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Create your own tassel zipper pull

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I recently received these pretty tassel cap zipper pulls and wanted to write a brief tutorial on how to make your own tassel. You don't need a lot of supplies to make your own tassel pull. Here's what you will need: - one tassel pull which can be purchased here- a small piece of non-fraying material such as cork or vinyl/faux leather- glue ( I used fabric-tac for the tassel and E6000 to glue the tassel in the cap)- a small screwdriver- a ruler and rotary cutter Let's get started! 1. First you'll want to cut a piece of cork/vinyl...

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Cork it Up : Celosia Cross Body Bag - with front pocket card slot addition

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The “Cork it Up" series, is a collection of tutorials that show you how to adapt some of my existing patterns to an all cork exterior.  In this blog tutorial I feature the Celosia cross body bag. Celosia is a medium-sized cross body bag with a front exterior zippered pocket and an additional 3 pockets inside the bag. I have also added card slots to the front exterior zippered pocket in this tutorial, however, it is optional. A word of caution - this bag has thick layers in some areas, especially where the zipper tabs are located for the exterior pocket. I...

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Begonia Grommet Tutorial and Additional Resources

Hello! I’m Andrea from Addie Kakes Kreations. I fell in love with the Begonia pattern the moment I saw it and knew I would be making a bunch! I started off cutting 5 from some of my favorite fabrics in my stash. They went together quickly and easily. Another stellar pattern from Blue Calla! Now I want to make more! I started digging through my fabric stash trying to select some prints. After many oohhs and aahhs I realized I was going to have a horrible time choosing fabrics. That’s when I decided to feature the Begonia backpack in my...

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Tutorial: Sewing the Delphinium Hobo bag without grommets

I've just released my latest pattern, the Delphinium Hobo bag. The shoulder strap for this bag has 2 swivels, one at each end. These swivels are attached to gate rings which have been inserted into 2 grommets at each end of the bag. If you're not comfortable setting grommets or you simply don't have grommets on hand, then this tutorial is for you!  First, you will need to purchase the pattern and read through the entire document before starting. Changes to Notions and Supplies You will not need: - the grommets- the gate rings Instead, you will need: (4) 1"...

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Cork it Up : Boronia Bowler Bag

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The Cork it Up" series is a brand new series of tutorials that show how to adapt some of my existing patterns to an all cork exterior.  Today I’ll show you my second pattern in this series.  It’s the Boronia Bowler Bag. Boronia is a medium-sized handbag that may appear difficult to sew, but it’s actually sewn like a very large zipper pouch, (with some exceptions). You must purchase the Boronia pattern to follow this tutorial. Before you begin, take a few minutes to read through and familiarize yourself with the entire pattern. Next, print/cut out your pattern pieces. As usual, all cork...

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