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How to Add Pre-Made Leather Handles to the Aster Handbag & Boronia Bowler (Or Any Bag Pattern!)

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Hello everyone!  My name is Jessica and I’m the owner of Sallie Tomato.  Do you have a difficult time making strap connectors and handles for your bags?  I want to share with you an alternative way for making strap connectors and handles by using Pre-made Leather Handles.  Pre-made leather handles add a professional look to your bag, without the hassle of making them yourself.  They can easily be substituted into almost any bag pattern!  Included in this blog post, is a free PDF instruction sheet for altering patterns to use pre-made leather handles. Download the PDF Instruction Sheet Here! Now,...

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Alternate strap connectors for the Hosta Hobo bag

Michelle from Barabooboo Designs has kindly taken step-by-step photographs of an alternative method of attaching the straps on the Hosta Hobo Camera Bag. She has used a set of Edgewena strap connectors available from Emmalinebags.com and used them in place of the standard rectangle ring straps in the pattern. Please note that this tutorial will only cover the instructions relevant to the insertion of the strap connectors. You must follow the pattern instructions to make the rest of the bag. STEP 1: STEP 2: STEP 3:  STEP 4: STEP 5: STEP 6: STEP 7:        

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Violet Bag Pattern - Alternate Handle Connectors

Hi, I'm Crystal of the Cloth Albatross. I wanted to show an alternate method for attaching the strap to my Violet Bag pattern, since some people don't like using rivets. Everything I was coming up with seemed needlessly complex, and then Emmaline Bags got in some new hardware - the Edgwena. And in my head I imagine a guy from Boston saying, 'Hey, nice "Edge Wienahs"!' So anyway these Wenahs are perfect for use as the connectors on the Violet Bag. The Nosy Pepper has a tutorial for how to install these connectors, but I wanted to do a short...

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Dahlia Bucket Bag Sew-Along Prize Winners

The Dahlia Sew-Along concluded yesterday and we have 3 lucky winners. 1st PRIZE winner: Kelly Holloway Ritter who submitted this lovely bag Kelly wins the next 3 Blue Calla patterns and a $25 gift certificate to Funky Monkey fabrics.  2nd PRIZE winner: Fiona Russell who submitted this bag Fiona wins a bag bling package from Emmaline bags as well as 2 free Blue Calla patterns. 3rd PRIZE winner: Casey White who created a few dahlia bags for the sew-along including this beauty Casey won a Violet hardware kit and a copy of the Violet pattern! All winners should email bluecallacreations@gmail.com to claim...

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Dahlia Bucket Bag Sew-Along: Day 5 - Drawstring and Final Assembly

Hi, everyone! It's Crystal again from the Cloth Albatross. Today is the final day of the sew-along (SAL) but it will remain up on the Blue Calla blog indefinitely and you will still be able to enter for prizes until Tuesday July 12th. If you missed the prize announcement, you can find that here along with links to the previous days in the SAL. Today we're going to be attaching our lining to our exterior, installing our grommets, and adding the drawstring. If you haven't read the post on grommet yet, take a look at it here. After you've attached...

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