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Wild Things! – Free Pattern Design Software

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Wild Ginger offers Wild Things!, which is “free software to easily design and print patterns for hats, bags, footwear, and other fun stuff.” Here’s more info from their website:

  • Wild Things! is a fully functional FREE program for drafting patterns for hats, bags, wraps, footwear, and other accessories
  • All of the patterns in Wild Things print to the dimensions you specify.
  • It even has embroidery design planning tools to aid you in creating unique accessories for yourself and others.
  • Wild Things! comes complete with a Help file to aid you in using the new tools as well as sewing instructions for each and every style.
  • Wild Things! can only be downloaded from our website and is not supported through our telephone technical support staff.

I haven’t tried this software yet, but it’s on my list of things to do! Here’s where you download it: http://www.wildginger.com/downloads/demodownloads.htm

Also, here are four screenshots taken from their website’s tour of Wild Things! (click a thumbnail to see a larger view):

Holding Pattern Overnight Bag from Modcloth

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

If boring baggage is becoming a pattern, try this charming, vegan faux leather overnight bag on for size! This cute carry-all is perfectly tailored for a quirky crafter, or a jetsetting Jane looking for a vintage-inspired valise. The stitchery-style prints and darling button details conceal enough space to stow all of your sewing supplies, souvenirs, and other accoutrement. In a shirtdress, wire headband, and Mary Janes, your seamstress style is stunning by any measure!

Okay, the description is a little over-the-top (notice how it specifies the whole outfit? “Shirtdress, wire headband, and Mary Janes…”), but still, it’s a cute bag. I’m impressed that it’s vegan, too! I don’t need an overnight bag, though, so I’ll just admire it from afar. 😉

Holding Pattern Overnight Bag from Modcloth

Holding Pattern Overnight Bag from Modcloth

24 Beautiful Purse Patterns

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Not sure what to make for the brown bag gift exchange? Here’s a list of projects from Tip Junkie: 24 Beautiful Purse Patterns. What’s great about Tip Junkie is that she includes photos and brief descriptions of the purses — sooo useful! Plus all of the patterns are free. 🙂 Enjoy!

24 Beautiful Purse Patterns from Tip Junkie

Clicker Bags by Annette

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The following instructions are for the lined clicker bags that Annette showed at our October meeting. For more information about clicker bags (such as how to prepare the metal carpenters tape), refer to the bluebonnet clicker bag instructions. The length of the metal strips in Annette’s bags is 8″, and no interfacing is needed.

Self-lined bag (using the same fabric for the lining and outside):

  • One piece of fabric 8.75″ by 27.5″

Construction:

  1. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together.
  2. Stitch around the open sides using 0.25″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ hole for turning in the short side.
  3. Turn right side out and press.
  4. Close the hole using your preferred method (Steam-a-Seam, hand-stitching, etc).
  5. Tuck the fabric inside to create the pouch and press.
  6. Fold over the top of the bag 1.25″ and press. This will create the casing for the metal carpenters tape.
  7. Starting from a side seam, topstitch halfway along one side. Insert a tape strip.
  8. Continue topstitching most of the way around. Slide in the second tape strip, then finish stitching. You’re done!

Contrast fabric bag (using a different fabric for the lining):

  • Outside fabric 8.75″ by 13.5″
  • Lining fabric 8.75″ by 15″ (the longer size hides the seam under the casing)
  • The lining will be visible on the outside as the casing for the metal tape

Construction:

  1. Place fabrics right sides together. Stitch both short sides using 0.25″ seam allowance.
  2. Pull the two pieces apart. Fold the lining and outside fabrics in half and match the seams for the short sides in the middle. Stitch both long sides using 0.25″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ hole in the lining for turning.
  3. Turn right side out and press flat.
  4. Close the hole using your preferred method (Steam-a-Seam, hand-stitching, etc).
  5. Tuck the lining fabric inside the outside fabric to create the pouch. Press.
  6. Fold over the top of the bag 1.25″ and press. This will create the casing for the metal carpenters tape.
  7. Starting from a side seam, topstitch halfway along one side. Insert a tape strip.
  8. Continue topstitching most of the way around. Slide in the second tape strip, then finish stitching. You’re done!

Zippers and Felt Balls

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

This post is brought to you by the 6/2/11 Kingwood Sewing Guild neighborhood group, where Janelle showed some great projects using zipper trim from Indygo Junction and magnets (see previous post).

She also showed a felted bag (purchased at Hobby Lobby) that she boxed the bottom corners of, lined, and decorated with felt balls. It’s possible to make felt balls, but she says it’s much easier to buy them! Her source was HandBEHG, which is based in St. Louis (my hometown!).

Felt balls from HandBEHG

Magnetic Badge Holders

April 24, 2011 2 comments

Update: She double-checked her order slip, and her source is actually Applied Magnets, item #MB002-ST.


Janelle bought the magnetic badge holders (which she used for her brooches) from this company: K&J Magnets.

She adds: “If you order before 4 pm, you will probably get your supplies the next day without paying any additional shipping.”

I browsed the web and found a few other vendors (I don’t know what they’re like — just FYI):