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August 2013 Blog Posts (9)

BACK TO SCHOOL BAG - "needs to try harder"

I recently decided to see what I could make out of the less desirable front pockets on jeans.  I had a light and a dark pair that had already donated their legs and back pockets to other projects, so I decided to start by pieceing them together!…


Added by Karen on August 31, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

My recycled denim Zip and Go Bag

As I promised myself, I made another of Erin Erikson’s Zip and Go Bag  from recycled denim.  This was some more of the skirt I used for my Patchwork Butterfly Bag which was a nice dark blue.  I had 3 panels left, so I machined them together to make enough fabric to cut the bag out,…


Added by Karen on August 24, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Cozy Upcycled Bubble Skirt ♥ Refashioning Tutorial ♥ Free PDF

"I LOVE THIS."  Super easy, thrifty, and fun!

You will need:

  • Man’s long sleeve sweater (note: sweater should measure at least 18” from…

Added by Susan on August 20, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

yoyo qween size quilt

I need to know how many yards of cloth I need to make a queen size 90x108

Added by tina c jones on August 19, 2013 at 7:20pm — No Comments

My Josy Clutch is Finished!


So I made the Josy Clutch by ithinksew.  (The pattern is on sale now at…


Added by Karen on August 14, 2013 at 5:30pm — 23 Comments

My riveting adventures!

Having have read Chris’s tutorial on using rivets on bags, I decided it was time to have a go!…


Added by Karen on August 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

My Newest Additions!

It's funny the things you can get excited about!  Well, I'm excited about 3 new additions to my sewing room.  

First up is this lovely pair of vintage 1950's Wiss Model C Pinking Shears.

Even though it' obvious that they have been used, they cut beautifully.  I'm so happy, because my current pair, even though much "younger"…


Added by Ags on August 8, 2013 at 7:34am — 2 Comments

Avoiding Bagmaking Mistakes + the Zip and Go Bag

I follow fellow SWN member Chris’s blog and was amused and horrified to read her “8 Bag Making Mistakes to Avoid…


Added by Karen on August 4, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Recycled denim - pinstriped shorts to shoulder bag

I saw these pinstriped shorts with turn-ups in a charity shop last year and loved the self-covered buttons.  I decided they would make a great bag.

Tried out my idea first by pinning it into shape and having a look at how…


Added by Karen on August 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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