I posted this free tutorial
the other day about how to turn an xxl-shirt into a dress
and I finally made a second one! I had to wait for my new t-shirt to arrive, which I ordered at my local choir. I joined the Rochester Oratorio Society
last year and I really enjoy singing with them. A couple weeks ago they offered the opportunity to order shirts and hoodies with their logo on the front, I already have a hoodie (in light pink :-)) and since that other shirt for my friend turned out so nicely I decided to order a big shirt for myself and turn it into a dress as well.
This is just a little bit too big :)
For the basic steps to make this dress, please refer to my free tutorial. Below I will show you how I lengthened my shirt, embellished the sleeves and made the belt.
1. Embellish the sleeves
I didn't want to go with regular sleeves and since I was planning on lengthening my shirt with some nice coordinating cotton fabric I thought I'd be a nice idea to add a small strip of that fabric to the sleeves as well. Another thing I did was attaching a piece of elastic to the wrong side of the sleeve, to get a nice effect. To do this you will have to measure the height of your sleeve and take a piece of elastic of about half that height. Place the elastic centered onto the wrong side of your sleeve, starting approx. 0.75" down from the top edge. Stitch it down to the fabric while pulling it tight, so that the other end of the elastic ends about 0.75" from the bottom edge of the sleeve. This will make the elastic to create crinkles (nice ones!) on your sleeve as shown on the picture to the bottom right.
I did not take a picture of my original sleeves at the time I made my dress so I am showing you what I did on this white knit fabric instead :)
The elastic all stitched onto the wrong sie of the sleeve. You may even pull it tighter if you prefer.
Next I cut two strips of my cotton fabric (each with a height of 2"), which had the same width as the bottom edge of the sleeves. I put the sleeve and the fabric right sides together and stitched. Next I folded the cotton fabric over to the wrong side of the sleeve, folded down the seam allowance and pinned the cotton fabric down on the sleeve, with the its clean edge being pinned down just about 1/8" above the seam you made in the step before.
Topstitch from the right side of the sleeve to make sure your stitching is even. Stitch approx. 1/8" down from the top edge of the cotton fabric.
I also pulled a strip of elastic through the cotton fabric and tightened it just a little bit, for the sleeve the get a nicer and rounder shape. Stitching the ends of the elastic to the cotton fabric made sure it stayed in place for the next step.
Next I folded my sleeve in half so that the two short edges were aligned and stitched them right sides together. Then I was ready to attach the sleeve to the shirt (see my previous tutorial for this step).
2. Lengthen the shirt
With a height of 5' 9" I am fairly tall and so I had to lengthen the shirt or I would have risked showing to much... and we certainly don't want that :) So I added two 4" long strips of my cotton fabric to the front and the back of the shirt.
Put your strip of cotton fabric onto the bottom front edge of the shirt. If the jersey fabric is a little out of shape like here, make sure the edge of the cotton fabric is straight (horizontal).
I used my serger to attach the cotton fabric to the shirt. Do the same with the other strip of fabric and then stitch the side seams.
3. Adding a belt
I decided to add a little belt to my dress since I didn't quite like the look of it. I wanted it to be fairly long so I actually had to stitch two pieces right sides together along the short ends to get a piece that was about 64" long. I made two of these, so both of my fabric pieces ended up being approx. 64" x 1.75". I put them right sides together, all edges aligned and stitched along both long edges using a 1/4" seam allowance. I used a turning tool to turn the belt right sides out and folded down the seam allowance of both short edges and topstitched them closed.
I acutally put on my dress to find the right height for the belt and pinned it down on the two side seams of the dress. I made sure that the center of the belt was aligned with the center of the back of the shirt. Then I simply topstitched the belt down on the two side seams of the dress.
The back of the dress. The belt is stitched to the side seams. I did not pull it to tight so I would be able to pull the dress over my head :)
This is acutally more of a summer dress but I don't think I can wait that long before wearing it. I really like the way it turned out and it took me only about 2 hours to make it :)
Thanks for reading and I hope you like this project :)
Happy Sunday everyone :) It is really cold here and I decided that this is a perfect chance to spend all Sunday sitting on my sewing machine! I bought some new fabrics yesterday - I posted earlier today on Facebook - and will make them into a bag of some sort (what else??).
