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Cork it Up : Boronia Bowler Bag

blue calla patterns boronia bowler free tutorial sewing tutorial sewing with cork

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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Lantana Shoulder Bag Strap Hack

Lantana Pattern Hack Sewing hack shoulder bag

Hey everyone! It's Wendy from WD Handbags, and I'm here today to show you a hack for the shoulder straps on the Lantana Shoulder Bag. What's different? Well, instead of using rivets to hold the straps in place we're going to use grommets! Now I know sometimes grommets can be scary, I mean who wants to cut holes in their finished bag? I promise they aren't as scary as they seem and they give a great finished look to the completed bag.So, what do we need to get started? You'll need everything mentioned in the pattern including 8 Grommets (mine measure 7/16"...

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Cork it Up : Freesia foldover bag

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The Cork it Up" blog series is a brand new series of tutorials that show how to adapt some of my existing patterns to an all cork exterior.  First up, is the Freesia foldover bag. This is an easy to sew, quick and enjoyable sewing project. You must purchase the pattern to follow this tutorial. Before starting, read through the entire pattern and print/cut out your pattern pieces. A few changes will be made to this pattern so it can be completed with an entire exterior in cork fabric. The lovely Sheri Ferraro from MM Cork Supply kindly assisted me by...

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New Contest!

Introducing a brand new monthly contest to Blue Calla Patterns: The Inspiration Gallery! The Inspiration Gallery will be a new section on our website that showcases bags made using our patterns AND our new metallic nylon coil zippers. Once a month, we will feature the top 10 photo submissions in a gallery. We will display each person's name, business name and a link to their website if they would like to do so. There will be (2) $25 gift cards awarded: one to the 1st place winner and another to one person who will be randomly selected from the past...

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Learn how to turn the Crocus Oil Pouch into a Sewing Kit!

Crocus hack Sewing hack tutorial zipper

Hi everyone! It's Wendy from WD Handbags and I'm here to show you how to hack the Crocus Oil Pouch into an adorable portable sewing kit!  Ready to go? Okay, let's get started! First off we're going to cut out all our pieces per the pattern instructions, this includes fabrics, and interfacings. I'd suggest not cutting your elastic pieces yet because you may not need it quite as long as stated in the pattern materials. Also cut: (2) 3" x 3" cotton fabric for the pin cushion(2) 1 1/4" x 10 1/2" cotton fabric for the binding *** Speaking of materials, I like to use...

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