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Organise your Sewing Machine Needles!

Free tutorial for the Organizer

(includes download to print the pages)

Free tutorial for the binder cover

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Patricia commented on the blog post 'Finished My Craftsy Design it, Stitch it Hand Embroidery Class!'
22 hours ago
Patricia commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"I love the design of this bag... Now I wish I knew how to sew . lovely bag"
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Connie Richards commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"Thanks. I will try it."
Karen commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"No Connie.  The original bag pattern comes out at 14 1/2" wide, 12" high and 4" deep.  To get the smaller version I printed the whole pattern again at 85% of the original size by using the CUSTOM SCALE option on the PRINT…"
Connie Richards commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"Thanks Karen, but does the pattern you mentioned have the downsized measurements in it as well as the original?"
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Karen commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"Ah, I put the link to buy the pattern on my original post, I didn't think to add it again here, sorry.  The Stow it All pattern is available as a pdf from and this bag is featured in her blog "Bag Brag…"
Connie Richards commented on the blog post 'It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!'
"Hi Karen, I absolutely love your downsized version of the stow it all bag. And I think your "fussy cuts" are just right and give it a great look. Is the pattern available?  I would love to make one too. Thanks "

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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

Karen's Blog

It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 1:00pm 10 Comments

My niece was looking to buy a new bag as her old one was past it's 'sell by' date.  She had admired the clean…


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.…


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…


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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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