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Free tutorial for the Organizer

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Free tutorial for the binder cover

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How I made my patchwork sewing bag

In my last post I showed you my Embroidery Workbag, and Suzy asked if I had made it.  I replied I had, and here is how.My mother collected fabric scraps for years, planning to make a quilt one day.   They included bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and bought remnants.  I still have my Sindy doll with dresses made from some of them!  Taken on their own I probably would not have chosen a lot of these fabrics, but massed together?  They look great!…See More
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Karen commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"Forgot to say, this fabric is Vintage Butterflies by Fryetts."
Karen commented on the blog post 'Practice Makes Perfect - Zip Tabs!'
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Practice Makes Perfect - Zip Tabs!

I am not scared of zippers any more, and after making some fun pencil cases for other people, I decided it was time to make myself some zipped pouches for my growing collection of chargers and cables.…See More
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Lorena Rey commented on the blog post 'The Butterfly Sling Purse Pattern from Emmaline Bags'
"Beautiful bag, I love the colour. And this bag is very comfortable to carry"
Sep 4

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I am an awesome:
intermediate sewer
My sewing interests are:
handbags, garment, doll making, embroidery, hand sewing
I sew as a:
I am interested in learning how to:
a) actually use the stuff I have bought over the years, b) get more things right first time and c) fit more sewing into my day!
My sewing machine(s):
Domestic, Serger
The brand(s) of my sewing machine(s):
I am interested in patterns such as:
ePatterns, Independents

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Practice Makes Perfect - Zip Tabs!

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

I am not scared of zippers any more, and after making some fun pencil cases for other people, I decided it was time to make myself some zipped pouches for my growing collection of chargers and cables.…


The Butterfly Sling Purse Pattern from Emmaline Bags

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

As I said in my last post, my mother-in-law has asked me to sew her a bag to replace her old one as she had broken the handle.  It was a small…


Finished My Craftsy Design it, Stitch it Hand Embroidery Class!

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:30pm 6 Comments

Well I have finally finished my last project for Jessica's course.  We had to design our own embroidery and she suggested using a photograph.  After a visit to the attic and a lot of dithering I settled on the Kingfisher.…


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At 3:46am on August 20, 2014, Philippa Mulcuck said…

Thank you.  I am a slow sewer so I won't be bombarding you with pictures of completed stuff lol!

At 4:37pm on August 8, 2014, Norma Jean McCoin said…

Thank you very much about the ribbon insertion lace.  Have been looking for that answer for two years and now I can shop and get some to add to great grand-daughters outfits when needed.  Again Thanks!

At 12:03pm on June 17, 2014, Margareth said…

Thanks for asking Karen! I made a second one for myself (gifted the first one) and made a few changes. I omitted one layer - it was rather hard sewing through all these layers the first time. I also sewn the front ' kangaroo' pocket shut, again one less layer!

At 10:54pm on May 17, 2014, Jean Paternoster said…

Thank you. I have just printed the instructions.

At 7:23am on May 9, 2014, Hafsa Khalid said…

Offend me?! =O Oh come on!!! I'm glad you liked my icon and wanted to use it!! =))

At 4:07pm on April 8, 2014, Beverly Pugh said…

I love your needle organizer. Have printed it now need to put it all together.

At 1:22am on March 4, 2014, Hafsa Khalid said…

Hello Karen

Thank you! Hehe, good luck for you PhD! I'm sure you'll pass with flying colors! =p

At 10:04pm on January 31, 2014, Tammy said…

Thank you Karen.  I am sure I will enjoy being in the company of people who enjoy what I do.

At 7:23am on September 25, 2013, Susan said…

✄ Thank you Karen W for all you do at SWN!   ✄

At 11:12pm on August 1, 2013, Janet Louise Thrams said…
Thank you. I looked up the book and it cost too much to buy just for the one pattern. So am going to try and figure it out. Do not know where the appliqué channel is. Thanks for the info. I really appreciated it.

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