Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Finley Tote (new pdf pattern)

Happy Wednesday friends!

I have a new pattern to share with you today and I think you're going to like this one :)

Finley is a super useful everyday tote bag, perfectly sized to fit all the necessities one might need to carry plus a bit of room to spare, of course. 

The addition of adjustable removable strap gives you a few options so you can wear it as a crossbody bag, shoulder bag, or a simple tote bag

interior zipper pocket

Finley features a large exterior zipper pocket plus a pleated slip pocket and another zipper pocket in the lining. Yes, plenty of pockets to help one stay organized :)

And, there's an inset main zipper to keep all the treasures inside your tote safe and secure. You could, of course, decide to skip this step and make the bag without main zipper closure if you wish. 

FINISHED SIZE : 13'' tall x 10'' wide on bottom x 4'' deep

MATERIALS NEEDED to make your very own Finley Tote:
FABRIC A (main exterior) – 1/2 yard 
FABRIC B (contrasting exterior bottom + handles and strap) – 3/4 yard 
FABRIC C (lining) – 3/4 yard 
SF 101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 ¾ yards
one (1) - 9'' long metal or nylon ZIPPER 
one (1) - 7'' long metal or nylon ZIPPER
one (1) – 14'' long metal or nylon ZIPPER 
two (2) – 1'' wide D- RINGS 
one (1) – 1'' wide rectangular STRAP SLIDER
two (2) – 1'' wide SWIVEL HOOKS 
four (4) – 6-8 mm RIVETS (optional)

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Let me show you the gorgeous totes my super talented testers created.

Seriously you guys. Isn't this the most stunning tote ever? Priscilla did a fabulous job sewing up this beauty and I totally want to make one just like this right away :)

Ellyn made this super fancy Finley tote for her daughter. She used faux suede which has a feel and look of burnished leather which I think elevates this tote to a whole new level.

And then there's this pretty floral tote made by Gabriela. Beautiful, isn't it?

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Would you like to make a Finley tote of your own? You can purchase this pattern at an introductory price (25% off discount) now through April 12th midnight, CT by clicking on the link below of by hopping over to my Etsy shop.

Happy sewing friends. Svetlana

Thursday, April 4, 2019


Do you mend your clothes? I admit, until very recently I didn't really give mending a second thought and simply got rid of any clothes that were worn out or had holes. Recently though I've been doing a lot of reading on mending as well as ways of living a more sustainable life so, naturally, when my favorite jeans developed these unsightly rips I decided it was time to put my newly acquired knowledge to use :)

I used a small embroidery hoop to keep the area I was working on nice and tight. I then pinned and slip stitched a patch to cover the most worn area.

Once the patch was securely stitched on I raided my sashiko thread stash and  added large stitches all across and around the patch.

I love how it all turned out and surprisingly the whole process was pretty quick so I'm definitely calling it a success. Such a fun, super satisfying project indeed :)

I'm now ready to tackle a lot more mending. How about you? 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

when not sewing ...

Sewing is my most favorite pastime ever. But, it has become my full time job as of late as well, so I've been trying to find other crafts I can do to mix things up a bit to prevent sewing burnout.

I've been a huge admirer of all the fabulous punch needle projects I've been seeing on Instagram so a few months back I purchased the supplies needed - Amy Oxford punch needle and monk's cloth, plus a few balls of bulkier yarn and I was good to go. 

I must say, I didn't really love the whole process as much as I expected. I changed my mind on the design a gazillion times and as you can see from my monk cloth above I did my share of pulling all the yarn out and restarting over and over. 

I managed to finally finish this pillow though and while it's far from perfect I do quite like it. Now just to decide on what to punch next :)

I've also been doing a bit of weaving. Again, nothing too complicated, just some super fun yarn play to show off all the lovely textures.

Here's the weaving I made for our kitchen. It's simple but very sweet and makes me smile every time I pass by it. And that's what it's about, right? 

I started a new wall hanging over the weekend and this fluffy baby was absolutely mesmerized by the whole process :). Super fun!

How about you? Do you like to mix things up or do you stick to one craft only? Do tell.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. 


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Brooklyn TotePack (new pdf pattern)

I've been a great fan of convertible tote bags + backpacks for quite some time as I find them super practical and useful so, not surprisingly, I'm beyond excited to present my newest pattern for a Brooklyn TotePack to you today :)

She's quite something, isn't she?

She's just the right size to fit everything one might need on a daily basis and all the handy pockets make keeping things in place and organized a breeze. I especially love the back panel zipper pocket as it's perfect to keep one's wallet or phone safe yet within easy reach.

