Thursday, July 8, 2021

AURORA CLUTCH (new pdf pattern)


Hello friends, I'm excited to introduce my newest pdf pattern to you today!

Aurora Clutch is a perfect everyday wallet/ clutch and comes in two different sizes. 

Small size: approx. 4'' tall x 7 1/4'' wide when closed

Large size: approx. 4 1/2'' tall x 8 1/2'' wide when closed

My most favorite thing about this clutch are the card slots on the inside. I love having a special place for my bank cards and an ID. The small size features three card slots, and the large one four. 

I also like the wonderfully roomy front slip pocket which is great for receipts but can also keep one's glasses or even some phones safely inside.

The clutch also features a super handy zipper pocket on the back, a perfect place for cash, keys, or some other smaller items we need to carry with us.

And, there's the addition of an optional removable wrist strap as it's always nice to have choices 😁.

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As usual, I had some super talented makers test the pattern for me and I'm excited to show off their beautiful clutches. Enjoy!

My wonderful friend and a super talented sewist / knitter Ingrid @inghelhoe sewed up this beautiful set of clutches.

These beauties in gorgeous Rifle & Co print and Essex linen were sewn by the amazing Priscilla @cottonstitchca who also sells lots of her stunning makes.

Alexis @hughesam416 sewed up this sweet clutch, and check out that lining! So, so fun!

Last, but definitely not least, we have this pretty clutch sewn by Rebekah @bekahomekah. Love the bright green solid combined with the dainty flowers.

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What do you say, friends? Would you like to make an Aurora Clutch of your own? Here is a list of materials needed to make one (fabric requirements are based on 42'' wide fabric):

1 FE (fat eighth) of fabric measures 9'' x 21''

FABRIC A (exterior flap, optional wrist strap) – 1 FE
FABRIC B (back exterior + inner pocket) – 1 FE
FABRIC C (lining + card pockets + zipper pocket lining) – 1/4 yard
INTERFACING (Pellon SF101 or Vlieseline G700) – 1/4 yard
FUSIBLE FLEECE (Pellon TP971 or Vlieseline H640) – 1/8 yard
ZIPPER - 5'' long metal or nylon zipper for SMALL SIZE
6'' long metal or nylon zipper for LARGE SIZE
KAM SNAPS or 15mm HEAVY DUTY SNAPS – two (2)
1/2'' SWIVEL HOOK (optional) – one (1)
1/2'' D-RING (optional) – one (1)
DOUBLE-CAP RIVET (optional) – one (1)
ZIPPER PULL (optional) - one (1)

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As usual, I'm offering this brand new pattern at a 25% off discounted price for the next few days (offer ends Saturday, July 10th midnight CEST). No coupon needed, price is already adjusted.

You can purchase the pattern by clicking on the bottom below or by going to my Etsy Shop.

Happy sewing, friends! Svetlana

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Tiny Foldover Pouch (free YouTube video)

 Hello friends, 

today I'd like to share a super adorable little pouch I designed for my YouTube channel

I think these Tiny Foldover Pouches are absolutely precious. They finish at approx. 3'' wide x 3 1/4'' tall x 1'' deep and are just the right size to keep one's earbuds or small sewing notions and tools. Or, it could be used as a nice little coin pouch.

To make one of these cuties you will need two panels of quilting cotton for the *exterior, two panels for the lining, and two panels of interfacing (I used Pellon SF101). Each panel is 5'' wide and 6'' tall (13cm wide x 15cm tall). Oh, and the 3 1/2'' long ribbon or leather lace and a button.

*use non-directional print for the exterior 

You can find instructions and a full video on how to make these pouches on my YouTube channel, just click here.

I hope you'll enjoy making (and using) these sweet little cuties.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

CHUBBY TOTE BAG (pdf pattern in four sizes)


Hello lovelies, I hope you are all doing well. 

How are things in your neck of the woods? I was hoping for some nice spring weather by now but instead we've been getting daily rainstorms with heavy winds 😞 here in the Netherlands. It definitely makes me appreciate little bits of sunshine we get here and there even more than usual.

All this dreary weather didn't deter me from my sewing, of course. And today I'm happy to introduce my newest pdf pattern - Chubby Tote Bag.

I first designed this bag for my YouTube channel and the response to this super handy tote bag was absolutely fabulous, thank you. Many of you asked for some additional sizes, so I worked out the dimensions and it's all ready for you now 😁.

