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Sewing Tutorials — bluecalla

Tutorial: Freesia Foldover Bag Pattern Hack

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  I made the Freesia Foldover Bag with an exterior slip pocket. I like that this pocket adds extra functionality to the bag, as I never carry my foldover style bags unfolded, so it's nice to have the fold act as a flap for a pocket. I also love having a slip pocket to tuck my phone into on the exterior of my bags. To make the Freesia Foldover with an exterior slip pocket, you'll need to begin by printing an extra copy of pages 16 and 17 of the pattern. (If you haven't printed the pattern yet, print 2...

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Tutorial: Converting the Calla Convertible Backpack and selecting your hardware

bluecalla calla convertible backpack sewing sewing tutorial tutorial

To help everyone understand how the Calla Convertible backpack converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack, I've created a short video demonstration. I've also shown how the swivel clasp and D-ring work together so you can purchase the correct hardware for your bag prior to starting the pattern.

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Tutorial: Faux Leather Straps

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In one of my latest patterns - the Zinnia bag -  I provide instructions on how to sew faux leather straps. I thought that sharing my technique would be extremely helpful as I get so many questions about sewing with faux leather. With the right tools, you do not need to be afraid of faux leather! My one recommendation is this: get a walking foot attachment for your sewing machine. You will not regret it. I realize they are expensive but I have used my walking foot in so many projects now, it has paid itself off time and time...

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Tutorial: Adding a zippered closure to your Daisy Cross Body Bag

bluecalla daisy cross body bag pattern sewing tutorial zippered closure

Although I personally prefer a magnetic snap on my own bags, I realize that many prefer zipper closures both for practical and safety reasons. My latest pattern, the Daisy Cross Body bag includes instructions for a magnetic snap closure and I decided to provide a free tutorial for a zipper closure. Before starting this tutorial, you will need to purchase the pattern and cut out all necessary pieces. In addition, you will need the following: a small piece of quilt weight cotton 1.75" H x 4" W for your zipper end casing Cut (2) Lining Panel on fold in lightweight...

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Tutorial: Sewing a wristlet wrist strap

bluecalla gerbera pattern sewing tutorial wrist strap wristlet

I have seen many different ways to sew a wrist strap thoughout the years and I had an "ah-ha" moment while working on the wrist strap for my latest pattern and decided to whip up a short tutorial to share with everyone. The great part about this wrist strap is that it does not have any exposed raw edges at all - not hidden in the D-ring, not hidden inside the strap. In this example I will be making a strap that is 1 inch wide. (You can adjust accordingly for your project - just keep in mind that you...

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