Just wanted to show you some of my latest creations, all completed last week. Maybe this will give you some inspiration for a Sunday project of your own :))
Fabrics I bought yesterday:
- Flora from the Impressions Collection by Ty Pennington
- Bear Essentials 2 by P & B Textiles (turquoise)
- Classic Elements by P & B Textiles (gray)
The following items I actually made for a review that I am working on right now, which will be posted on Sew Mama Sew in December:
A Classy Clutch:
Exterior fabric: The Painted Garden by Dena Designs for Free Spirit
Lining fabric: Dear Stella
A small purse that can be used as a clutch, a wristlet or worn across the body. This is a new design that I made up rather spontaneously :) I will probably make a sewing pattern from this. It could even be a nice beginner pattern, since it is fairly easy to make but still has a little bit of embellishment and uses some hardware (hence is not too boring. That was my point :))
This pattern is an old Burda bag sewing pattern that I found in my stash. I had a little bit of that beautiful purple fabric left and decided to use it for this bag design (I previoulsy made a California Sunshine Bag
with this fabric).
"Queen Anne's Lace" from the Piper
Collection by Dear StellaLining fabric:
"Citron" from Garden Pindot
by Michael Miller
Happy sewing and stay warm :)
I am really excited to introduce you to my latest sewing pattern, the All Day Out Bag
! This pdf sewing pattern is now available in my pattern store
. But before I will tell you a bit more about this pattern, there is this:
Not too long ago I asked you to suggest names for the bag and I would like to thank all of you who did so! It was a tough choice but in the end I picked a winner:
Congratulations Norma! You will get the pdf pattern for free, I will send it to you right after I am done finishing this blog post :)
The most striking feature of this bag is probably the front pocket with its slanted edges but you will dicover a lot more awesome details to this pattern: in addition to the roomy main compartment there is another slip pocket on the inside as well as a divided elasticized pocket. On the back there is a 3D shaped pouch, which will allow you to store even more items in this spacious handbag. The strap is attached with two rivets on either side.
The pdf file comes with 30 pages of instructions, 61 pictures and 9 pattern pieces. All measurements are given in centimeters and inches.
The finished size of this bag is 24 x 32 x 8 cm/ 9.5" x 12.5" x 3.25" (height x width x depth).
- Exterior fabric: 1.20 m or 1 1/4 yd
- Lining fabric: 2/3 m or 3/4 yd
- Fusible fleece e.g. Pellon 987F: 2/3 m or 3/4 yd
- Fusible interfacing, e. g. Pellon 931 TD: 1.80 m or 2 yd
- 2 O-rings (2.5 cm / 1” diameter)
- 2 magnetic snaps
- 1 piece of elastic (1 cm (3/8”) wide): approx. 32 cm or 12.5”
- 4 rivets
Thank you to all my testers who were such a great help, as always! Please check out how beautiful their bags turned out:
Carol says she has a preference for bright colors. I think her bag looks awesome, especially with the contrast of exterior and lining fabric!
from Prairie Girl Knits
used velvet and a wool blend for her bag. She mentioned that it was a bit harder to sew with these kinds of fabrics but I think the result looks gorgeous (have you noticed those sparkly rivets??)!
My "neighbor" on the other side of Lake Ontario - Natalie
of Carry Hers By Natalie
- also used a wool blend for her bag! I am really amazed by how good this design looks when using fabrics other than cotton. Natalie's bag will surely make a nice "winter bag".
Janet's version looks so sophisticated! She used a black/charcoal pin stripe for the exterior and a green cotton fabric for the lining, the pockets and the bag flap.
