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

How to shorten a zip

It is super easy to shorten a zip – there is no need to rush out to the shop to finish your sewing project, just shorten a zip you have in your stash. Before we start please note a zip is measured by the length of the zip itself, not the zipper tape.      … Read more

11 Top tips to sew your bag like a pro

Are you new to bag making? Wondering where to start? Here are my top tips for bag making, perfect to get you started in this exciting sewing journey. You will soon be whipping up new bags for every occasion. I was fortunate to learn to sew at school (sadly a subject that seems rarely taught … Read more

DIY Laptop Case

Do you regularly take your laptop out? Work in a coffee shop? This week I whipped up a denim DIY laptop case, perfect for protecting your laptop when out and about.  The laptop case is easy to make and will take less than an hour! Especially if you are not filming yourself as you go! … Read more

Sew a professional bag with this free messenger bag pattern

Today I am sharing with you the latest man’s crossbody messenger bag pattern – the professional looking messenger bag has been designed with two external zip pockets and internal slip pocket. The messenger bag is created around my husband’s request’s, it is his one simple request for his 50th birthday. The bag is designed for … Read more

How to box the corner of a bag: Two methods

Many bag patterns refer to boxing the corner, are you wondering what this means and how to do it?! Learn how easy it is with these two methods of boxing bag corners. Boxing a corner takes a straight forward rectangle into a shaped bag – it transforms the bag giving it three dimensions. Learning how … Read more

How to sew a slip pocket, perfect for any bag you are making

Personally, I love a slip pocket, they are perfect for any items you wish to find quickly and easily – in my case mobile phone and car keys. Especially if I have a large bag – no routing around in the bottom trying to find the one thing I am looking for!! Learn how easy … Read more

How to put rivets in fabric

A leather handle takes out handsewn bags to the next level – and cap rivets are the perfect way to install the handles. Learn how to put rivets in fabric with these super easy steps. A rivet is ideal when you have so many layers of fabric your sewing machine can’t cope – the perfect … Read more

Leather DIY Clutch Purse

This DIY leather clutch takes less than an hour to make, add as much glam as you like with metallic dots.  This fold over clutch bag pattern is a perfect last minute gift. A couple of weeks back I found myself panicking about my outfit to a wedding. Rather ridiculous as everyone is always busy … Read more