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Learn how to Hack the Stargazer Tote into a Clutch Styled Handbag!

2018 bag of the month blue calla clutch hack handbag mini pattern stargazer stargazer clutch

So, you want to make the Stargazer Clutch? This is Michelle from Barabooboo Designs, here with a fun twist on a fantastic pattern.  When I made my regular sized tester I loved the pattern so much and I couldn't wait to try this version!! It's 3/4 size of the original Tote, and it features these grommet styled handles for carrying. Follow along with my tutorial on how I did my hack on Celine's Bag of the Month Club pattern: The Stargazer Tote. For this Hack you will need: *Printed at 80%:  The Stargazer Tote pattern by Blue Calla  *You will need to...

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Adding a fabric zipper casing to your zipper

This quick tutorial will allow you to add a fabric zipper casing to the end of any zipper closure.  When referring to zipper sizes, a #3 zipper has a 1" wide zipper tape. A #5 or #4.5 zipper will have a 1.25" wide zipper tape. Supplies: For ZIPPER CASING, cut: #3 zipper: (2” W x 3” H)#4.5 or #5 zipper: (2.5” W x 3” H) (1) Exterior fabric(1) Fusible woven interfacing Interfacing: Fuse interfacing to the WS of your exterior fabric. Steps: 1. Take your ZIPPER CASING and fold in half along the 3” side WST and press. 2. Open...

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Working with waxed canvas

Over the two-week Winter break, I decided to finally try something I've meant to try for a long time now - waxing canvas. In Canada, it is nearly impossible to find waxed canvas for sale. You usually need to buy it from the U.S. and pay for shipping and quite possibly (almost certainly), custom fees. Instead, I decided to try waxing my own canvas. I started by reading a lot of online material  regarding waxing - tutorials, discussion groups, etc. I found quite a variety of information about different types of waxes, different application methods... it was overwhelming! I viewed some...

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Blue Calla Mash Up: Snapdragon Satchel meets Clover Convertible Bag

clover convertible bag Mash Up Snapdragon

Hey everyone! It's me, Wendy from WD Handbags, again! Are you ready for another pattern Mash Up? This time we're going to take the Snapdragon Satchel and make it a convertible backpack with the help of the Clover Convertible Bag. It's super easy too! Sound good? Awesome! Let's get started!  First off you need to cut out the straps and strap connectors per the Clover pattern. Now, one thing to keep in mind with the strap connectors is that if you do them in vinyl and construct them per the pattern instructions they might be too thick for your machine since...

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Blue Calla Mash-Up: Thistle Pocket Cross Body Tote Meets The Oleander Organizer Bag!

Mash Up Oleander Thistle tutorial

Hi Everyone! It's Wendy from W.D. Handbags, today I'd like to do something a little unusual with you. We're going to take the Thistle Pocket Cross Body Tote and we're going to mash it up with the Oleander Organizer bag. We'll end up with a cross body hobo-esque bag that measures 13 1/2" at it's widest point, 10 1/2" high, and 4" deep. It will also have an organizer compartment on the front and in that you will find 8 card slots, a zippered pocket, an open slip pocket and a slip pocket with a flap and magnetic snap closure. Sound...

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