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

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