You have lots of options with this bag as it comes in four sizes. The small one would make a great child's tote or a reusable gift bag. I like to use my medium sized bag as an everyday tote, the large one makes a great shopper, and the x-large one would work well as a beach bag or a super sized shopping bag (I use it for my Ikea trips).

This is a beginner friendly bag which makes it a suitable project for someone who'd like to give bag making a try but it's also a quick and satisfying make for a more seasoned sewist.

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Finished dimensions of these bags are (tall x wide on bottom x deep):  
SMALL - 8 1/2'' x 9'' x 5''
MEDIUM - 11'' x 11'' x 6''
LARGE - 13 1/2'' x 13'' x 7''
X-LARGE - 16'' x 15'' x 8''

Here is a list of materials needed : (fabric requirements are based on 42'' wide fabric)
FABRIC A (exterior)  - 1/2 yard (S,M, L)      1 ¼ yard (XL)
FABRIC B (lining)      - 1/2 yard (S,M,L)     1 ¼ yard (XL)
FABRIC C (handles)  - 1/8 yard (S,M,L,XL)
*INTERFACING        - 1 yard (S,M)    1 ¼ yard (L)    2 yards (XL)

*use medium weight fusible interfacing, Pellon SF101 or Vlieseline G700 (you could also use Soft and  Stable by Annie if you want your bag to be super sturdy and stand on its own)

And suggested fabrics: 
FABRIC A, B: Designer cotton canvas, duck canvas, denim, Essex linen, cotton/linen blend or medium weight home dΓ©cor fabrics are recommended. Waxed canvas or oilcloth could also be used for the exterior of the bag (no need to add fusible interfacing in that case). 
FABRIC C: Essex linen or medium weight quilting cotton.

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What do you say? Would you like to make a Chubby Tote Bag of your own? Then click here for the pattern.

You can now purchase this pattern at a 25% off introductory price for the next two days, sale ends Thursday May 27th.

Happy sewing, and thank you for your support! Svetlana

Thursday, May 6, 2021

ASHFORD HANDBAG (new pdf pattern)


Hello friends, welcome!

I'm beyond excited to introduce my newest bag pattern to you today 😁😁.

What do you guys think? Isn't she quite something?

Finished size of this bag is 11 1/2'' tall x 13'' wide on bottom x 4'' deep which makes it a fabulously roomy everyday handbag. 

It features an easy to install, super handy zipper pocket in the lining as well as the main zipper closure to keep one's items safely inside.

And check out those zipper tabs! I think they add so much to an overall professional finish.

As you probably noticed, I'm quite a fan of adding leather handles to my bags. I do understand though that's it's not for everyone, so I included instructions on how to make your own fabric handles instead.

What do you say? Would you like to make an Ashford Handbag of your own?


FABRIC A (main exterior) – 1/4 yard

FABRIC B (contrasting exterior bottom) – 1/4 yard

FABRIC C (lining) – 3/4 yard

FUSIBLE FLEECE (Pellon TP971 or Vlieseline H640) – 1/2 yard

INTERFACING (Pellon SF101 or Vlieseline G700) – 3/4 yard

one (1) – 10'' long or longer standard #3 NYLON ZIPPER

one (1) - 18'' long or longer bagmaking #4.5 or #5 NYLON ZIPPER

two (2) – 3/4'' wide x 29'' leather strips for handles

eight (8) – 8mm x 6mm RIVETS

two (2) – zipper pulls (optional)


EXTERIOR (FABRIC A, FABRIC B) – designer cotton canvas, Essex linen, cotton/linen blend fabric, or medium weight quilting cotton are recommended. Waxed canvas could also be used (no need to add fusible fleece in that case).

LINING (FABRIC C) – quilting cotton

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You can purchase an Ashford Handbag pattern by clicking here.

And, now through Saturday May 8th (midnight, Amsterdam time), you can get this pattern at a 25% OFF Introductory Price. No coupon needed, the price is already adjusted.

Buy This Pattern

Oh, and in case you're interested in an additional resource, Crafty Monkies is offering a video recording of my Ashford Handbag workshop (approx. 3 hours of instructions) at a discounted price as well. Click here to it check out.

Happy sewing all! Svetlana

Monday, April 12, 2021

How to Sew an Exposed Zipper Pocket


Hello friends, happy Monday to you all!

