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October 13, 2017
handmade sale (oct. 2017) from Sotak Handmade

Hello, welcome everyone!

I'm happy to say it's time for yet another round of Handmade Sale. This time it's all about  pouches and bags and I hope you will find something you like (photo above is just a sampling of what's up for grabs).

Click here to go directly to my etsy shop.

Happy shopping and thank you :)


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Tutorial! Cross-body bag with adjustable strap by Kym from The Village Haberdashery

We shared the details of our ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Vignette with you all the other week and promised the tutorial to make your own cross-body bag so here we go…!

Cross body bag tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

What you will need:

*50cm of medium-heavy weight woven fabric for the outside of the bag (I used Essex Yarn Dyed MetallicSand)
*50cm of fabric for the lining (I used Kona Cotton SolidsEggshell)
*Medium weight fusible interfacing
*Paper to make your pattern
*This downloadable pattern guide sheet
*Magnetic snap fastener
*Strap slider
*2 x D-rings
*2m webbing
*Matching thread
*General sewing supplies

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

PLEASE NOTE: Seam allowances are ...

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October 6, 2017
Fabric Basket from Alamosa Quilter

I found a new basket pattern.

I put the spool of thread in the photo for scale.

Unfortunately, I didn't really like the pattern. It wasn't particularly difficult, but the results were less than stellar. This side looks okay, but the other side ... not so much. Oh well! Sometimes that's what you get with a free pattern. At least I didn't spend any money a pattern I don't like.

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September 29, 2017
Updated Rose of Sharon Bag :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

The new bag is done!

This is side one

And side two

The pattern is written and the kits are being cut.

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September 19, 2017
New Pattern from Alamosa Quilter

I'm making a new bag pattern for the wool applique and hand embroidery class I teach at my shop. Here is what it looks like so far.

The applique on the left hand section is done. I'm just getting started with the applique on the right hand section. Both sections will have lots of hand embroidery added once the applique is done.

When finished it will be lined (I haven't picked lining fabric yet), will have a turquoise zipper at the top that matches the ribbons and will measure about 12" wide by 8" tall by 2 ...

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September 12, 2017
Unexpected Sewing Time from Alamosa Quilter

Two things happened last week that provided me with some unexpected sewing time on Friday morning. 

First, some ladies wanted to take a class that is taught by one of my employees. This employee was not scheduled to work on Friday, but agreed to teach the class to these ladies on Friday since that is what worked best for them. The easiest thing to do was to change the schedule so that the teacher worked on Friday instead of me. So I ended up with an unplanned day away from the store. My plan was to get caught up and ...

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September 10, 2017
School is back! from Espritpatch

School was back this week and my middle daughter needed a new bag this year. I was originally thinking of making her another messenger bag but finally settled on a back pack (at her request). I had won the Edelweiss Bag pattern from Sew Sweetness a while ago so that was a good one to try.

I used some foam interfacing so there were some places where it was heavy and thick to sew and I must say my machine struggled a little but it was all worth it in the end, especially on the back

There is a zipped ...

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A new tote from Quilting and More...

Last October one of my cousins was visiting Las Vegas during a tour she took; she lives in England, so this was a wonderful chance to get together, if only briefly.

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September 4, 2017
Boxy Tote from Quilting and More...

I’ve been using a tyvek tote from a quilt show as a knitting bag for the past few years. It worked okay, but lately it was tipping over if I didn’t watch how I had things arranged inside. Yes, I could have taken some of my less-used paraphernalia out, but I’m so short on storage […]

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August 31, 2017
Jelly Roll Bag from Alamosa Quilter

I saw this tutorial from Man Sewing about how to make a bag using only a jelly roll. I was intrigued and decided to try it.

It took a long time to press all the strips. Easily the most time-consuming part of this project.

I opted to cover my side seams with a leftover strip. Next time I will not do this and use the extra strips in the body of the bag instead.

For this one I used 32 strips for the body, 2 strips to cover the side seams, four strips for the handle and one for the ...

