Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Companion Carpet Bag round up {Emma from For my little Monster}

Hi Everyone!

I am so happy to be over at Mrs H's house today,  I hope she has the kettle on...I wouldn't mind a cup of tea ;P  I know how lucky am I to be asked over for a visit - I just wish little Cicely was awake for a cuddle ;)

So, I accepted Samantha's invitation to pop over here to her blog and share with you all some of my favourite companion carpet bags that are in the running for the fabulous January prize in the bag of the month club flickr group competition.

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Emma, and I blog over at For My Little Monster.  I have been sewing for around 5 years, I have tested a few of Samantha's bag patterns before their release over the last year and my most recent accomplishment was releasing my 1st sewing pattern.

Anyway, enough about me and on to the fabulous bags!

So, Samantha asked me to pick a few bags from the flickr group to share in this post...do you all know how hard that was? I mean...they...were...all...so...good!

Let's get looking at some of these BEAUTIFUL bags :)

I found a number of beautiful grey versions...

Companion Carpet Bag Companion Carpet Bag Front

Oh and look how lovely the piping is on these to grey beauties!?!

Companion Carpet Bag 8" size January Bag5

This one isn't really grey...but it's to pretty not to share! I love the pink piping it really makes this bag special :)


I love me a bit of pattern matching...and look how good these have been matched!

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(I'm not normally a really "flowery" bag lover,
but this one above, really spoke to me - I love it!)

The next few bags are so lovely, they just had to be included in this post...

Small Companion Carpetbag

This navy one is really on trend - navy is really "in" right now.
I have so many navy fabrics in my cupboard I really have to make myself a navy bag soon!


How lovely is the grey bag with the its red handles and its appliqu├ęd and embroidered design!
I love this one...it would sit happily on my arm ;)

There were so many more bags I liked and I really want to share...so make sure you read on ;)

Samantha wanted me to mention something to those ladies REALLY wanting to try to win a prize in the Bag of the Month competition...Ladies your photos need to be good!  They need to show off your bags assets and good qualities.  So I'm going to share some tips, and sneak a few more beautiful bags in to this post - cue evil cackle...

Make sure you take your photo outside in good daylight (ie. before it starts getting dark, with no shadow) with a plain-ish backdrop.

Companion Carpet Bag~70's Fabric

This bag has had its photo taken outside and in good light, 
and you are not distracted by what is in the background 
of the photo as it is quite plain against the fence.

If you take your photo inside, make sure you take it against a white wall and near a window in daylight (for best results you should take the photo when the sun is at its brightest), with nothing in the background.

January Bag 1

This bag has some very lovely features that are portrayed so well due to:
1.  Good lighting and 
2. A white background.  
There is no "junk" in the background to take away from the beautiful 
bag in this photo either, this therefore makes it very appealing to the eye.

I hope you have found my photo taking tips helpful, and if your part of the bag of the month club don't forget to add your creations to the Flickr group to be in the running for all the great prizes!

Good luck to everyone and I have really enjoyed looking over all your beautiful Companion Carpet Bags.

Thanks for having me Samantha, the tea was lovely...oh and I will leave you with these ;)


If you enjoyed this post you can get more of me here:
For My Little Monster

Friday, 27 March 2015

Extra, extra, a spring sale and new pattern bundles!

Aaah, Spring! You’re finally here and how we’ve missed you!

You might not be ready to stop layering those three sweaters and some mornings might not quite feel like Spring yet, but here at the Mrs H headquarters we’re feeling in the mood to celebrate.

And what better way than with the launch of 3 new pattern bundles, so you can sew your way into spring and summer?

The bundles are a great option (and super affordable at £10 each) if you’re just building your spring wardrobe or if you sew quite a lot!