This is Tonya's bag. She used a burgundy fine wale corduroy and a brightly colored cotton print as a nice contrast. Her granddaughter liked her bag so much she declared it her own :)
Jenniffer's bag comes in plaid wool fabric that she found in a thrift store! Look how perfectly she lined up the main panel and the slanted front pockets! I like pink so needless to say I love her bag :)
Denise made this pretty All Day Out Bag. It comes in a blue cotton fabric and she used a twist lock for the bag flap. Nice job!
Kim used contrasting fabrics for her All Day Out Bag. She said she especially liked the pleat on the flap of the pouch. I am glad to hear that :)
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Erin used faux suede and quilting cotton for her bag. She also decided to use piping to embellish the top edge of the front slip pocket. Very well done :)
DeeAnn used blue shades for her All Day Out Bag. I especially like the look of the pouch with the paisley pattern. She made the lining show at the top edge of the front pocket on purpose which adds a nice touch to the bag!
Renae made this colorful bag. The floral pattern comes in green and pink shades and is a real eyecatcher!
This is Heidi's wonderful bag. I don't know what I like more about her bag: the great pattern of the fabric or the fact that the fussy cut on the front just came out perfectly!!
And another one with perfect fussy cut on the front!! Dee used IKEA furnishing fabric for her All Day Out Bag. I love the color combo black, white and red!
The last one in the row is Patti's bag. She said she really likes the shape of it and the fact that it is so roomy. Patti stitched the strap instead of using rivets.
You can purchase the pdf pattern in my pattern store
. Do you like this design? I would love to hear your opinion!
Happy sewing :)
One of my October weekends was devoted to a project I like to call "Now-that-it's-getting-winter-get-rid-of-the-freaking-drafts-in-your-house". Seriously, weather-wise I just live in the wrong state. I hate freezing, but I freeze all the time as soon as temperatures drop below 60 degrees (mind you USA, that is 15 degrees on the Celsius scale. Sounds pretty bad, huh?!). Our house here is old, built in the 1930s and while they installed new windows before we moved in, the wooden window frames have cracks and holes, if I hold my hand close to them I can feel the wind. No joke. This is not what you want when you live upstate NY where it usually stays cold from November to April. So this year I decided to finally do something about it and so I gathered as much information about how to weatherize windows when you don't have a clue about home improvement whatsoever.
Before you fall asleep over this blog post that was orininally designed to show you how to easily sew a draft stopper for your door, let me just tell you this: rope caulk is awesome! It is a putty-like substance that comes as a rope (duh...) with different strands and you can simply "unwind" as much as you need, in the thickness that you need to fill cracks or gaps and then simply seal them with it. It is amazing! I spent an entire Sunday filling all the drafty cracks in our house and I used up two of these packages. So if you are looking for a simple way to make your home more cozy, go get rope caulk!
So back to the title of this post. We have a backdoor in our kitchen, that leads into a very cold staircase and the basement. There is a really big gap under the door which I decided had to go as well. I mean, what's the use in fixing your windows if the cold still has this very convenient way to get into your house, right? I thought about making a simple draft stopper, you know, the ones that are made of fabric, stuffed with batting which you simply push in front of the door. I didn't like the idea very much since they always have to be put back in place after using the door. And the gap would be open if I leave the house through that door, so that was no option.
I found a very cool idea over at this website
. They used foam tubes (originally designed for pipe insulation, you will find them at your hardware store as well) as a filler, what an awesome idea! I bought a 6' long foam tube that has a 1.75" inch diameter and started designing my own draft stopper. If you have read so far, congratulations and thank you, I really appreciate it :) If you are interested in my "stylish" draft stopper, here is what I made:
First you will have to measure the width of your door, so you will know to what length to cut your foam tubes. When measuring, watch out for protruding parts (see first picture below) and take these into account so you will be able to close your door later with the draft stopper attached.
Also measure the depth of your door. You don't have to be too exact. I noted down 1 1/2" for mine.
Get some fabric. I actually had a Polyester fabric lying around in my stash (God knows why I bought this one…) which was perfect for this project. You most certainly don't want to use your best lightweight quilting cotton and you also might want to use darker colors, since the thing is going to be dragged over the ground fairly often.
