Tuesday, March 21, 2017

cora handbag (new pdf pattern)

Hello everyone!

I have a new bag pattern to show you today, I hope you like it as much as I do :)

This is Cora, a beautifully stylish everyday handbag.

Finished size: 12 ½” wide x 11” tall x 4” deep.

I love her classic shape and how super sturdy and roomy she is. Plus, she's not too complicated to make. And, if zippers scare you, you can totally omit the zipper closure and use magnetic snap instead. Or no closure at all. It's totally up to you.

Special features: inset zipper closure, two exterior slip pockets, inner zipper pocket, inner slip pocket.

Materials needed to make Cora:
fabric A (main exterior) – ¾ yard
fabric B (contrasting exterior bottom + straps) – ¾ yard
fabric C (lining) – ¾ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 3 yards
Pellon FF78F1 Flex-Foam (or byAnnie's Soft and Stable) – ¾ yard
one - 7” long metal or nylon zipper
one - 18” long metal or nylon zipper
one – zipper pull (optional)

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And, as always, I had help from some amazingly talented ladies who tested my pattern and gave feedback on how to make it better and more user friendly. Thank you, ladies. I greatly appreciate your talent and willingness to share.

Ready to see some stunning Coras? Here we go!

This beauty is made by Cindy. I'm totally in love with her combination of this striking graphic fabric and faux leather bottom and handles. 

Kerry used my very favorite fabric at the moment - Maker Maker linen for her exterior and she opted not to add zipper to her bag but used magnetic snap closure instead. Love how it turned out.

Rachel combined Carolyn Friedlander linen and Liberty of London to make her beautiful Cora. I'm so in love with this bag.

This gorgeous handbag is made by super talented Mary. Love, love, love !!!

Lacey used another Maker Maker print to make her Cora. Love these adorable cats so much :)

And how fun is this Mickey Mouse bag made by Laura? Adorable and stylish all in one package. 

Last, but definitely not least, is this pretty Cora by Michelle, ♥ ♥ ♥

I love seeing all these gorgeous versions of the same bag. Totally makes me want to drop everything and start cutting another Cora for myself :).

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You can purchase Cora pattern by going to my etsy shop or by clicking directly on the link below. And, for the next 48 hours I'm offering the pattern at an introductory price of $6.00 (after that the price will go up to its regular $8.00) special offer has expired now, thank you

Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana


Friday, March 17, 2017

drawstring tote bag

Hello, happy Friday to you all!

I had grand plans for this week. I was going to be productive and totally on top of my game! And then my son came down with the flu, which then turned into a pneumonia, which of course meant all my plans went out the window and my productivity dropped to almost zero :(

I did, however, do a bit of sanity saving sewing while he took a nap the other day and made myself this chunky drawstring tote bag.  

I've had this Cloud 9 barkcloth in my stash for quite some time and it felt wonderful to finally turn it into something useful. I love how sturdy this fabric is, perfect choice for a tote bag, I think :)

I wanted this to be a quick make, so I used cotton canvas for the lining (no need to use interfacing this way) and added a large slip pocket on the inside.

And, I added a leather tag to the front of the tote. I know I said it before, but I really love adding leather and rivets to my bags and pouches these days.

I love how this tote turned out, it will make a great new home for my on the go knitting project.

And then yesterday I made a patchwork version of the same tote bag. It's fun to see the same pattern interpreted in different ways, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by friends. Wishing you all a creative and restful weekend.


Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Monday, March 13, 2017

wristlet kits in shop

Happy Monday, friends!

 Any fun projects you've been working on over the weekend? I did a tiny bit of sewing but most of my time was spent watching various dinosaur movies to keep my son from thinking about his fever and how miserable it made him feel :(

I did, however, manage to put together a few of my Sotak Kits.

What do you think? This one is for a super adorable screen printed hearts wristlet.

Each kit includes all the materials needed to make a beautiful screen printed wristlet + a separate pdf file with detailed step by step instructions.

I think these would make really nice presents for either a seasoned sewist or someone who'd like to give pouch making a try for the very first time. 

You can purchase these kits at my etsy shop.

Wishing you all a lovely start to your week. Svetlana

Monday, March 6, 2017

handmade sale (march 2017)

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know I listed quite a few finished pouches, bags, and pillows at my etsy shop.

Here's a sampling of what's up for grabs.

All these items are one of a kind and once they're gone they are gone :)

Wishing you all a happy and productive day. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

large scale star baby quilt

Hello friends,

I have a sweet little quilt to show you today.

Pretty adorable, isn't it?

I used a free pattern by super talented Amy (Diary of a Quilter) to make this cutie.

I love working with large scale blocks as they are fabulous for showing off some favorite prints. I've been hoarding that duck fabric by Lizzie House for years and I'm happy to say I'm finally letting it go and using it in my projects.

