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Freebie Pattern Friday! Leather Dice Bag

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Today’s project is a little off the beaten path for me, but the motivation was about the same as always xD Part of my overwhelming fabric stash actually included some bits of leather. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could use it, but it didn’t seem to go with any of the other fabrics I had so I was pretty much at a loss. Eventually I came around to the idea of making some dice bags! That is, the kind usually made for D&D dice 😀

I realize I’m giving you all a deeper glimpse into my geekiness here, but bear with me! I don’t play D&D as much as I wish I could, so making these was kind of like getting to live that feeling for a little bit. And it means I’ll be ready should I have time to delve into a game. Of course, you could use these for loads more besides dice. They make a great accessory for anyone into Renaissance fairs or for holding special trinkets. And this project is especially perfect if you’ve never worked with leather before – it would be a great way to introduce yourself to the material.

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My Newest Book! Sew Me! Sew & Go!

Easy-to-make totes, tech covers, and other carry-alls

Easy-to-make totes, tech covers, and other carry-alls

It was a bit of a pause, but finally we have another installment in the Sew Me! series! Sew Me! Sew & Go is the third book in the series. The first two dealt with complete beginner basics and sewing home décor, while this focuses on useful accessories for organizing and travel, such as totes, tech covers, and other cases. Just like the other books in the series, the projects are perfect for beginners, and make everything super simple to tackle with lots of diagrams, illustrations, and photographs. And there’s even special focus on installing zippers, buttonholes, and snaps.

Finding ways to spruce up classic basics was the most fun in writing this book. For instance, the Tablet Case pattern not only offers lots of applique options for decorating your case how you like, but it also works off the measurements of your own tablet, so you’ll know it fits like a glove no matter what version you have. The Reversible Tote Bag is also a great beginner project, but it works double duty because you can flip it inside out on a whim.

Drawstring Ditty Bags, Tablet Cases, & Reversible Tote Bags Photo © Design Originals

Drawstring Ditty Bags, Tablet Cases, & Reversible Tote Bags
Photo © Design Originals

Since it’s specialized, it’s a little shorter at 96 pages and 9 projects, but the price is very affordable. So whether you’re looking to expand your sewing skills or just want a quick and easy way to get a coordinating set of organizers, pouches, and totes, I hope you’ll give my book a closer look! You can see more info on all of the projects on my main book page, or check out where to buy if you’re interested!


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Freebie Friday! London Calling Bag

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This project is quite intensive, because it was one of those passion projects. I’ve been needing a huge bag with loads of pockets to carry every little thing I need when I’m out of the house for a while. It has a large back pocket, zippered front pocket, pockets inside for a sketchbook, pens, and a hidden pocket too 🙂 I used it during my most recent move to Daytona and it really saved me! Holding all that paperwork, pens, keys, electronics – it took quite a beating!

Maybe all the bells and whistles on this bag will save you too 😀 The outside has a big Union Jack decoration because I can’t stop watching British TV :B The bottom uses vinyl so it’s a bit more durable and resilient against moisture. And instead of a strap adjuster, it uses a belt buckle for an unusual touch (also because I ran out of strap adjusters XD).

It should be noted that since I’m busting my scrap stash, you’ll find that I used a lot of accent fabrics for different parts of the bag, but in the pattern I boiled them down to just outer fabrics and lining fabrics. The pictures should make it clear what’s what of course, but if you want to get the exact look that I did, read through the instructions first before cutting your fabric and I’ll tell you when I deviated from the main pattern.

At 51 steps, this is easily my longest project yet x_x I read over it several times to make sure there weren’t any errors, but since it is a free project it I can’t guarantee that it’s foolproof. Do let me know if you run into any snafus as you work so I can make fixes for the next brave sewist!

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Freebie Friday! The Big Shopping Bag

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I’ve been putting off this project for a long while now, which is so silly! For quite some time now I’ve needed a few new reusable shopping bags to bring along with me to the grocery store and whatnot. I have a few of the store-bought kind that were given to me as prizes, promotions, etc., but I really needed something a lot bigger to fully round out my collection and handle some of the bigger things I buy.

