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A Kaleidoscope Bag and a Matching Wallet

The best thing about being bag maker is that you can make your dream bag! You can decide every details of the bag, whether you're using your self draft pattern or bought pattern from indie designers. 

In my case, I finally found the bag that is perfect for  me. The Luisa bag pattern from Sotak Handmade. I made the indigo block print bag last week, you can see it HERE and yesterday, I made this Kaleidoscope patchwork version.




I am so in love with this one that I parade it around the house. Today the weather was nice and bright just the perfect time to click few pictures. This patchwork version has different design on each side. 


My BFF Winda gave me the kaleidoscope block kit, I made this pouch earlier and have lots of fabrics left enough to make few more blocks.  


The kaleidoscope pocket is slightly higher than the original pattern but it turned out to be a perfect depth. 
  


As for the front of the bag, I have this panel fat quarter fabric. I forgot where I got it from but the color is just perfect for it. I must say, this bag is the fastest bag I made, in terms of choosing the fabrics. The grey fabric was also from Winda and the contrast red fabric was a gift from Mbak Tia when she went to Seoul last year. Thank you, girls <3 




And of course I have to make a matching wallet, right? 




A slim and minimalist wallet with 8 card slots and 4 slip pockets. It's based on the Passport Cover Pattern. No zipper pocket though. Now, both are ready for the trip and I better finish my packing! Japan, bring it on!! 

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Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Sewing,

~ Elvira~


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Pattern Testing - Amara Tote Bag


Last week, I finished testing Namrata of Bagstock Design new pattern, Amara Tote & Handbag. 
The pattern has 2 sizes and I decided to make the Tote size. I have this pretty linen block print and this is just a perfect project for it. I used black ish denim as contrast. 

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Block Print Linen


Making a big bag always makes me nervous. What if I cut it wrong and I don't have the fabric? And sure enough I cut the back panel wrong this time too!! Luckily I have more than enough fabric to cut another one. 



Amara bag is a breeze to make and Namrata's instruction is always clear with lots of pictures. The many pieces of pattern might be a little intimidating at first, but like a puzzle when everything starts fall into place, you'll feel joy of accomplishment!



I used tamil letters print fabric for the interior which I think matched perfectly. As the contrast I used denim instead of leather. There are plenty room for improvisation if you're a seasoned bag maker. 



The Tote size is very generous and it has plenty interior pockets and one big exterior pockets. The size is perfect for office bag, travel tote or even as diapers bag. 

Amara Tote and Handbag features:
An exterior zipper pocket
Two interior slip pockets
Two interior side slip pockets
Two pen slip pockets inside
An interior zipper pocket
A zip top closure to keep the bag's contents secure

You can get the pattern in Bagstock Designs Website or Etsy

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Sewing


~ Elvira~

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Indigo Block Print Denim Bag

Hello, 


Alhamdulillah for a busy January. If you follow me in Instagram, you may noticed that I won't be taking custom orders this month. I like to take a break from custom orders from time to time to give myself a room for new ideas. I have a long list of sewing wishlist and one of them is this Luisa Crossbody bag. A pattern by Sotak Handmade. 


Beautiful Indigo Block Print

I wanted to make with Indigo blue fabrics and took out those three fabrics above. All are just beautiful and it was difficult for me to decide which one to work with first. After asking a few friends, we decided this middle indigo print would be the one and I loved how this turned out. I used dark blue denim as an accent fabric and decided to use ready made PU Leather strap. 

Denim & Block Print Bag

If you've been waiting to make this bag, you really should go ahead. I love the simplicity of Sotak Pattern and as usual it's always thoroughly written. 

Exterior Back Pocket

I made one change with the back exterior. The original pattern, it was two pockets but I found it's too small since I want to keep my phone in it. So I skipped the middle stitch and instead using the snap button to secure the pocket. In the pattern, the rivet was added for decorative purpose only. Now I have spacious exterior pocket for my phone!! Perfect!

