Friday, September 14, 2018

small Sylvie Tote


Hello lovelies, happy Friday to you all!

You know the fabric stack I shared in my previous post? Of course I had to cut into yet another print and sew up a sweet little tote bag right away :)


I combined cotton/linen print for main body and Merchant and Mills Dry Oilskin for the bottom of the bag. I love that oilskin is water resistant and easy to clean, always a good thing when it comes to tote bags.

On a side note. Am I the only one who finds the name oilskin a bit misleading? The material is actually not oily, or a skin :0. It's a sort of waxed cotton which has a lovely smooth feel and cuts and sews beautifully.


I love adding hardware to my bags as I think it takes the finished product to the next level. I must say though, I do pause for a little bit every time I'm about to punch holes in my newly sewn projects. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about :)


And, once finished, hardware never disappoints. It really does add a dose of style and finesse to the finished bag, would you agree?

I used Sylvie Tote pattern to make this little cutie (this is the small size).

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Svetlana


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

drawstring bags


Do you like making drawstring bags? I certainly do. I love how quick and easy to make they are, plus they are super useful as project bags, storage bags for many tiny toys our kids tend to have around the house, or they can also be wonderful for wrapping presents. 


I made this simple, yet stylish drawstring bag using my free tutorial (available here in case you'd like to give it a go as well) and some gorgeous fabric I purchased at my local fabric market. I know, right? I'm so lucky to live in a place that hosts a fabulous fabric market every Saturday morning.


Last time I went I brought home these beauties :). These are all cotton/linen blends which is my most favorite material to work with at the moment.


Oh, and I made one more drawstring bag, of course. I used my Drawstring Bag pattern for this one - this is a medium size and, once again, it all came together super quickly.

These really are such fabulous instant gratification projects :)

Wishing you all a happy and productive day. Svetlana


Saturday, September 8, 2018

more Amber Clutches


I thought I was done with Amber Clutches for a bit. After all, I just launched the pattern a few days back and was ready for a bit of change thinking about many other projects I wanted to make. And then I came across this fabulously graphic Ikea fabric in my stash, so of course I dropped everything and whipped up yet another clutch :).



I think it's really lovely. And quite stylish, would you agree? I love the texture of this material, it's a bit more sturdy than regular quilting cotton so it makes for a clutch that holds its form and shape beautifully.


Oh, and then I spotted yet another one of my very favorite fabrics. You know what happened next, right? Yep, another Amber Clutch. And I'm kind of thinking I'll keep this one as a long-ish pouch instead of folding it over to form a clutch. Oh, the possibilities :)

I'm curious to know. Do you enjoy making the same pattern over and over, or are you one and done kind of maker? Do tell.

Wishing you all a happy, creative, and relaxed weekend. Svetlana


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

amber clutch {new pdf pattern}


You guys, I'm so excited as I have a new pattern to show you today. 


This is Amber Clutch ~ a super handy foldover zipper pouch in two sizes. 

Large: 7'' wide on bottom x 4 ¾'' tall x 1 ½'' deep when folded 
Small:  6'' wide on bottom x 3 ¾'' tall x 1'' deep when folded


The large one also features a welt zipper pocket on the back. It's just the right size to keep one's change, keys, chapstick, or other small items.

I used designer quilting cotton for both exterior and lining of these pouches. However, canvas or even kraf-tex paper or home decor fabric would work well as exterior fabrics (especially for the large clutch), just skip adding interfacing to the main panels and you are good to go.

This is an easy, beginner friendly pattern. I think anyone with just a bit of experience with zippers can successfully sew up this pouch.


I used metal zippers (purchased from Zipit on Etsy) for my clutches but you can definitely go with nylon ones if that's what you prefer/ have on hand. 


!!! This is a measure and cut pattern, no templates needed !!!

Materials needed to make Amber Clutch (large size): 1 FQ (fat quarter) measures 18'' x 21''
 1 FQ fabric A (exterior panels + zipper tab) 
1 FQ fabric B (main lining + zipper pocket lining)
½ yard medium weight fusible interfacing (I used SF101) 
1 – 8'' long metal or nylon zipper 
1 - 6'' long metal or nylon zipper 
2 zipper pulls (optional)


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As usual, I enlisted help of some lovely makers to test the pattern for me. Here are their beautiful creations.


Ellyn used adorable quilting cotton with the addition of fabulous leather tags to made both sizes of this clutch. 