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August 30, 2017
Weekend Market Tote from The Cloth Parcel

Say hello to the Weekend Market Tote!  This project has been in the works for a while now, and since we have had a recent break in obligations, it finally came to the surface. We love Cotton + Steel’s collection of canvas fabrics, and especially the Tokyo Train Ride line that is prominently featured on […]

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August 29, 2017
Passports wallet from Espritpatch

While I was making the passport neck pouch for the girls, I stumble across a passports wallet Up, Up and Away from Moments Designs that can hold up to 6 passports, some cards and boarding cards. So I knew I needed one of course, and if possible before the trip. So I cut all the pieces 2 nights before we left and started sewing at about 10pm the night before we left (as you do, of course!).

Well it was well worth the effort as we left with a shiny new passport wallets that could hold all the family passports ...

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Kitty RunAround Bag from Alamosa Quilter

The boy is a pacer. He likes to listen to music and such and paces back and forth while listening. Lately he has been using his new Kindle to listen through but it doesn't fit nicely in a pocket. He has been using one of my RunAround Bags to put his Kindle in. It isn't made from "manly" fabrics. So on Saturday I let him pick out two fabrics from the shop for me to make one just for him. This is what he chose.

He does love our kitty and she him. I believe she approves of ...

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August 27, 2017
Passport pouches from Espritpatch

After I made the first pouch for my son in July before his Scouts trip, I thought it would be a good idea to make one each for the girls too before our big trip so that they could always carry with them a card with our phone number in case they got lost. It turned out that it was very useful too as everyone had to always carry their sea-pass during the cruise so it was a very safe place to keep it. I must say I regretted not making myself one.

I choose left over pony fabric from ...

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August 24, 2017
complete gingham and silk collection 2 jpg [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

complete gingham and silk collection 2 jpg

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Mesh Beach Bag from Sewing and Scrapping with Susan

Hello Blog Friends!

I'm going to Florida!  My daughter Kerri and husband Doug are celebrating their 10th anniversary on September 12.  They are commemorating this milestone by a renewal of vows ceremony on Cocoa Beach.  Of course Mama has to be there, so off we go again!  

We are staying at a hotel right on the beach, so what would be more fitting than a tropical-themed mesh beach bag?  You'll remember that I made a similar bag for my daughter Kim's birthday in March.  On this one, however, I made my own handles (with fusible fleece inside ...

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August 22, 2017
Print Shop Tote II from Liz Makes Crafts

I'll admit it ... I bought my plane and hotel tickets to QuiltCon 2018 way back in May of this year, before I even knew I was going to be able to get into any QuiltCon classes I want. (But I did!). I was so upset that I missed out on the QuiltCon East show in Savannah that I knew I was going to plan way, way ahead for the Pasadena show. So ... Pasadena, here I come!

I decided to make my own patchwork tote bag for the show. After all, I know I'm going to be shopping. A ...

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August 18, 2017
No rest for the Holiday Makers from Romany Quilting

It’s just as well that we planned a rest day or two between our sightseeing trips or we would have trouble keeping up – especially in these tropical temperatures.  We had a great day out at Kuranda, a lovely little village situated high in the rain forest.  To get there, we joined the huge crowds at the terminal and boarded the Skyrail, which whisked us away over the tops of the trees.  Gliding ever so quietly, although we did get a bit of a fright when the Skyrail stopped dead a couple of times.  Luckily it soon started up again ...

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August 14, 2017
Big Damn Tote from Becca's Crazy Projects

As some of you may know, I'm a big fan of the television series Firefly. The single season was a great time and I was sad Joss Whedon had only that one season and one movie to tell us a small piece of the story of the 'verse and "them that choose it".

Spoonflower is a great place to find custom print fabrics to create fun projects. This Firefly themed print is one of those fabrics that makes a Browncoat smile. This is the second time I've used this print. The first time I used the Eco Canvas ...

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August 8, 2017
Gifts from Alamosa Quilter

A friend recently went to Alaska and brought me back a gift!

She knows me well. It is blue with circles. Love it!

Another gift, this one from a customer.

She has an embroidery machine, loves to use it, and is quite good with it too. She makes these adorable zipper pouches with various designs on the front. She gifted me this one last week.

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