I love making my own bags but what I love even more is the ability to customize them to meet my needs. So, I add pockets to my bags all the time, I love adding them both to the exterior as well as the lining 😁.

One of my most favorite pockets is an exposed (or welt) zipper pocket.

I like how easy it is to add this pocket to pretty much any bag or pouch panel without having to adjust any of the panel's measurements at all.


And, in case you'd like to learn how to install these pockets in your projects, I have a free video tutorial for you today.

In my tutorial I added a welt zipper pocket to the exterior panel of my Juniper Basket, but you can easily adjust the provided instructions to work with a different size of the zipper/ pocket.

And, in case you'd like to give this lovely basket a try, click here for the pattern.

Happy sewing, lovely makers!

Talk soon. Svetlana

Friday, February 26, 2021

Quick and Easy French Seams Tote Bag


Hello lovely makers, happy Friday to you all!

I think it's quite obvious by now that tote bags are one of my favorite things to sew. And today I'm going to share with you one of the easiest totes ever 😊.

All you need to make this unlined bag is just a 1/2 yard of medium to heavy weight fabric (canvas, denim, home decor, or even waxed canvas) and some webbing for the handles and you're good to go.

I love that the French Seams make for neat, finished edges and the bag is super light but sturdy at the same time. 

I keep one of these totes in my purse in case I need to pop in the shop real quick. They also make great library bags, or just simple everyday tote bags.

These bags finish at approximately 14'' wide X 16'' tall but the nice thing is you can use the instructions I provide in my YouTube tutorial to make bags of many different sizes.

Here's the link to the tutorial if you want to check it out:

Happy sewing, friends!


Monday, February 15, 2021

Chubby Tote Bag (free video tutorial)


Hello lovely makers, I hope your week is off to a good start.

A little while ago I designed this wonderfully roomy, easy to sew Chubby Tote Bag for my YouTube channel and ever since then I've loved using these cuties as my shopping bags. They are just the right size to put your groceries in but not so large that you struggle to carry them πŸ˜‚. 

FINISHED SIZE: 11'' wide on bottom X 11'' tall X 6'' deep

When I first designed these totes I used leather handles as I really love the classy look they add to pretty much any bag. But, I like options, so I tried to make some Chubby Totes with fabric handles and I love this all washable version equally as much.

I used canvas and cotton/linen prints for both the exterior and the lining of this bag and I added a layer of Pellon SF101 interfacing to my exterior panels which makes for a soft, but sturdy bag.

I think I'm going to make a few in Merchant and Mills dry oilskin next. Or maybe in waxed canvas? Oh, the possibilities πŸ˜€πŸ˜€. I have to raid my stash to see what I have on hand.

I hope you'll enjoy making (and using) these cuties as much as I do.

Click here for a link to a free Chubby Tote Bag tutorial.

And here for a tutorial on how to make your own Fabric Handles.

Happy sewing, friends!


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Portland Tote (tester versions)


Hello everyone!

As promised, I'm back to share the beautiful Portland Totes my super talented pattern testers created. I love how different these bags are, and how well they represent each of the maker's style.

Let's get to it, shall we?

Dorothy @casoncreativedesigns on IG created this beautiful Portland Tote. I love the fabric Dorothy chose as well as the fabulous details she added to her adjustable strap. 

I love this travel inspired bag sewn by the lovely Fani @faninoulika on IG. So sweet, and would definitely make a lovely handbag to be taken on trips.

Next we have this stylish bag sewn by the incredibly talented Priscilla @cottonstitchcollective on IG. 

And here is a lighter version of the bag. I love them both so much, isn't Priscilla just so very clever with her fabric choices? Love, love, love.

This pretty Portland Tote sewn by Vicki @vpquilter on IG makes me smile every time I look at it. Such a happy bag, and I love that Vicki quilted the main body of the bag to give it some extra stability. 

Last, but definitely not least, we have this beautiful low volume bag sewn by my lovely friend Ingrid @inghelhoe. Such a classic little number. Just beautiful!

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What do you think, friends? Are you as impressed as I was when I saw all these beautiful creations?

I'm grateful to each and every one of these amazing ladies for testing my pattern and making such gorgeous bags along the way. 

You can purchase my Portland Tote pattern here . And don't forget, you can still get the pattern at a 25% off introductory price (sale ends at midnight, tonight Feb. 4th).

