Monday, January 18, 2021

Devon Pouch (a fabulously handy zipper pouch)


 Hello lovelies, happy Monday to you all!

If you've been following me for a while you would have noticed how much I enjoy sewing up zipper pouches :). It's one of my favorite projects to work on and today I wanted to talk a bit about one of my most favorite pouch ever, the Devon Pouch.

Here's just a little sampling of the Devon Pouches I made over the last year or so :).

I love putting these sweet fabric combinations together, matching them up with metal zippers, and whipping up these super useful pouches. I especially love having the extra zipper pocket on the front as it helps me keep things a bit more organized in my purse.

As you can see, I'm quite a fan of combining floral prints with Essex linen (yarn dyed linen in black is my favorite). And, because I know many of you will ask, I buy my zippers from Zipit or Needled Boutique on Etsy. 

You can purchase the pattern for this pouch here if you'd like to give it a go.

And, in case you're not sure about the whole working with zippers thing, I put together a time lapse video on how I sew this pouch for you to see.




Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Boxed Zipper Pouch (how to)


Hello everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I'm super excited to bring you a new video tutorial 😀. 


I'm a huge fan of boxed zipper pouches as they make such useful pencil or make up bags, or they can even be used as small project bags.

These pouches are fully lined with no exposed raw edges. I think you'll like how stylish and beautiful they look not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. And, to top it off, the pouch is given its shape by folding the edges of the pouch instead of needing to cut and then sew all the corners, definitely a time saver.

DIMENSIONS: 3'' wide x 7'' long x 2'' tall

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I made my pouches using quilting cotton for both the exterior and the lining of the pouch, but you could use canvas or some other slightly heavier weight fabric for the outside of the pouch if you wish.

I also used Pellon SF101 interfacing for both the exterior and the lining of the pouch, but Pellon Fusible Fleece could be used for the exterior panels instead if you wish your finished pouch to have a bit more structure.


CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Main Exterior: (2) - 5 1/2'' tall x 10'' wide panels
Lining: (2) - 6'' tall x 10'' wide panels
Inner Binding: (2) - 1 3/4'' x 5'' strips
(2) - 1'' tall x 10'' wide strip
Contrasting Exterior Strip: (2) - 1'' tall x 10'' wide strip
Interfacing Cut: (2) - 5.5'' tall x 10'' wide panels
(2) - 6'' tall x 10'' wide panels
(2) - 1'' tall x 10'' wide strip

YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
(1) - 9'' long metal or nylon zipper
(2) - 2'' long ribbons


Let's get sewing, shall we? 

Here's the video tutorial for you, enjoy!



Monday, January 4, 2021

Long Time No See

 Hello lovely makers, Happy New Year!!

It's been way too long since I was last here but I miss this place so I thought I'd pop in real quick to say hello to you all.

How have you been? What have you been up to?


I've been sewing up a storm, working on some new patterns as well as free video tutorials over the last few months and I can't wait to share then with you all. Did you know I started my very own YouTube channel where I share free video tutorials as well as teach different sewing techniques? I hope you'll check it out, here's the link for you :). 

Sotak Handmade YouTube Channel


Happy Monday, friends! I'll be back soon to show you my new finished quilt. Yay!

Svetlana



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Kensington Handbag (new pdf pattern)



Good morning friends, hope you are all doing well. 

I've been doing lots of sewing and working on new patterns these last few weeks and I'm excited to show you my newest handbag pattern today.


Kensington Handbag is a super handy everyday bag with two exterior and one inner zipper pockets,  one inner slip pocket, as well as a fabulous main zipper closure to keep all your treasures safely inside the bag. 


DIMENSIONS: 12'' tall x 11'' wide on bottom x 4'' deep




I really love the idea of having two exterior zipper pockets and I keep my phone in one, and keys in the other one. Makes finding keys or picking up the phone when it rings so much easier :)




The inside of the bag is wonderfully roomy without feeling too huge. It fits one's wallet, water bottle, a book, an extra shopping bag, plus a few other necessities with ease. I made myself one of these bags a few weeks ago and I absolutely love its size and functionality.




I used leather handles when making my bags, but you can definitely use webbing if that's what you prefer/ have on hand. I even included instructions on how to make your own fabric handles in the pattern if that's the route you'd like to take.




Lots of zippers, can you tell I'm a big zipper fan? I love adding metal zippers to my bags but it's totally a personal preference and nylon zippers would work just as well. So, if you like nylon zippers, please feel free to use those. I'm sure your bag will turn out beautifully.


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MATERIALS NEEDED to make you very own Kensington Handbag:
*FABRIC A (main exterior) – 3/4 yard
*FABRIC B (lining) – 1/2 yard
*FABRIC C (pocket linings) – 1/2 yard
SF 101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 yards
two (2) – 3/4'' wide x 26'' long LEATHER STRIPS for handles
two (2) - 8'' long metal or nylon ZIPPERS
one (1) - 6'' long metal or nylon ZIPPER
one (1) - 14'' long metal or nylon ZIPPER
four (4) – 6-8 mm RIVETS (optional)


*SUGGESTED FABRICS:
EXTERIOR (FABRIC A) – designer cotton canvas, Essex linen, cotton/linen blend fabric, denim, or medium weight home décor fabric are recommended. Waxed canvas could also be used (no need to add interfacing if you do).

LINING (FABRIC B, C) - I used quilting cotton for the main lining, but you can also use duck canvas (no need to add interfacing if you use canvas for the lining). Pocket linings work best when quilting cotton is used.

