March 30, 2012

Three More Days to Enter - A Handbag Giveaway!

There are a few more days left to get your name in to enter my "Floral Couture" Phoebe bag!  I'll be drawing for it on April 4th in Australia, which is April 3rd just about everywhere else.  OH MY GOODNESS!  My sister's birthday is on the 2nd and I didn't send her anything!  What a thing to realize in the middle of a blog post.  Uh oh.

Go to my post to enter here: Emmaline Bags & Patterns: Handbag Giveaway and Liebster Blog Award! and I will try and figure out how I'm going to get a card to my sister in Canada in 2 days when it typically takes 10 - 14 days to get there.... it's not going to happen is it?  Rhetorical question. ;)  DOH!

March 27, 2012

Handbag Giveaway and Liebster Blog Award! CONTEST CLOSED

It's Autumn here in Australia, and although it is still warm and beachy - I miss spring time in Canada!  Easter doesn't have quite the same feel here.  Spring baby chicks and bunnies, eggs, tulips and spring flowers, just don't have any meaning here.  There are no tulips or spring babies of any kind at this time of year, and the plants and flowers are busy getting ready for winter!  

Missing spring, as well as desperately needing to thin my entire household inventory in preparation for moving, has got me thinking that it's time to just start giving some things away.  I think this little handbag, made with Amy Butler's Flower Couture, would be perfect to give anyone a "Spring" in their step, and get you all ready for summer (or winter) at the same time!  This is one of the very popular "Phoebe Bags" designed by Rebekah Lambert and handmade by me.  Do you want it?  I will mail it to YOU! (see more photos at the end of the post!) 

To enter the giveaway, you just have to follow my blog in some way, and comment below.  

1) Follow on GFC, Bloglovin, or Linky Friends = 1 Entry
2) Follow on Facebook = 1 Entry
A winner will be drawn via in 1 week: 
 April 4th, Australia time.

The Liebster Award:
I've been seeing this Liebster Blog Award here and there around the blogisphere, and a few days ago I was thrilled to hear that I was passed on this honour too.  The Liebster Award is presented to up and coming blogs with less that 200 followers.  Thank you to Michelle at Under the Craft ZoneIf you can, please pop over and say hi to her.  Her new crafty blog has some great Easter crafts.

Thank you for the award!!!

Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
- Choose 3-5 blogs with less than 200 followers to pass it on to.
- Display the Liebster Award somewhere on your blog.

I am passing this award on to:

Carry Hers By Natalie
Shanni Loves...
A Farm Wife's Journal
Please stop in, say hello, and follow these wonderful blogs.  I love that our blogs with under 200 followers are going to get some attention. I LOVE ATTENTION!!
Thank you so much for reading,

Zipper pocket detail.
"Floral Couture" Phoebe Bag

A Phoebe Bag, designed by Rebekah Lambert

March 22, 2012

Sneak Peek:: The Teardrop Bag Revisited

I have to show you what I've been up to this week, besides hoping for sunshine.  Rain, Rain go-away!  It's torrential here on the Sunshine Coast, pretty ironic and unfair don't you think?  My street is flowing like a river as we speak, and tomorrow my little man might have to stay home from school because the road to school is flooding.  Yay, not. 

Down to business:

Do you want to put a zipper opening in your Teardrop Bag, or any other wonderful, unique handbag creation of your own?  Zipper gussets really aren't that hard; it's way harder to pick out fabric for your bag than it is to sew a zipper opening.... at least it is for me.  Fabric choice... make me crazy.

I'm working on an easy alteration for my Teardrop bag pattern that will include, you guessed it, a zipper opening, and a cool O-ring variation for the strap.  Cool... and EASY!  In fact, I like it more than the original.

DO NOT FEAR, all of my way awesome Teardrop pattern purchasers, you will soon get a revision in your inbox!  (That's right, I will email all of you when I am finished the PDF version.)  It will be more like a supplementary tutorial, that will include instructions on how to create your own lining pattern without pleats, how to sew the zipper gusset, and how to use the O-ring strap variation.  I'll have these tutorials on my blog for everyone, so you can use them on your own fab projects, and all of my future Teardrop Bag pattern purchasers will have it included in their pattern.  Easy Peasy!

Thank you for reading, and please comment if this appeals to you.

Get The Pattern!

March 17, 2012

Pattern Giveaway at Sew Country Chick! (Contest Closed)

The Invitation:  I felt very honored when Justine from Sew Country Chick asked me to do a pattern giveaway.  There was no hesitation, because I would do anything to be associated with the likes of Justine's blog!  I would even iron all day for the opportunity.  NO, I would do Justine's ironing for a year. No wait, maybe just one month.  Did I mention that I hate ironing?  (Quite a fallback for a sewer, trust me.)