And then she even went ahead and cut into her own stunning hand woven fabric to make yet another clutch. Beautifully done!





And just look at these stunning clutches in Merimekko fabric Merja whipped up.


Lovely colorful clutch by Vicki.



And last, but definitely not least, we have this adorably spotty clutch made by Deb.


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What do you say? Would you like to make an Amber clutch of your own

You can purchase Amber Clutch pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop here

And, for the next 48 hours, I'm offering this pattern at a discounted price of $5.25 (a 25% discount). Offer ends Sep. 6th, midnight.




Happy sewing friends. Svetlana

Friday, August 24, 2018

hand stitching and visible mending


You guys, of course I had to jump on the visible mending band wagon :). How could I possible not? As soon as I first saw the fabulous combination of distressed denim and chunky, prominent hand stitches I was in love.

And, as luck would have it, I had a pair of jeans in my closet that was perfect for giving this technique a try. Now, for a full disclosure, my jeans already had holes in them. But not from wear and tear, they came like that from the store :).


Pretty cool, right? I added a piece of denim to cover the hole from the inside and neatened the frayed edges by stitching them to the denim patch. And then I used cotton yarn to do my visible stitches over the whole area. I absolutely love how this experiment turned out.

It was 100% inspired by Katrina Rodabaugh's fabulous work and I hope you'll check out her IG account. You won't be disappointed.


Now, since I've always enjoyed adding chunky stitching to my projects I decided to take it a step farther and see what happens. I used a 6 strand embroidery thread and added these rows of stitches to cotton fabric - Grunge in Nocturnal. I then turned it into a pouch and I'm smitten.


Just look at this fabulous texture!

How fun is that? I now want to sit and stitch all day long :)


Oh, and I also made this one block where I mixed scraps of fabric with stitching - sort of boro style, I think. So far I like the way it looks but have no idea what (if anything) it will become in the end. That's ok though, I so enjoy the slow, meditative nature of hand stitching that I don't even mind if I end up with a usable item in the end.

Off I go, more stitching to be done!

Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend. Svetlana


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

mini coin pouch in 50 Little Gifts book


Hello, hello everyone!

Have you seen Lucky Spool's newest book? It's called 50 Little Gifts and is a lovely collection of quick and easy patchwork projects perfect for swapping or gift giving. I'm a huge fan of Lucky Spool books so when I was asked if I'd like my Mini Coin Pouch to be included in 50 Little Gifts I was more than happy to say yes.


I reworked the pattern just a tiny bit and sewed up new samples for the book. Love how they turned out :). These little cuties really are super fun and quick to make.


 I already found quite a few new projects I want to whip up using this new addition to my library, of course.

And you know what? Lucky Spool were kind enough to send me an extra copy of the book which I'm happy to share with one of you. Would you like to play? If so, just hop over to my IG account (click here) and leave a comment for a chance to win this book. Winner will be randomly chosen on Thursday (8- 23).

Wishing you all a happy and productive day. Svetlana

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

hello :)


Well, hello lovelies! Anybody still there?

I can't believe it's been so long since I last popped into this place :( How are you all doing?

If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed last few months have been pretty busy and full of change for our family. The biggest thing, of course, has been our intercontinental move from the US to the Netherlands, eeek! And oh-my-goodness! What a change this has been. It's been wonderful in so many ways, while super challenging in some others. That's how things usually are though, aren't they? At least that's what I'm telling myself :)

We traveled a lot, visited many family members we haven't seen in years which was absolutely  wonderful, and now we're slowly adjusting to our new lives. The thing I probably love the most about Netherlands is the bike culture. We bike everywhere! Everywhere! To the grocery store, movies, doctor's office, ... even to Ikea! We actually don't even own a car at the moment because there's just no need for one. How crazy is that!


My new wheels and a tote bag I made using fabulous watermelon print purchased from Miss Matatabi on Etsy. Such a perfect summer tote.


I have, of course, been working on setting up my sewing space. It's tiny but will definitely do for now. I've been sewing up a storm so no complaints here :)


One of my favorite things to make these days are fun little scrappy coasters. They are perfect projects for trying new ideas as well as using up some favorite scraps. Plus, they are super handy to have around the house, too. I can totally see my coaster collection growing in the next few months.

You can see more of the projects I worked on over the past few months on my IG account, of course. Here's the link if you're interested: https://www.instagram.com/sotakhandmade/

Talk to you soon. Svetlana


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