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The Quattro (Studio Kat Designs) - at last!

A couple of years ago I bought two patterns from Studio Kat Designs - the Quattro and the Lollapalooza - and shipped them over from the States.I really liked the pieced versions, like this Quattro above.  I read the instructions.... then hastily put them in my pattern drawer as waaaay too scary!  There they have sat ever since.…See More
Patricia commented on the blog post 'The Stow-It-All Bag Sewing Pattern from Chris W Designs - My New Tote!'
"I love the bag  that I would love to have it. but sew I don't ... Thank you for sharing , really thank you"
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My Swedish Peg Bag!

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Machine Applique Cottage

I didn't sew this, it was given to me, but I keep it as inspiration1Applique Detail from the Tea Cosy.
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My Swedish Peg Bag!

"Thanks Karen,  Shows you how blind I'm getting. Great idea."
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My Swedish Peg Bag!

"Well Lori, the clue is in the title.  It's for holding the clothes pegs when you hang washing out on the line to dry, you can see some inside.  It can stand on a shelf or hang by it's hook (though I didn't have one handy so…"
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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!
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Domestic, Serger
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I am interested in patterns such as:
ePatterns, Independents

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The Stow-It-All Bag Sewing Pattern from Chris W Designs - My New Tote!

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm 11 Comments

I find I need help to stay on top of my 'to do' list these days.  I get so annoyed with myself when I go out with a list and mail and find them still in my bag when I get home!  So I decided what I really needed was a…


Changing Pockets

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 5:50pm 1 Comment

A few years ago I made a load of aprons for a stall at a Craft Fair.  It wasn't well attended and I have been selling the aprons off in our gift shop ever since.  Back in 2012 I changed the design I had on one from an elephant to a cockerel as it hadn't sold.  It has gone to a new owner now, and there…


How I made my patchwork sewing bag

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

Mummy's Handsewn Patchwork Handbag

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…


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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.
At 8:43am on August 1, 2013, Janet Louise Thrams said…
Still can not figure out the size of the butterfly purse. Does it have inside pockets? Are there separate strips for the sides? Any info greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!
At 8:28am on August 1, 2013, Janet Louise Thrams said…
Thank you !


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