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Sew Mama Sew – Sew Sweetness Bag Competition


Sneaking in at the last minute I have finally finished one of the three Naughty Secretary Bags I have cut out for this competition running over at Sew Mama Sew!

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Naughty Secretary Bag – Sew Sweetness

Rather handily this tote bag is doubling up as competition entry plus a Christmas present – yeah, I have started making presents! (nothing like last minute)



As usual the sewing takes less time than I anticipate with pattern cutting taking far longer… The pattern for the Naughty Secretary Bag is free over at Sarah  Sew Sweetness blog if you fancy making it yourself. I think it’s a great size for a trip to the library, round town, a trip to the beach 🙂


There are some great entries to the competition, showcasing a variety of Sarah’s bag patterns:) Vicky

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California Sunshine Bag‏

 Pattern testing
I’ve been busy pattern testing for Charmed Liebling, this time for a ladies shoulder bag. My gut instinct was that I would be keeping the bag for myself, so I raided my wardrobe, there’s nothing quite like a recycled bag!   I just love this olive green, which goes perfectly with a pair of shoes I have (and I never was realistically ever going to fit into the charity shop skirt!)
Recycled Bag
Cutting the pattern from the skirt presented some challenges due to all the seams in the skirt. To get round this I placed seams down the middle of each pattern piece. Having thought I would never use this pocket at the back of the bag I find it surprisingly useful – a perfect place for keeping picked up leaflets, in fact any bit of paper you would like to keep flat and easily accessible!!
I treated myself to some Decovil interfacing, as one of the interfacing recommended on the pattern to give the bag some good structure. It is not that easy to work with, I found it worked itself loose as I sewed the curved corners. However I will definitely follow the instructions properly next time and ensure I iron it on for the correct number of seconds!!!
Sewing with thick interfacing means that I have to think and guide the sewing machine carefully due to the bulk. The interfacing has created a great form and structure to the bag, and I will definitely consider using it again (despite the additional cost to a project).
Charmed Liebling
I am really delighted with the bag although the finish is not quite perfect (shh I am so keen to use it that I realise that I have been using the bag without sewing up the lining where I turned it right side out!). Having used my new recycled bag all week it’s definitely my current favourite bag – perfect size for my packed lunch and drinks bottle:)
“I like the strap line nothing like an old …
your things are nothing like their old counterparts as now beautiful and stylish”
A lovely quote, thank you Simone:)
I’m hoping to whip up some new bags to enter the Purse Palooza 2013 competition – I have a commission I really must resolve, which should be perfect:)
In other news I am delighted to have been accepted by WOW thank you website for selling my creations:) I am delighted to be using a UK based website as well as Etsy. Anyone else sell via them and have any tips or hints?
As usual I am stopping by Handmade Harbour to see what other people have been making/creating this week,

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Bag Pattern Review for Charmed-Liebling

Bag Pattern Review

Charmed Liebling Bag Pattern review

Recently I have taken part in bag pattern testing for Anna over at Charmed Liebling , making this laptop bag.

A bit of a challenge to work off a comprehensive pattern, but I am very delighted with the result! Admittedly I didn’t follow all the steps in the right order, and failed to source a twist lock in the time framework (OK I admit it I left it too late to order one on the internet and the local shops didn’t have one in!!!)

Bag Pattern Review

I found the instructions well written, and clear to follow. Having never used a PDF pattern before I particularly appreciated the 2.5cm square to check the pattern is printed to the correct size – mine wasn’t the first time so your hints about how to set the printer sorted it out.


I usually avoid piping but was encouraged by Anna to give it a go. I think she is right, it finishes the bag professionally and is well worth the effort.  I used my zipper foot, although if I was to sew piping regularly I would definitely invest in a piping foot). The pattern included clear instructions how to sew the piping with a pattern foot.

Bag Pockets

The bag has four pockets, including a zip closing pocket ( I am getting over my fear of zips!).

Bag Pattern review

Laptop Messenger Bag

If you decide to make your own bag here are some helpful tips for sewing through thick layers of fabric; select the right size sharp needle, use a larger stitch setting and sew slowly. This will help your machine cope. Sadly my machine was unable to cope with sewing the final top layer of stitching the lining and the bag.

I enjoyed the opportunity, I found myself stretched and learnt quite a bit making the bag:)

If you fancy making one yourself the pattern is available from her Etsy shop, and to see it made in a variety of fabrics check out here. I love this because a design can be completely transformed with different fabrics.

As usual I am popping over to handmade harbour to see what other people have been up to this week:) This is blog number three in a row – I’m aiming for seven days in a row to celebrate having my own domain name… can I make it?! Why not pop by and see:)


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