Tuesday, July 28, 2015

helen shoulder bag {new pdf pattern}

Hello everyone, 

I have a new pdf pattern for Helen Shoulder Bag to show you today.

I designed this bag ages ago (it's been at least two years) so I'm even more excited than usual to have it all finished and ready to go live, yay! I really hope you'll like it as much as I do.

My favorite part of this bag is the exterior pocket. It's perfect to keep one's phone and keys in. Plus, it gives a great opportunity to personalize this bag. I think a patchwork pocket would look quite lovely, don't you?

I've also included instructions for an inner zipper pocket as I believe every bag needs at least one zipper pocket to be truly useful and practical.You can, however, skip this step altogether if zippers are not your thing :)

Finished size of the bag is 12.5” wide x 12” tall x 3” deep and here's the list of materials you'd need to make one of your own:

¾ yard fabric A (back exterior panel, front pocket, top bands)
½ yard fabric B (front exterior panel, handle, D-ring tabs)
½ yard fabric C (lining)
½ yard fabric D (pocket linings)
3 yards SF101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice)
one 7" metal or nylon zipper
one magnetic snap closure
two 1.25” D-rings (optional)
two 1.25” swivel lobster hooks (optional)

As you probably noticed, I used D-rings and lobster swivel hooks to attach my handle. I love the way hardware adds that extra finesse to any bag, but you can definitely skip hardware if preferred (instructions for both ways of attaching handle are provided).

Also, this is the first time I decided to offer hardware kits for this bag for sale (click here to be taken to my Etsy shop). Right now I only have three nickel and three anti brass finish kits as this is a trial period to see how much demand there is for these kits.

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And now, let me show you some super lovely versions of Helen bags my amazing testers made.

Look at this adorable bag Jan has made. It's such a happy bag in these bright, sure to get noticed fabrics.

Vicki went with gorgeous black and white fabric combo for the exterior and this totally adorable elephant fabric for the lining. I love that Vicki added a slit pocket to her lining and one extra pocket to exterior.

Lovely Yvette has used some of her long hoarded fabric to make this super fun Helen bag. Yvette used batting instead of interfacing and she made a longer, adjustable strap, I love that :).

How fun is this bright green fabric Stephanie chose for her bag? And she already has another bag cut out and ready to go. Yay!

Last, but definitely not least, is this classy, stylish Helen bag made by Susan. Such perfect combination of colors and patterns.

You did an amazing job, ladies. Thank you for all your help.

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If you'd like to make a Helen Shoulder Bag of your own, you can purchase pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop here. (All my pdf patterns are available worldwide).

 I'm offering this pattern at a discounted $6.00 price for the next 48 hours. After that it will go up to its regular $8.00 price.

Have a very lovely day, friends. Svetlana

Sunday, July 26, 2015

when scraps make more scraps :)

On Friday I decided to use up some scraps and made myself a new drawstring bag. Scraps are tricky though. They seem to multiply constantly, so of course I was left with quite a few smallish scraps once drawstring bag was finished.  So, on Saturday I used that second batch of scraps to make a few improv log cabin blocks. I used Essex Linen in natural (I think) to join log cabins into this slab of patchwork. 

Not bad, I say. I think it will make a lovely pillow cover.

I'm curious now. Do you use scraps left over from scraps? Do tell.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

patchwork drawstring bag

Yes, I made yet another drawstring bag :).

This time, however, I made it completely out of scraps. Each patchwork rectangle measures  2.5" x 4" (my main panels finished at 11" wide x 12.5" tall). I must say, I really, realy love rectangular patchwork these days.

Once again, I pretty much followed my free tutorial for making a simple drawstring bag with only a few adjustments like adding a layer of batting to main panels which makes for a wonderfully sturdy and chubby little bag. 

I also decided to box my corners - the pouch is 4" deep and I think it will make a great knitting bag. I totally lost count of how many knitting bags I already made for myself :). I think it's time I start knitting more.

And, of course I used striped casing for string ties. So predictable, I know :).

How is your weekend going? Hope you're having tons of fun. Svetlana

Friday, July 24, 2015

scraps giveaway winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in my scraps giveaway. I so loved reading about your favorite scrappy projects. Makes me want to start a new scrappy project :).

The winner of the scraps is Sweet Dreams Sheep Farm who said: Can you say pin cushions! And I love the idea of 9 patch!!
Congratulations! I've sent you an email already.

Wishing you all a super lovely weekend. Svetlana

Thursday, July 23, 2015

scraps {giveaway}

I've been cleaning out and organizing my sewing room like a mad woman these last few days. I sorted through my fabric, ribbons, notions, and many sewing supplies I no longer knew I had, ooops :). I even found a new super fun way to store a huge supply of zippers I've managed to accumulate in the last few years (I'll share more on that later).

As I kept sorting and cleaning I realized it was time to let some things go. So I grabbed large priority flat rate box and stuffed it full of these lovely scraps, which I still like but in all honesty I know I have no time to put them to good use.

So, what do you say? Would you like to win this pile scrappy goodness? Leave me a comment saying what your favorite scrappy project is and Mr. Random and I will choose the winner tomorrow morning.

Thank you all. The giveaway is now closed. 

Please note, this giveaway is for US addresses only (sorry about that but international shipping rates are so very high :( ).

Have a lovely day, friends. Svetlana

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

f.o.r.t.y {plus a discount coupon}

Hello friends, happy Tuesday to you all.

Today is my birthday and I'm officially not in my thirties anymore. Wow, how did that happen?!?!

But since I've never been the one to panic over my age, why start now? Anyway, I looked on Pinterest this morning and 40 seems like a super fun age :). Thank goodness for Pinterest.

So, I'm off to enjoy the day with my most favorite people. Before I go though, I wanted to share a discount code for my etsy shop with you all. Use code FORTY to get a 40% discount on all my pdf patterns (this offer has now expired, thank you). Enjoy.

Have a super lovely day, everyone. Svetlana

Sunday, July 19, 2015

drawstring bags

Child #2 will be off to an art camp in just a few days, so I decided to whip up these super simple, but so very useful drawstring bags for her. Can you tell we're totally into cats these days?

I used my drawstring bag tutorial (it's free and you can find it here). I scaled the original pattern up and down to also make a larger and a smaller versions of this bag.

I'm still thinking of making a few larger bags for her because these are so much prettier than any ziplock bag can ever be :). 

Happy Sunday, everyone. Svetlana
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