New Messenger Bag Pattern

I had a lot going on Friday, the tutorial for my quilted basket was featured by Sew Sisters (thank you!!), we drove to Quebec to hang out with my parents and wish my Dad a happy Father’s Day and Michelle Patterns released a sweet new Messenger Bag patternfor $5.00!!

I received notification for this bag just before we left, I didn’t want to miss out on the sale so I purchased it immediately. I have some great fabric just begging to be made into a great bag and I think this is it!

Thanks to everyone to visited Sew Sisters and entered their giveaway!

Happy Father’s Day!


Basic Wallet Patterns

This weekend the Basic Wallet pattern is saying goodbye and heading off into pattern retirement.  So this will be the last chance to order this pattern.  To make the final farewell extra special, an additional set of pieces to make a “Long Wallet” version of this pouch will be delivered with the pattern.
The Long Wallet is great for a phone, small set of keys, cards, and few other trinkets.  It is also perfect for a checkbook, pen, and stamps.  If you still need to use a few paper checks each month, the long wallet is a sweet place to store them.

The Basic Wallet pattern was really a first in a few different ways.  It was the first time these things showed up:

  • strategic cutting to ease bulk in the corners
  • a tip for sewing corners
  • a simple trick to keep pockets from gaping open
  • seam grading

The pattern and extra pieces have been combined into in a zip file that can be ordered here. If you already have this pattern, go to this blog post to find the extra pattern pieces.

I am alive, thank you so much for asking!! Admittedly I’ve lost my sewing mojo but have managed to finish my tutorial which will be released next week and I did finish my Simply Solids BOM, YAY! May’s block was selected by Shena of Apple Pie Patchwork and she has an interesting, fun way of making flying geese.

Alberta Triangle

Alberta Triangle

I won’t lie, I got the measurements screwed up TWICE and it wasn’t until Shena pointed it out that I finally got it! After I finished the block, I thought it looked a lot like the old CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) logo and others agreed. 😀











Help Lots a Dogs!

This Friday, Michelle Patterns is offering $5.00 off any purchase of hardware of $20.00. This is the last Friday of the month and all affiliate earnings will be donated to LotsaDogs Rescue tomorrow at the Six Legged Hike to raise money to help homeless pups.

LotsaDogs Rescue not only takes in dogs from around the Ontario, Canada area but they also travel to the U.S. and take in dogs slated to be euthanized. So if you donate to LotsaDogs, you’re helping American dogs too!

Stay Tuned June 1st when I get back to sewing with a special tutorial!

Another Michelle Patterns SALE!

Michelle is saying goodbye to 8 more patterns for only $5.00! Her last bulk sale was super popular so I thought you might be interested in taking advantage of this one!

Patterns include:

• Bracelet Bag
• Cross-Body Bag
• Laptop Sleeve
• Pocket Clutch
• Messenger Bag
• Fold-Over Clutch
• Zip Clutches
• Inset Zip Clutch & Pouch

Click here to purchase this group of patterns.

Don’t forget that all affiliate proceeds earned from Michelle Patterns till the end of May will  be donated to LotsaDogs Rescue!

Happy Friday!!

Michelle Retiring Patterns

I just received notice today that Michelle is retiring 21 patterns and we can get all for just $5.00!! If you’ve never made a bag before, Michelle Patterns is a great place to start. Her patterns are clearly laid out with lots of photos and clear instructions, I have TONS of her patterns!

All affiliate proceeds from the sale of Michelle Patterns will be donated to LotsaDogs Rescue. Our two Pugs were adult rescues and have given us a lot of love and joy over the past 10 years!

Boyd St. Bowling Bag

When I first saw the Boyd St. Bowling Bag by Emmaline, I was in love! I selected a fun text print in a 7oz cotton duck in mandarin, turquoise, natural and grey for the exterior, a zig zag in mandarin (10oz cotton canvas) and twill in ocean.

Boyd St. Bowling Bag

This bag features a roomy main area, interior zipper and slip pockets lots of fun hardware and a pleated exterior. I chose to make fabric covered rope handles as well as a removable shoulder strap. It was my first attempt at making rope handles and although it was a struggle to turn the fabric, I really like the results and the handles feel nice in the hand. I wasn’t sure how to finish the handles but it worked and I will try it again.

Boyd St. Bowling Bag

The pattern is for the intermediate sewer and although I didn’t find it difficult, I wouldn’t recommend it for the beginner.

Boyd St. Bowling Bag

Interior Pockets

Interior Pockets

Julie's Bag

I’m also working on another Steph in the City bag for my sister. Almost finished, I need to make the belt, hide my threads and sew up the lining then I’m shipping it off next week!


Julie's Bag


A little “Happy Mochi Yum Yum” for lining always make me happy, I hope she likes it too!