I digress.... Justine, fabulous woman, is giving away one of my handbag patterns.  Whichever you desire!

About Justine:   The woman behind Sew Country Chick is a designer, seamstress, mother of five, and fabulous blogger, that lives just outside of Los Angeles, California. Here are some of Justine's latest sewing projects, but trust me there seems to be no end to her projects on the blog.  She also has categories such as recipes, home sewing, furniture refashions, sewing history, crafty projects, raising chickens... and more.

The Giveaway:  Please hop over to her blog and see her brilliant work, and while there you could enter the giveaway, and link up your sewing projects at her link party: Sew & Tell Saturday.  There are some adorable features about "Little Girls" this week. Go see!

A Tutorial!!

Echino Japanese Print Skirt

Thank you for looking, 
here is the link to the pattern GIVEAWAY!

March 14, 2012

The Pleated Boxes Pillow

The completed Pleated Boxes Pillow:

The pleated boxes pillow I was making for the Craft Buds Sew Along is all finished, and I must say I do love it.  I used some of my favorite Amy Butler scraps from her Lark and Love ranges, and some white cotton twill.  The back of the pillow is made with the dark blue dotted fabric, which is called Sparkle in Midnight. Cute name!

I actually chopped open one of our pillows from our spare bed, and used that for the pillow form because we are going to end up throwing them all out anyway when we move to Canada in a few months.   I didn't sew the pillow form closed either because the batting is only in for the picture. I'm going to ship it empty, and hopefully it will find a place in my next home.  Here's hoping I win some prizes in this great contest, but if not - this pillow was fun to make.  You can find the free tutorial for this awesome pillow at Craft Buds HERE.

March 13, 2012

Fabulously Fantastical Blogs to Peruse and Be Featured On

For me, one of the most wonderful things to come out of blogging, is getting to read, devour, and delight in so many wonderful crafty, decorating, and sewing blogs.  Wow!  There is so much gorgeous and ingenious stuff out there happening, and I don't know where all of these ideas come from.

I have linked up a few of my latest tutorials, such as:  Make Your Own Printed Fabric Craft or Sewing Labels, Make Your Own Vinyl/Leather Look Handbag Straps - A TutorialFabric Cradle Purse : A new take on the old crocheted fave! to some really amazing blogs and I'm thrilled, and feelin' pretty darn lucky, that I've been featured on a few.

Check out these amazing blogs, and learn to craft, sew, cook and decorate like modern, retro, thrifty, crafty diva!  You will have polka-dot washing machines, organized cupboards, repainted picture frames and crafts for every season.  You WILL be Martha Stewart (without the jail time), complete with soft skin from homemade body butter, and gorgeous modge pod finger nails.  If you don't know what any of this means, you need to read some blogs and see a few link parties!! Start with these:

Tuesday To Do FEatured homemade craftsCreatively LivingCreative Itch

Thank you for looking,

PS.  May all your bobbins be full!

March 11, 2012

The Emmaline Bag ePattern: {Now in the Shop} plus Contest Winners

I am so happy with my latest ePattern and I can't wait share it with you!  Did I tell you how much I LOVE making new patterns?  Seriously,  I can't stop looking at it which is a good thing because there is no end to editing.   I have to admit, I'm pretty proud of it, and I am so pleased with some of the new pattern techniques I have incorporated.  I will have to look at it some more later... and maybe sew another bag or 4!  You can read the pattern details below and go HERE to find it in the shop and see more pictures.

I think I'll be going back to my Teardrop pattern and do a bit of tweaking the pattern here and there, just to get it looking as fab as this new one.  (By the way, stay tuned, because over the next week or two, I will be adding a free supplement/revision to my Teardrop pattern to include a zipper opening.)  I will email this zipper opening segment to everyone who has already purchased a pattern and include it in future bag pattern sales.

Every entry, including a couple that couldn't link up, but entered via facebook, 
was issued a number based on order of comments posted, and were entered into 
the True Random Number Generator located on my side bar.  
The following ladies have won a free Emmaline pattern:

#19 - Erika Diehl
#3 - Dora Moreland
#14 -  sewVery

I am really sorry that I couldn't give a pattern to everyone.
Please watch for future give-aways though, and thank you 
so very much for entering and following my blog & website.
I will be contacting the winners, unless you contact me first! 

