Tuesday, January 17, 2017

sourcing bag making supplies


Hello lovely makers,

I'm super excited to see so many of you branching out and giving bag making a try. How absolutely, totally wonderful!

To help you on your journey, and to answer many, many questions coming to me through your emails, I decided to put together a list of my very favorite bag making supplies and where I buy them from. I hope you'll find this a useful resource.



I'm not affiliated with any of the suppliers I list in here and I do not get any compensation for writing this post. I've been buying from these suppliers for quite some time and I love not just their products, but also their friendly and speedy service.

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FABRIC


I love using regular quilting cotton, of course, as it comes in so many different colors and stunning prints. Lately though I've been quite enjoying working with linen and linen/cotton blends. It's thicker and a bit heavier than quilting cotton and I think it's just the right weight for bag making.  My go to store for printed linen is Miss Matatabi on etsy.


I also use lots of duck canvas either as linings for my bags or as the interlining fabric to make the bags hold their shape better. I buy all my canvas at Joann store.


INTERFACING


SF101 - medium weight fusible interfacing is the one I use the most. I also like using 987F fusible fleece when I want my finished bag or pouch to have a squishier finish.

I also quite like using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable or Pellon Flex Foam if I want my finished bags to be extra sturdy and holding their shapes really well.


ZIPPERS


I love, love, love metal zippers and I usually keep an array of different sizes and colors on hand. I buy all my zipper from zipit on Etsy. 



LEATHER HANDLES/ STRAPS


I have only recently started adding leather straps and handles to my bags and I'm completely smitten as they add such a fabulous touch of luxury and finesse to any finished product.

I buy either 3/4" or 1" wide straps in longest length available and cut them to needed size with my rotary cutter. 

I buy my leather straps from Leather EU on etsy or from Anna (noodlehead) 's store.



WAXED CANVAS



I've been using waxed canvas for about a year now and I'm madly in love with this material. It's sturdy, waterproof, and fabulously rugged looking. And, just like leather handles, it looks better the more you use it which is absolutely perfect for bag making.

I buy my waxed canvas from A. L. Frances on etsy.


HARDWARE



My favorite shops to buy bag hardware (rivets, D-ring tabs, swivel hooks, magnetic snaps, etc.) are:

Bagmaker Supply
Ning Bags
Joann
3DAN Supplies (it usually takes a few weeks to receive their order but the prices are really great)


I really hope you find this list helpful.

Where do you buy your bag making supplies? Please post links to your favorite shops in comments section below.

Happy sewing, friends.

Svetlana


Thursday, January 12, 2017

HRT quilt

Hello everyone!

I'm quite excited to show you my HRT quilt featured in issue 42 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I love the graphic boldness of this quilt as well as the simplicity of its construction which makes it a perfect introduction to working with half rectangle triangles.


Plus, it's a great quilt to show off some of your very favorite prints. I chose Lavish by Katarina Roccella in combination with Kona white and I absolutely love how bright, happy, and fresh looking this quilt turned out.


And, as always, LPQ magazine did a fabulous job styling and photographing the quilt.


I love large scale piecing and I greatly enjoyed designing and making this quilt. When it came to quilting it, I decided to go with my all time favorite straight line quilting (lines are about 1 1/4" apart). I also added a few random horizontal lines of hand quilting using sashiko thread.


The quilt finished at 57" x 76".


And, as I already mentioned, the quilt is featured in issue 42 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine and is now available for sale in the US.

Wishing you all a super creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

sylvie tote {new pdf pattern in three sizes}

Hello, happy Tuesday everyone!

I'm excited to introduce my newest pdf pattern to you today.


 Sylvie Tote is a quick, easy to customize pattern and comes in three sizes so you can make a tote to fit your every need.


Small tote is 10 ½” wide x 13” tall x 2 ½” deep and is a perfect fit for a smaller project and a few books or notebooks.


Everyday tote is 12 ½” wide x 14 ½” tall x 3 ½” deep and, as a name suggests, is a perfect everyday tote bag. I love this tote and use mine all the time. I also love the addition of longer straps as the tote can be carried over a shoulder.


