How to make a drawstring bag from a Tea Towel

Today I going to share with you just how quick and easy it is to make a drawstring bag using a tea towel – the beauty of using a tea towel is that all your edges are prefinished for you! I love just how easy this sewing project is perfect for beginners – sew several … Read more

How to sew a recessed zipper in a tote bag

Learn how to sew a recessed zipper in a tote bag. In this tutorial, I will show you how to calculate the size of fabric and zip. Consider your bag pattern, how is the shape formed?  Is it with side panels or boxed corners?  What is the finished width and depth of the bag? If … Read more

How to adjust bag patterns

Let’s explore how to adjust bag patterns, there are so many ways to change the look of your finished bag, from adjusting the size to changing the hardware, creating bag panels, bag fastenings and bag handles. It can be really helpful to sketch out the design of your finished bag, this will help you work … Read more

How to make a versatile project bag

Steel yourself for a free bag pattern, with LOTS of options! Today I am sharing this super versatile project bag. Please do not be intimidated, this is an easy bag to make, its just that I have given you many variables – in part as I wish to share how easy it is to change … Read more

Reycled denim bags pattern

Quick and easy recycled denim bags pattern.  Making bags out of old jeans – what’s not to love?! Making a denim tote is super easy, they can be customized in so many different ways. Old jeans are durable and hard-wearing. Upcycling your jeans is a good choice of har material. I love this easy bag, … Read more

How to make a top zipper closure for a bag

A top zipper closure is far easier to achieve than you may think, let me show you how.  Before we start think about the type of zipper you are going to use, do you have hardware on your bag? If so what colour is it? Do you want the zipper teeth to match? Personally I … Read more

How to put lining in a bag, 2 Methods

How to line a bag: two easy ways of lining a bag for the simplest to the most complicated bags and purses. There are two methods for how to put lining in a bag, turned out and drop-in method. For both methods, you need to make your external bag, and then your lining bag. For … Read more

Ultimate guide to how to sew bag straps

Love to sew bags? Learn how to sew bag straps, it is super easy and makes your bag your own. Making your own bag straps means you have lots of fun with color and pattern. Adjustable bag straps can be shortened to make a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag, plus you can customize the … Read more

Large Denim Tote Bag Pattern Hack

It is easy to adjust the large denim tote bag pattern, now my children have grown up a little – OK a lot! (my daughter has turned into a teenager this month!) this bag design is a little big for my needs. So how have I changed the pattern? and where did I start? Let’s … Read more

How to make padded and corded bag handles

Today I am going to show you three different types of bag handles, web handles, padded handles and corded handles. Using different handles can really change up the way a finished bag feels. Personally I love leather, but sometimes bags need a different finish. Let me show you how easy it is to make padded … Read more