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. 


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Portland Tote (new pdf pattern)


Hello lovelies,

I have a brand new bag pattern to share with you today! I hope you will like this Portland Tote as much as I do.

This bag design has been on my mind for a very, very long time so a few months ago I finally sewed it up and made a bag for myself (using Merchant and Mills dry oilskin for the exterior) . I've been using this bag every since and I couldn't be happier with it.

With its large front exterior pocket, zipper and slip pockets on the inside, as well as a main zipper closure to keep everything safely inside, it's absolutely perfect to be used on a daily basis. I think 😊.

Finished size of this bag is: 11'' tall x 12'' wide on bottom x 4'' deep.

I used canvas and cotton/linen prints for my bags and I just love how easy it is to customize this bag. I like how it looks sewn up using just one fabric, but I also really like the contrasting pocket version.

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

This bag is suitable for an intermediate (or maybe an adventurous advanced beginner) level sewist and here's the list of materials needed to make a Portland Tote: 

(fabric requirements are based on 42'' wide fabric)
*FABRIC A (main exterior) – 3/4 yard
**FABRIC B (lining) – 3/4 yard
one (1) - 14'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER
one (1) - 9'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER
two (2) – 3/4'' wide x 13'' long strips of LEATHER or WEBBING for handles
one (1) – 1'' wide x 46'' long COTTON OR NYLON WEBBING for the strap
two (2) – 1'' wide D-RINGS
two (2) – 1'' wide SWIVEL HOOKS
one (1) - 1'' wide rectangular STRAP SLIDER
one (1) – HEAVY DUTY SNAP CLOSURE or KAM SNAP (optional)
ten (10) – 6-8 mm RIVETS (optional)

*FABRIC A – Essex linen, canvas, linen/cotton blend prints, denim, home dΓ©cor fabric
- waxed canvas or oilskin could also be used, skip adding interfacing if using either of these
**FABRIC B – quilting cotton or canvas
***INTERFACING – my favorite is Pellon SF101 or Vlieseline G700
- Pellon Fusible Fleece could be used for the exterior panels instead if you prefer a squishier, more sturdy bag

What do you say? Would you like to make your very own  Portland Tote ? You can purchase the pattern by clicking here.

And, now through Thursday, Feb. 4th., you can get the pattern and an introductory price of EUR 6.00 (25% discount).

Happy sewing, friends! 

I'll be back later this week to share photos of some absolutely gorgeous Portland Totes created by my lovely pattern testers.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Twenty Patch Scrappy Quilt


You guys, I made a quilt!

I used to make many, many quilts when I first started sewing 9 years ago, but lately I haven't been in any kind of quilting mood at all. So, having this quilt all finished feels like a huge accomplishment. Especially since it was over 1 year in the making :).

I started making this quilt in October 2019 as a way of using up some of my ever growing mountain of scraps. I cut my fabric to 2.5'' squares and just started piecing them together into these lovely, scrappy 20-patch blocks. I wasn't too particular about fabric placement but I tried not to put too many fabrics of the same value together. 

Also, before I started cutting my scraps, I decided on a color scheme for a more cohesive final look.

I used 1/4'' seam allowance to piece my scrappy blocks and they each finished at 8.5'' x 10.5''. 

I decided to add Kona Snow and alternate scrappy and white blocks. I love how the addition of solid blocks makes the scrappy ones shine a bit more without the finished quilt feeling too overwhelming.

I used Warm and Natural batting and a flat sheet I had on hand for my backing and since I was in no rush to have this quilt finished, plus I wanted it to have a lovely sort of vintage feel, I decided to hand quilt it.

I won't lie. It was demanding and quite a commitment. I actually put the quilt aside for months at a time because I needed a break for all this stitching :).

But, I'm totally smitten with the finished look and I think it was worth all the effort!

I marked my lines before I started quilting and I used cotton thread I found at my local haberdashery shop (similar to sashiko thread) for my quilting. I think Perle Cotton or Embroidery Thread would work equally well.

At first I thought I'd do a scrappy binding but I'm glad I decided to go with a striped one in the end. I think it frames all the scrappy goodness well without making the quilt too busy.

The quilt finished at 60'' x 80'' and I'm super excited I got to share it with you at last.

Wishing you all a happy and creative week. Svetlana

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