The Pattern Details: 

The Emmaline Bag is extremely practical, very spacious, modern and classy.  A stylish handbag that's wonderful for everyday wear.  This bag turns out so beautiful and professional looking!  Easily tote all of your essentials and keep your keys, phone or wallet tucked away in one of the 3 optional inside pockets.

Be your own bag designer and customize this pattern with different fabrics, pockets and straps. Included are instructions for a magnetic closure, a zipper pocket, and a double slip pocket.  Learn how to sew gorgeous straps and make a bottom gusset with a stiff bag base.  If you are interested in trying vinyl/leather look straps, visit my tutorial HERE to learn how to sew vinyl.  The pattern includes 50+ full color photos and diagrams, and full size pattern pieces with seam allowances included.

Finished Size:  (Measurements are approximate) Width: 15”  Height: 9” from bottom to center  Straps: 16” from ring to ring, 13.5" from top of bag.

MATERIALS:   (yardages are approximate and generous)

1.25 yds/1.25 m    Exterior fabric (Cotton, canvas, or d├ęcor weight cotton)
1 yd/1 m                   Lining fabric  (Light to mid-weight fabric)
1 yd/1 m        Sew-in Interfacing, canvas bag lining, or fusible batting/fleece
1 scrap    of fusible interfacing for zipper pocket (3” x 10”/8cm x 26cm)
1 scrap    of fusible interfacing for slip pocket (10” x 10”/26cm x 26cm)
2 scraps of heavy-weight fusible interfacing for magnet (1.5” x 1.5”/4cm x 4cm)
7” (18 cm) or longer zipper for interior pocket
14mm – 18mm Magnetic Snap Closure       
Water-soluble Erasable Marking Pen, or Chalk Pencil
Rotary Cutting Tool, Mat, and Ruler (or a long meter or yard stick to measure)
Clear Template plastic for bag base (find this at any quilt or sewing shop)
4 Rectangular Rings 1 ½” wide or 1 ½ - 2” O-Rings

Emmaline Bags & Patterns Copyright 2012
All Rights Reserved

•    You may sell items made from this pattern in your shop or market stall; however this pattern is not to be used for mass production.
•    You may not claim this pattern as your own or allow others to use it. Do not make copies of this pattern; this pattern is for personal and limited commercial use for one purchaser only.

Thank you so much for participating in the contest.
I hope you like the pattern too, and I look forward to seeing the beautiful bags 
that come from it.  Oh, and my next one is already jumping around
in my very addled brain right now! Yay! 

UPDATE!: Buy your Emmaline Bag Hardware Kit HERE!

March 8, 2012

The Emmaline Bag ePattern.

Check out my new handbag pattern!  I'm so excited that it's finally ready to share, sell & give away.   That's right, it's another ePattern contest and give-away.

The following contest is now closed!! Thank you to all that
have entered.  Winners announced on my next post!
To be 1 of 3 randomly chosen winners of my latest 
PDF sewing pattern you should:
1) Follow my blog via GFC, Blog Lovin or Linky Friends
2) Follow me on Facebook  (all links are on the right side bar) 
When you have done either or both of these, leave me a comment here on the blog post to let me know where you are following (your comment is your entry!!).  Current followers can enter too!  You will receive one entry per item.  The contest ends at noon Monday, March 12, 2012, EST, Australia.  So enter now and share my blog with your friends.  The pattern will be for sale in my online shop after the contest closes.
The Emmaline Bag is extremely practical, very spacious, modern and classy.  A stylish handbag that's wonderful for everyday wear.  This bag turns out so beautiful and professional looking!  Easily tote all of your essentials and keep your keys, phone or wallet tucked away in one of the 3 optional inside pockets. 

Be your own bag designer and customize this pattern with different fabrics, pockets and straps. Included are instructions for a magnetic closure, a zipper pocket, and a double slip pocket.  Learn how to sew gorgeous straps and make a bottom gusset with a stiff bag base.  If you are interested in trying vinyl/leather look straps, visit my tutorial at to learn how to sew vinyl.  This pattern is very easy to follow and suits an intermediate to advanced sewer. 

Click to Enlarge

The pattern includes 50+ full color photos and diagrams, and full size pattern pieces with seam allowances included.  Finished Size:  (Measurements are approximate) Width: 21”  Height: 9” from bottom to center  Straps: 16” from ring to ring, 13.5" from top of bag.

Thank you for looking.  Keep on Sewing!!  Janelle
Emmaline Bags & Patterns Copyright 2012
All Rights Reserved

This contest is now closed!!  
Thank you to all that entered.
See my next post for the winners!