(Psst: read through to find out more about our special reader discount)

Bundle #1: for the Chic Mommy, comes with:

  • The essential Nappy Bag: specially designed to be practical and stylish. Ideal for chic mums who want to look good whilst toting the supplies needed to cope with a little one(s)! 
  •  The Satchel bag: your everyday go-to bag that’s still cute looking and personalisable in a million ways! 
  •  The Little Bow Pleat date purse: a cute must-have that takes you from your brunch meetup with the girls to the date with the Mr. It features mitred corners, a cute bow and a magnetic clasp closure.
Bundle #2: for the Avid reader/knitter/snacker, comes with:

  •  The Convertible bag: The compact bag size is perfect for errands or a day trip where you don't want to haul around a giant bag or as a second, fancy bag if you’re going to carry another tote bag all day. 
  •  The Bow Pleat bag: the fanciest of the lot, perfect for brunch or date with lots of room for your favourite reading or knitting supplies. 
  •  The Rosie Patchwork bag: the perfect fabric show off bag, designed to show off your personality and taste! 
  •  The Sling bag: the perfect bag for a beginner and perfect for carrying all your day-trip necessities or your newly acquired sewing supplies from your next visit to the fabric store. 
Bundle #3 for the ultimate Spring lover, features:

  •  The Bookbag Backpack: a beautiful multi-purpose bag that is perfect for commuters, students, and busy parents who want to stand out for the crowd. The perfect project for that floral fabric in your stash! 
  • The Saddlebag sewing pattern: ideal for beginners and easy to sew, the Saddlebag helps you focus on featuring special textures and prints. 
  • The Stella pleated bag sewing pattern: you’ll love taking your version of the Stella bag to the next outdoor picnic or party. With elegant pleats, it will look great in any type of fabric, from sturdy denim, to patterned canvas or linen. 
And that’s not all! For the next two weeks, there’s a 25% discount on your favourite bundle for blog readers only! Just use BUNDLEBONANZA at checkout and start sewing! Happy Spring!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Zippy coin purse scrap buster

Hi lovelies!

Today I've got such a simple and easy way to bust those scraps...I know you have them, we're all drowning in the things!

Material requirements
You will need one 8 x 11 fabric for the outer, one 8 x 11 fabric for the lining and 8” x 5” of fusible
fleece or similar stabiliser.
You will also need one 4” (10cm) zip, and the use of a sewing machine, pins, a ruler and a
disappearing fabric marker.

Cutting out
Zippy Purse template, cut 2 outer and 2 lining.
Cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece slightly smaller than the outers.

  • Seam allowance is 3/8” (1cm) unless otherwise stated.
  • Secure every row of stitching with a backstitch or two as you go.

1) Fuse fleece to the wrong side of the purse outers.
As you can see, I've cut mine slightly smaller to reduce bulk.

2) Lay one purse outer right side up and lay your zip right side down along the top edge.

3) Lay one of your purse linings right side down on top and pin along the top edge.

4) Change to your zip foot and sew along the top edge with a 1/4” (6mm) seam allowance.

If your zip pull is in the way, stop with your needle down, lift your presser foot and move the zip pull out of the way. Put your presser foot back down and continue to the end.

5) Fold your fabrics back so that they are wrong sides together and press them back away from your zip.

6) Top stitch along the edge of your fabrics with a 1/8” (3mm) seam.

7) Lay your second purse outer right side up, and lay the zip right side down aligning the top edges. Your side edges should also match to the fabric already sewn to the zip.

28)Lay your second purse lining right side down, aligning top edges and pin.

9) Sew along the top edge, as you did before.

10) Fold the fabrics back, and press them away from the zip, as before.

11) Top stitch along the zip with a 1/8” (3mm) seam allowance.

12) Open your zip at least halfway.

13) Pull your outer fabrics together, and your lining fabrics together, matching edges.

14) Stitch around your outer fabrics, securing your ends, starting and stopping 1/8” (3mm) from the zip.

15) Stitch around your lining fabrics, securing your ends, starting 1/8” (3mm) from the zip, leaving a 2” (5cm) turning gap. Backstitch at the start and end of the turning gap to reinforce your stitching.

16) Clip the corners of your outer, and lining to remove the seam allowance bulk.

Make sure you don't accidentally snip through your stitching.

17) Flatten the point of your lining corner, matching seams and pop a pin through the seams.

18) Using a fabric marker or tailor's chalk, mark a line 1 1/4” (3cm) in length. This should be 1/2” (1.5cm) from the tip of the point.