The pattern includes instructions on how to add yet another zipper pocket in the lining as well as a smaller slip pocket, 

.... plus the main zipper closure to keep everything inside one's totepack secure.

I've been using my Brooklyn TotePack for weeks now and can totally vouch for it being a super useful and handy everyday bag :)

FINISHED SIZE: 13 ½'' tall x 10'' wide on bottom x 5'' deep

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MATERIALS NEEDED to make your very own Brooklyn TotePack:

FABRIC A – floral print (main exterior) – 1/2 yard 
FABRIC B – gray Essex linen (contrasting exterior + straps) – 3/4 yard 
FABRIC C – quilting cotton (lining) – 1 yard 
SF 101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 ¾ yards 
INTERLINING FABRIC (solid colored denim, duck canvas, or *foam interfacing) – 1/2 yard 
two (2) – 3/4'' wide x 13'' long LEATHER HANDLES** 
two (2) - 8'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPERS 
one (1) – 16'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER 
three (3) – 1'' wide D- RINGS 
four (4) – 1'' wide SWIVEL HOOKS 
eight (8) – 6-8 mm RIVETS (optional)

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

What do you say? Would you like to make Brooklyn TotePack for yourself? If so now is a great time to grab the pattern as I'm offering it at a 25% off discounted introductory price for the next 48 hours (now through March 2nd, midnight central time). No coupons needed, price is automatically adjusted during checkout.

Click here to purchase.

Thank you all for your support and happy sewing :)


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lisbon Pouch (new pdf pattern)

Hello everyone, welcome!

 I have a new pouch pattern to share with you today :)

Lisbon Pouch is a practical, surprisingly easy to put together two zip pouch and comes in three sizes.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: (measurements are tall x wide)
SMALL -  3 ½'' x 5 ½''
MEDIUM - 4'' x 7 ½''
LARGE - 5 ½'' x 9 ½''

Small size makes for a great little coin pouch.

Medium size is just right to keep one's pencils, pens, erasers, ... nicely organized.

And the large size fits lots of craft / sewing supplies with ease.

Not bad, right? I'm definitely going to put my pouches to good use right away :).

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

Materials needed to make Lisbon Pouch (large size):
1 FE (fat eights) of fabric measures 9'' x 21''

fabric A (pouch exterior) – 1 FE
fabric B (contrasting front exterior) - 2'' x 11'' strip
fabric C (pouch lining + zipper pocket lining) – 1 FE
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 1/2 yard
two - 9'' long metal or nylon zippers *
         (5'' long zippers for small size, 7'' long zippers for medium size)
two zipper pulls - I used a 6” and an 8” long 1/8” wide leather lace (optional)

*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. 

You can purchase Lisbon Pouch 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 25% off discounted price of 6.00. Offer ends Jan. 24th, midnight.

Happy sewing friends :). Svetlana

Monday, January 14, 2019

That Handmade Touch - my book

Hello everyone, happy Monday!

Today is a very special day for me as I can finally spill the beans and let you all know that I wrote a book!

That Handmade Touch was a true labor of love and I'm so anxious to see what you think. 

The book includes patterns for pouches, bags, and buckets, as well as a few home and pet accessories. 

Here's just a little sampling of projects for you to enjoy :)

(all photos by Lucky Spool and Holly DeGroot)

The book also includes projects using my very favorite qayg (quilt as you go) technique as well as instructions on how to add rivets, hardware, and small touches of leather to one's projects for a beautifully stylish and polished finished look.

That Handmade Touch is being published by Lucky Spool  and will be available for purchase this spring, yay!

Off I go, lots of happy dancing to be done :)

Wishing you all a creative week ahead. Svetlana

Friday, December 14, 2018

a bit of screen printing

It's been so long since I last did any screen printing I started worrying I wouldn't remember how to do it anymore :(. Thankfully though once I set up my work area and pulled my first print I was happily surprised to see how quickly it all came back to me. Yay!

I used my Mushroom print on Essex linen to make a pillow cover and I absolutely love the way this pillow looks in our living room.

I used Erin Dollar's (cotton and flax) print for the backing and added and invisible zipper for a clean, polished finish. Do you work with invisible zippers? I used to be quite intimidated by them but then I found fabulous tutorials by Rachel (stitched in color) and Katie (Sew Katie Did) and they both explain the process so well that an invisible zipper is my go to way of finishing pillows most of the time now.

And, while I was at it, I printed a few panels for my stash. I'm so happy with how all these prints came out and can't wait to turn them into fun, useful projects soon.

Today though it's back to Christmas present sewing for me. I only have a few things to finish up and I'll be ready for some serious handmade gifting this year :)

How about you? Any handmade gifts still on your list?


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