March 7, 2012

Why Walk When You Can Fly: A very "ducky" message from Lisa McManus Lange

Lisa McManus Lange, is not only a very good friend of mine (best friends for 25 years in fact!), but also a very inspirational writer.  Lisa's words inspire me daily and I just have to share her latest blog post, Why Walk When You Can Fly, with you.  Loved it!  I hope it will make you smile, ponder, walk, waddle or FLY!   Please hop over to her blog where she writes weekly about writing, inspiration, writing inspiration... and daily life.  Ok, that is not well written, but SHE is the writer (among many other talents, including anything handmade) not me!  ... I just play one in a blog.

Please be inspired weekly by following her awesome blog:

Thank you for looking,

W.I.P. Wednesday:: the Pleated Boxes Pillow Sew Along

I think I'll do a Work In Progress Wednesday. Yes, why not?  I'm loving this Sew Along hosted by Lindsay at Craft Buds, but seriously, what am I going to do with this pillow when it's finished?  I'm supposed to be packing for moving to Canada in August, not making more things to pack!!  I might have to either not stuff it with batting, or give it away. 

So far I've got the pillow top all put together, and I've created the "messy pleats".  I wasn't supposed to do that much, but I jumped ahead because I couldn't help it!  I wanted to see what the pleats looked like.  I'm loving the way my Amy Butler scraps look with the white in this pillow.  It's all crisp and cool, and summery at the beach, all at the same time.

If you want the free pattern for the Pleated Boxes Pillow, it's still available for download here.  Get yourself one!  It's Ca-UTE!

And this is what my pillow should look like when it's done:

Craft Buds Pleated Boxes Pillow Sew Along

Thank you for looking, 

March 5, 2012

Fabric Cradle Purse : A new take on the old crocheted fave!

It's time to revisit an old favorite!  My dear Grandma used to make those cute little crocheted purses to sell at craft fairs. She made them for my girls one Christmas too, and they just loved them.  You know the ones, don't you?  They are all over the internet.  She taught me how to make them when I was about 22 or so, and I used to sell them at markets, along with other baby things and countrified treasures. That was so long ago... yikes.

I don't know why, but I was thinking of my Mom and my Grandma and how they taught me to sew, knit and crochet and it got me thinking about these little purses.  I had this thought niggling at my poor rattled brain for a few days saying "you should make one".   But why?  My girls are all grown up and I don't really crochet anymore, plus I love sewing things that are a little bit more modern.  Then it occurred to me, that I could sew one.  And that was all it took for me to be instantly obsessed with completing my next project to be.

They turned out really cute, and I think any little girl would be happy to get one for Christmas or any other time of the year.  I'd make some more, but my 6 year old son and his little friends probably wouldn't be as impressed as a little girl you might know, so I thought I'd share this tutorial.

March 4, 2012

A Slouchy Hobo Shoulder Bag

Click for a close up!
It's always a surprise opening my emails every morning, and I can't wait to get to them to see what kind of news, photos and special requests I will have.  Last week I received an email from Rachel, who is an old friend of my daughter's from school.  Thanks to Rachel, who sent me a photo found in her web search for a shoulder bag, I found the most awesome hobo bag pattern!

Rachel had a simple request: "Can you make a bag like this?", with a photo attached.   Google, my dear, resourceful friend, helped me find the exact picture and web source of the photo she gave me AND the tutorial to make it!   Why fiddle around and design my own when here, at my finger tips, was the best and easiest tutorial to get the job done.  I loved the pattern, and the bag was so easy to make.

Much to my delight, Rachel chose the Sparrows fabric by Joel Dewberry, from his Avery2 range.  I am still so addicted to this fabric range!  I love the way this bag feels on my shoulder, and the strap length is perfect.  I added some inside pockets and interfaced it with a layer of canvas, because I was only using light cotton for the exterior and lining pieces.   The part that took the longest was taping the tiled pattern pieces together, but that wasn't much of a chore at all.  If you are looking for a quick, easy hobo bag pattern check out the Lula Lousie blog and her tutorial, Reversible Shoulder Bag Tutorial, it's fab!

I love the sparrows!

I made the bag for Rachel with the idea that when finished, if she didn't like it, it would go in my shop.  So if she isn't a huge fan, watch for it there, or it might just stay with me forever because I love this bag!

Inside Pockets of the Rachel Hobo Bag
Thank you for looking,

I think you'll love my wallet pattern.  It will hold your mobile/cell phone and you can add a wrist or shoulder strap if you prefer!  Have a look HERE.


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