And then there's the chunky sized tote :). It's 11” wide x 13” tall x 8” deep and I absolutely love how much stuff I can fit into this tote. I think this will be a great tote to carry my larger projects around.

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What do you say? Ready to make some totes?

Sylvie Tote pattern is now available for sale at my etsy shop or you can purchase it directly by clicking on the button below. The price of this pattern is $5.00. 

buy this pattern


 Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana

Thursday, January 5, 2017

lately

Hello friends, how are things? 

Is 2017 treating you well so far? I do hope it's off to a good start. 

My goal for this new year is to be more focused, especially when it comes to sewing and creating, as I tend to get excited about way too many different projects and forget to work on what really needs to be done.


One of the main things I really, really want to focus on this year is publishing more pdf patterns. I love coming up with new designs, working out the steps, and most of all seeing others create with my patterns. And so it's been all about bags all the time lately. So fun, I tell you.


As you can probably tell I'm quite obsessed with waxed canvas + linen + leather handles combo. I think it makes for the best totes ever!!!


I've also been doing a bit of sketchbook drawing to try out some new ideas for screen printed fabric. These poppies are my favorite right now. I hope to make the sketch into a screen soon so I can give it a go.

What are your plans for this new year? Any fun projects or goals? Do tell.

Svetlana



Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 { looking back }

Wow!!! Last day of 2016! 

It feels like a recap of sorts is totally in order :)

Creatively, this was a good year for me. I tried new things, learned how to screen print on fabric, published a few new bag patterns, and generally enjoyed working on lots of different projects. Hope you'll enjoy this picture collage of my favorite makes.





Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! friends, for coming along on this creative journey with me.  I couldn't do what I do without your constant support and encouragement.


Wishing you all a happy, creative, and most of all peaceful 2017.

Svetlana



Monday, December 12, 2016

a christmas mini



Yesterday afternoon, completely on a whim, I started a Christmas mini quilt. Well, I actually didn't know it would turn into a mini quilt at a time. All I wanted to do is make a few mini tree blocks using Amanda Jean's pattern, beyond that I had no plan.


I made three blocks using red solid fabric from my stash (probably some Kona, not sure though) and a few different white-ish fabrics for the background. I do love this fabric combination a lot, I used it in my Christmas quilt last year and it felt wonderful to revisit it again.


At first I was leaning towards making blocks into a long, skinny pillow cover. As I was adding fabric to frame the blocks though, I realized it would make a lovely mini quilt. Strange, I must say, as I usually prefer pillows over mini quilts, but I went with my instinct and I'm so glad I did.

And, I hand quilted it, of course. I'm still obsessed with hand quilting, resistance is completely futile :).


I used this super, super adorable Christmas fabric for the backing. Which sort of doesn't make sense since no one will see it, but I loved the idea of using pretty fabric for the backing and knowing there are adorable gnomes hiding behind those trees makes me happy every time I look at this mini.


And, just for comparison, here's my mini next to last year's Christmas quilt (you can buy Trees! pattern in both sizes here).

QUILT STATS
finished size: 14" x 17.5" 
batting: Warm and White
thread for quilting: Clark bold hand quilting thread in white 

Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana

Saturday, December 10, 2016

improv strip placemats

I've been meaning to make new placemats for our home for quite some time now. I wanted something simple and uncomplicated and I'm happy I finally settled on these improv strip pieced placemats.


All the patchwork strips came from my scrap box, yay! It always feels extra wonderful to make even a tiny dent in the amount of scraps I own. I'm pretty sure they multiply every time I turn my back on them :).


I machine quilted my first placemat, but I simply didn't like the way it looked. I think I secretly really wanted to hand quilt them from the beginning, so I ripped all the machine stitches out, pulled out my hand quilting supplies, and got to work.  Oh, such joy! The finished mats do feel a bit luxurious with all the hand quilting, I love that.
 

I used some of my screen printed Essex linen panels for the backings and love the extra stability they add to finished mats. Oh, and I added one layer of cotton batting to the middle as well. Makes place mats soft and squishy without adding too much bulk.

Each mat finished at 12" x 16" and I'm super excited to start using them.

Wishing you all a beautifully relaxed and creative weekend. Svetlana


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