19) Stitch along this line and then trim the excess point.

20) Repeat for the other lining corner, and then the other two outer corners.

21) Turn the purse through the turning gap, and then through the zip so that the outer is right sides out, with the lining pulled through.

22) Turn under the gap left in the lining and either ladder stitch, or machine stitch in a matching thread, to close the gap.

23) Press your purse if needed, and tuck the lining back inside.

Your purse is now ready for filling!

Don't forget to link up anything you make from my patterns or tutorials to my Flickr Group, kindly managed by Karen! I'd love to see what you make!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Cicely's Tangle

When Elvis was born, my friend Nia created a beautiful tangle for her room, she shared a video with me which I thought you might find interesting.


Here is the finished tangle all framed up ready to go on the wall. I took this photo of it against the wall colour in Elvis' bedroom, on top of her white drawers. It's a beautiful soft sea green. One day you'll get to see the whole room!

If you want to check out my friend's Etsy store she's got some fab tangles up for sale, and is always willing to create unique tangles for gifts.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Saddlebag pattern - Testers bags

Hi Friends,

I'm back today with some beautiful versions of The Saddlebag pattern made by my ever talented testers!

I had a lot of new to me testers this time, and I'm so grateful to them for stepping in and making this a very thoroughly tested pattern!

First up is Ana with this beautiful Cork fabric and denim version! She used studs and bling on the strap holding the flap closed, it looks great!

Secondly is the first of Barbara's two versions, I believe it'll be going up for charity auction in April, so if you're interested keep your eyes peeled!

I like to think she chose Elvis fabric in honour of baby Elvis!

Next up is Mary with this beautiful version. I would love some of this fabric in my living room, it'd fit perfectly!

Helen's next with this Saddlebag which features a fab stripe for a pop of colour. It also gives you a good idea of the size of this bag seeing it modelled.

Janet made this extremely pretty version and quilted her exterior fabric. I love the button on the front flap strap!

Joan made this really fun bright version! I thought I'd show you the back and inside so that you could see the pockets. The back has this large, full width pocket and inside there's a zipped pocket (which is optional) and a slip pocket.

Kathleen made this next Saddlebag with some fabric that's sure to last her well into summer, in fact, I think it's a great year round bag, it looks beautiful!

Next up is Liz from Moments, who for once has put her pleather aside for this beautiful burnt orange fabric. Her photos give you a great idea of the shaped side view.

Margareth has combined two different butterfly prints in her Saddlebag and even used contrast piping on her flap, it looks great!

Maria has made a perfect bag to go with any outfit! I love this neutral teamed with the geometric print for the lining, plus those buttons on the front really give this bag a slick look!

Nancy has chosen my favourite colour (grey) and yellow for her Saddlebag, using piping on the flap as well as the back pocket. It's a great combination!

Next up is Pat who used this fabulous buckle! It was just waiting for a project to show it off, and this bag certainly does the trick! I spy some 'Handmade' bag bling on the back pocket there from Emmaline bags!

Shannon's saddlebag certainly doesn't disappoint! This gorgeous version is perfect to shake away the winter cobwebs and spring into...well...spring lol! It's a great fabric combination!

Simone's bag is next and there's something fishy about this pattern test! Her bag looks great with that contrast top stitching! Check out her blog, The Equilateral Donkey

Barbara's second bag is made in this fabulous tweed, check out the pattern matching on her back stripes! I love the front flap strap, it looks great in the green with the bag bling 'Made in Canada' on the front!

Last, but by no means least is Terri from A Creative Princess. I just love her pop of pink, it really gives it the 'wow'! Terri added a magnetic snap to the interior ready for when she slings her bag down, great idea!

This bag is ideal for beginners, I had a few beginner bag makers among the above testers, you can't tell, can you, they're great! I'm so thankful for my testers again, they make sure that the pattern you purchase is a quality pattern resulting in a great finish to your bag.

If you'd like to make your own Saddlebag, don't forget you can buy the pattern on Patterns to Print or Etsy.

I look forwards to seeing your versions!