Build-a-Bag: I’ve finished!

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My hand bag is finally finished! It didn't actually take that long to put the bag together, but if you've been following along with my Build-a-Bag series you will know I had a few dramas with my fabric order so a lot of waiting for the post was involved. I am glad I resized and re-ordered the fabric...I think the size of the sunflowers is perfect now! I am so thrilled with how the bag turned   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: My fabric has arrived! (Part One)

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My Spoonflower order arrived yesterday but I realised I mucked it up!! I'm so annoyed at myself. After getting the test swatch I decided that I wanted the sunflowers a bit smaller so that I don't end up with just one on the bag, but I must have got my numbers back-to-front because I made them bigger! So I've had to order another yard of the sunflower print for the outside of the bag.   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: The little extras

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Sewing a handbag involves a lot more supplies than just fabric and a sewing machine. Here are some of the extras I've bought lately to get ready to sew my bag. One of the things that really makes a home-sewn handbag look professional is hardware! I got these lovely rectangular rings for my bag straps. I bought them here. They came in a kit with the magnetic snap to close the bag. The zip is   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: My swatches arrived!

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Well it seemed like forever, but checking the mail box twice a day finally paid off when my swatches arrived this week! It is unbelievably exciting opening that package! I'm very happy with how they turned out. They look very close to how they looked on the computer screen. I found the yellow on the petals looked a bit lighter than I wanted, so I've darkened and brightened them up a bit for my   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: The Pattern

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So while I'm waiting for my fabric swatches to arrive in the mail, I thought I'd tell you about the pattern I've chosen for my bag. At first I thought about making my own pattern for the handbag. I like my current bag, so with a few mods I could make up a pretty good pattern. But I quickly realised that I would have to make at least 1 prototype, probably more and that it would be a long time   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

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I've been wanting to make my own handbag for a long time. Not to do things by halves, I thought  it would be pretty cool to make the fabric for it as well. I thought I'd do a mini series showing you the whole process from designing my fabric, all the way to the finished bag...it could take a while. So here's Part One: Designing the fabric! Thanks to Spoonflower, us regular folk can do some   << Continue Reading >>