SUPPLIES:
cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter
Wonder clips and/or pins
disappearing fabric marker or fine chalk pen
small sharp fabric scissors
90/14 or 110/18 (jeans/denim) needle for your sewing machine
leather hole punch + rivet setting tool (optional)


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What do you think friends? I hope you like this bag as much as I do.


 Kensington Handbag pattern can be purchased at my Etsy shop here or by clicking the link below. And now through Thur, April 16th, you can purchase this pattern at a 25% off introductory price. No coupons needed, the price is automatically adjusted to reflect a 25% discount.




Happy sewing everyone! Svetlana


Friday, March 20, 2020

Sheridan Tote ~ FREE PDF pattern

Hello lovelies, happy Friday to you all!

What strange times we're living in, aren't we? We've been practicing social isolation in order to help flatten the curve this whole week and are expecting to keep doing it for the next couple of weeks. 

I'm sure a lot of you are in the same situation so I thought you might appreciate a new tote bag pattern to work on :). And, since it's not business as usual for almost any of us, I decided to make this a FREE pattern, available to all.


Pretty fun, right? Sheridan Tote is a beginner friendly tote bag with a fabulously large front pocket and super chic leather handles, plus the optional addition of rivets and heavy duty snap closure.


The tote can be made using just one print or you can mix and match two or more prints if you wish. With simple tote like this it's super fun to play around with fabric placement.


You can also substitute leather handles with webbing ones, or you can even make your own fabric handles. Lots of options, I'm telling you :)

Finished size: 11'' wide on bottom /14 ½'' wide on top X 12'' tall X 4'' deep

You can download the pattern by clicking here.

I hope you have fun sewing up this pattern, can't wait to see your Sheridan Totes. Please share your finished totes on Instagram using #sotakpatterns and #sheridantote.

Happy sewing friends, stay safe and healthy. 

Hugs. Svetlana


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Norfolk Pouch (new pdf pattern)


Good morning friends, how are you all doing?

Goodness! I can't believe it's been so long since I last popped in here :(

Have you been sewing a lot? I certainly kept myself busy doing lots of fun sewing and designing. Would you like to see my newest pattern? 

This is Norfolk Pouch.


It's a lovely, super versatile zipper pouch that comes in two sizes:
SMALL:  6 ½'' x 4'' x 1 ½''
REGULAR:  8 ½'' x 5'' x 2''



It has an exterior slip pocket, card slots pocket in the lining (3 slots for small pouch, 4 slots for regular), and a removable wrist strap for added flexibility. You can also check out my video on how I make my wrist straps by clicking here.


Oh, and look at these zipper tabs! I so enjoy adding these lovely morsels of goodness for an extra stylish finishing touch to my pouches.

MATERIALS NEEDED to make your very own Norfolk Pouch:
main exterior fabric - FQ
contrasting exterior fabric - FE
lining - FQ - 1/2 yard
interfacing - 3/4 yard
zipper - 6'' long for SMALL size
8'' long for REGULAR size

one (1) – 1/2'' swivel hook
one (1) – 1/2'' D-ring three
(3) - 6–8mm rivets (optional

SUPPLIES:
rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat, acrylic ruler
wonder clips and/or pins
sharp fabric scissors
zipper foot for your sewing machine (optional)
leather hole punch and rivet setting tool (optional)


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As always, I enlisted help of some of very talented ladies to test the pattern for me and I was totally enchanted with all the gorgeous pouches they created. Let's have a look, shall we?


Tori made this super stylish Norfolk Pouch. I absolutely adore that fabulous neon zipper against all the gorgeous neutral prints.



Fabulously talented Mela went all out and sewed up quite a few of these handy pouches. Don't you just love her fabulous use of vinyl? Beautiful, aren't they?



My wonderful friend Ingrid sewed up this pretty pouch using Essex linen and quilting cotton. Definitely makes me want to add more red to my stash :)



Last, but definitely not least, is this lovely duo of Norfolk pouches created by the amazing Fani.

A big thank you to all the lovely ladies for making such gorgeous pouches and all the helpful feedback. You guys are the best :).


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Norfolk Pouch pattern can be now purchased at my Etsy shop here, and for the next 48 hours (now through Sat, Feb.8th) you can purchase this pattern at a 25% off introductory price. No coupons needed, the price is automatically adjusted to reflect a 25% discount.

buy this pattern

Happy sewing everyone! Svetlana


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Juniper Basket in two sizes (new pdf pattern)


Happy Tuesday friends,

I'm over the moon excited to show you my newest sewing pattern :)


This is Juniper Basket, super handy fabric basket with a zipper pocket on the outside, slip pocket on the inside, and a fabulously handy drawstring closure on top.


And, it comes in two sizes.

FINISHED SIZE (wide x tall x deep): 
SMALL – 9'' x 7'' x 6'' 
LARGE – 11'' x 8 ½'' x 7''

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Materials needed to make one small size basket:

FABRIC A (main exterior) – 1/2 yard 
FABRIC B (drawstring closure + handles) – 1/4 yard 
FABRIC C (lining) – 3/4 yard
fusible fleece (I use Pellon 987F) - 1/2 yard 
SF101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 1 yard 
one (1) - 7'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER 
two (2) – 36'' long COTTON CORD or RIBBON

Please note: This is a measure and cut pattern meaning there's no need for templates as all the pieces are cut using rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat, and acrylic ruler for added accuracy.

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I think these baskets would be fabulous to keep one's knitting or crochet projects neatly organized. They could make really great scrap bins, or even be filled with goodies and used as gift baskets. Lots of possibilities for sure :).


I'm offering this pattern at a 25% off introductory price through Thursday Nov, 14th.

You can purchase the pattern by clicking on the button below of by going to my Etsy shop here.



Happy sewing! Svetlana


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