Tuesday, July 11, 2017

luisa crossbody bag (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone! I'm super, super excited to have a chance to show off my newest crossbody bag pattern to you today, yay!!!


I've been working on this bag for months and have gone through at least six unsuccessful prototypes before I finally landed on this design. All that work though was totally worth is as I absolutely love this bag.





Luisa finishes at 10" wide x 9" tall x 3" deep. And, the addition of a hidden zipper pocket on the front, slip pocket on the back, zipper pocket in the lining, as well as a main zipper closure and adjustable strap makes for a super useful, perfectly sized everyday purse.

Materials needed to make Luisa Bag:
fabric A (main exterior fabric) – ¾ yard
fabric B (contrasting exterior bottom + strap) – ½ yard
fabric C (lining) – ¾ yard
interlining fabric (canvas, denim, or some other heavier weight fabric) – ½ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 yards
one - 12” long metal or nylon zipper
one - 8” long metal or nylon zipper
one - 6” long metal or nylon zipper
two - 1” rectangle or circle strap rings
one - 1” rectangle strap slider
five - 7mm rivets (optional)


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As usual, I had help from a few super talented ladies who tested this pattern for me and I absolutely adore all the gorgeous bags they made.














Wyma


I love how each and every one of these bags is so different from the others and how they all reflect maker's preferences and personality. Well done ladies! You totally rocked this pattern.

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What do you say? Would you like to make a Luisa bag of your own? You can purchase Luisa Crossbody Bag pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop (click here).





Thanks so much for your support and happy sewing everyone!

Svetlana

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

anna pouch in magnolia and carkai

 Well hello!! Happy Wednesday to you all!

Lately I've been trying really hard to stay away from many, many new fabric lines coming to market at incredibly fast speed and work mostly from my stash instead. And you know what? It was pretty fun and I drastically reduced the amount of fabric I own, yay!

Did I ever tell you I don't like having too much of anything, including fabric, in my house as it makes me feel all overwhelmed and unable to concentrate? Yes, there's definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing for me. I reduced my stash to about a third of what it was a few years back and I love it. I do an occasional "stash enhancement" of course, but I try hard to choose only the fabric I love and have a plan for.

So, when I came across Amy Sinibaldi's Magnolia print from her Charleston collection I knew right away it would be perfect for a new Anna pouch.



And it really was. I totally love how this pouch turned out. The tiny checks I used for zipper bindings and tab are from  Amy's Les Petites collection.


This is such a fun little pouch. Actually, it's two pouches joined together to form one and is a perfect size to keep little items in one's purse organized and contained. Or, it could make a super lovely coin pouch.




And then, because I somehow seem unable to make just one of anything these days, I made a second Anna in Carolyn Friedlander's Carkai fabric.

I love how both these pouches turned out and will definitely be trying out more fabric combos in the future. Here's a link to the pattern for you in case you'd like to make a pouch (or two) yourself :).

Wishing you all a very happy and creative day. Svetlana



Monday, June 26, 2017

scraps + improv


Lately I've been feeling incredibly overwhelmed and exhausted, finding myself with a mile long to do list and very little energy to tackle it all. So, the other day I decided to forget about all the urgent stuff and indulge in some much needed "scrap therapy" instead.


I dove into my scrap bin and improv pieced these random blocks.


I knew I didn't want to commit to any large project, so I simply turned some of them into coasters.


And then I made more coasters, of course :)  These were super fun to make and I greatly enjoyed adding little hand stitched details to each.


And, after spotting Chase's adorable scrap pouch I decided I needed to make one, too.


I love how it turned out and I can't wait to do some more scrappy sewing soon.

How about you? Do you enjoy sewing with scraps? Or do you prefer using your stash?

Wishing you all a lovely and creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

pattern sale (30% off discount code)

 
Hello everyone!
 
Let's celebrate the beginning of summer with a little sale, shall we?

Use code SUMMER30 during checkout to get a 30% discount on all sewing patterns at my etsy shop.
 
(discount code valid through Friday, June 23rd) 


Happy sewing! Svetlana


Thursday, June 15, 2017

sawtooth star quit (all finished)



I finished my Sawtooth Star quilt and I'm completely in love :)


This quilt is special to me not just because sawthooth star block is one of my most favorite quilting blocks ever, but also because I screen printed the fabrics I used and it feels amazing to see them turned into a quilt.


I used a mixture of Kona and Cirrus solids for my blocks. Each block measured 12.5" unfinished, sashing was cut at 2.5" wide. (click here to read more on how I make my blocks)


When it came to quilting, I wanted just a simple design so the stitching wouldn't compete with the blocks. I think this grid quilting does the work very nicely.

And the stripes for the binding, of course. I don't think I will ever tire of adding striped binding to my quilts.


