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Sewing Tutorials

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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Alternate Method for Making the Clematis Wristlet Strap

Alternate strap Clematis Clematis Wristlet tutorial

Hey everyone! I'm here to share a quick tutorial with you today for an alternate method of making the strap for the Clematis Wristlet strap. It's thinner so it should be easier to sew if you have issues with multiple layers of vinyl with your machine.  First off, you'll notice my fabric and vinyl pieces aren't as wide as stated in the pattern. I wasn't able to get hardware in the 5/8" & 1" specified in the pattern so I had to adjust the width to fit a 3/4" d-ring and clasp. Secondly, with this method we're going to cut a piece...

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