Measurements: (seam allowance 1/2" included)
The width of your fabric piece should be: the width of your tube (i. e. the width of your door) plus about 3 extra inches.
The height of your fabric piece should be approx. 26 inches (if you use tubes with a diameter of 1.75 inches. Allow more fabric if you use tubes bigger in diameter). My piece of fabric was much too long as you will see in the pictures, don't let that confuse you :)
Fold the fabric in half horizontally (that means, after folding your fabric will still have the same width but will only be half as high as before), right sides together. Sew along the two short edges. Leave the long edge open.
Turn right side out. Put one of your foam tubes into the fabric and push it right into the upper corner, making sure it is centered. Pin it in place by closing the fabric, so that the tube is entirely covered by fabric. Pin as close to the tube as possible, as indicated by the white dashes in the picture below.
With the zipper foot of your sewing machine, sew along the tube, closing the fabric and trapping the tube inside.
Now measure from the seam you just made: the depth of your door, in my case 1 1/2". You can also put the unfinished draft stopper under your door to get the perfect measurements (see pictures below). Use a fabric marker to mark a line parallel to the seam you just stitched. I also recommend pinning the two fabric layers together, so nothing will slip while sewing. Stitch along the line you marked.
Take the second foam tube and put it into the fabric. Slide it inside, all the way to the seam you just made. Using pins, close down the fabric on the other side of the tube, again trapping the tube inside.
You can see both tubes trapped in the fabric and the gap for the door in between.
Using the zipper foot of your sewing machine, stitch along the tube again, closing the channel. Trim the rest of the fabric to the appropiate size: since this end of my draft stopper is going to be in the staircase and hence out of my view most of the time, I simply trimmed the fabric down to approx. 3/4" (measured from the stitching next to the tube) and did a zig zag stitch to prevent the edges from fraying. I agree this may not be the cleanest solution but I am not going to try winning Project Runway with this thing after all :-)
Trim the fabric and sew along the edge with a zig zag stitch, at the same time closing the open edge.
If you want your edge to be neat, trim down the fabric to a length of 1 1/4" (again measured from the stitching next to the tube) and then bend the fabric of both edges down towards the inside by approx. 1/2". Pin in place and stitch along the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.
And that is it! Your draft stopper is finished. Slide it underneath your door and enjoy! No more drafts and it looks kinda stylish too. That fabric isn't even as hideous as I thought.
If you live in a cold area, you will have lots of fun with this. We had our first snow last night and I am not too happy about it... On the other hand I realized I really enjoy the sound of snow falling. Seems like I can't really make up my mind about it :) Do you like winter? Or are you one of those happy folks living in a warmer climate?
Happy sewing and stay warm :)
A few weeks ago my mom got herself a smartphone! With her being far away in Germany I was very happy about it because now we can finally text each other again. The last time I was home, I had my mini travel sleeve
with me, and she liked it a lot. Since I got a lot of free stuff when I was home - when you only visit your parents three weeks every year they tend to spoil you, isn't that great?!? - I promised to make her a few purses. The mini travel sleeve was the first thing on her list and it turns out it was actually a good thing I took my time because now I could make it to fit her new phone perfectly! She gave me the measurements of her Samsung and so her travel sleeve is a bit bigger than the one that I made for my free sewing tutorial.
My mom asked for fabrics in pink, purple or gray colors and I found this eggplant colored quilting cotton by Jennifer Sampou, from her line "Studio Stash" (for Robert Kaufmann Fabrics).
I added a zipper pocket to the back since she wanted to be able to store change somewhere. In Germany we pay a lot more in cash and therefore it is good to have a pocket for coins. My travel sleeve would have been to small to add a zipper pocket anyway but hers had just the right dimensions.
Instead of a button and string I used a small magnetic snap for the closure.
I hope my mom will like her new little purse. Since I will be going home again for Christmas this year (yay!!) she will have to wait a few more weeks until she gets it. I prefer to give it to her in person instead of shipping it. She can look at these pictures in the meantime :)
If you like this sleeve feel free to check out my free tutorial that I made back in February. Happy sewing :)
I just finished another California Sunshine Bag!