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QUILT STATS

finished size: 40" x 54" 
fabrics used: Kona + Cirrus solids, screen printed fabrics (can be purchased here)


Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana

Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Monday, June 12, 2017

my new beach bag


Summer has arrived in full force. It's hot and muggy and the kids are on their summer break, so we try to make the best of it and go swimming as often as we can. Which of course means I needed a new beach bag :).

I've gone back and forth on quite a few designs but in the end I decided to make myself a Market Bag from one of my most favorite sewing books Handmade Style by Anna Graham.



This bag is fabulously roomy (it fits at least three beach towels easily) and way more stylish than most beach bags one can buy at the store, I think ;)


I used yarn dyed Essex Linen in black for main body and a mix of my own screen printed fabric as well as some adorable prints I bought from Krista (spotted stones) for patchwork bands.



I went with olive green canvas for lining. It's wonderfully sturdy and there was no need to add interfacing which is always nice. 

I followed directions in the book to make one zipper pocket and then I added an extra zipper and slip pockets to the other lining as well as a snap hook for my keys to make this fabulously large bag more functional.


I love how it turned out and I'm quite sure this bag will get used a lot over the next few months. Yay for stylish and useful projects !!!

Happy summer to you all! Svetlana


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sylvie and Devon


Hello friends!

How are things? Are you enjoying some lovely summer weather these days? My kids have been out of school for over two weeks and we're now in full summer mode. It's fun being able to spend more time with the kids and take things easy, but it also means a lot less sewing time for me. 

So far though I've been pretty successful in squeezing a few quick projects here and there (you know, to keep my sanity intact) and it seems to do the trick :).



 I made this Sylvie Tote as a gift for my mother in law and I absolutely adore the combination of this long hoarded cotton print by Jeni Baker for AGF and yarn dyed Essex linen. 

I made an 'everyday size' and went with slightly shorter handles than the pattern calls for as my MIL prefers her totes this way. And, I added rivets and magnetic snap closure to make it a sturdy and functional tote. I hope it will be loved and used a lot.


And then I made myself a new Devon Pouch. I think this is the fifth or sixth Devon I made in the last few weeks and I still didn't get tired of making them. That's definitely a good sign :)

How about you? What have you been working on lately?

Svetlana



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

devon pouch (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone!

I'm super, super excited to show off my newest pouch pattern today, yay!


This is Devon Pouch.

A double zipper, super handy pouch that comes in two sizes. Large one would make a fabulous pencil or make up pouch, and the small one is a perfect coin pouch.


Small size actually fits my Iphone SE (it's on a smaller side, so if you have any of the larger phones and want it to fit into your pouch then go with large size).

Finished size:
small – 6 ½” wide x 3 ¾” tall
large - 7 ¼” wide x 5” tall x 1 ½” deep

Difficulty level: intermediate

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

Materials needed to make your very own Devon Pouch:
1 FQ (fat quarter) of fabric measures 18'” x 21”
fabric A (pouch exterior) – 1 FQ
fabric B (pouch lining + zipper pocket lining) – 1 FQ
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 1/2 yard
large size needs an 8” and 6" long metal or nylon zippers
small size needs a 6” and 4" long metal or nylon zippers
(I buy all my zippers from Zipit Zippers on Etsy)
optional – two zipper pulls (I used a 6” and an 8” long 1/8” wide leather lace)

Supplies:
cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter
zipper foot for your sewing machine
Wonder clips and/or pins
disappearing fabric marker or fine chalk pen
small sharp fabric scissors


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As usual, I enlisted help of some lovely makers to test the pattern for me. Here are their beautiful creations.

Tami

Jenny

Dana

Annette

Melanie

Thank you so very much, ladies. You did a fabulous job.

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I hope you guys like this pattern and will love making (and using) your own Devon Pouches.

You can purchase Devon 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 discounted price of $6.00, after that it will be $8.00.



Happy sewing!!  Svetlana

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

new fabric panels in shop



Hello lovelies, 

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know added quite a few new screen printed fabric panels to my etsy shop.

Enjoy :).  Svetlana


Monday, May 22, 2017

new Cora


My kids will be finished with school year in just a few days, so I decided I needed a new bag for all the outings and fun activities we're planning on doing over the next three months.


I wanted this new bag to be sturdy and larger than my regular everyday purse with lots of pockets as well as main zipper closure.  And, as luck would have it, my Cora handbag pattern fit the bill perfectly (the only adjustment I did was shortening the handles a bit and adding a removable strap).


I think the combination of  this beautiful print from Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall collection and Wicked Sky AGF denim is just perfect for this bag. And the addition of Pellon Flex Foam makes it wonderfully structured without adding extra weight.


I used metal zippers for main closure and inner zipper pocket,


and added matching hardware to the strap. I think metal hardware always adds a perfect finishing touch to any handmade bag.


I got my middle daughter to model the bag so you can see the scale better. 

All in all, I couldn't be happier with the way my new bag turned out (you can purchase the pattern here in case you'd like to make one for yourself). Just four more days and the outings can begin. Wish me luck, three months is a long time :)

Happy Monday to you all!  Svetlana


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