materials needed to make a beautiful screen printed wristlet + a separate pdf file with detailed step by step instructions.


I think these would make really nice presents for either a seasoned sewist or someone who'd like to give pouch making a try for the very first time. 

You can purchase these kits at my etsy shop.

Wishing you all a lovely start to your week. Svetlana