This one is going to my local fabric store - Sew Creative
in Fairport, NY- as a sample. I am very likely going to teach sewing classes there, using my very own bag sewing patterns! I went to the store the other day with my California Sunshine Bag
to buy more fabric (that I didn't really need but it was a rainy day and well, I don't really have a good excuse
...). The owner saw the bag and I told her that I make my own patterns. I would love to teach a class there so keep your fingers crossed that enough people are going to sign up ;-)
The back slip pocket... fussy cut :)
The pleated front pockets
The fabric is "Queen Anne's Lace" from the Piper Collection by Dear Stella. I love the combo of purple, red and mustard. The interior is the same fabric I already used for my first California Sunshine Bag ("Citron" from Garden Pindot by Michael Miller). I used it for the flap strip and the closure tab as well.
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If you want to make a California Sunshine Bag yourself you can check out the pattern in my pattern store
And if you are anywhere upstate NY, please do come to one of my sewing classes some time :) I will let you know the schedule as soon as I have it!
Happy sewing :)
Another one of my sewing projects is done! A friend of mine had this really big t-shirt and she asked me if I could turn it into a dress for her. This was a really nice opportunity to use my serger again and was easier than I thought.
I had my friend give me one of her knit dresses that fit her well so that I would have some reference for measuremens. I put the xxl-shirt flat onto my sewing table and her dress above, so I could see where her shoulder seams and side seam would have to be. Then I marked everything with a fabric marker. You can see how I folded the sleeve to the side so that I could trace it exactly. The nice thing about knit fabrics is you don't even need to put in darts or pleats to make it fit. Simply let it slightly taper down to the waist.
I only did the tracing on one side of the shirt.
(Before proceeding I already cut the sleeves of. These will have to be adjusted in size later. )
Then it was time to cut off the additional fabric on that side. This is always the part the makes me a little most. After all, this is not my own shirt. Don't want to mess up now.
I simply folded the shirt in half and traced the other side with a fabric marker as well. This way I made sure both sides are even.
Using your serger (if you have a regular sewing machine you can use a stretch stitch) sew both side edges together again, right sides together.
For the new sleeves I actually looked through my paper patterns and took a sleeve pattern piece from a knit dress that seemed to be perfect to be used for the new sleeves. If you want to make sure the sleeve fits exactly into the armhole, measure the width of the armhole and adjust the width of the sleeve before cutting.
You can also go with a wider sleeve and gather it a little at the rounded top edge like you normally do, especially when sewing with cotton fabrics (e. g. a blouse). The only thing you want to avoid is having the width of the sleeve be smaller then the width of the armhole.
I took one of the shirt sleeves that I had cut off, folded my paper pattern piece in half and put it on top, the opening of both pieces matching. Then I traced around the paper sleeve and cut along this line.
With your serger or using a stretch stitch on your regular sewing machine, sew the sleeve together again at its short bottom edges. Repeat for the second sleeve.
Put the first sleeve into one of the armholes, right sides together. Both seams of sleeve and shirt should match. Use a lot of pins to keep the sleeve in place. I measured mine to fit exactly into the opening without having to gather the sleeve fabric.
Then stitch around the sleeve.
Repeat for the second sleeve and the other side of the shirt.
Almost done, the only thing I wanted to alter as well was the neckline. It was very small and wouldn't really look good on this dress.
I cut off the neck trim to make the neckline bigger, then simply folded it down to the wrong side by approx. 1 cm (3/8") and used lots of pins to hold everything in place. Using my regular sewing machine and a twin needle I stitch all along the neckline.
And that is it already! I hope my friend will enjoy her new dress. I have to say I liked her idea so much that I am thinking about making a dress like this for myself as well. I even have an idea of what shirt to use...
