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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

blue calla patterns cork bag free tutorial Freesia Foldover sewing tutorial sewing with cork

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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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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