I don’t know why I put off making one for so long, seeing as how I had plenty of fabric and it would have gone quickly. But I finally decided no more procrastinating. I figured if I was going to take the project seriously I would take the bag a bit more seriously too. The main body of the bag is quilting cotton reinforced with some quilt batting, but the sides and bottom are vinyl for extra strength and so I don’t have to worry about the cotton getting dirty. The handles go all the way down the side of the bag so they’re held on strongly, and they’re extra wide so they don’t cut into your shoulder when you’re carrying something heavy. I’ve found that this thing can tackle even the biggest jugs of milk or detergent that I buy from the wholesale club :B

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Freebie Friday! Gato Bag

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Okay, I have to admit this project is a little obscure XD It’s a present for my amazingly talented best friend; she loves Chrono Trigger, especially the character Lucca. In the game, Gato (Gonzalez in the Japanese version) is a singing robot that provides a little challenge at the beginning of the game. Since Lucca already carries around a blue bag, my friend came up with the design to make it Gato themed instead (though Gato is usually red) x3 I imagine she’ll probably use it if she dresses up as Lucca for Halloween or another party ^-^ If you’ve ever heard of the old SNES RPG I would definitely recommend it x3 it’s certainly one of the many all-time classics out there.

As for the bag, it’s a pretty standard messenger bag, so if you’re looking for that you can simply skip all the additional appliqué and cat ears that make this like the aforementioned robot; it takes the number of steps down a decent bit. I also particularly love how his eyes turned out. They were done with just a bit of fabric paint to give them that glowing effect. Maybe you all might find another application for the technique!

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Sew Me! Basics & Home Décor Debuts!

Sew Me! Sewing Basics: Simple Techniques and Projects for First-Time Sewers

Sew Me! Sewing Basics: Simple Techniques and Projects for First-Time Sewers

My newest set of books, called the Sew Me! series recently released! It’s been available for preorder for a bit, but now it’s fully in stock and available for you all to buy! These latest books are written especially for beginning sewers! I actually don’t personally have many friends that know how to sew, so I wrote things books while personally considering all of my close friends who will hopefully take the plunge and try out sewing one day 😀

The series begins with Sew Me! Basics which tackles how to get started sewing from the very beginning: from picking out a sewing machine based on your personality to how to choose the perfect fabric for you. You’ll find loads of helpful charts and illustrations that explain fabric types, color theory, how sewing machines work, and lots more! The added projects help you learn crucial sewing techniques one step at a time – from creating your first seam, trying out appliqué, hand sewing techniques, installing zippers, and sewing buttons just to name a few.

Each project is super simple to understand and follow, with lots of diagrams and helpful photographs to take you through every step. You’ll learn as you go while making pincushions, fabric flowers, pouches, handy wallets, plushes, and even an adorable hat! The projects are easy to customize to your taste and style and will quickly teach you the techniques you need to know to build a strong sewing foundation! I hope you’ll check out the details or take a closer look if you think this book might be for you!

Sew Me! Sewing Home Decor: Easy-to-Make Curtains, Pillows, Organizers and Other Accessories

Sew Me! Sewing Home Decor: Easy-to-Make Curtains, Pillows, Organizers and Other Accessories

Now once you’ve tried out some simple projects to ease your way into sewing, you might have a better idea of what sort of things you plan to sew in the future; whether they be clothing, accessories, quilts, or home décor. That’s where the next book in the series comes in! Sew Me! Home Décor is like a continuation in the series if you’ve found that you like the home décor projects in Sew Me! Basics. In it you’ll find the same kinds of simple projects with lots of illustrations and easy-to-understand diagrams for a duvet cover, storage boxes, pillow covers, a striking modernist quilt and lots more!
SO if you’re new to sewing, I hope you’ll check this one out and maybe it’ll be for you or someone you hope to teach to sew!

Thanks in advance to anyone who checks out my new books! And stay tuned for more in the future about more books in the Sew Me! series!


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Freebie Friday! The Boom Box Bag

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I’m bringing back more retro technology! x3 I’ve already got the Floppy Disk Coasters and tablet case that looks like an old school Gameboy, now boom boxes get a chance to shine! Ahh, the hours I used to spend recording my favorite songs from the radio while sitting in front of my stereo 🙂 I admit the design looks pretty funky and goofy, but I still like it ^-^ In fact, I made it just for me really. I have a few old reliable messenger bags that I think might be ready to put out to pasture, so I wanted to make sure my newest big bag had all the organization I need to keep things in line.
This bag sports a back zipper pocket, loads of inner pockets, and a detachable shoulder strap so I can switch between carrying in my hand or over my shoulder at will. Of course the front is covered with awesome colorful appliqué, and there’s also decorative piping to give it that extra punch 😀

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