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment. Have you made a similar project? I would love to know :)
One of my projects is finished! Took me a bit longer than I thought since I totally changed the design of this bag while I was assembling everything... but: I am really happy with the result. So here it is, the prototype of my new bag design!
I still have to finish the instructions for this pattern. I am really happy with this bag, the only thing this design needs now is a proper name! And I need your help for this
Please have a look at the bag and all its features and if you can come up with a nice name you are welcome to leave me a comment. I will pick one winner, choose the name they suggested for my new bag design AND as a thank you she (or he?) will get the new pattern for free
! You can either leave me a comment below, send me a message
or email me at anna(at)charmed-liebling(dot)com. Please leave your name suggestion for the bag pattern, your name and your email address, so that I can contact you in case you win! I am looking forward to your suggestions. I will leave this contest open until November 3
and then pick a winner :)
I added two exterior pockets to this bag, well, actually it is even three pockets :-) There is a divided slip pocket on the front as you can see on the first picture. I decided to go with slanted edges to mix it up a little.
The flap of the bag closes with a magnetic snap. The strap is attached to the bag with two o-rings. Two rivets on either side are used to keep the strap in place.
On the back there is another pocket or should I rather call it pouch? A 3D pocket with a pleated flap, that also closes with a magnetic snap.
The measurements of this bag are 9.5" x 12.5" x 3.25" (height x width x depth). It is a medium sized bag with a very spacious main compartment. Inside their are a slip pocket and a divided elasticized pocket, which goes across the whole width of the interior.
How do you like this bag? I would love to know! And if you have a good name for the pattern I would like to hear about it too :)
Thanks and happy sewing everyone!
I am not sure if you guys use this term over here but I have some UFOs lying around on my sewing table! German sewists also refer to these as "unfinished objects" :) Have a look at what I am planning on finishing over (hopefully) the next days:
Sewing project number 1: Alter my tennis racket bag
I don't know if anybody else is crazy enough to make their own tennis bag but I just didn't like the ones I found in stores...ok, that is probably the worst excuse ever. But on the other hand I found this really cute laminted cotton with the pear print on Etsy and I thought it would be perfect for a bag like this.
I think I started this bag some time in March or April. And it is acutally finished BUT (yeah, there's always a but..): I didn't use any stabilizer which turned out to be a mistake. I thought I wouldn't need it but I should have known better. I decided I would have to make a lining for the bag as well, but it took me a while to order the right fabric for it. I wanted the bag to be entirely made of oilcloth or laminated cotton, so I had to order some more for the lining. It is just a plain white fabric, so it will match nicely with the pears on the exterior.
Sewing project number 2: Make a dress out of an xxl t-shirt
This project came to me just recently! A friend of mine asked me if I could make a dress for her using this REALLY big t-shirt which shows the logo of the local music school she teaches at. What a great idea! I already have some ideas in mind on how to do it.
One of them would be to shorten the sleeves, narrow down the width of the shirt and put a piece of elastic either underneath the bust or maybe right at the waist and let the skirt part flare? This would make a cute dress I think. Or maybe make a really snug dress instead, without sleeves? I will show my ideas to my friend next week and I am anxious to see how she will like them. Have you ever turned a shirt into a dress? If you have any other ideas, please leave me a comment :)
Sewing project number 3: Design a new bag pattern
This is already in the making, the idea for my new bag design! It will be a medium sized shoulder bag and I will probably use store bought leather handles for this one, but I haven't quite made up my mind. These are the fabrics I picked for this project. I already cut down all the pattern pieces and will hopefully find the time to assemble the bag very soon.
Do you have any fall sewing projects coming up? I would love to know!
Happy sewing :)
I am happy to finally introduce my latest sewing pattern to you, now available for instant download in my pattern store
: the California Sunshine Bag
Back from vacation, back with a new bag sewing pattern! As it turned out, I not only took my new rose petal bag with me on vacation but I also decided to take the bag along which had been my latest project before I hit the road.