I wanted the quilt to stay nicely soft and drape-y so I quilted it using straight lines about 2" apart.

This is the second baby quilt I made using Amy's pattern (you can see the first one by clicking here) and I'm pretty sure it's not the last one as I love these little quilts to pieces :).

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finished size: 40" x 44" 
fabrics used: all from my stash
batting: Pellon Nature's Touch
Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana 

Friday, February 24, 2017

a tale of two quilts

Hello, happy Friday to you all!

I have not just one, but TWO quilts to show you today. I know, a total overachiever here :).  It wasn't planned that way though. The reason I have two versions of the same quilt is that I ruined the first one (thanks to my impulsivity and lack of patience) and then had to rush like crazy to make a second version to meet the deadline.

This is the first version of my Star Bright quilt for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I love working with triangles and I was totally smitten with the design and colors in this quilt top (I used all Cirrus solids). 

And then it was time to baste the quilt. I use 505 spray to baste my quilts and have always loved how quick the process is. This time though, I made it a bit too quick since I decided there was no need to properly shake the bottle before I started basting and, to my complete horror, the glue left tons of tiny spots/ stains all over my quilt top.

I tried spot cleaning them but it didn't seem to help so I turned to my trusty google search and found suggestions to just wash the quilt once finished and stains would be gone, phew! 

Well, not quite! Ever since I designed this quilt I planned on doing some dense quilting as I knew Cirrus solids are less tightly woven than Kona solids I usually work with and I wanted to prevent any fraying. And then, all of a sudden, I changed my mind and decided to machine quilt around large stars only and tie the rest of the quilt.

It really was a bad decision, but I made it even worse when I had less than half the quilt tied (I planned on finishing that later) and I threw it in the washing machine to see if the stains would come out. Yes, the stains did come out, but when I looked closer I spotted some frayed and ripped up seams in quite a few places!

I can't even begin to tell you how mad I was at myself! Seriously!!!

And then I calmed down (mostly because I only had two days till I needed to ship the quilt to the publisher), looked through my fabric and found out I still had enough Cirrus solids for yet another quilt, so I got to work once again.

This time though I shook the 505 can for at least 10 min as I was so freaked out about ruining this quilt also, and I quilted it with straight lines about 1/2" apart.

I'm glad to say I made the deadline and the quilt was featured in issue 43 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine, yay!

Plus, I'd also like to think I learned a lesson or two as well :). I really, really hope I did because this was the most stressful quilt sewing ever.

I finally got over my frustration of ruining the quilt and decided it's ok to use it even if there are a few rips in it.  And Lola doesn't seem to mind even one bit. She totally made my day when I found her sleeping in this pile of quilts.

Thanks for reading friends, I hope I didn't bore you to death with my saga of these two quilts :).

Wishing you all a creative weekend. Svetlana

Monday, February 20, 2017

nina wristlet {new pdf pattern}

Hello, happy Monday to you all!

I'm super, super excited to show you my newest pdf pattern.

Nina wristlet is perfect for when you don't want to carry a bag with you, but still need a place for your phone, keys, credit cards, and maybe a few other necessities.

She comes in two sizes, large one is 5" tall x 8 1/4" wide and small one is 4 1/4" tall x 7 1/4" wide.

Can you tell I really enjoyed making these pouches? I kept finding new fabric I wanted to use and ended up with six prototypes (actually eight, but two didn't make it to this photo) :). I don't think I ever made so many pouches while working on a pattern.

Both pouches have super handy card slots in the lining (small one has three card slots and large one has eight).

I've been using my large Nina as a wallet as for quite some time and I couldn't be happier with it as there's enough card slots to keep all my cards organized, and the exterior zipper pocket is perfect to keep change in one place. Plus, the pouch fits my phone, and even keys easily.

I, of course, made some Ninas for my daughters as well. They both prefer a smaller size since all they usually carry around are their phones and some money.

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What do you say? Would you like to make some Ninas of your own?

I graded this pattern intermediate as some experience working with zippers and piping will make the process of making this pouch a lot more enjoyable.

Here's the list of materials you'll need to make this wristlet:
1 FQ (fat quarter) of fabric measures 18'” x 21”
fabric A (exterior + wrist strap) – 1 FQ
fabric B (non-directional fabric for lining) – 1/2 yard
Pellon 987F fusible fleece – 10” x 13” rectangle
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 3/4 yard
one - 8” long metal zipper (make sure your swivel snap hook can fit through zipper pull hole)
one - 6” long metal zipper
piping – 19” long store bought 0.5” wide bias piping (I used Wrights bias tape maxi piping)
one - 1/2” swivel snap hook (I purchased this one)
optional – one – 6mm rivet
optional – one – zipper pull for exterior pocket zipper

You can purchase Nina Wristlet 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 the pattern will cost $8.00.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing everyone! Svetlana

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