Spacious Inside

The interior is very minimalist (which I love!) . The pattern called for interlining, in addition of the interfacing. I used a stiff fleece batting which I mostly used for bags nowadays and the result is sturdy bag that  can stand on its own but the interior is a bit snug. In a way it's good for me since it's quite padded. It's good to carry my camera.  
  



I think I'm quite organized and minimalist here lol. Those are the things that I usually carry everyday. The Doitrei Zipper Pouch is for my power bank, charging cable and headphone. The Zipper Tissue Pouch is for my tissue, lip balm, hand lotion and medicines (my anti allergy and indigestion tablets). Wet tissue packet, notebook and pen, small wallet and a mobile phone. I also keep small chocolates and sweets in the front pocket lol.

So that's my review of my first Luisa bag. I want to make a few more and trying different combination of interfacing/interlining. So excited!! 


Thank you for dropping by!

~ Elvira ~

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Craftsy News, Discount Code & Mini Zipper Pouches

Hello,

Some of you might already heard about the current Craftsy changes and although I am one of the fortunate one to keep my shop, but now only one pattern is available in Craftsy. For those of you in India, you can always buy the pattern from my Webshop.  But those who are outside India, besides Etsy, now you can also purchase the pattern in my new Pattern Shop

So, that was about craftsy and on crafting side, I made a few zippy pouches for orders last week and made some extras too for the shop.  

Floral Mini Wallet

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Brown Polkadot Pouch
These pouches are just addictive to make. They are great to carry around and to gift to your friends and family. I always keep few pouches around in case I need a gift for my friends. 
One thing I know, people love handmade gifts! No matter how small it is. 

Purple Dots 

I made these cute mini wallets using the Zipper Tissue Pouch Pattern which is super easy and fast to make. The buyers wanted a padded wallet, so I use a thin batting here. It's a bit tricky since it's very small. You can make a few for your handmade market or to give to your friends. 

It's on SALE in my  Payhip Store .Use the code NEWHIP20 to get 20% off. The offer valid through 12 January 2019. So hurry up and get yours now. 


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy Sewing,
Elvira


Doraemon and Floral Passport Covers


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Doraemon Passport Cover
Who doesn't love Doraemon? He's smart, fun and full of ideas. My younger son still love watching Doraemon. Even I enjoyed watching the Hindi version, because that's how I picked up a few lines of Hindi. Sometimes I like to mimicking Nobita's Mom and my sons will rolled their eyes 0_0



 I was chatting with Shweta last week or so and I admired her neat machine binding. So I decided to try on these wallets. They turned out quite decent. What do you think? 


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Peach Floral Passport Wallet
The key is same like any other binding, make sure that the fabric grain is straight before you cut the fabric. I used the same width as usual, 1.5" wide, and 1/4" seam allowance. While wrapping the binding over, make sure that it covers just a little bit over the stitch line, maybe around 1 or 2 mm but not more. Using lots of wonder clips will certainly help to hold the binding in place. Stitch as close to the edge as possible. That way, on the inner side of the wallet, the stitch will fall just along the fold. 





For the floral passport cover, I used shot cotton a.k.a handloom fabric for the lining and card slot. The color just matched perfectly with the green on the floral print. Most of the time, finding the right fabric combo is the longest process. It's like finding a soulmate ;-).


Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Sewing!

~ Elvira~

Double Zip Wallet Video Clip

Yesterday I tried to made short video clip using my Sony A5100 for the first time. I usually used my trusted OnePlus 3 phone to take videos but using a proper camera is really different. 





I recorded the video is AVCHD format which later on I learned that it will create a huge size of file. I searched on YouTube and learned how to convert it to MP4 file. Bless those people who shares important tutorials!! That's one of the first thing I learned this year. Now my camera is set on MP4 and it will be easier to transfer videos directly to my phone!

If you're an online seller, you must have heard that Video is going to be the IN thing this year when it comes to SEO. If you have not started already, you might want to teach yourself to create short clips of your products. There are many apps in App Store and Play Store you can try and experimenting! Check out more of my video clips on my YouTube Channel and don't forget to subscribe ^^. 

Double Zip Wallet Pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead

Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you enjoy the short clip above. It's fun to learn new things!

Happy Crafting,

~ Elvira~



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