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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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Aster Handbag Sew Along - Day 3

Hey everyone! Are you excited? We’re going to make our lining and finish our Aster Handbag today! We’ll begin at Step 50 in the pattern, we’re going to fold our pocket pieces in half, press, and top stitch along the fold. Once both pieces are stitched, we’ll put both pockets on each of your lining body pieces making sure to align the raw bottom edges of your pockets with the body pieces. Once those are pinned in place, sew around the raw edges of the pocket to secure to the body panel piece. Now that those are attached, fold your...

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Aster Handbag Sew Along - Day 2

Hi everyone! Welcome back! Are you ready for Day 2? Today we’re going to attach our exterior vinyl accent pieces and construct the exterior of our bag. So first up, grab your front and back panel pieces and your 4 corner overlay pieces. Per the pattern use your double sided tape and place in the bottom corners of the panel piece. I still don’t have any tape so I’m using clips... I know, I’m a rebel like that. We’re going to sew the curved part of the overlays with a 1/8” seam allowance. I like to increase my stitch length...

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Aster Handbag Sew Along - Day 1

Hi everyone, welcome to the Aster Sew Along! First off, let me introduce myself. I’m Wendy from W.D. Handbags; I’ve been sewing bags for longer than I care to admit. I started sewing on a bit of a whim, I was bored one day and came across a tutorial on how to make a basic boxed corner bag and thought it was brilliant and I need to make that (little did I know it’d become an obsession!). This was long before the days of Facebook and its groups, and fantastic hardware and pdf patterns; it was a lot of funny...

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