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Karen
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  • Norwich, Norfolk
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Link to free tutorial to make Binder Cover (download on that page)

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Vintage Style Bag - Pattern 4143 with Hand Embroidery

I needed a bag for carrying towels and a key for when I service the gardeners' toilet here on the Estate (Hoveton Hall Estate).  I didn't need a structured bag, I needed something light, so I went back to my vintage 70's bag pattern, Style 4143.  I always make it two inches shorter than the original pattern, as despite the picture (top left) it would not really fit over the shoulder comfortably otherwise.…See More
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Vintage Style Bag - Pattern 4143 with Hand Embroidery

I needed a bag for carrying towels and a key for when I service the gardeners' toilet here on the Estate (Hoveton Hall Estate).  I didn't need a structured bag, I needed something light, so I went back to my vintage 70's bag pattern, Style 4143.  I always make it two inches shorter than the original pattern, as despite the picture (top left) it would not really fit over the shoulder comfortably otherwise.…See More
Nov 7

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Profile Information

I am an awesome:
intermediate sewer
My sewing interests are:
handbags, garment, doll making, embroidery, hand sewing
I sew as a:
hobbyist
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):
Janome
I am interested in patterns such as:
ePatterns, Independents
My Blog URL:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/auntystitches/

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Vintage Style Bag - Pattern 4143 with Hand Embroidery

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:00am 1 Comment

I needed a bag for carrying towels and a key for when I service the gardeners' toilet here on the Estate (Hoveton Hall Estate).  I didn't need a structured bag, I needed something light, so I went back to my vintage 70's bag pattern, Style 4143.  I always make it two inches shorter than the original pattern, as despite the picture (top left) it would not really fit over the shoulder comfortably…

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A Mabel Handbag Sewing Project with Extra Features!

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

After I made my first floral Mabel handbag, (free pattern from Swoon) I decided to follow up with another one.  This time I am using one of these great case handles I had bought, adding another divided slip pocket and bag feet.…

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Fiona's Freeway Bag and Cork Fabric!

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Christine has issued a new Easy Street pattern called Fiona's Freeway which has the option of adding accents in cork or vinyl.  As I have been curious to try cork fabric I decided this was one I had to make!…

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Floral Swoon Mabel Handbag for a Summer Wedding

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

I bought this dress for my niece's wedding in July, it was just so pretty I couldn't resist it!  Then I realised I didn't have a bag to go with it!  Can you believe it, all the bags I've made, and I have nothing small, pretty and floral!…

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At 3:18am on May 16, 2017, Alison Heath said…

Thanks Karen, I had no idea you had such a wonderful sewing environment set up, very pleased to be here

At 2:41am on August 24, 2016, Geraldine Young said…

Merci Karen, my French is far from perfect! Thanks for the welcome and looking forward to learning a lot more from peeps on the site!!

At 9:03am on July 6, 2016, Crystal Fritts said…

I did use the link, that is where I got my pattern from, but I did not see on there anywhere about how much material to use. Thank you so much!

At 4:22pm on March 1, 2016, Sharon Maynard said…

I can't get over those bags! I absolutely love your bags.

At 3:19pm on February 8, 2016, Sharon Maynard said…

I just saw the pin cushion tutorial. Thank you! I am going to try and follow the instructions without using a pattern -- I'm not much for patterns, but I do like to freestyle stuff (which probably explains why my projects turn out as they do!)  

At 10:32am on January 23, 2016, SH said…
No that is not correct. I may have misunderstood the question.
At 1:13pm on January 16, 2016, Sharon Maynard said…

Thank you for the tip on posting the link to my blog.I love the bags shown in your photo section!!! Learning how to make bags is on my "things to learn" list. Right  now, I'm still leaning how to cut straight lines for quilts (I'm not joking about this). I hope to sew well enough to be able to create fabric coasters for tea sets for gifts and swaps.

At 3:32pm on August 28, 2015, Leslie Hinton said…

how can we report spam/phishing

At 8:50am on August 22, 2015, Pam keith said…

Thank you Karen. I'm looking forward to expanding my knowledge and this site looks like it will help quit a bit.

At 2:34pm on August 21, 2015, Dawn Haigler said…
Thank you very much for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to exploring & discovering all your site has to offer.

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