I needed a bag that would be big enough for the things I would have with me while exploring two of the most interesting cities of the world: Las Vegas and San Francisco. Especially for Vegas and the Nevada desert this meant that my recently purchased refillable water bottle had to fit in there. I am constantly scared to dehydrate :)
Me with a giant Californian bear... and my California Sunshine Bag :)
My new bag was perfect for sightseeing in the cities: not only did my water bottle fit in there but also all the other stuff you need to have with you, like wallet, keys, phone, camera, sunglasses, my travel guide...
My 1 liter water bottle in my bag, along with some other important stuff.
This was my first visit to the Southwest. I totally fell in love with San Francisco and the Bay area in general. At some point I drove south on Highway 1, exploring the Pacific coast, and I was stunned by the beauty of the area.
Back home it was time for me to name my new bag design, as feedback of my pattern testers came rolling in. I didn’t have to think too long about it: I wanted it to remind me of all the great experiences I made on my trip so I decided to name it the California Sunshine Bag :)
This bag comes with four pockets in addition to the main compartment. It has a large slip pocket on the back and an interior zip pocket. On the front of the bag there are two smaller slip pockets, which are folded into decorative pleats.
The flap closes with a magnetic snap that is attached to a tab. This closure is connected to the flap of the bag with an O-ring and a decorative strip of fabric which is sewn onto the center of the flap. The strap is long enough for the bag to be worn on one shoulder or across the body.
The pdf file comes with 18 pages of instructions, 44 pictures and 6 pattern pieces. All measurements are given in centimeters and inches.
The finished size of this bag is 28.5 x 39 x 4.5 cm / 11.25 x 15.5 x 1.75 in (height x width x depth).
- Exterior fabric: 1 m or 1 yd
- Lining fabric: 1 m or 1 yd
- Fusible fleece e.g. Pellon 987F: ½ m or ½ yd
- Fusible interfacing, e. g. Pellon 931 TD: 1 ½ m or 1 ½ yd
- 2 rectangular rings (2.5 cm /1”)
- 1 O-ring (approx. 4 cm/ 1.5” diameter)
- 1 magnetic snap
- 1 zipper, 18 cm (7”)
And now please have a look at the bags my testers made. They have outdone themselves again and I am so grateful for all their help!
from Sincerely, Ree
was done with her bag after only five days. She is a true sewing addict and I love how she always embellishes her items, like in this case with the red bows!
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from Early Bird Stitches
combined this colored chevron fabric with a black and white polka dot fabric. What a great contrast!
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from Vicky Myers Creations
likes to recycle materials for her projects. Who would have guessed that the green fabric for her California Sunshine Bag comes from a linen skirt?
This is Susan's California Sunshine Bag. She combined blue and purple batik fabrics which make an awesome color combo!
I love the bright colors of Kristin's California Sunshine Bag and the way the different prints match! You can see the cute floral pattern of the lining even better in the close-up.
I saw Susan's bag and thought: yes, my name for the pattern totally matches her bag! It makes me think of springtime, sunshine and walking through fields of California wildflowers :)
Jodi's bag comes in a beautiful floral fabric in pink and brown shades. Her bag looks so well finished, nice job!
Carol used some awesome constrasting prints for her California Sunshine Bag. I am totally in love with this combination!
Silvia used fabrics by Kaffe Fassett for her California Sunshine Bag. These awesome bright colors make her bag a real eyecatcher!
Look at all the different fabrics that Georgia used for her bag! They all have different patterns and prints and still go perfectly together. I especially like that she used a separate fabric just for the side panel, what a great idea!
This is DeeAnn's California Sunshine Bag. She used a dark blue fabric with a rose print and it really looks amazing for this bag pattern!
Erin made this beautiful bag. She told me that she enjoyed making this bag so much, she decided to make some more as gifts. I am happy to hear that!
Lisa's bag looks so elegant, I love the combination of the plain dark green exterior fabric and the lining with the butterfly pattern. Absolutely stunning!
If you like this pattern and would like to make a California Sunshine Bag yourself you can now purchase the pattern in my pattern store
. How do you like my new design? I would love to hear your opinion so please leave me a comment below :)